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.

 

 

Little Hands Signing at Play Date Junction!

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Come sign and play with Miss Kathy at Play Date Junction, a creative playspace in Elkridge, MD!  Find out more about Play Date junction here.

Little Hands Signing: First Signs – Monday, March 6 at 10 AM

Play Date Junction, 6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075

Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers on using signs in everyday activities. Each theme-based class will introduce and reinforce signs from a young child’s world.

Age Group:  Birth – 5 years of age with a caregiver (siblings welcome)

Registration Cost: $20 for 1 caregiver; $28 for 2 caregivers (children 12 and under are free)

Register now!

 

Order Your Free Kit for Read Captions Across America Day

So you probably knew that March 2 was Read Across America Day – but did you also know that it is Read Captions Across America Day?

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Lead by the Described and Captioned Media Program, Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America event every year on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of Read Captions Across America is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Order a FREE toolkit, including posters, bookmarks, and certificates here.

Additionally, DCMP members are eligible to receive a free Dr. Seuss DVD as part of this campaign. Find out if you are eligible for a free membership here.

Recommended DVD Series: Sign with Robert

I have been writing reviews of ASL materials for School Library Journal for several years now.  Whenever I get a new one, I tense a little with worry – there are some frankly awful sign language DVDs out there.

That’s why it’s such a thrill when I get to review a series that I can review as enthusiastically as this one.  Sign with Robert is well-planned-out, well-executed, and always mindful of the needs of its audience.

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Here’s some of what I had to say in my review:

“This excellent series goes far beyond the usual introductions to American Sign Language (ASL) to create value for multiple audiences. Deaf actor and educator Robert DeMayo brings his native ASL fluency to the demonstrations of signs and discussion of culture, and the series features a clean visual style that keeps the focus on the language. The vocabulary segments go into far greater depth than most ASL materials, making the series valuable to advanced signers and interpreters as well as beginners.”

Sign with Robert is available as a 10-volume series, or by individual discs or streaming episodes.  Voiceovers and open captions are used where necessary to make sure everyone has access.

 

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 January 23, 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!