August Partner Update

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Howdy Partner!

It is back to school time in Georgia and like the schools, we are gearing up for a new year of learning. Many students qualify individually for a Talking Books machine, but there are so many schools in our 21 County Region, simply identifying those students is almost the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. We have partnered with the SPEd teachers and media specialists to reach out to the students in our school systems.

Talking Books proudly welcomes our new partners this August.

The Augusta-Richmond County Public School System.

This August we added these 27 Augusta-Richmond County Schools to the Talking Books Family!

A. Brian Merry Elementary
Alternative Education at Lamar
Bayvale Elementary
Butler High School
Craig Houghton Elementary
Cross Creek High School
Freedom Park Elementary
Garrett Elementary School
Glenn Hills Elementary
Glenn Hills High School
Glenn Hills Middle
Gracewood Elementary School
Hephzibah Elementary
Hephzibah High School
Lake Forest Hills Elementary
Lamar-Milledge Elementary
Laney High School
Morgan Road Middle School
Murphey Middle School
Pine Hill Middle School
Richmond County Tech Career Magnet School
Roy E Rollins Elementary
Southside Elementary
Sue Reynolds Elementary
Tutt Middle School
Warren Road Elementary
Wheeless Road Elementary

Who Is Eligible for the Service?

  • Anyone who is unable to read or handle standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical disability.
  • Persons who are legally blind or cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with glasses.
  • Persons who are unable to hold or turn pages of print books.
  • Persons who are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability.

Call us for more information at 706-821-2625 or email us at

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The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library Systems will be closed
September 4 – September 5 for Labor Day..
ATLANTA — Beginning July 1, the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) network will make more than 425,000 accessible e-books available for free to patrons who cannot read traditional print books due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia and other print disabilities. The online library is made possible by Bookshare, a Benetech global literacy initiative. Every Georgian with an eligible print disability will now have free access to Bookshare’s vast online library including best-sellers, literature, nonfiction, picture books, educational texts, career guides and much more as GLASS patrons. Currently, all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities can access Bookshare’s library for free under an award from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. This new partnership serves eligible Georgia patrons of all ages, whether they are students or not.
Read More here.

    On the Road

Our Town- Brooklet Peanut Festival.

The Brooklet Peanut Festival is held each year on the third Saturday in August in Brooklet, Georgia. Brooklet is located in Bulloch County; east of Savannah. Jayne Andrews, TalkingBook Coordinator was on hand for all the peanut running fun.
Please welcome Our Newest Partners!

The Golden Living Center at Windemere in Augusta, Georgia.

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Golden Living Center at Windermere

3618 J Dewey Gray Cir,
Augusta, GA 30907

Brown’s Healthcare of Statesboro.

Twin View Health and Rehab of Twin City in Emmanuel County.

A Trip the Library

I asked Jayne Andrews our Talking Books Outreach Coordinator what she loved about the public library. Her face lit up when she responded, “All the books I could ever hope to read in one place.”

She is not the only one who feels this way.  Here are a few of stops we made in August to outreach libraries.

This is the Wadley Library in Wadley, Georgia.

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The Rosa Tarbutton Memorial Library in Washington Country is a very pretty library.

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We also had an opportunity to stop in for a visit at the Columbia County Library and go down the rabbit hole with Natalie Gibson, Reference Librarian.
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Until next time, we hope to see you as we are out and about in your neck of the woods.

The Talking Books Augusta Outreach Team
Jayne Andrews, MLIS
Augusta Outreach Services Coordinator

Cheryl Corbin
Augusta Outreach Specialist

Rachel Kee
Augusta Outreach Specialist

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