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: Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek, Lavern Gordon, Amber Wilkerson


Library Closed for Labor Day

The Special Needs Library will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Please let us know if you need extra books to read over the long weekend.

Senior Cinema

The Special Needs Library is hosting a new event called Senior Cinema in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium on Thursday, September 7th at 10 am. We will be showing "Singin' in the Rain" from our descriptive video collection. Descriptive videos allow a non-sighted viewer to enjoy movies along with sighted viewers. The videos contain narration that does not interfere with the action and dialogue to assist those who are unable to see the picture clearly. Senior Cinema is going to be a monthly event that will take place on the first Thursday of every month. This event is open to everyone and if you need more information contact the Special Needs Library.

Disability Awareness Month Program

The Special Needs Library is partnering with VISTAS and Multiple Choices to provide a special program on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:00pm for Disability Awareness Month. Look for more details in the October issue of the Insight newsletter.

New Support Group in Hartwell

A new support group has formed in Hartwell called the Differently Abled Resource Network. It meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hartwell following the morning service. Lunch is provided. For more information call 706-376-2029.

Vacation Reading Program

Congratulations to our top readers this summer. We had one reader who read 65 books! The top twelve readers received tote bags.


gTrade is Georgia's Assistive Technology Equipment Exchange Program. It is an online database where persons may list assistive technology items for sale, donation, or things they need. The purpose is to get used equipment in the hands of those who need it, thus extending the usable life of assistive technology resources. It is designed to make assistive technology devices more available and accessible to all Georgians with disabilities. For more information visit their website at

Yard Sale

Athens Council of the Blind is having a yard sale on Saturday, September 30th at 8am. It will take place at the VFW on Sunset Drive in Athens. There will be many interesting items to purchase and it will benefit the Athens Council of the Blind.


Tech-Able is a non-profit organization that provides people with disabilities with information and access to assistive technology. This includes a "try before you buy" lending library of many types of devices(software, living aids, etc.) as well as help with training, computers, taxes, referrals, funding, and low-cost loans. Their website is

Gentle Reads

Novelists whose works are evocative of a polite and kindly society. Similar to Janette Oke, Grace Livingston Hill, etc.

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