Workshop Descriptions

Basic American Sign Language

In this hands-on (pun intended!) workshop, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in ASL and how to use basic signs for everyday interactions. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of ASL and Deaf Culture, and receive a basic framework for learning more signs in the future. Note: This workshop can be tailored to your needs with the addition of workplace-specific vocabulary for your setting.

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

The deaf patron approaches the reference or circulation desk…but you don’t panic. You know all about the history of ASL and the basics of Deaf Culture, thanks to this hands-on workshop, and even basic signs to introduce yourself and help the patron negotiate the library.

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff, Part 2

Learn more basic American Sign Language in this follow-up workshop. We’ll review the signs covered previously, and add more useful signs for librarians, as well as take a look at the library from a deaf patron’s point of view and cover basic tips for communication with deaf patrons. Hands-on activities and dialogue practice will allow you to put your new signs into action right away.

Hands-on Storytimes: Incorporating Basic Sign Language into Your Programs

Try your hand at this! Looking for a creative and fun way to spice up your library or preschool programming? Why not use American Sign Language? This presentation will cover the benefits of using basic signs with both deaf and hearing children, and offer a variety of simple techniques for making your programs more fun, educational, and participative through the use of signs with audiences of all ages. Participants will leave armed with a vocabulary of very basic signs to start using right away.

Little Hands Signing in the Classroom

Studies show that using sign language with hearing children can improve vocabulary, reading comprehension, defuse behavior issues, support a variety of learning styles, and increase overall interest in learning! Learn the fascinating reasons behind this phenomenon as well as strategies for incorporating into your classroom. The best part is, you don’t have to be fluent in the language for your students to reap the benefits!

Multicultural Storytime Magic

Learn how to seamlessly weave engaging rhymes, stories, songs, and activities representing the diverse experiences of people around the world into your storytimes and lessons, no matter what the theme! In this high-energy workshop, you’ll get lots of practical ideas you can apply in your classroom right away!

Sign, Baby, Sign!  It’s Storytime!

Babies can sign long before they can speak, and research shows that using sign language with both hearing and deaf babies imparts language benefits that can last a lifetime. Learn the benefits of using signs with babies, as well as ways to incorporate signs into your baby programs and educate parents in baby sign. Participants will leave with a basic vocabulary of baby signs to use right away. A perfect workshop for children’s librarians and childcare providers.

Sign with Your Child (for parents)

Research shows that signing with all children stimulates language development, eases communication, supports early literacy, and defuses frustration for parents and children alike.  Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, introduces the whys and hows of signing with children ages birth to six and shares hands-on activities you can use throughout the day.

Storytime Stuff

It’s a storytime showdown full of fresh ideas, practical tricks, and easy flannelboards, fingerplays, sign language rhymes, and other activities. Learn how to keep your audience’s attention, transition smoothly between activities, and keep kids and parents coming back for more.

Storytime Stuff for Beginners

Designed for volunteers, new library or preschool staff, and anyone new to presenting children’s programs, this presentation will be an interactive introduction to the basics. Learn how to choose age- appropriate materials, use a variety of props and storytelling formats, grab and hold your audience’s attention, and smoothly manage disruptions. You’ll leave with a treasure trove of ideas and tips to get you started.

Working With a Sign Language Interpreter

Communicating through a third party can be stressful for everyone involved – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the interpreter’s role, and will learn how to effectively communicate through an interpreter. Whether your experience with interpreters is in business settings, social settings, or nonexistent, this workshop is for you.

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