2012-10-24 / Living & Style


by Catherine Vanstone

Keep Blind and Physically Handicapped Children Reading Like many 10-year-olds,

Brandon Pickrel loves reading books about dinosaurs, the weather, and science experiments. Brandon is blind. He has been blind since birth, but he reads every day. When he was younger, it was the Junie B. Jones stories. Now, he enjoys James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and the Chronicles of Narnia series.

Children like Brandon have plenty of books to choose from. The Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services has thousands of children’s book titles, both fiction and non-fiction, in audio formats. There are New- berry Medal winners such as Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me, about a 12-yearold who gets notes from the future, and Coretta Scott King Award winners such as We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson, a history of baseball’s old Negro Leagues.

The collection at the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services also includes books about children who are blind or have other disabilities, such as The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby and bestsellers from the past, such as the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries, and the present, including the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series. Also available are many non-fiction titles, especially biographies and books about animals that can supplement what children are learning at school. Popular magazines are available, too, including Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic Kids and more.

This free library service is available to residents of all ages throughout 22 South Georgia counties whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes reading regular print difficult. For more information, please call the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services at 229.248.2680 or 1.800.795.2680. Or, visit our website at www.swgrl.org/ handicap.php to learn more about how the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services can keep blind and physically handicapped children reading.

Scary Reads

Halloween will be here soon, and what better way to get in the Halloween spirit than by picking up some spooky novels at your library. For adults, try Anne Rice’s new thriller, The Wolf Gift or So Cold the River by Michael Koryta. Children can get their hands on some terrifying tales by checking out Little Camp of Horrors by R.L. Stine or Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Teens can even find ghoulish adventures such as The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong or The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Please call the Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library at 229.758.3131 for more information about these or other titles to get you in the Halloween spirit!

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