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 FALL 2016

SEPTEMBER 6 – NOVEMBER 15

EVENING CLASSES 
(Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | ASL 5 | Children’s ASL

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

SPECIAL CLASS OFFERING
ASL for SLPs & Audiologists (Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
This course will combine introductory level skills with specific content, which will allow the audiologist or speech-language pathologist to conduct an interview, determine communication needs and work with interpreters within their practice setting.
The course will combine the elements of ASL I-III with specific vocabulary selected from educational and medical terminology. 
(Approved for CEUs by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers and Speech-Language Pathologists)

For pricing and registration information, click here.

FREE Webinar: So You Want to Get Published

Are you a library staff person who wants to write articles or books?  Then check out this FREE online workshop:

So You Want to Get Published

Thursday, 8/4/2016
  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Want to write a book or article but don’t know where to start? Three published authors of resource books and articles for children’s librarians will share the ins and outs of getting published in journals such as School Library Journal and with publishers such as ALA Editions and Libraries Unlimited. Learn about the publishing opportunities that are out there for you, how to write a proposal, and how to get from idea to proposal.

Registration info: http://www.ala.org/alsc/so-you-want-get-published

Cost: FREE

Presenters:

betsy

Betsy Diamant-Cohen of Mother Goose on the Loose

julie

Julie Dietzel-Glair, author of Books in Motion

Kathy MacMillan, author of Storytime Magic and other storytime resource books

Kathy MacMillan, author of Storytime Magic and other storytime resource books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Hands Signing @ Greenberries

logo-greenberriesRegister now for these upcoming parent-child classes at Greenberries  in Columbia and Baltimore!

Learn how to use signs throughout your child’s day to foster bonding, stimulate language development, and reduce frustration. Little Hands Signing brings the magic of American 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.  It’s an interactive class so please bring your little ones. No minimum or max age!

$14 per adult | $20 per couple

Click on the links below to register.


Playtime Signs:
Sunday, July 17 at 10 AM at 
Greenberries Columbia, 6925 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, Maryland 21045

Diaper and Potty Signs: Sunday, August 28 at 11 AM at Greenberries Baltimore, 915 W 36th St, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Fall Signs: Saturday, September 17 at 10 AM at Greenberries Columbia, 6925 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, Maryland 21045

 

 

 

Move and Groove @ your library this summer!

Coming to a library near you!  For 2016’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set….Read!”, it’s…

kid-clipart-clip-art-kids-1LITTLE HANDS SIGNING: LET’S MOVE!

Wiggle, giggle, dance, and sign!  It’s time for American Sign Language stories, songs, and fun that celebrate all the ways we move.  Click on the links below for more information about each library.

 

Baltimore County Public Library (MD)

Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 AM: Towson Library

Saturday, July 16, 2 PM: North Point Library

 

Harford County Public Library (MD)

Monday, August 8, 3 PM: Edgewood Library

Tuesday, August 9, 3 PM: Bel Air Library

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 PM: Abingdon Library

Wednesday, August 10, 11 AM: Jarrettsville Library

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 PM: Wilson Center (In conjunction with HCPL’s Darlington Branch)

Friday, August 12, 10:30 AM: Havre de Grace Library

Saturday, August 13, 1:00 PM: Joppa Library

 

Frederick County Public Libraries (MD)

Tuesday, June 21, 11 AM: Edward F. Fry Library at Point of Rocks

Tuesday, June 21, 2 PM: Brunswick Library

Tuesday, July 5, 2:30 PM: C. Burr Artz Library, Frederick

Tuesday, July 5, 6:30 PM: Middletown Library

Thursday, July 14, 2:30 PM: Urbana Library

 

Prince Georges County Memorial Library System (MD)

Monday, July 18, 10:30 AM: Hyattsville Library

Monday, July 18, 1:00 PM: Bladensburg Library

 

Find the complete calendar of upcoming programs here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Community: ASL Classes in Baltimore and D.C.

D.C. Library to provide free beginner-level ASL classes during summer 2016

The D.C. Public Library will provide two series of free beginner-level ASL classes this summer. These are progressive sets of classes with each class building on the vocabulary and conversational skills learned in the previous classes in the set. Each series will cover 100+ ASL vocabulary words, fingerspelling, numbers, and ASL conversational skills.

Mondays: June 6 through August 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
Saturdays: June 11 through August 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration is not required. However, space is limited, so participation on a first come, first serve basis, and is limited to those who show up early enough to get a seat in the classroom.

Both series will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Room 215, Center for Accessibility, 901 G Street, NW.  For more information, see http://dclibrary.org/

 

Community ASL Classes at the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore

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

CLASSES OFFERED SUMMER 2016

JULY 12 – AUGUST 16

SUMMER FUN SIGNS: Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ASL FINGERSPELLING: Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SIGNING FOR SENIORS: Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
BABY/TODDLER SIGNS: Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CHILDREN’S ASL: Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Summer Fun Signs Course Fee is $100, with no required materials. Signing for Seniors Course Fee is $100 plus $85 for required text.  Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners
at Germantown Library

Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m

April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1

Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd,  Germantown, MD 20874

Five sessions (free) for individuals who wish to learn basic American Sign Language. Register online now and only once for all five sessions.   The emphasis will be placed on communication with deaf and hard of hearing individual 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

 For more information, call at 240-777-0110, or email  MCPL.DeafAccess@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

In the Community: ASL Classes for Children and Adults at the Hearing and Speech Agency

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

CLASSES OFFERED SPRING 2016

APRIL 12* – JUNE 14
*EVENING CLASSES BEGIN TUESDAY APRIL 12.  ALL OTHER CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK ON APRIL 11 ON THE APPROPRIATE DAYS.

MORNING CLASSES
ASL 1: Monday 10:00 a.m. – Noon
ASL 2: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – Noon
ASL 3: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Signing for Seniors: Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1, ASL 2, ASL 3, ASL 4, ASL 5, Children’s ASL

Adult ASL classes (10 weeks) are $150. Course materials (book with DVD) are required for your ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3 and cost $85. Once purchased, course materials are good for levels 1, 2, and 3, so they only need to be purchased once. Course materials required for ASL 4 and  ASL 5, need only be purchased once. Summer Fun Signs Course Fee is $100, with no required materials. Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

For more information and to register, click here.

In the Community: Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library

 

Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library: A Symposium at the Library of Congress

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National  Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc.

Free and open to the public, no tickets are required.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Library of Congress, Madison Building

Montpelier Room, sixth floor

101 Independence Ave, S.E.

Washington, DC

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at ada@loc.gov

Public Contact: Center for the Book 202-707-5221cfbook@loc.gov

Program contact: National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc.

301-563-9062  Alec.mcfarlane@gmail.com

The National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. (NLSD, Inc.), a reading promotion partner of the Center for the Book (CFB), will demonstrate how historical events and forces have shaped the ways that deaf people define themselves as a culture today.

John Y. Cole, the CFB director said that NLSD, Inc. “is helping us reach a community that is not always understood by the general population”

The schedule of events

10:00 a.m. – noon

Deaf Cultures: Presentation Series and Book signing

  1. Introductions and brief remarks by special guests
  2. Librarian and 4th past NLSD, Inc. President, Ricardo Lopez, Deaf Cultures, “History and Origins of the NLSD, Inc.”
  3. Author, Myron Uhlberg, Deaf Cultures, Children.  He will talk about his 7thnew book called “The Sound of All Things.” His experience found in the sights and sounds of the 1930’s Brooklyn and Coney Island through the eyes and ears of a hearing boy and his parents.  Sponsored by Peachtree Publishing, Inc
  4. Author, Dr. Harry G. Lang, Deaf Cultures, Adults    He will talk about his upcoming book, “American Civil War Through Deaf Eyes.”  He will relate fascinating tidbits of history where members of the deaf community have literally been at history’s doorstep, He is also author of ten books.  Sponsored by Gallaudet University Press

Book sales and optional tour of Library during the day

2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Deaf Cultures, Discussion/Workshop series. Brief presentations and discussions covering the following topics

  1. Copyright and Fair Use, by Chaim Levinson, U.S. Copyright Office
  2. A Researcher’s Perspective: Finding Historical Documents at the Library of Congress, by Dr. Harry G. Lang, author of ten books
  3. Deaf Cultures, “Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell: American Parent” and “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) led by three librarians: Noah Beckman, Alice L. Hagemeyer and Ricardo Lopez
  4. A Dramatic Presentation: “Deaf Culture by the Seas: A Famous Seafaring Adventure from 1816,” by Wesley Arey, National Deaf Grassroots Movement.
  5. The Library of Congress Internship Program and Other Internship Possibilities, by Travis Painter, Library of Congress.

Library of Congress (LOC) and The Center for the Book (CFB)

LOC is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world.  CFB was established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in book and reading.”  A public-private partnership, CF sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners.

 

National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. (NLSD, Inc.)

NLSD, Inc. was founded on February 6, 1907 by a group of students at the Kendall School at Gallaudet University who wanted to promote literature and books, reading and debate. The society promotes deaf culture, books and literacy through programs and exhibits, particularly at public libraries.

 

In the Community: DCI Easter Party

Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party

Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 4:30-7:00 PM

Location: Christ Church of the Deaf, 1040 S. Beechfield Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

All ages and all signing levels welcome!

Admission includes:

* Pancake supper
* Signing Easter Bunny
* Easter egg hunt – begins at 5:15pm
* Crafts

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

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2016 scholarship fund.

 

 

 

Update on Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library

The following is shared with permission.

DEAF CULTURE DIGITAL LIBRARY FACT SHEET

February 2016

The Maryland State Department of Education/Division of Library Development and Services and Montgomery County Public Libraries would like to share information on the progress of the Deaf Culture Digital Library.

The 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.

Current Status

* The groundwork to formalize the foundation of the Deaf Cultural Digital Library is in progress. A letter of agreement between the Maryland State Department of Education/Division of Library Development and Services and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is in progress.
* The job descriptions are currently being written and refined.

* The Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) is working with MCPL to establish procedures to formalize the DCDL Advisory Board. DLDS will begin taking applications for membership late February 2016. The majority of board members are required to be deaf or hard of hearing and will be selected from the following entities:

  1. County library systems
  2. The Division of Library Development and Services
  3. The Governor’s Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  4. Statewide deaf and hard of hearing organizations; and,
  5. Other organizations as agreed upon by the Governor’s Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Division of Library Development and Services

* Board members will then recruit members for the Deaf Culture Digital Library “Friends of the Library.” These individuals are expected to be strongly committed, well-positioned and able to promote community involvement, advocacy, and funding for the DCDL.

* Additional details will be announced as they become available during the months ahead.

* For more information about the Deaf Culture Digital Library, contact Susan Cohen at 301-637-2964 (videophone) or Irene Padilla, 410-767-0434.

Background

* In the 2012 Regular Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill establishing a Task Force to Study the Establishment of a Deaf Culture Digital Library. http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0571e.pdf

* In September 2013 the eleven member task force, established to study the feasibility of the DCDL proposal, submitted a report with recommendations to the Governor. The final report to the Governor on the Deaf Culture Digital Library may be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/o3dcb7o.

*On May 15, 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed the bill to create the Deaf Culture Digital Libraryhttp://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0653&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2014rs.

The credit for the concept of the library goes to numerous advocates including Alice Hagemeyer, Silver Spring Library resident and longtime advocate for the deaf community to have equal access to library services. Ms. Hagemeyer is the president and founder of the Friends of the Library for Deaf Action.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Who selected MCPL as the site of the Deaf Cultural Digital Library?

The Division of Library Development and Services of the Maryland State Department of Education selected Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) to manage the Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) for the state of Maryland.
2. Why was MCPL selected as the site of the DCDL?

MCPL was selected as the site of the DCDL due to its long history of providing library services to people who are deaf and hard of hearing including communication access, deaf resources, collections of materials for, by, and about people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and programs featuring deaf authors and speakers on topics related to deaf culture, and coping with hearing level changes due to aging. These services are renowned throughout the State of Maryland and across the nation.
3. Who will take the lead on this project?

Susan Cohen, Librarian II, at Montgomery County Public Libraries, will serve as the DCDL Project Coordinator. Ms. Cohen, who is deaf, has expertise in delivering library services to the deaf and hard of hearing community, deaf resources, and a long history of connections with the deaf and hard of hearing community.
4. How will this library be funded and how many staff will be hired?

State funding for the DCDL includes personnel and other resources. Two full-time library staff members will be hired to help coordinate, organize and monitor the program. The librarian is required to be a deaf or hard of hearing individual, eligible for Professional Public Librarian Certification issued by the State Superintendent of Schools, and knowledgeable about library, literacy and accessibility related issues of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
5. How will the two staff positions support the DCDL?

Staff members in these positions will help plan and develop deaf cultural programs, give presentations about DCDL to Maryland residents and library staff, showcase library services at deaf conferences, develop and maintain the DCDL website, coordinate training sessions for library staff statewide, and support and facilitate vital statewide partnerships.


6. Where will the DCDL be located?

The DCDL, an online resource, will be available virtually to Maryland residents and library staff throughout the state of Maryland. DCDL staff will be based at the Germantown Library.

References to Legislation and Statute

Task Force Bill (SB 571): http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0571e.pdf

DCDL Established (HB 653): http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0653&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2014rs

 

Chapter 606: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/chapters_noln/Ch_606_hb0653E.pdf

Statute 23-108: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=ged&section=23-108&ext=html&session=2016RS&tab=subject5