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Explore a New World with the Bookshare Book Club’s July Pick

Welcome again to the Bookshare Book Club! Each month Bookshare staff will choose a book for members to read before hosting a discussion on the last Friday of the month. The conversation will take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to participate, including non-Bookshare members. July’s book will be Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik. In a universe controlled by three High Houses, Ada von Hasenburg has no true power until she rejects a politically favorable marriage and escapes destiny. But being on the…

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Georgia Keeps Library Patrons Engaged with Bookshare’s Accessible Ebook Library

Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) offers free Bookshare memberships with access to 730,000 books for eligible patrons with disabilities.

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Moses’ Story: Journey from Dependence to University Graduate to Professional Employment

Moses Chowdari Gorrepati, Program Manager at EnAble India, explains how accessible ebooks from Bookshare helped him achieve employment and independence.

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Justin’s Story: Audiobooks Help Reader with Learning Disability and ADHD Accomplish Amazing Things

Justin Novello is a self-described late bloomer. Due to learning disabilities and ADHD, he couldn’t read. In first grade, as the other students progressed into higher-level readers, Justin got stuck as a low-level reader. Finally, in college, he sought help. An academic advisor told him about Bookshare, and he began reading with audiobooks. They changed his life.

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Kickstart Summer Vacation with the Bookshare Book Club’s June Pick

Welcome again to the Bookshare Book Club! Each month Bookshare staff chooses a book for members to read before hosting a discussion on the last Friday of the month. The conversations take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members. June’s book will be Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. Turning the classic fairytale treat on its head, Oyeyemi tells the tale of Harriet and Perdita Lee, a mother and daughter pair shrouded in mystery. A possible imaginary homeland, a childhood friend…

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Bookshare’s Summer Reading Lists Offer a Universe of Stories

Summer is almost here! Have you prepared your students for the summer break? Bookshare has age-appropriate reading lists and tips to get students ready for a summer of successful, independent reading.

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EXPERT INSIGHTS: Assistive Technology Personalizes the Learning Environment

Scott Richards, Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist, shares the low-to-high tech solutions and strategies that help students with disabilities reach their potential.

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The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: What You Need to Know

On May 8, 2019, the United States joins the list of 82 member nations that have fully ratified the long-awaited Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. If you are wondering exactly what that means, you are not alone. This document outlines the basic provisions and implications of the treaty, especially as it affects the Bookshare community.

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