Hi, Shelley. It makes perfect sense, and that's how I feel, too. I feel the same way about the wealth of books out there that having a scanner opens up for us, and I know what you mean about students having so much equipment that we never had. I never had all that, either. I didn't have a laptop in school and no embosser. The state finally purchased me a computer for home, but it was in December of 1996. Windows 95 was already out, but they gave me a refurbished unit, no doubt, with Windows 3.1, so it wasn't long before I wasn't able to do much with it. I, too, am so glad I can read everything now that I know I missed out on back then. I'm grateful to NLS for what they have and what they did give me. Books were my escape growing up. I'm not going to go into my family dysfunction here, but books provided me with the only way out I had, and NLS was the only way I had to get books, so I'm not minimizing what they do in any way, but I'm so grateful that we have so much more now. Take care. Julie Morales Children are fragile. Handle with prayer. --Unknown ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 12:50 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Scanners and the walth of books I also was one of those frustrated by what NLS would send me as a student in High school and Middle school. They never seemed to have the books I wanted to read, and I read so slow on the CCTV that I missed out on a lot of good stuff as a kid. But since I joined bookshare and got my first scanner in 2000, I have been rediscovering the books I missed out on like The Black Stallion Series, and Lassie Come-Home, and the Terhune books and the Newberry and Caldecott medal winners, which were there, and I had time to get them but the effort of reading was well. It would take me an hour or two to do a chapter of my History text. So of course there usually wasn't much time devoted to reading for pleasure. And that when I was in elementary school my teachers kind of turned me off to reading because of the stories we had to read. I do remember, one of my favorite shows as a kid was Reading Rainbow, and I loved it so much because it brought books to life and the pictures were so bright and colorful I could sit in front of the TV and see them. Those books are still some of my favorites, and the show is still on public television. Man, I wish I had a scanner in High school. smile, would have made life a whole lot easier, and perhaps, I would have gotten brave enough to apply for Honors English. Everyone said I had the skills, but I wasn't up for all the extra work. I see some of the kids today when I visit them, who have the tools sitting in front of them, a large sized double sided embosser and a lap top and scanner, and they don't use them, and I want to say, can I please have that, you can have my blazer, smile. It is so frustrating, I would have killed to have that kind of technology in H.S. I had a lap top with eight Mb of Ram. that was it, smile. We did have jaws and MS Word on it, but that was all it could handle. But I definitely feel rich. Reading is a joy and having so many choices, it feels like such a Luxurious thing, like a bubble bath while listening to a great book on the BC, of course out of the water, smile. Bookshare is a great service and I only see it getting better over the years. Smile. Sorry if this doen't make sense need to go to bed. Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI and Judson, guiding golden juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc. Graduate Alumni Association Board www.guidedogs.com Dog ownership is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other. Carolyn Alexander To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.