The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia is a part of your public library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Rabun, Stephens, Walton and White counties. We do not endorse any product or service mentioned in this newsletter.

Phone: 800-531-2063, 706-613-3655

Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek


Reminder: The Special Needs Library will be closed September 1, 2003, for Labor Day. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!!

Welcome back Teachers and Students:

Who can believe summer has nearly come and gone? Teachers, it’s time to restart your service with us here at the Special Needs Library. Please send us a list of eligible students along with their reading interests and reading levels. We would also like to know how many machines, books, and accessories (e.g. headphones) you will be needing this school year. If you have an email address, we would also like to know it so we can communicate with you by email instead of having to interrupt you during the school day. Please call Claudia at (706) 613-3655 or toll free in Georgia at 800-531-2063 with this information.

Travel and Leisure Magazine

Travel Holiday magazine ceased publication with the June 2003 issue and will be replaced with Travel and Leisure. Readers who were receiving Travel Holiday will automatically receive Travel and Leisure.

Free Computer Class at VISTAS

VISTAS is offering a free two (2) hour introductory class in JAWS. This is an opportunity to gain first hand experience with a screen reader. This program reads text and allows a person who is blind or visually impaired to use the computer independently. They invite persons who are visually impaired, family members, service providers, advocates, and others to take advantage of this opportunity. Call (706) 583-8001 to register.


In last month’s newsletter (August 2003 Insight), I told you about an upcoming support group for blind and visually impaired persons sponsored by VISTAS. I gave you the phone number and street address but failed to mention the city that the support groups will be held in. The support groups will be held at 999 Gaines School Road, Athens (which is in Clarke County). My apologies to those who were unfamiliar with the street address. If you have any questions about this support group, you can call us here at the Special Needs Library or call VISTAS at (706) 583-8001. Thanks, Stacey

Machine Difficulties? No Problem!

NOT A BIG DEAL! Sometimes your machine just needs a good cleaning or a new battery. If you experience problems with your playback machine, just give us a call at the Special Needs Library. We can easily send you a replacement machine. We’re here to give you good service so let us know if there’s a problem!

Music by Mail

Recordings for Recovery (R4R) is a music library. Their national headquarter is located in Midland, Michigan. They have over 1200 musical selections; covering classical, country, jazz, rock, nature sounds and more. The loan period for these cassettes is 60 days. Memberships are $10 per individual. To obtain a membership form and a catalog, contact R4R at or 1-800-798-1192.

Georgia Vision Superconference

The first ever Georgia Vision Superconference will be held September 11-13, 2003, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Macon, Georgia. The theme of this exciting event is Sharing Perspectives and Building Partnerships: A Continuum of Services for All Ages. This conference will capture the work of 21 organizations of and for the blind who are planning this conference. Georgia’s first Vision Superconference will provide a unique forum for consumers, families and friends of consumers, consumer advocacy groups, professional organizations, product vendors, educators, and service providers to meet and learn about a wide variety of issues that concern visual impairments. Their focus will be issues that touch people from infancy to adulthood. For more information about the conference, call 404-525-2303.

Horse Power…Beyond Seabiscuit

Readers’ interest in horses, always high, has peaked with publication of the bestselling book (now made into a movie) on the thoroughbred Seabiscuit and the storybook win by the gelding Funny Cide in this year’s Kentucky Derby. For those readers who would like to go beyond Seabiscuit, Reader Advisor Ginny Ryan has some suggestions of other books on horses, fiction and nonfiction.

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