Register now for Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series: Babies and Toddlers

 

Learn engaging storytime activities for babies and toddlers that incorporate basic American Sign Language!

Tuesdays, March 30-May 4 from 3-4 PM Eastern/2-3 PM Central/1-2 PM Mountain/12-1 PM Pacific   |   Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week)

Join us for weekly interactive workshops that teach basic American Sign Language vocabulary and demonstrate how to use the signs in storytime activities and the early childhood classroom. This series will focus on vocabulary and best practices for baby and toddler programs. Each session will focus on specific thematic vocabulary:

  • March 30: Getting Started
  • April 6: Playtime Signs
  • April 13: Mealtime Signs
  • April 20: Diaper and Potty Signs
  • April 27: Safety Signs
  • May 4: Our Signing Day

Register for Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series: Babies and Toddlers Now!


Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)
  • Group rate (10 people): $2000 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)

Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.


About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other books for children, teens, librarians, and educators. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for workshops and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

 

Hands-Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner and Intermediate Levels)

2 NEW WEBINAR SERIES!

Get live, hands-on practice with American Sign Language vocabulary for library settings and improve your ability to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing patrons!

Beginner: 

Tuesdays, March 30-May 4, 2021 from 10-11AM Eastern/9-10AM Central/8-9AM Mountain/7-8 AM Pacific   |   Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week)

Learn how to improve your service to deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in this interactive series. We’ll cover basic information about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, as well as specific vocabulary for the library setting. Each session will build on those before it to reinforce your knowledge and expand your ability to communicate with members of the Deaf community, and you’ll get plenty of interactive signing practice! Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live.

Who it’s for: Library staff who are new to ASL; Library staff who have taken an ASL class but are unfamiliar with library-specific vocabulary; Library staff who have learned basic ASL library vocabulary in the past and need a refresher.

Register for Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff Beginner Series Now!


Intermediate:

Tuesdays, March 30-May 4, 2021 from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30 AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific   |   Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week)

Practice your ASL for the library setting in these interactive sessions! The instructor will design sessions to meet the specific review and practice needs of participants. Join us to reinforce your library signing skills and increase your confidence in your ability to communicate with members of the Deaf community. Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live.

Who it’s for: Those who have taken ASL for Library Staff eCourses through the American Library Association; Anyone who already knows some library vocabulary in ASL and wishes to polish their signing skills.

Note: If you have taken ASL courses before, but are not familiar with vocabulary specific to the library setting, we recommend you register for the Beginner session rather than Intermediate.

Register for Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff Intermediate Series Now!


Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)
  • Group rate (10 people): $2000 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)

Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.


About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. Kathy is the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press) and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press), as well as many other books for children, teens, and adults. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for workshops and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

 

FREE Online Storytime This Saturday

Little Hands Signing

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family.  These FREE online Storytimes hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD).
Registration required at the links below. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. These programs will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. Programs will be presented in spoken English and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Our Signing Day. Register here.

Book now for Summer Reading 2021: American Sign Language Safari

The Collaborative Summer Reading Theme for 2020 is: Tails and Tales, featuring animals and stories!

Stories by Hand has you covered with a high-energy, interactive program that features ASL animal vocabulary:

American Sign Language Safari

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Go walkin’ through the jungle and learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series

This program can be presented as an all-ages program, or adapted to a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-age audience.

 

Live Online programs (via Zoom, Facebook Live, or other digital platform of your choice):

  • 15-minute live storytime: $200
  • each additional 15-minute live storytime: $100
  • 30-minute live storytime:  $350
  • each additional 30-minute live storytime: $200

See complete booking details and availability calendar here.

Prerecorded programs and in-person outdoor and socially distanced programs also available. Contact me for details.

Interested in a different program theme? Check out all Stories By Hand program offerings here.

 

 

 

 

Register Now for Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Webinar

In response to popular demand, we are offering an encore session of this ALA Editions webinar!

Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Workshop

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

$60 per person; discounts available for ALA Members and groups

With many libraries currently closed to the public, library staff are turning to online storytimes as a way to provide quality programming for young patrons.

Join veteran storyteller Kathy MacMillan to explore the fundamental differences between online and in-person storytimes and best practices to bring early literacy programming into an online environment. Learn how to plan video-friendly programs, how to keep your programming interactive even when you don’t have live feedback from storytime attendees, and how to manage external stresses such as technological glitches and internal stresses such as camera fright.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental differences in approach to online and in-person storytimes
  • Have at least three concrete strategies for making online storytimes interactive
  • Be able to implement strategies for dealing with external and internal stresses

Register now!

 

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom begins January 18! Register now!

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 18, 2020 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

A few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

Reviews

“Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide is one of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken. I really appreciated the topics covered and all the additional tips the instructor contributed to the discussion forums.”

“Your methods for teaching, quizzing, and giving feedback for assignments were more responsive than any ecourse I’ve taken so far (on this site or in grad school!)”

“Kathy MacMillan was an outstanding teacher, and I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues.”

“This course was appropriately named. It was practical and extremely informative.”

Register now!



 

 

FREE Little Hands Signing Storytimes Online

Little Hands Signing

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family.  These FREE online Storytimes hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD).
Registration required at the links below. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. These programs will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. Programs will be presented in spoken English and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Winter Signs. Register here.

Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Our Signing Day. Register here.

In the Community: Online ASL Classes for Children and Adults from 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 WINTER 2021 (10 week session, January to March)

All classes are currently held online.

Beginning Conversational ASL 1

  • Mondays 10 AM – Noon
  • Wednesday 10 AM – Noon
  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM
  • Thursdays 6-8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 2

  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM
  • Wednesdays 10 AM -Noon

Beginning Conversational ASL 3

  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 4

  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM
  • Sundays 1-3 PM

Family Signs

  • Saturdays 10 AM – Noon

Register by January 4 for Early Bird discounts. Bundle pricing available for multiple classes.

For more information or to register, click here.


Program offerings featured in “In the Community” posts are not affiliated with Stories by Hand and are shared to spread the word about other ASL learning opportunities.

Nita’s Holidays Storytimes in ASL and English

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Celebrate the holidays with Kathy MacMillan, author of NITA’S DAY and NITA’S FIRST SIGNS as we share stories, signs, and songs!  How does Nita celebrate with her family? Watch one of the storytime videos below to find out!

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in English

(presented in spoken English with closed captions)

 

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in American Sign Language

(presented in American Sign Language only with no voiceover)

 

Find out more about the Nita books

Order signed copies of NITA’S DAY, NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, and all of Kathy MacMillan’s books to benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund

Order your own Nita doll or other custom-made doll (all proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund)

Register now for Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 18, 2020 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, expert Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. In addition to learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary appropriate for use with children in library and classroom settings, you will also learn to teach stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

A few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

Reviews

“Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide is one of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken. I really appreciated the topics covered and all the additional tips the instructor contributed to the discussion forums.”

“Your methods for teaching, quizzing, and giving feedback for assignments were more responsive than any ecourse I’ve taken so far (on this site or in grad school!)”

“Kathy MacMillan was an outstanding teacher, and I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues.”

“This course was appropriately named. It was practical and extremely informative.”

Register now!