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 5, 2005  for Labor Day!!

New Descriptive Videos

Thanks to a generous donation from one of our patrons, we were able to purchase two new descriptive videos to add to our collection. They are: Mystic River  (DV010334) and The Passion of the Christ  (DV010325). Please call the Special Needs Library to request these two movies.

Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program has ended. (WOW! Can you believe summer is almost come and gone!) We will be looking over your reading lists in the next month and contacting you if you participated and read 12 or more books. We had many calls throughout the summer, and it sounds like many of you were actively participating in the Summer Reading Program. Thanks for all your hard work and effort!

Ability First Expo 2005

October is Disability Awareness Month. The Expo focuses on disability awareness but more importantly, it focuses on the potential and accomplishments of people who are differently abled. Their goal of this event is to shift focus from labeling persons who are physically and mentally challenged from being seen as disabled to being accepted as differently abled. It is also our goal to create a networking of consumers and their families and service providers while allowing hands-on experience of new technology and aids designed to enhance the lives of persons with mental and physical limitations. Activities include exhibits, music, speakers, children’s games, door prizes, and much more! So come out and visit the Ability First Expo 2005 for a day filled with fun and information for the entire family!!

Sponsored by: Athens Council on Blind, Athens Heritage Lions Club, Athens-Clarke County Commission on People with Disabilities, Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living, The Classic Center, and VISTAS. *For more information, call (706) 549-1020.

Get Into Shape

Couch potatoes take note: exercise is for everybody and everyone can reap benefits from regular physical activity. The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) has a terrific new website,, packed with information and resources. There are searchable directories of adaptive equipment vendors and of organizaitons, programs, and facilities that provide opportunities for accessible physical activity. This website is great for nursing homes, retirement centers, senior centers and others who work with disabled individuals in group settings.

Questions and Answers about your Library Service

How do I cancel a magazine?

To cancel a magazine which is sent with a mailing card, simply write “cancel” on the card when you return the magazine to the library. To cancel a magazine which is mailed directly to you and does not have a card, please call the library to cancel your subscription.

How do I return books?

To return books sent to you with a mailing card, turn the card over. The library’s address is on the other side. Please return all materials sent to you with the mailing card. Return books as you finish them. Do not let them accumulate before mailing them.

What about damaged books?

To identify a damaged cassette, please place a rubber band around the cassette and replace it in the book container. Return the books as usual. You will receive another copy of the book if you call the library to send another copy.


We hope you enjoy these mysterious reads!

Bobby WorldWide Approved