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Stories By Hand welcomes you to the wonderful world of American Sign Language!

Services available:

Storytelling programs: Interactive, high-energy performances introducing basic American Sign Language to kids of all ages. Stories By Hand storytelling programs are ideal for:

  • Libraries
  • Classrooms
  • Daycare Centers
  • Camps
  • Scout Groups
  • Homeschooler groups
  • Playgroups
  • Churches
  • Private Parties

Click here for a calendar of upcoming public performances!

Classes: Looking for a sustained learning experience?  Sign up for a class, or let us tailor one to your needs.  Classes available for all ages.

Workshops: Unique professional development opportunities on topics ranging from using American Sign Language in the classroom to working with interpreters.

Interpreting Services: Let nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter Kathy MacMillan serve your communication needs.

Kathy MacMillan

About Kathy MacMillan:

Kathy MacMillan is an American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. She holds NIC certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Kathy is the author of Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, 2016),  Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013),  A Box Full of Tales: Easy Ways to Share Library Resources through Story Boxes (ALA Editions, 2008), and Try Your Hand at This!: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs (Scarecrow Press, 2006), as well as the coauthor (with Christine Kirker) of five books in the Storytime Magic storytime resource series from ALA Editions.  She served as the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Before that she served as a Children’s Services Supervisor at the Carroll County (MD) Public Library, where she presented hundreds of storytime programs for all ages. Since founding Stories By Hand, Kathy has presented American Sign Language programs for thousands of children and parents in public libraries throughout the midatlantic. She also directs Deaf and Sign Language Camps with Deaf Camps, Inc., and has taught ASL classes at Howard and Carroll Community Colleges. Kathy has published numerous books and articles on topics relating to American Sign Language. She holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor of English from the Catholic University of America, and a Certificate of American Sign Language Interpreting from the Community College of Baltimore County. She lives in Owings Mills, MD with her husband and son.

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