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.

800-531-2063, 706-613-3655


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


The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia will be closed Monday, September 6, 2004, for Labor Day!!

September Advocacy Class

The September Advocacy class at VISTAS will feature a panel with Isaah Ellison, Income Tax Consultant and representatives from the Internal Revenue Service. The presentation will identify benefits that apply specifically to people with disabilities and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about filing income taxes for people wtith disabilities. The class, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m. is free, but space is limited. It will take place at VISTAS. Please call (706) 583-8001 to reserve a seat or if you need directions.

Ability First Expo

The Athens Council of the Blind and co-sponsors, The Athens Heritage Lions Club, Vistas, The Classic Center and the Athens-Clarke County Commission on People with Disabilities, are gearing up the sixth annual Ability First Expo. The Expo will be on October 23, 2004, at the Athens Classic Center. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. There will be exhibits, speakers, demonstrations, entertainment and door prizes consisting of items donated by local merchants.

Ski For Light, Inc.

Ski for Light, Inc. is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization program of cross country skiing for people with vision loss. Each Winter, Ski for Light holds a week-long cross country ski event at which blind, visually-impaired and approximately fifteen mobility-impaired skiers come together for a festive week of skiing with sighted guides and socializing. Ski for Light 2005, the 30th anniversary event, is to be held in Granby, Colorado from January 30 through February 6, 2005. Because it is the 30th anniversary, this yearís celebration of the talents and potential so many blind people possess promises to be exceptionally enjoyable. Ski for Light is always seeking new skiers and guides. Those interested in attending Ski for Light may contact Lynda Boose at (906) 250-7836 or Jeff Pagels at (920) 494-5572. The application deadline for skiers is November 1, 2004. For more information about Ski for Light, check their website out at

Question of the Month

My cassette machine doesnít work. What should I do?
  1. Test other cassette tapes to make sure it is a machine problem and not a problem with a particular cassette tape.
  2. Do not try to fix the machine yourself! We have volunteers who have been trained to repair these machines. We receive parts and battery packs from the National Library Service specifically for these machines.
  3. Call the Special Needs Library (706) 613-3655 or 800-531-2063. We can send a replacement machine to you in the mail, and you can return your broken machine in that same mailing container. You can also visit us at the Special Needs Library to swap out your machine in person. Call us for directions.

Patron Accomplishment!

Todd Alewine, a patron of the Special Needs Library, graduated from the Lake Lanier School of Massage on July 16, 2004. Todd is now working at Healthworks in Hartwell, Georgia. If you would like a massage or reflexology, please call Todd at (706) 377-4902 for an appointment. Way to go Todd!!

EyeCare, America

EyeCare, America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides qualified participants with free eye exams by an ophthalmologist. For more information, call 1-800- 222-3937 or visit their website at

Vision USA

Vision USA, a program of the American Optometric Association, provides eligible children and adults with free eye exams by an optometrist. Visit or call 1-800-766-4466

Self Improvement

September is Self-Improvement Month, and what better way to observe it than with these books pertaining to ways you can improve your life? This list was compiled by Deborah Stroup, Wolfner Libraryís Coordinator of Volunteers.

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