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1 Serving the special needs of patrons in 22 counties in Southwest Georgia

2  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!

3  Lee  Lowndes  Miller  Mitchell  Quitman  Randolph  Seminole  Terrell  Thomas  Webster  Worth  Baker  Brooks  Calhoun  Clay  Colquitt  Decatur  Dougherty  Early  Echols  Grady  Lanier Georgia Subregional Libraries Map

4  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

5  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

6  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!

7  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

8  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!

9  New digital players! ◦ USB Flash Cartridges  Many advantages over traditional players: ◦ Smaller ◦ Lighter ◦ Easier to use ◦ Longer battery life

10  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.

11  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

12  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+

13  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

14  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

15  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

16  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

17  Obtain an application form! ◦ Call us ◦ us ◦ Visit us in person ◦ Visit your public library ◦ Download one from our website at

18  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

19  Churches  Senior Centers  Caregiver groups  Institutions  Agencies such as ◦ DFACS ◦ Health Departments  Informal talks  Newspaper articles  Television interviews  Library displays  Demonstrations

20  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

21  Visit us in person! ◦ 301 S. Monroe Street, Bainbridge, Georgia  Call us! ◦ OR  us! ◦  Visit us online! ◦  Receive our monthly newsletter for all the latest news!


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