Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center

Talking Books are a free public library service for the visually, physically, and reading disabled. The Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center is part of the Athens-Clarke County Library and the Georgia Library for Accessible Services. For more information about our service, please visit our website.

The purpose of this blog is to provide information and useful links to our patrons. The Talking Book Center does not endorse any product mentioned on this blog.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

iBill Currency Readers on Display

iBill Currency Readers are still available for Talking Books patrons.  If you would like to request one, please contact your Talking Book Library.

The Talking Book Center has two iBill Currency Readers on display.  If you would like to come by the Center to see one, we will be glad to give you a demonstration!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Expos This Week

The Talking Book Center will be participating in two exciting events this week!  We encourage you to join us at these expos.

Community Council of Gwinnett County Networking Fair

Wednesday, September 17

9:30am - 1:00pm

Gwinnett Technical College

5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 700 Lawrenceville GA

This networking fair is a great way to meet all the members of the Community Council of Gwinnett County and see what their businesses have to offer.  The CCGC is an organization of non-profits and service-related businesses and individuals for the area.

Athens Senior Resource Network Senior Expo & Health Fair

Thursday, September 18

4:00pm - 7:00pm

Oconee County Civic Center

2661 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville GA

This annual expo and health fair will feature health screenings, guest speakers, presentations, information tables, door prizes, and giveaways.  It is geared towards resources for serving the aging population in our community.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports Recruitment Fair

Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports will hold a Recruitment Fair this Saturday, September 13.  AIRS organizes adaptive sports teams, including beep ball and power soccer, in the Athens area community for athletes with disabilities.  The fair will offer information about various sports as well as demonstrations.

AIRS Recruitment Fair

Saturday, September 13

9:00am - 2:00pm

Tuckston United Methodist Church

4175 Lexington Road, Athens

Monday, September 8, 2014

Reading by Author Terry Kay

The Athens-Clarke County Friends of the Library are sponsoring a reading by author Terry Kay this week.  Come hear him read from his new novel, Song of the Vagabond Bird.   This local author is well-known for his titles To Dance with the White Dog and The Valley of Light.  Kay will also be discussing and autographing his new book at this event.

Author Terry Kay

Thursday, September 11


Athens-Clarke Co. Library

2025 Baxter St. Athens GA

Friday, September 5, 2014

Airport Beacons Help Direct Passengers

The San Francisco International Airport will debut a new system of Bluetooth transmitters this fall to help visually impaired passengers navigate the terminal.  By using an iOS app, the beacons will inform travelers of nearby gates, information desks, power outlets, and more.  An Android version of the app is also expected in the future.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Local Bakery Gets National Recognition

The Today Show paid a visit to Lawrenceville this week, home of Special Kneads and Treats, Inc bakery.  The non-profit bakery was opened by Tempa and Mike Kohler to provide employment for adults with disabilities, including their son Bradley.  The profits from the shop are then returned to  community programs.

You can view the segment on Today's website:  and visit Special Kneads and Treats' website

Monday, September 1, 2014

TBC Closed Today

This is a reminder that the Talking Book Center is closed today in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen at 9:00am tomorrow, September 2. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TBC Closings

The Athens Regional Library System, including the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center, will hold a staff training session this Friday morning, August 29.  Due to this training, we will open an hour late, at 10:00am, Friday and close at our normal time of 6:00pm.  We will also be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.  Please order your books early for the long weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Annual Senior Expo and Health Fair

Athens' Annual Senior Expo and Health Fair will be held in September.  Make plans to join us!

Athens Senior Resources Network Senior Expo/Health Fair

Thursday, September 18


Oconee County Civic Center

Free Admission, exhibitors, health screenings, and door prizes!

Guest speakers will present on Alzheimer's/Dementia 101 and Senior Safety.

For more information, please visit

Friday, August 22, 2014

Web Maintenance

The Library of Congress will be doing some website maintenance this weekend.  This will affect many Talking Book sites, including BARD and the NLS homepage, which will not be available this weekend.  These sites are expected to return Monday morning, August 25.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Elder Care Forum

An Elder Care Forum will be held next week in Athens.  The topic is "Dealing With Dementia", and is presented by Care to Continue and Arbor Terrace of Athens.  This forum is part of a lunch and learn series.

Charting a Course for Care: Dealing with Dementia

August 28, 12-2pm

Athens First Bank, 2nd floor meeting room

150 W. Hancock Ave Athens

To register for this lunch and learn program, please call 706-296-4967 or email

The forum is hosted by Athens First Bank & Trust, Elite Senior Care Services, The Oaks of Athens, The Stearns Agency, Care to Continue, A Place for Mom, Athens Community Council on Aging, Arbor Terrace of Athens, and The Kimbrough Law Firm.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Talking Book Topic Order Form Changing

Talking Book Topics magazine, sent bimonthly to all Talking Book patrons, will be changing the order forms in the September/October issue.  Due to patron request, the order form will return to listing numbers in the order titles appear in the book.  Recently, the numbers had appeared in strict numeric order.  This change should make it easier to order titles from the catalog.

Friday, August 15, 2014

National Senior Day at Bethesda Park

Bethesda Park Senior Center will be celebrating National Senior Citizens Day next Thursday, August 21.  Some of the free events include BINGO, art exhibits, and refreshments as well as a presentation on COPD.  The event will be from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the Senior Center, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.  You can reach the Bethesda Senior Center at (770) 822-8000 with any questions.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Sign Language Restaurant

Signs, a new restaurant in Toronto, encourages you to use your hands during your meal.  Signs employs an almost entirely hearing-impaired staff and provides American Sign Language (ASL) cheat sheets for diners to order their meals.  Anjan Manikumar, the founder and president of the restaurant, hopes that Signs will not only provide a unique dining experience, but promote the use of ASL and provide career opportunities for the hearing impaired.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Digital Talking Book Players' Battery Life

If you have a digital Talking Book player, you may have noticed changes in the announcement for remaining battery life.  Brand new players announce a charge of 29 hours when fully charged.  It is normal for this number to decrease, even when fully charged, over time.  Once your player holds less than 12 hours fully charged, you may return it to the library for repair.

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