Season’s Readings! From all of us at Benetech, wishing you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season. We are grateful for your continued, thoughtful support and partnership. Together we can help people of all ages learn, thrive and reach their fullest potential in the year to come.
Bookshare Blog Posts
Get ready for a new, exciting way to read with Bookshare Reader for smart speakers (beta). It’s as easy as using your voice. Now, you can read and enjoy your books on any Alexa-enabled device. Simply tell Alexa to open Bookshare Reader and read a book. With Bookshare Reader, you can enjoy the convenience of voice-enabled tools to enjoy the world’s largest ebook library for people with reading barriers.
Welcome to the best time of year for snuggling up with a book! During the holiday season, it’s fun to revisit treasured classics and discover new favorites. We made a list (of books) and checked it twice to give you a sleigh full of ideas on what to read. So grab a blanket and a warm drink and settle in with heartwarming books featured in this blog.
Spread hope and learning this holiday season. With your Giving Tuesday gift to Bookshare, you can help more students discover the joy of reading and close the literacy gap.
Olga Borovaya has been doing research and teaching at Stanford and other universities since 1998, which is when she started losing her eyesight. An expert in Sephardic Studies and Ladino Culture, she was always looking for resources and devices that would make her work possible despite her visual impairment, but most of the time she relied on research assistants who would read to her in several languages and help her find books at the university libraries. Fortunately, she discovered Bookshare and now relies on it for immediate access to scholarly texts in accessible formats.
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving season, the Bookshare team is grateful every day 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. Plus – enjoy these recommendations for holiday reading!
Come join the monthly Bookshare Book Club discussion on Zoom for adults. November’s book is “Matrix.” Newcomers and veterans alike are welcome to join the conversation and the community.
Joe Manzella is the 9th grade Resource Room teacher at the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan, outside of Detroit. One of the ways he supports students with reading and learning challenges is by providing ebooks in alternate formats from Bookshare. Learn more about his tips for reading success in today’s blog.
In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, we look back at two extraordinary Bookshare members who share their perspectives on living – and thriving – with dyslexia, a language-based learning disorder that causes difficulty with reading. Plus, we shine a light on a treasure trove of books featuring characters with learning disabilities to foster inclusion and empathy and engage young readers.
Come join the monthly Bookshare Book Club discussion on Zoom for adults. October’s book is “A Slow Fire Burning.” Newcomers and veterans alike are welcome to join the conversation and the community.