Review: The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin

 

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin.  Illustrated by Jez Tuya.  (Albert Whitman and Company, 2017)

William Ellsworth Hoy has long been a hero of the Deaf community – a record-setting baseball player who played for multiple National League teams and changed the way that baseball was played. Churnin’s approachable text and Tuya’s expressive illustrations take readers along with William’s struggles to be taken seriously by the hearing world – which, in the 1880s, didn’t believe a deaf player could amount to much. William proves the critics wrong through determination, grit, and talent, and soon teams and fans are clamoring for him. Many biographies of Hoy get hung up on his nickname, “Dummy”, which was a common term applied to deaf people at the time, but Churnin wisely keeps the focus on Hoy’s accomplishments throughout the story, saving such details, with contextualizing comments, for an informative afterward. A timeline of Hoy’s life offers more details for baseball lovers.

Coming soon: an interview with the author!

Library Signs Resources

Want to learn some simple signs you can use to make serving Deaf patrons more successful?  Check out these resources!

Practice Videos by Kathy MacMillan on YouTube
Manners Signs
Library Signs 1
Library Signs 2
Library Signs 3

Library Signs Quiz Video

 

Library Signs Quiz Video Answer Sheet


Handouts to go with Practice Videos:
Library Signs (Vocabulary – Video 2)

Library Signs (Sentences – Videos 1 and 3)

Attention ASL-fluent Librarians! Job Openings at the MD Deaf Culture Digital Library

Shared from the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library website:

Deaf Culture Digital Library Positions – CLOSING DATE: June 5, 2017

Montgomery County Public Libraries is recruiting to fill two grant funded positions in the new Deaf Culture Digital Library. This state initiative will be housed in the Germantown Branch, and be the primary information center on deaf resources for library customers and library staff throughout Maryland.

Program Specialist I-IRC25751

Montgomery County Public Libraries seeks a Program Specialist I with knowledge of deaf culture, hearing loss and assistive technology as well as basic proficiency in American Sign Language to help to develop the Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL). As the Program Specialist I at the DCDL you will play a vital role in marketing the DCDL to the community and outside agencies.

Librarian I -IRC25750

Montgomery County Public Libraries seeks a Librarian I with experience using, discussing and sharing information on deaf culture, deaf history and deaf literature. As the Librarian I, you will use your collection development skills to help to tailor a print and electronic collection to support the work of the DCDL. Statewide programming responsibilities are also an integral part of this position, as is providing customer service at the information desk at the Germantown Branch. This position requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association as well as Basic Proficiency in American Sign Language.

To learn more about these exciting and challenging positions, please visit the Montgomery County Website

Please remember to address the preferred criteria in your submission. For additional information, please contact Debra Marshall, Human Resources Specialist Montgomery County Office of Human Resources, 240-777-5042 or debra.marshall@montgomerycountymd.gov or Barbara McClayton, MCPL Human Resources & Accountability Manager, 240-777-0107 or barbara.mcclayton@montgomerycountymd.gov

Basic ASL for Library Staff begins in 1 week! Register now!

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 15, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse facilitated by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

Upcoming Interpreter Workshop: Kids are Consumers, Too!

The CCBC Interpreter Preparation Program Presents…

Kids are Consumers, Too!

May 13th, 2017 from 9:00-1:00

Catonsville Campus, Mathematics and Science Hall (MASH) 032

.3 CEUs Professional Studies

Cost:

  • Current CCBC INTR Students: $20
  • All Others: $40

ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT DEAF CAMPS, INC.’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Register here!

Presented by Kathy MacMillan & Louise Rollins

Workshop Description:

(.3 CEU PS) In this hands-on workshop, participants will develop an understanding of the needs of young consumers and lay a foundation for the skills, vocabulary, and attitudes needed to serve children in a variety of interpreting settings. There are very few resources available in the field of interpreting on this subject, and much of what is available focuses exclusively on educational settings. This workshop focuses on the broad range of settings where interpreters work with children.

Topics covered include:

  • How interpreting for children differs from interpreting for adults
  • Vocabulary specific to settings with children
  • Basic overview of child development, with a focus on linguistic features of each stage
  • Important linguistic considerations when interpreting for children
  • Ethical considerations for working with children

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Give a basic description of the stages of child development.
  2. Explain how these stages influence the interpreter’s role at each stage.
  3. Demonstrate at least 10 ASL signs commonly found in settings involving children.
  4. List at least 3 special considerations the interpreter must make when working with children in non-educational settings

Content level/target audience for workshop is little to none. Recommended for any interpreters who are interested in working with children.

If you need any accommodations contact Dr. Rebecca Minor at rminor3@ccbcmd.edu

Cancellation policy: in the event of cancellation the event will be rescheduled.

PCRID is an RID approved sponsor of continuing education activities.

About the Presenters

Kathy MacMillanKathy MacMillan has worked with both deaf and hearing children in many different capacities throughout her professional life: as a children’s librarian, as a school librarian at the Maryland School for the Deaf, as a camp counselor and director with Deaf Camps, Inc., as an interpreter, and as a signing storyteller with Stories By Hand. Kathy holds NIC Certification from RID, as well as a Master of Library Science from the University of MD, College Park. Kathy reviews interpreter resource materials for RID’s VIEWS, and is the author of several storytime resource books for librarians and educators.

Louise RollinsLouise Rollins is a teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. She works with deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth to five and their families, and spent several years as a teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf. Louise also volunteers as a camp counselor and director with Deaf Camps, Inc. Louise draws on her experience with the Deaf community through her parents, family members, and friends, as well as several years of interpreting in community and VRS settings. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and an MA in Deaf Education, with a concentration in Family Centered Early Education, from Gallaudet University.

 

Register here!

Register for Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse Today!

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 15, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse facilitated by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it.  The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

In the Community: Celebrating and Preserving Deaf History Through Literature and Resources

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of American Sign Language, Mother Father Deaf Day (April 30), and Preservation Week (April 23-29) ,

Montgomery County Public Libraries presents:

Celebrating and Preserving Deaf History Through Literature and Resources

Presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Germantown Library 19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874

Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/n5zoqql

Program Agenda

  1. Preserving Deaf History: an introduction
  2. Poet Dr. Curtis Robbins, authors Dr. Carolyn McCaskill, Gina A. Oliva, and Judith A. Jonas will discuss their works.
  3. Learn about Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library and how to locate deaf history resources.
  4. Meet and Greet writers for book signings.

This program is co-sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Friends of the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

To request other accommodations, email MarylandDCDL@montgomerycountymd.gov at least three work days in advance.

March 13-April 15 is Deaf History Month. Check out free books, DVDs, and online resources at MCPL and the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

In the Community: ASL Classes for All Ages at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED SPRING 2017

APRIL 18-JUNE 20

EVENING CLASSES 
(Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | ASL 5 | Children’s ASL (Ages 5-12; parents may accompany child for an additional fee)

MORNING  CLASSES
(10:00 a.m. – Noon)
ASL 1: Tuesdays | ASL 2: Wednesdays | ASL 3: Thursdays

For pricing and registration information, click here.

In the Community: Upcoming Events from Deaf Camps, Inc.

 

March and April are filled with terrific events for families from Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization I have been proud to be involved with since 2001.  Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

Online Auction Through March 31

Support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund with its first-ever Online Auction! From March 1 to March 31, bid on handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, event tickets – even manuscript critiques from one of the top agents in the children’s publishing industry! A $100 Stories By Hand gift certificate is also up for bid!

Check out the items here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund.

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

The 2017 Kiwanis 16th Biannual Spring All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast & Flea Market

Sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City

Saturday, April 1, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

thusq1taepAll-you-can-eat breakfast (pancakes, eggs, Boarman’s sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages) $8.00 for adults. Children under 8 eat free

Breakfast proceeds support Kiwanis Club service projects.

Flea market proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Scholarship program.

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DCI Yard Sale, Saturday April 8 from 8 AM to 12 Noon

Location: Christ Deaf Church, 1040 S Beechfield Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Come find a bargain! We’ll have clothes, shoes, household goods, toys and more! All proceeds go directly to our 2017 scholarship fund.

Got stuff to donate for the Yard Sale? Contact deafcampsinc@gmail.com to make arrangements!

 

DCI Easter Party, Saturday, April 8 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: Christ Deaf Church, 1040 S Beechfield Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Celebrate the season and have your picture taken with our signing Easter Bunny!

Admission includes:
* Pancake supper
* Easter egg hunt – begins at 4:45pm
* Easter Bunny pictures
* Crafts

All ages and all families welcome!
Admission: $6 per person
Children under 12 will receive a FREE photo with the Easter Bunny. Additional photos $3 each.

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2017 scholarship fund.

 

 

DCI Paint Party: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 5-7:30 PM

Location: Bowman Restaurant, 9306 Harford Rd, Parkville MD 21234

Registration deadline: April 22, 2017

Enjoy an evening out and paint a spring masterpiece to take home with you, led by Tina Young of Canvas Celebrations. No experience necessary – anyone can do it! All materials will be provided. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This event will be accessible in American Sign Language and English.

Tickets: $32 per person,  All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund.

Purchase Tickets