Upcoming Events Featuring NITA’S FIRST SIGNS

Get your signed copy of Nita’s First Signs at these upcoming events! I’ll also be offering a family bundle featuring Nita’s First Signs and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, along with a nifty rubber ducky signing I-LOVE-YOU, for only $28.00!

 

Friday, December 7 from 6-8 PM: Book signing at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt (Timonium, MD)

Come on in to purchase signed copies of NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, LITTLE HANDS AND BIG HANDS: CHILDREN AND ADULTS SIGNING TOGETHER, SWORD AND VERSE, and DAGGER AND COIN! Perfect for holiday gift giving! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase!

 

Wednesday, December 12 from 5-8 PM: SCBWI MD/DE/WV Barnes and Noble Bookfair Kickoff Multi-Author Event (Ellicott City, MD)

Shop at Barnes & Noble, either in-store or online, between December 12 and December 19, and present them with our bookfair voucher or Bookfair ID number (12467247), and SCBWI MD/DE/WV will receive a portion of the sales.

Join us for our Book Fair Kickoff event at Barnes & Noble Ellicott City on December 12 from 5-8 p.m. Purchase signed books and play games like book bingo, pin the book on the shelf, crazy guessing games, and more with these Read Local authors:

  • Veronica Bartles, author (Twelve Steps, The Princess and the Frogs)
  • Rebecca Evans, author/illustrator (Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick Knack)
  • Laura Gehl, author (Delivery Bear, I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, My Pillow Keeps Moving, Peep and Egg: I’m Not Using the Potty)
  • Kathy MacMillan, author (Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin)
  • Deborah Schaumberg, author (The Tombs)

Friday, January 18 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Winter Signs at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

Saturday, January 26 at 9:45 AM: Little Hands Signing: Playtime Signs at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

Friday, February 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Weather Signs at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

Saturday, February 23 at 9:45 AM: Little Hands Signing: Our Signing Day at the Eldersburg Library (MD)  (for ages birth to 8)

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

 

NITA’S FIRST SIGNS and more now available in the DCI Online Bookstore!

If you have followed me for any length of time, you are probably aware of how proud I am to be affiliated with an amazing organization called Deaf Camps, Inc., a 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. You may recall that my launch party for my debut novel, Sword and Verse, was a gala fundraiser that raised scholarship money for Deaf Camps, Inc. I have been volunteering with this organization since 2001, and have been on the board since 2003. I have volunteered at camp every year and served in various capacities on the board. Currently I am DCI’s treasurer and director of the Interpreter Internship Program.

So I am pleased to announce that from now on, autographed copies of all my books – along with some terrific bundle deals! – will be available in Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore, with all proceeds going directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program. To have a book personalized, simply note name(s) in the comments section on the order form.

And remember, signed books make excellent holiday gifts! Order now!

DCI Bookstore

In the Community: Holiday and Crafty Fun with Deaf Camps, Inc.

Saturday, December 8th from 2pm-5pm
Christ Deaf Church
1040 South Beechfield Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Join Deaf Camps, Inc. to get into the holiday spirit! All signing levels are welcome to the fun! Admission is $5.00 and caregivers are free with their child’s admission fee!

Our Christmas Party includes:
-a visit with Signing Santa
-ASL Storytelling
-Snacks
-Crafts
-One free picture with Santa per child. (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 scholarship fund.


Sip, Craft, and Sign with DCI!

 

Thursday, December 13, 6:30pm at Made Me Mine, 3101 Emmorton Rd #A6, Abingdon, MD 21009

Join us for a night of crafting that holds endless possibilities, to support Deaf Camps, Inc.! At this workshop, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind custom sign out of pallet planks designed by YOU! Customize your stencil at checkout with your quote, and whatever cheery holiday image you’d like. We will prepare a personalized stencil just for you to ensure that your project turns out perfectly. Bring a bottle of wine or something to turn our complimentary hot cocoa bar from nice to naughty!

DCI will provide American Sign Language interpretation for this event.

$45 per person. You MUST reserve tickets ahead of time for this event. Buy tickets HERE.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a 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. Learn more about the organization at DeafCampsInc.org.

Save the Date! Upcoming Webinars and eCourses

I’m pleased to announce that the following webinars and eCourses are on the schedule for upcoming months! For more details about eCourse content, click here. 

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff

Asynchronous eCourse featuring 6 weeks of lessons (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

Fall 2018 Session Begins November 5, 2018 – Click here to register

Spring 2019 Session Begins May 20, 2019 – registration coming soon

 

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse featuring 6 weeks of lessons (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

Spring 2019 Session Begins April 8, 2019 – registration coming soon

 

Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

90-minute webinar

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 1:30pm Central/2:30pm Eastern – registration coming soon

NITA’S FIRST SIGNS is back!

After several months of limited availability due to the quick sellout of the first print run, copies of Nita’s First Signs are again available!

Order now at

 

Upcoming Event

Saturday, November 10, 11AM-1PM: Read Local Kick-Off Party at Winchester Book Gallery (Winchester, VA)

 

Come help us kick off the Maryland/Virginia/Delaware/Washington D.C. Read Local Challenge! Join us for an all-ages storytime at 11 am, featuring American Sign Language stories and songs, followed by games and crafts featuring the 42 books in the Read Local Challenge and a book signing for both Nita’s First Signs and Dagger and Coin. You can win great prizes just by participating! Find out more about the Read Local Challenge here.

Check out the complete calendar of upcoming appearances for more information!

 

 

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Register now for Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning November 5, 2018 and continuing for 6 weeks of lessons (no new lessons the week of Thanksgiving, and participants will have a total of 13 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00 (Discounts available for ALA members and bulk registrations)

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!

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners

Sundays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, Germantown Library

19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874

Register online on the library website on or after September 20.

Five sessions (FREE) for individuals who wish to learn basic American Sign Language. For ages 14 and over.

The emphasis of this class will be on vocabulary development, conversation and practice. These sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.

To request deaf/hard of hearing services for library-sponsored programs, email MCPL.DeafAccess@montgomerycountymd.gov, preferably with three business days’ notice. To request other accommodations, contact the Germantown Library.

Sponsored by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC), Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand program. “In the Community” items are shared on this site in the interest of getting the word out about great ASL programs in the area.

Teacher/Librarian Guide for NITA’S FIRST SIGNS now available!

I’m so excited to share with you this printable guide to using Nita’s First Signs in the classroom or storytime! Check it out for tips and tricks for sharing signs during the story, and following up with other fun ASL activities.  Click here or on the picture below to download and print your own copy.

Check out the Nita’s First Signs homepage for a video demonstration of the signs in the story and even more links to ASL storytime and classroom activities to share!

In the Community: ASL Classes for Adults & Children 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 FALL 2018

SEPTEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 13

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

DAYTIME CLASSES
ASL 1 | TUESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
ASL 2 | WEDNESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon

For more information, click here.

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand program. “In the Community” items are shared on this site in the interest of getting the word out about great ASL programs in the area.