“Reading is joy, life, and success. Thank you, Bookshare.” -Lisa
Sometimes the simplest words of gratitude are the most profound. For individuals who face barriers to reading, the setbacks can ripple through academic performance, job opportunities, social connections, and even mental health. Fortunately, ebooks in alternate formats like enlarged text, audio narration, and braille can make all the difference and open the door to joy, life, and success.
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving season, the Bookshare team is grateful for everyone in the community who made a difference in someone’s life: a teacher who mentored a struggling student, a parent who supported and encouraged a child to read, or a volunteer who scanned and proofread a book on a Bookshare member’s wish list.
Salute to Classroom Rock Stars
Bookshare is thankful for all of the educators, Assistive Technology specialists, teachers of the visually impaired, and other student support professionals who work tirelessly to create an inclusive learning environment. By providing accessible books in easy-to-read formats, teachers help accelerate learning and make independent reading less intimidating.
“The students who use Bookshare in their general education classes benefit from the service since it allows them to keep up with the same reading assignments that their peers have. By using Bookshare, my students have demonstrated better comprehension of the text, which in turn has led to increased participation in class discussions as well as improved test scores.”– Joe Manzella, special education resource teacher, Michigan
Volunteers Scan and Proof Wish List Books
Thank you to the Bookshare volunteers whose dedicated work helps us provide more books to the Bookshare community. Over the past five years, volunteers have added over 4,600 books to the collection. In 2020 alone, they scanned and proofread more than 550 books! Curious what the volunteers enjoy reading? Find out in this special collection of volunteers’ favorite books.
Adult Members Give Thanks
Adults with visual impairments or blindness face dependence and isolation. Bookshare gives them access to a world of books and keeps them engaged and connected.
“Every Day is a Gift: A Memoir by Tammy Duckworth gave me empathy for cultures and situations outside of my experience. However, many Bookshare books could qualify as one in a million. It’s especially gratifying to recommend books to friends and read them at the same time they’re available to others. ” -LeeAnn
Cozy Up with a Book this Thanksgiving
Not sure what to read next? Browse these special reading lists for some ideas:
- Jane Addams Children’s Books Award Winners – books that promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of all
- National Book Award Winners – Young People’s Literature – celebrate the best of American literature and enhance the cultural value of good writing in America
- Thanksgiving for Adults – recipes, indigenous history, and Thanksgiving-themed novels
“Bookshare is one of the most valuable tools in my kit. For scholarly pursuits, for keeping up with literature making a current splash, for diving back into items overlooked in earlier reading adventures, and for so many other reasons, I cherish this resource and congratulate you on refining it perpetually. In short, Bookshare is exactly the sort of library for which those of us have long yearned.”-Nicholas Racheotes
Save the Date for #GivingTuesday
This GivingTuesday, let’s create more equity in literacy for youth. Through your generosity and a $45,000 match from the Benetech community, we can empower youth who long to read, but don’t have access to the Bookshare ebook library. Save the giving date for Tuesday, November 30, or get ahead by making your gift today.
#WeAreGrateful today and every day for everyone in the Bookshare community.