In the Community: Meet Signing Santa at the DCI Christmas Party! RESCHEDULED

❄️ RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER❄️

Deaf Camps, Inc Annual Christmas Party

Now happening Saturday, Dec 16 from 2-5pm

Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf
1040 S Beechfield Ave
Baltimore, MD 21229

Admission includes:

  • Signing Santa
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • One free picture with Santa per child.  (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)

All ages and signing levels welcome!
Admission: $5
1 adult free with each child’s admission

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2018 scholarship fund.

Click here for more information.

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Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library launches guide for libraries

The Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library, the result of a bill that was passed into law, is the “first stop” information center that will provide Maryland residents, local public library staff, college and university librarians and other libraries in the state of Maryland with access to:

  • online resources on deaf culture,
  • a comprehensive electronic collection of deaf resources,
  • deaf cultural programs, and
  • training programs for library staff.

While the DCDL’s services are still being developed, it has created an online guide for library patrons and staff alike, featuring resources about Deaf Culture, American Sign Language, accessibility, and more.  Find the Deaf Culture Digital Library resource guide here.

In the Community: Meet Signing Santa at the DCI Christmas Party!

Deaf Camps, Inc Annual Christmas Party

Saturday, Dec 9 from 2-5pm

Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf
1040 S Beechfield Ave
Baltimore, MD 21229

Admission includes:

  • Signing Santa
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • One free picture with Santa per child.  (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)

All ages and signing levels welcome!
Admission: $5
1 adult free with each child’s admission

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2018 scholarship fund.

Click here for more information.

Register Now for Basic ASL for Library Staff! Starts Next Week!

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, November 6, 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 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.

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 eCourse: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, November 6, 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 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.

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!

Nita’s First Signs now available for pre-order!

 

Coming April 3, 2018 from Familius Press!

Nita’s First Signs by Kathy MacMillan

illustrated by Sara Brezzi

Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita’s First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference. Baby sign language collections aren’t complete without Nita!

Preorder now at amazon.com | barnesandnoble.com | indiebound.org

Read Local and Win!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 2017/2018 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators! The Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many of these books from local authors/illustrators as you can, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. Then visit our websites to find our already-scheduled book signings and events, or to schedule a visit to your school or library.

Take the Picture Book Challenge, the Middle Grade Challenge, the Young Adult Challenge, or all three!  Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

In the Community: Upcoming ASL Events at the Germantown Library

“Deaf Culture Fairy Tales” — Stories for Everyone, Ages 1 to 101!

Get an eyeful of stories, narrated by Dr. Roz Rosen, author of “Deaf Culture Fairy Tales,” a collection of Deaf-centric twists on classical fairytales and fables. Presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:30 a.m.—12:00 noon

Germantown Library
19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874

Register here.
Co-sponsored by the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Deaf Education and 10th anniversary of the Germantown Library. Book sale and signing by author.


Nature and Other Photographs by Deaf Photographer

Ray Conrad captures nature and other scenes with extraordinary detail. Take a look at his photographs in a glass-enclosed exhibit on the first floor of the library in its beautiful rotunda. Ray will be at the exhibit to share his experiences from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, also at the Germantown Library.


American Sign Language for Beginners

(sponsored by MCAHIC) – five-session program will take place on Sundays, beginning October 15, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., also at the Germantown Library.

Registration is now open. Space will fill up very quickly – so let your friends and colleagues know. Registration required.


For more information about any of these programs, contact the Germantown Branch, Montgomery County Public Libraries

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

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a nonprofit organization I have been proud to be a part of for 16 years.  Check out these upcoming fundraiser events that will help you enhance your ASL skills! All proceeds from these events support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2018 Scholarship Fund.

Silent Saturday

October 14, 2017 from 10am-3pm

Patapsco Valley State Park, Glen Artney Area, Halethorpe, MD$50, PLUS park entrance fee: $3/MD resident, $5/non-resident

Come practice your ASL skills in a safe and supportive voice-off environment. Vocabulary and skill-building workshops, games, and lunch provided. Picnic and play with us in the park! Signers of all levels welcome. All participants please respect the voice-off policy. Silent Saturday information and registration.

 

Parkville Paint Night

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 5-7 PM at Bowman Restaurant, 9306 Harford Rd, Parkville MD 21234

Enjoy an evening out and paint a fall 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 spoken English. Registration deadline: October 14, 2017.  Purchase Tickets.

Frederick Paint Night

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 5-7 PM at The Braddock Inn, 4830 Schley Ave, Braddock Heights MD 21714

Enjoy an evening out and paint a fall 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 spoken English. Registration deadline: November 4, 2017. Purchase Tickets.

Free Webinar this Friday: Accessibility and Libraries

I’m so excited to be participating in this FREE webinar with American Libraries Live!  Hope you can join us!

Free Webinar: Accessibility and Libraries

Friday, September 29, 2017
1 p.m. Eastern | 12 p.m. Central
11 a.m. Mountain | 10 a.m. Pacific

Register now

Technology highly influences accessibility—many patrons use assistive technology, such as screen readers, literacy software, and speech input, to access and use library materials and e-resources. This free episode of AL Live explores the rapid growth and development of assistive technology and will help you stay informed and equipped with the best practices to assist your users and tips to ensure your materials are accessible to everyone.
Because planning considerations range from policies and organizational culture to facilities, technologies, and beyond, librarians need to address these issues in a way that is both stable and flexible.

Join us Friday, September 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern as our expert panel discusses the current state of accessibility, the issues many libraries face today, and what we may see in the near future.

Featured panelists for this webinar are: 

  • Jennifer Moore, associate professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University
  • Clayton Copeland, faculty and director, Laboratory for Leadership in Equity & Diversity (LLEAD), School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Kathy MacMillan, writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, librarian, and signing storyteller

Don’t miss out! Register today.