Ending soon: your chance for discounted Stories By Hand programs and more!

Just a few days left to bid on these items and more in the Deaf Camps, Inc. 2nd annual Online Auction, which ends May 15. Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, and event tickets – but especially these items of interest to Stories By Hand followers!

$100 toward any Stories By Hand Program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities. Find out more about the range of programs available at www.storiesbyhand.com.

Exclusive Sword and Verse/Dagger and Coin Book Package

This exclusive package features a signed hardcover of Sword and Verse, a signed bound manuscript of the sequel, Dagger and Coin (which will be published by HarperTeen in October 2018), AND a special collection of extra stories and scenes from the world of the novels. This collection includes all of the extra stories found here PLUS five new scenes and stories not available anywhere else, including a novella from Mati’s point of view.

 

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely 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.

 

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2018 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

 

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

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

Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 7, 2018 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$250.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this new 6-week eCourse, Sign Language 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.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of approximately 180 signs (introduced through video)
  • Create two storytime/classroom activities using the featured vocabulary that you can implement in your storytimes
  • Understand relevant aspects of child development and early literacy
  • Understand signing in a linguistic and cultural context

Instructor Kathy MacMillan is a writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita’s First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996. She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Click, Bid, and Support Deaf Camps, Inc!

I’m thrilled to be supporting the latest fundraising effort for Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit I have been volunteering with since 2001.

To support its 2018 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its 2nd annual Online Auction from April 15-May 15. Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, and event tickets – but especially these items of interest to Stories By Hand followers!

$100 toward any Stories By Hand Program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities. Find out more about the range of programs available at www.storiesbyhand.com.

Exclusive Sword and Verse/Dagger and Coin Book Package

This exclusive package features a signed hardcover of Sword and Verse, a signed bound manuscript of the sequel, Dagger and Coin (which will be published by HarperTeen in October 2018), AND a special collection of extra stories and scenes from the world of the novels. This collection includes all of the extra stories found here PLUS five new scenes and stories not available anywhere else, including a novella from Mati’s point of view.

 

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely 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.

 

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2018 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

 

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners

FIVE FREE SESSIONS

Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, Germantown Library (Lower Level)
19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874

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

In commemoration of Deaf History Month (March 13-April 15), join us.

The emphasis of this class will be placed on communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals through vocabulary development, conversation, and practice. These sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language. Beginning 3/19, register online at the library website or call us.

Register online at the library website or call the Germantown Library at  240-777-0110.

Note: These classes are not affiliated by Stories By Hand.  This information is provided as a resource to those seeking ASL instruction in the community.

In the Community: ASL Classes for Children and Adults 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 SPRING 2018

APRIL 12 – JUNE 10

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | CHILDREN’S ASL

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

Adult ASL classes (10 weeks) are $150. Course materials (book with DVD) are required for ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3 and cost $85. Once purchased, course materials are good for levels 1, 2, and 3, so they only need to be purchased once. Course materials required for ASL 4 and  ASL 5 need only be purchased once. Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

For more information and to register, click here.

Register now for Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language Webinar

Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language
A 90-minute webinar

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 1:00pm Eastern/12:00pm Central/11:00am Mountain/10:00am Pacific

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.

Individual registration

Group registration

Review: DEAF MINISTRY by Leo Yates, Jr.

Deaf Ministry: Ministry Models for Expanding the Kingdom of GodDeaf Ministry: Ministry Models for Expanding the Kingdom of God by Leo Yates Jr

This book is geared to those involved in Christian ministry who wish to create or expand ministry to Deaf people within their churches. Yates begins with an overview of deafness and Deaf Culture, with a particular emphasis on how both may impact a Deaf individual’s experiences of church. He then explores various models of Deaf ministry, ranging from the Deaf Church, where the dominant language is American Sign and the liturgy may be adapted for Deaf congregations, to Interpreted Ministry, where access is provided to hearing church services and certain activities via an ASL interpreter, to Hard-of-Hearing and Late-Deafened Ministry, which focuses on access for those who do not use ASL to communicate. Yates also offers information on Deaf-blind Ministry, Deaf Advocacy, Deaf Missions, and Disability Ministry (which may or may not include the Deaf community), as well as an excellent chapter discussing the idea of the Multicultural Church, which strives to integrate the needs of Hearing, Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late-deafened, and Deaf-blind individuals, and brings both hearing and Deaf culture values into its services.
Yates gives an excellent overview of the different ways that Deaf individuals may be integrated into a church community, with lots of specific resources relating to provision of interpreters, accommodations checklists, and case studies showing how other churches have done it. This is a must-have resource for anyone looking to start a Christian Deaf ministry.

 

Book for Summer 2018 by December 31 and get 15% Off!

The Collaborative Summer Reading Theme for 2018 is: Libraries Rock!

Stories by Hand has you covered with a hands-on, interactive program for all ages that features signs and songs:

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

$300 per program plus mileage; discounts available for multiple bookings. Click here for complete rates and booking information.

Book a program for Summer 2018 by December 31, 2017 and receive 15% off the program price! Ask about a free same-day author program for Kathy’s Young Adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, 2016)!

 

 

In the Community: Meet Signing Santa at the DCI Christmas Party! RESCHEDULED

❄️ RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER❄️

Deaf Camps, Inc Annual Christmas Party

Now happening Saturday, Dec 16 from 2-5pm

Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf
1040 S Beechfield Ave
Baltimore, MD 21229

Admission includes:

  • Signing Santa
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • One free picture with Santa per child.  (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)

All ages and signing levels welcome!
Admission: $5
1 adult free with each child’s admission

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2018 scholarship fund.

Click here for more information.

Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library launches guide for libraries

The Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library, the result of a bill that was passed into law, is the “first stop” information center that will provide Maryland residents, local public library staff, college and university librarians and other libraries in the state of Maryland with access to:

  • online resources on deaf culture,
  • a comprehensive electronic collection of deaf resources,
  • deaf cultural programs, and
  • training programs for library staff.

While the DCDL’s services are still being developed, it has created an online guide for library patrons and staff alike, featuring resources about Deaf Culture, American Sign Language, accessibility, and more.  Find the Deaf Culture Digital Library resource guide here.