Winter 2011

The Library will be closed on May 30th in honor of Memorial Day.

Changes at the Talking Book Center

There are changes coming to the Talking Book Center due to renovations at the Athens-Clarke County Library and decisions at the state level to reorganize the service in Georgia. The staff will be moving to the Oconee County Library in Watkinsville during the renovation but we should have the same 800-531-2063 phone number. We will still handle all of your calls but the books and machines will come from Atlanta so you might need to call earlier to order materials. We will not have the space in Watkinsville to house our collection of Talking Books so they will be stored at the Archives in Atlanta. We don't have a firm date on our move yet but it will probably be on or around April 1st. We don't anticipate any disruption in services due to the move.

We will continue to focus on outreach to the community so if you would like us to come give a presentation in your town, give us a call at 706-310-3650.

The address of the Oconee County Library is 1080 Experiment Station Rd. Watkinsville, GA 30677.

NLS 80th Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition

Everyone is invited to an Open House at the Talking Book Center to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and to recognize our volunteers for all the hard work that they do. This will take place on March 25th, 2011 at 2:30 pm.

Get Timely Talking Books News!

Since our newsletter is only published four times a year, it's not always the best source of Talking Books news. Fortunately, there are some other ways you can be current on Talking Books information.

Did you know the Talking Book Center has provided a news blog since October 2008? This blog is updated several times a week and provides links to interesting articles about visual or physical impairments, information about upcoming events, and new products that may be of use to our patrons. No sign-up is required to read the blog, just type the address into your URL bar.

You can also subscribe to the Talking Books News email list. This list is for patrons, teachers, activity directors, family members, caregivers, or anyone interested in what's going on with Talking Books. Information in emails may include news and announcements, tips and tricks, frequently asked questions, suggested reads, upcoming events, or where TBC will be visiting in the community. If you would like to subscribe to the email list, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 1-800-531-2063 and ask to be placed on the list. Your email address will not be used for any purpose other than being contacted by the Talking Book Center.

Athens Council of the Blind Music Fundraiser

The Athens Council of the Blind will be hosting a music fundraiser on March 25, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Little Kings which is located at 223 West Hancock Avenue in Athens. Featured musical performers include the Vinyl Strangers, the Women's Singing Circle, Mike Blake, Maraiya Latulippe and Jamaica Miller. The cover charge is a donation to the Athens Council of the Blind. For more information call 706-227-6142.

The Athens Council of the Blind meetings are held on the fourth Saturday, of every month from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Multiple Choices, 850 Gaines School Road, Athens. For further information call 706.549.1020.

Thanks to our volunteers

  • Newspaper Readers:  Jim Heyl, Phil Pollock, Lois Trandel, Ron Waln
  • Tape Checkers and Rewinders: ABH Fine Finish, Mark Bova & Betty Nash, Eric Kissel & Kimberly Faust & Martin Ruff & Jonathon Harris, Kyle Lisk, Carlton Mell
  • Machine Cleaning and Repair:  Jerry Barnes, John Clendenin, Corwin Mokler
  • Telephone Pioneers:  Pete Argo, Larry Long, Billy Patton
  • Newsletter Labels:  Peter Kissane  

Thanks to everyone that has helped out over the years.