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Serving the special needs of patrons in 22 counties in Southwest Georgia
One of nine subregional libraries and outreach advisory centers in the state of Georgia Currently serves a 22 county region Houses a large collection of recorded materials for patrons who are blind or physically handicapped All materials mailed free of charge!
Popular materials! ◦ Including: Best-sellers Biographies Children’s Books Classics Foreign Language Materials Mysteries Religious Romance Science Fiction Free Bibles available Materials are available in recorded format only
Subscribe to over 70 popular magazines, such as: ◦ Consumer Reports ◦ Ebony ◦ Good Housekeeping ◦ Jack & Jill ◦ National Geographic ◦ Newsweek ◦ Sports Illustrated Magazines are available in Braille and Cassette formats Independent living catalogs and displays
Read newspapers via the telephone! Newspapers include: ◦ Atlanta Journal-Constitution ◦ Macon Telegraph ◦ New York Times ◦ Tallahassee Democrat ◦ USA Today ◦ Wall Street Journal Call us at or to set up Newsline today!
Talking books are available at deposit collections Deposit collections are placed at: ◦ Assisted living facilities ◦ Nursing homes ◦ Public libraries ◦ Schools ◦ Senior centers ◦ And more! Contact us to set up a deposit collection. A Typical Deposit Collection
Search our catalog at webopac.klas.com/glass webopac.klas.com/glass How do you receive materials once you find them? ◦ Call us! or ◦ us! ◦ Write us at 301 S. Monroe Street, Bainbridge, GA Need to reserve materials online? ◦ Call us to receive a login ID and password! Browse the deposit collection at your public library!
New digital players! ◦ USB Flash Cartridges Many advantages over traditional players: ◦ Smaller ◦ Lighter ◦ Easier to use ◦ Longer battery life
Download talking books using BARD ◦ Braille and Audio Reading Download Download to a blank NLS cartridge or a USB flash drive Users must fill out an application before using BARD.
Amplifiers ◦ For those who are certified as hearing impaired Kurzweil Reading Edge Machine ◦ Reads a printed page aloud Braille Machine ◦ We can put printed material into Braille for you! Kurzweil Reading Edge Machine Braille Machine
JAWS software ◦ Check your local public library for availability ◦ Reads printed material on the computer screen Optelec 20/20+ ◦ Enlarges materials placed underneath it by projecting on a screen ◦ Can be enlarged up to 60 times its normal size ◦ Available at Headquarters library in Bainbridge Computer with JAWS software Optelec 20/20+
Perkins Brailler ◦ Equivalent of a Braille typewriter Braille –N- Print Slimline ◦ Computer card ◦ Attaches to the bottom of the Perkins Brailler ◦ Prints on a computer printer DAAS Vision Simulator Kit ◦ Helps sighted persons develop a better understanding of different vision impairments. AND MORE! Perkins Brailler DAAS Vision Simulator Kit
Machines needed to play special cassettes ◦ Old material is still available in this format Recorded at slower than conventional speeds Loaned for as long as you use the recorded materials Graphic
You are eligible for this program if you: ◦ Are legally blind 20/200 or less in better eye with correcting lenses ◦ Cannot see well enough to read standard print ◦ Are unable to handle print books or turn pages because of a physical handicap ◦ Are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability, due to an organic dysfunction
Materials are delivered to your home free of charge Once you receive the materials, flip the index card over on the materials to return them free of charge All materials check out for 30 days
Obtain an application form! ◦ Call us ◦ us ◦ Visit us in person ◦ Visit your public library ◦ Download one from our website at
Need signature of a competent authority ◦ In cases of blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations: Doctors of medicine Doctors of osteopathy Ophthalmologists Optometrists Registered nurses Therapists Professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies: Social workers Case workers Counselors Rehabilitation Teachers Superintendents In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians. ◦ In the case of a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction: Doctors of medicine Doctors of osteopathy
Churches Senior Centers Caregiver groups Institutions Agencies such as ◦ DFACS ◦ Health Departments Informal talks Newspaper articles Television interviews Library displays Demonstrations
Counties we serve: 22 ◦ Over 8,600.4 square miles ◦ Population per square mile: 56.8 Service Population: 488,572 ◦ 1.4% eligible for service 6,840 eligible for service Number of active patrons: 1,837 Number of materials checked out in 2010: 27,365 Year we opened for service: 1974
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