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Inside Higher Education…Suggested Books College Freshman Should Read

Inside Higher Ed, an online ezine I faithfully read, recently published an article on “What College Freshman Will Read.”  If you are a college freshman or have students just starting college, like I do, you’ll want to read this article which suggests several books that will help first-year students bond through a common reading experience and jumpstart their ability to discuss intellectual content. A “Study by the National Association of Scholars,” a group that advocates for a more rigorous and traditional college curriculum, released a comprehensive analysis of what freshmen are being asked to read during college orientation programs.  The…

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What We’re Reading {August 20, 2010}

The Bookshare team reads avidly. In fact, we read a lot of books every week. And so do our children, friends and families. Among those, there are always a handful of standouts – the shortlist, the books with buzz–perfect for children, tweens, teens, college students, and young adults. “What We’re Reading” brings you picks of the most interesting recent reads, along with short descriptions, sometimes we’ll even include candid comments and notes from the team. We’ll be bringing you “What We’re Reading” every Friday, be sure to look for it and download some great books! The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  – Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists…

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What You’re Reading {August 2010}

Bookshare Members have a lot to say about the books they read. And you share your thoughts, comments and recommendations with us on a regular basis. So, we thought that you might like to hear what other Members have to say about the books they are reading. With this post, we are introducing a new monthly post called “What You’re Reading.” This month we’re featuring some of our high school Members’ recommendations. Dead in the Family (Southern Vampire Mysteries #10) by Charlaine Harris – The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series – the basis for HBO’s True Blood –…

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Calling all parents!

Parents, we want to know what you’re reading to or with your kids. Please comment and let us know who your kids favorite authors and characters are, what their favorite series is, and the books you think every kid should read. Below we’ve shared some of our favorites. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish A literal-minded young girl’s first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight. Meet AMELIA BEDELIA! She’s shorter and she’s younger than the one you know. And her only job is having fun. But she’ll make you laugh all the same! If You Take…

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Summer Volunteers Make Exceptional Contributions

This post was contributed by Geneva Vander Poel in the Bookshare operations team. Bookshare is proud of its strong community of dedicated volunteers. Since 2002, we have depended on volunteers to keep the library stocked with relevant titles – books that our members are eager to read. Year round, a dedicated group of people work diligently to grow the collection. Without their efforts, Bookshare would not have as many accessible titles today (more than 80,000) to serve over 100,000 members. Summertime presents a unique opportunity for volunteering in our Palo Alto offices. Since schools are out of session and student…

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End of Summer Reading for Tweens and Teens!

Summer is the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading, plus maintain and strengthen reading comprehension and fluency skills. And with just a few weeks left before school starts, now is the time to do some end of summer reading! Once the school year begins, most students will be too busy keeping up with their class assignments to read merely for pleasure. Over the summer Bookshare has added thousands of books, including many popular titles tweens and teens will love to read. In fact, did you know that Bookshare has the entire Twilight series, the Pretty Little Liars series, and the complete collection of Percy Jackson and the Olympians? Download…

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A Few Weeks Left This Summer to Read and Move

From legislation to lunchtime reading, the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education Programs care about literacy in this country. Picture the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, holding a book, and Kareem Dale, the Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, reading If I Ran for President in braille to about 100 attentively listening young kids, ages 4-8, and their parents. Soon Congressman Jim Langevin from Rhode Island joined the group and read House Mouse, Senate Mouse. The event was the Department of Education’s “Let’s Read. Let’s Move” summer enrichment program on July 30 in…

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Is Braille Now Optional?

Is learning braille now optional? If so, why? Or is optional braille another example of the weakness in today’s educational system – decried by the Obama administration – that allows students to get by, not learn the tough subjects, and not graduate ready for college or a career? In letting today’s youth skip braille, are we handcuffing them for life? Most would agree that learning can occur auditorily and that for many, auditory learning is the preferred mode. Many software applications (including those available from Bookshare) and devices render printed content as spoken language for readers with visual impairments and…

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A Family with Disabilities Volunteers for Bookshare

Hello Bookshare Readers! Our family has taken so much pride in volunteering for Bookshare. I want to thank everyone who makes volunteering such a joy! Before Bookshare, our family could count on one hand how many books we had read together.  I have severe dyslexia, my husband, Doug is a quadriplegic and my daughter, Nichole, has cerebral palsy. We first became acquainted with Bookshare about six years ago when our older daughter, Cindy, wanted to be able to read books in a digital format. She passed away four years ago at the time Nichole, our second daughter, was starting to…

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Postsecondary Students Benefit from Individual Memberships

A University of Michigan – Flint student, with an individual membership says “Bookshare Rocks!” Ashley Seymour, a college junior majoring in health care at the University of Michigan-Flint, has been blind since birth.  She says, “Bookshare is expanding fast!  It’s easy for me to get my books from one source.  I don’t have to wait.  I just download my books, convert to MP3 files for my iPod, and go to class.” Ashley has found books and background information in communications, ethics, literature, psychology and medical sciences. She uses Bookshare to find material for reports, study biographies and locate accessible titles…

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