Skip to content

Category: Events

Calendar events and activities

Bookshare’s 2014 Winter Bulletin Just Released!

Our quarterly newsletter, the Bookshare Bulletin was just released! This Winter 2014 edition is a wonderful recap of a tremendous year and an exciting preview of 2015. Thank you for this amazing year and enjoy reading the bulletin!  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Giving Thanks and Looking Ahead A message from Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Benetech Global Literacy Program From our family to yours, we wish you the very best holiday season. Thanks to your support, Bookshare is serving more members than ever with a collection of…

Leave a Comment

Donor Spotlight! Carole H. Lake

Thank you Carole H. Lake, Bookshare Member, for this wonderful guest post! Why do I support Bookshare, the accessible online library for people with print disabilities operated by the Benetech Global Literacy Program?  Well, I support it for a number of reasons, but first let me tell you a story. My grandmother was a highly educated woman and an avid reader. Sadly, she developed glaucoma, and lost her eyesight in her 60s. I used to go down to the Texas State Library and pick up books on records for her. No, not books on tape—books on vinyl! They were heavy,…

Leave a Comment

Understood.Org – A Resource Network In Support of Parents of Children with Learning and Attention Issues

The Internet can be an amazing resource for finding out about everything from ancestry to zoology. As a parent of three children, I spent countless hours each month reading sites like “What to Expect When You Are Expecting,” and then checking their developmental growth on “Baby Center” only to be completely panic stricken when one of them did not reach their milestones when they were supposed to. Likewise, for parents who are trying to get answers to help their child succeed in school and at home, the Internet can be an overwhelming and scary place. Even the savviest of parents…

Leave a Comment

Winners of the 2014 Summer of Sleuths Contest!

We promised members that Bookshare’s 6th annual Summer of Sleuths reading contest would be the best summer contest to date. And guess what? It was!  Congratulations to everyone who participated! From June 16 to August 1, 2014, 285 individual members, from kindergarteners to adults, grabbed their magnifying glasses and got busy reading and solving fun mysteries from detective stories in the Bookshare library. Did you have fun? Share your favorite book with us on Facebook or Pinterest, or Tweet about your experience at #SummerOfSleuths. Drum Roll Please…Here Are Our 2014 Winners by Category! Congratulations to all of the following contestants. …

Leave a Comment

Hot Off the Press! Bookshare’s Summer 2014 Bulletin

Bookshare members and supporters, the Summer 2014 Bulletin is out, and you can catch up on the latest happenings at Bookshare and Benetech, our parent nonprofit. What’s in the news? Bookshare is celebrating two major milestones—serving more than 310,000 people with print disabilities and providing access to over 250,000 titles. Wow! There’s still time to enter the Summer of Sleuths reading contest. Enter before 5 PM on August 1 for a chance to win awesome prizes! Get great tips on using Bookshare from our Support Team. Learn about our Parent Ambassador Program and great professional development opportunities for educators. Learn…

Leave a Comment

NEW! Bookshare Parent Ambassador Program

A post by Lisa Wadors Verne, PhD, Manager of Bookshare’s Parent Outreach Program. Over the years, we’ve met many amazing parents who advocate on behalf of their children for accessible books, reading technologies, and educational resources like Bookshare. As a result, we’ve published some great stories about dedicated moms and super dads who have performed heroic acts to ensure their children get equal access to learning. We know that there are many more parents doing similarly amazing things for children with print disabilities every day. They may tell other parents about how their child uses Bookshare at home, advocate at…

Leave a Comment

The Summer of Sleuths Contest Is Live. Enter Today!

It’s time to solve some clues! The Summer of Sleuths reading contest for U.S. Individual Members has officially launched! Put on your favorite detective cap, pull out your magnifying glass, and get ready to inspect some great detective books in Bookshare. Through Friday, August 1st, contestants will download, read, and solve clues within great detective books from Bookshare. For every clue you answer correctly, you will be entered into a drawing for awesome prizes like detective gadgets, gift cards and free year-long Bookshare memberships! (Read our initial contest announcement to learn more about the contest). Important Tips for Summer Sleuths…

Leave a Comment

Bookshare Community Rocks First Live Twitter #PoetryJam!

In April, we celebrated National Poetry Month by featuring poets and poetry books in our social media channels. We also invited our Twitter friends to join us in creating poetry online together. During the week of April 21st through 25th, we switched our focus from reading poetry to writing poetry and experimented with an interactive Twitter event: our first-ever Bookshare Community Poetry Jam! You, our fun-loving Bookshare members, educators, volunteers, parents, and accessibility advocates, rocked this event with creativity, sentiment, humor, and love. During the week, anyone could tweet lines of poetry day or night using the #PoetryJam hashtag. Our…

Leave a Comment

Bookshare Individual Members – Get Ready for the Summer of Sleuths Contest!

Are you ready to solve this summer’s most intriguing mysteries? Get ready for the Summer of Sleuths Contest from Bookshare! This is our sixth and most exciting summer contest to date, and we invite all Bookshare Individual Members to participate. Will you be Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, or the Hardy Boys? Put on your detective cap and help solve these cases! How does the contest work?  Contestants examine clues provided by Bookshare. Contestants uncover the answers inside of great detective books (Bookshare will provide reading lists). Contestants who answer clues correctly will be entered to win great prizes! What are…

Leave a Comment