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.

ONLINE ASL CLASSES OFFERED WINTER 2022 

January 24-March 28, 2022
Early bird rate until January 17, 2022

Beginning Conversational ASL 1 

  • Mondays 10 AM  – 12 PM EST; or
  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Beginning Conversational ASL 2 

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Beginning Conversational ASL 3

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Beginning Conversational ASL 4 

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Family Signs 

  • Saturdays 10 AM – 12 PM EST

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.

Register now for the Little Hands Signing Professional Development Season Pass!

A little boy with olive skin and dark hair and eyes begins to sign PLEASE in American Sign Language. Text appears in white against a blue background and says: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass. 6 webinars presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. January - June 2022. Includes live webinars and recording access through 8/31/21. StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way.

Your Season Pass registration includes access to the 6 live webinars listed below, PLUS extended recording access for all webinars through August 31, 2022!

  • Winter Signs: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Lovey Dovey Signs: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Spring Signs: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Weather Signs: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Ocean Signs (Summer Reading Special): Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 Eastern
  • Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern

Register now for the Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass

Or register for individual webinars here.

Registration now open for popular ALA eCourses!

Registration is now open for upcoming sessions of my popular eCourses through the American Library Association!

Purchase all 3 courses as a bundle and save!

All eCourses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work at your own pace, and use a combination of videos, readings, discussion forums, and interactive projects.

American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 1

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 24, 2022 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
More information and registration


American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 214, 2022 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
More information and registration.


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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 16, 2020 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)
More information and registration.


Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“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.”

“One of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken.”

“Kathy is an amazing instructor. She made learning online very easy and comfortable. She replied quickly when students had questions and she responded with feedback with videos to help sign better.”

“I am amazed. It couldn’t have gone better. I came away learning many signs I can use and gained some helpful information for my storytimes.”

“The instructor was phenomenal, and I am already incorporating course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

 

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Recommended Viewing: The Story Presevation Initiative

Check this out!  The Story Preservation Initiative has teamed with acclaimed Deaf actor and storyteller Ian Sanborn to bring ASL to the stories in its “Learning Lab” archive for K-3. The first 5 are available now!

A white man with a mustache and beard signed FINALLY in ASL. He is wearing a cap and a dark grey shirt and appears against a dark blue background. The captions at the bottom of the screen say :But after a while, the storm began to pass and".

The mission of the Story Preservation Initiative is “to positively impact the lives of K-12 students through the sharing of ideas, the transformative power of story, and the development of educational materials that engage the hearts as well as the minds of young people.” SPI produces original, age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction audio stories coupled with related, hands-on, standards-aligned lesson plans and projects to deepen student engagement for meaningful, real-world relevant learning.

This free online resource is a great tool for families, students, and educators. To access the ASL stories, create your free account here.

Upcoming Webinars and Series from Stories By Hand

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Beginners: Fridays, February 18-March 25, 2022 from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific | StoriesByHand.com/webinars | Words appear over a drawing of upraised hands in bright pastel colors against a white background.

Hands Up: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginners)
Fridays, February 18-March 25, 2022  from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific

Learn and practice American Sign Language for library settings in this interactive series. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Includes recording access for all sessions through April 25, 2022. Individual:$240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you register by January 20 and enter promo code EARLYBIRD at the top of the ticket form!

 

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Intermediate: Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific | StoriesByHand.com/webinars | Words appear over a drawing of upraised hands in bright pastel colors against a white background.

Hands Up: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Intermediate)
Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific.

Practice and gain confidence in your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive series. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Includes recording access for all sessions through June 24, 2022.
Individual:$240. Group rates available.

Register now!  Get 20% off when you register by January 20 and enter promo code EARLYBIRD at the top of the ticket form!

 

 

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series

Learn vocabulary and techniques to help you respectfully incorporate American Sign Language into storytimes in these interactive theme-based sessions! Each webinar includes 30 days of recording access. Get 20% off individual registration when you enter promo code READANDSIGN at the top of the ticket form!

Two snowpeople smile at the viewer. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Winter Signs. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Winter Signs: Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Heart shaped cookies surround the text: Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Lovey Dovey Signs. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Lovey Dovey Signs: Tuesday, February 1 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Pink, yellow, and red flowers appear below the text: Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Spring Signs. Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Spring Signs: Tuesday, March 1 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

A white boy with blond hair looks up at a picture of the sun while signing SUN in American Sign Language. A white woman with light brown hair and glasses looks up at a picture of snow while signing SNOW in American Sign Language. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Weather Signs. Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Weather Signs: Thursday, April 7 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Text appears in white against a background of blue jellyfish floating through green water: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Ocean Signs. Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Ocean Signs: Thursday, May 5 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

Illustrations of a sun, watermelon, beach ball, sunglasses, beach umbrella, and flip-flops appear against a green background. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Summer Signs. Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Individual:$40. Group rates available. Register now!

A little boy with olive skin and dark hair and eyes begins to sign PLEASE in American Sign Language. Text appears in white against a blue background and says: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass. 6 webinars presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. January - June 2022. Includes live webinars and recording access through 8/31/21. StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series Season Pass: Includes live access for all 6 Little Hands Signing webinars above, PLUS extended recording access for all webinars through August 31, 2022. Individual: $200. Register now!

Book now for Summer Reading 2022: Signs Under the Sea

The Collaborative Summer Reading Theme for 2022 is: Oceans of Possibilities: Océano de Posibilidades.

Stories by Hand has you covered with a high-energy, interactive program that features ASL vocabulary for oceans and ocean life:

Signs Under the Sea

A photo of a smiling white women with glasses and shoulder length brown hair appears on the left. She is signing FISH in American Sign Language, as cartoon fish swim around her.Dive into splashy stories, songs, and fun activities that explore the world of underwater animals through American Sign Language! Presented by 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.

Indoor, outdoor, and online programs available.

 

  • Single program (45 minutes): $400 plus travel expenses.
  • Additional same-day sessions: $300 plus travel expenses.

Book a program for Summer 2022 by February 1 and get 15% off!

Availability calendar

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

 

 

 

 

Register now for ASL ABCs: Food Signs Online!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY. Text appears in black against a wooden tabletop with lemons, a lime, and purple grapes on the right hands side: ASL ABCs: Food Signs with Kathy MacMillan. Wednesday, November 10 at 10:30 AM Eastern. Hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library. for kids and families. Online via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/ASLABCsFood

ASL ABCs: Food Signs

hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library

Wednesday, November, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern

Sing, sign, read, and play together in this interactive online storytime for the whole family! Register at https://tinyurl.com/ASLABCsFood

Online via Zoom. Presented in spoken English with Zoom live captioning.

 

Register now for Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Celebration Signs!

A red candle glows on the left. A photo of a smiling white woman appears on the right. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Autumn Signs. Wednesday, November 10. 1-2 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Celebration Signs

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern

1 hour, Online via Zoom

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! In this interactive session, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for families and family gatherings. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way.

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

Pricing:

  • Individual: $40 (includes live webinar and recording access for 30 days after the live event)
  • Group rates available for groups of 10 or more. Contact us for more information.
  • Optional Add-on: Individualized video feedback: $25. Submit a video (up to 10 min) demonstrating your planned signing activities for storytime and receive individualized feedback on sign choices, production, and more from Kathy MacMillan via return video within 14  days. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.

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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.

Intermediate ASL Practice for Library Staff Starts November 5! Register now!

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Intermediate: Fridays, November 5-December 17 from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific - NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 26 | StoriesByHand.com/webinars | Words appear over a drawing of upraised hands in bright pastel colors against a white background.

Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Intermediate)

Practice and gain confidence in your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive series.

Fridays, November 5-December 17 from 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern/12:30-1:30 PM Central/11:30AM-12:30 PM Mountain/10:30-11:30 AM Pacific – NO CLASS ON NOVEMBER 26

Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week)

Get 20% off your registration! Click “Enter promo code” at the top of the ticket form when registering and enter LEVELUP

This series is appropriate for those who have taken previous Hands Up! sessions, ASL for Library Staff eCourses through the American Library Association, or anyone who already knows some library vocabulary in ASL and wishes to polish their skills.

Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 6-week series)
  • Group rates available for 10 or more registrants; contact us for more information

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 library staff 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.

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