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

 

In the Community: Free ASL Interpreted Performances of “The Wizard of Oz” This Weekend

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!
Add in a sprinkle of Waldorf’s middle schoolers — oh, yeah!
The Waldorf School of Baltimore is proud to present, “The Wizard of Oz” the musical. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to this one-of-a-kind student showcase. Experience the depth of middle schoolers’ theatrical range and intellectual creativity, while seated in our beautiful new hall.

Location: The Waldorf School of Baltimore, 4801 Tamarind Avenue, Baltimore MD 21209

Showtimes: 
Friday, March 31 @ 7 PM
Saturday, April 1 @ 4 PM
Sunday, April 2 @ 2 PM

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at all performances by practicum students from the Community College of Baltimore County’s Interpreter Preparation Program (and supervised by yours truly).

Recommended for children ages 6 and older.

Tickets are FREE.  Please RSVP at this link.

THE WIZARD OF OZ
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

 

In the Community: ASL Storytelling at the Silver Spring Library

Montgomery County Public Libraries hosts

ASL Storytelling

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Silver Spring Library
900 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Come celebrate Deaf history month and the 200th anniversary of American Sign Language!  Deaf Storyteller Roberta Mather Brown will be the featured guest. Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in English and ASL. For children ages 2-5. No registration required. Program to be held on 5th Floor in Program Room.

For more information or to request accessibility services, call the Silver Spring Library at 240-773-9420.

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Note: This is a not a Stories By Hand program. This information is provided as a resource.

 

 

Click, Bid, and Support Deaf Camps, Inc!

Bid on these great items by March 31!  To support its 2017 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its first-ever Online Auction from March 1 to March 31. Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, event tickets, even manuscript critiques from a top agent in children’s publishing! – but especially these items of interest to Stories By Hand followers:
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$100 toward any Stories By Hand program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities. Find out more about the range of programs available at here.

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A One-of-a-Kind Copy of SWORD AND VERSE, signed and annotated by little ol’ me

Get your own super-special copy of my debut fantasy novel, SWORD AND VERSE, autographed and supplemented with maps, story secrets, and all the symbols of the language of the gods your little heart could desire!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely 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.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us get needy kids to camp!

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

Save the Date!: “ASL for Library Staff” eCourse to be offered again May 2017!

The next session of this popular eCourse, taught by Kathy MacMillan, will begin May 15, 2017. Watch this space or sign up to follow this blog by email to be notified when registration is open.

Description: 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 taught 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.

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

Length of Course: 6 weeks (participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete all assignments)

Click, Bid, and Support Deaf Camps, Inc!

I’m thrilled to be supporting the latest fundraising effort for Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit I have volunteered with for the last 15 years.

To support its 2017 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its first-ever Online Auction from March 1 to March 31. Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, event tickets, even manuscript critiques from a top agent in children’s publishing! – but especially these items of interest to Stories By Hand followers:
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$100 toward any Stories By Hand program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities. Find out more about the range of programs available at here.

picture1

A One-of-a-Kind Copy of SWORD AND VERSE, signed and annotated by little ol’ me

Get your own super-special copy of my debut fantasy novel, SWORD AND VERSE, autographed and supplemented with maps, story secrets, and all the symbols of the language of the gods your little heart could desire!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely 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.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us get needy kids to camp!

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

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners
Sundays: March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 2017
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Five sessions (FREE) for individuals who wish to learn basic American Sign Language
Germantown Library
19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874
The emphasis will be placed on communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals through vocabulary development, conversation, and practice. These
sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.

FUNDED by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC).

Sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Note: This class is not affiliated with Stories By Hand, and this information is provided for informational purposes.