Coming December 7: Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language Webinar

macmillan-livenup_300indWednesday, December 7, 2016

2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

90 minutes; offered through ALA Editions

$60 individual; $120 group

Signing with young children of any hearing ability fosters bonding, stimulates language development, and reduces frustration for caregiver and child. Learn how to use sign language in storytimes to broaden their appeal and make them more participative. In this interactive workshop, Kathy MacMillan—American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, librarian, and storyteller—will use video examples to provide easy-to-learn signs that can be retaught and incorporated into stories, rhymes, and songs. You will be able to use the skills learned in this workshop to create programs that will help you, your staff, and parents communicate better with children.

At the completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • List 3 benefits of using sign language with young children
  • Describe at least 3 ways to use sign language in baby and toddler storytimes
  • Demonstrate 3 ASL signs appropriate for use in baby or toddler storytimes

Click here for more information or to register!

In the Community: Baltimore’s Biggest ASL Class

Community Sign Language Gathering

Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Hearing and Speech Agency Auditorium


Free admission. Refreshments available for purchase in the lobby.

ABOUT THE CLASS: Lessons on Deaf culture, history and awareness.  Join us as we come together in an ASL-rich celebration of communication! This program is presented entirely in sign language and while no voice interpretation will be provided, we invite anyone to attend – whether they are fluent in ASL or not. This event is in participation with our Fall 2016 ASL classes.  For more information, please visit

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:

Cost: FREE



Betsy Diamant-Cohen of Mother Goose on the Loose


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










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…

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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.












Signing (in both senses) @ the Baltimore Book Festival


Bring the whole family this weekend for the Baltimore Book Festival, an exciting 3-day celebrating books and readers!  The festival will take place at the Inner Harbor   There will be lots of great activities for readers of all ages, and you’ll get to meet lots of authors in person – including me!

Friday, September 25 11 AM-3 PM &

Saturday, September 26, 11 AM-7 PM:

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region Tent at the times below, along with a bunch of other great local children’s authors.  Come on down to purchase a signed copy of LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER, enjoy some hands-on sign language crafts, and learn about my young adult novel SWORD AND VERSE, which will be released by HarperCollins in January.  In addition, interactive author presentations will take place in the tent every half hour.  Hope to see you there!




Little Hands Signing this Summer

Upcoming FREE classes offered through Carroll County Public Library

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. Because our classes use American Sign Language, you and your child can learn another language together, with benefits to last a lifetime. Best of all, it’s so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re learning!  Drop-in classes (no registration required)

little boy signing I-LOVE-YOUMt. Airy Branch

705 Ridge Avenue
Mount Airy, MD 21771

  • Monday, June 22: First Signs
  • Monday, July 6: Food Signs
  • Monday, August 10: Playtime Signs

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): 9:45 AM
Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult):  10:45 AM

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive
Eldersburg MD 21784

  • Friday, August 21: First Signs
  • Wednesday, August 26: Summer Signs

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): 9:45 AM
Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult):  10:45 AM

For more information, see

Soaring Into Libraries This Summer: The SIGN-a-long Sing-a-long!

SIGN-a-long Sing-a-longTeach your fingers how to sing as we explore American Sign Language through music and stories! Bring the whole family for the hands-on fun as signing (and singing) storyteller Kathy MacMillan teaches you to sign some of your favorite songs.

These programs are free and open to the public.  Some may require registration; please click in the individual library links for more information.

Saturday, June 13 at 2 PM: Towson Library (Baltimore County)
320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204
For more information see

Wednesday, July 8 at 2 PM: Potomac Library (Montgomery County)
10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
240-777-0690 (Voice); 301-765-4083 (TTY)
For more information, see

Saturday, July 18 at 2 PM: Cockeysville Library (Baltimore County)
9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030-2188
For more information see

Monday, July 20 at 11 AM: Hyattsville Library (Prince Georges County)
6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD20782
For more information, see

Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30 AM: St. Michaels Library (Talbot County)
106 Fremont St., St Michaels, MD 21663
For more information, see


MD/DC Hands & Voices Presents The SIGN-a-Long Sing-a-long

I’m so pleased to be supporting a great organization, Maryland/DC Hands & Voices, with a performance of THE SIGN-A-LONG SING-A-LONG that is open to all!

SIGN-a-long Sing-a-long

Saturday, May 2  1:00-3:00 pm at the Prince Frederick Library

850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD (meeting rooms 1 & 2)

  • Storytelling
  • Songs and ASL poems
  • Crafts
  • Meet new friends
  • Network with local families
  • Learn more about Maryland/DC Hands & Voices

All ages welcome. This event will be accessible in American Sign Language and spoken English.  Note: This is not a library-sponsored program.

Maryland/DC Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.

Little Hands and Big Hands in Connecticut this Weekend!

I’ll be hitting the road and taking my interactive “Little Hands and Big Hands” programs to Connecticut this weekend!

Little Hands and Big Hands coverAbout the programs:

Using sign language with young children can reduce frustration, stimulate language learning, enhance bonding, and raise a child’s self-esteem. Learn along with your child as Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, presents hands-on games, fingerplays, songs, and more that parents can use throughout the day to smooth transitions, calm a fussy child, or engage a stubborn one. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Schedule and locations:

Saturday, April 25: A Festival of Children’s Books


Sponsored by RJ Julia Booksellers
Location: Davis Street Arts and Academics School
35 Davis St., New Haven. CT
Festival runs 10 AM-3PM; Little Hands and Big Hands Storytime at 11:45 AM
For all ages. FREE Admission!  Join us for a fun-filled day meeting your favorite authors! There will be author talks, book signings, photo opportunities and loads of other fun activities! Enjoy great music, delicious food, creative crafts (look there’s Clifford!) cool raffle prizes and more! Click here for more information

Saturday, April 25 at 2 PM: Little Hands and Big Hands at the Guilford Free Library

67 Park Street
Guilford CT 06437
Breakwater Books is cosponsoring this program, and books will be for sale at the bookstore prior to the event, as well as that afternoon at the library. This program is free and open to all ages. Reserve your place by calling the Reference Desk at 203-453-8282 or by signing up online at


Saturday, April 26,  1-3 PM: Little Hands and Big Hands at Simply Baby and Kids


228 South Main St
Newtown, Connecticut 06470
For all ages. Join us for crafts, refreshments, storytime, and more!  Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  For more information or to register, click here.



Little Hands and Big Hands at the Columbia Baby Expo

Join me on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Columbia Baby Expo!  I’ll be there all day selling and signing my books, and will be presenting games and fun activities from Little Hands and Big Hands at 12:15 pm.  Details:

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Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045


Admission is free!

The Expo is designed for individuals and families looking for information about programs and services for ages prenatal through preschool. There will be exhibitors with a variety of information. Anything from local mom’s groups to baby clothing stores, and infant health to readiness for preschool. Speakers will be giving short informational sessions about cloth diapering, breast feeding, car seat safety and other important topics. Whether you are thinking about starting a family, have a brand new little one or are in the throes of toddler or preschooler fun, the Baby Expo will have something for you!

For more information, click here.