July Programs for Families

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears on the left. She is signing FISH in American Sign Language and is surrounded by cartoon fish. Text appears in black against a blue background: Signs Under the Sea with Kathy MacMillan.Signs Under the Sea

Dive into splashy stories, songs, and fun activities that explore the world of underwater animals through American Sign Language! For all ages. Click on the links below for more details.

Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 AM: Baltimore County Public Library, White Marsh Branch (White Marsh, MD)

Thursday, June 23 at 11 AM: Woodlawn Library (Wilmington, DE)

Saturday, July 2 at 10:30 AM: Baltimore County Public Library, Rosedale Branch (Rosedale, MD)

Monday, July 11 at 11 AM: Delmar Public Library (Delmar, DE)

Monday, July 11 at 2 PM: South Coastal Library (Bethany Beach, DE)

Friday, July 15 at 10:30 AM: Baltimore County Public Library, Towson Branch (Towson, MD)

 

Meet the Author: Kathy MacMillan. Sunday, July 10 ~ 6- 8 PM. Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Pkw, Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Words appear next to a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and shoulder length brown hair, surrounded by her book covers: The Runaway Shirt (picture book), Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day (board books), She Spoke (children’s nonfiction)

Meet the Author: Kathy MacMillan
Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 6-8 PM 
Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Pkw, Bethany Beach DE 19930

Sing, sign, read, and play with Kathy MacMillan, author of THE RUNAWAY SHIRT and other picture book favorites.

Join me for Storytime this Saturday at the Ivy Bookshop!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the covers of picture book THE RUNAWAY SHIRT and board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY and nonfiction book SHE SPOKE. Text appears in white against a photo of purple flowers: Storytime at The Ivy Bookshop with Author Kathy MacMillan. Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 PM. For all ages. The Ivy Bookshop, Back Patio. 5928 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209. Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2:30 PM at The Ivy Bookshop, 5928 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209 Join me for storytime on The Ivy’s back patio for the whole family.  We’ll sign, sign, play, and read together as I share The Runaway Shirt, Nita’s First Signs, Nita’s Day, and She Spoke. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided by practicum students from the Community College of Baltimore County Interpreter Preparation Program.

See you at the Sussex Children’s Book Festival this Saturday!

I will be one of the authors featured at the Sussex Children’s Book Festival this Saturday, May 14 in Bridgeville, DE. Hope to see you there.

This year’s excitement could not be contained in one location. Activities will be held in Bridgeville at Delaware’s own Bridgeville Public Library, Passwaters Park, and Frozen Farmer! Activities, performances, and adventures will be awaiting attendees at all locations from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Check out the schedule of events here.

 

Storytime at Snug Books this Saturday!

Text appears in black against a pink background: Storytime with Authors Tracy Gold & Kathy MacMillan. Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 AM. Snug Books, 4717 Harford Road, #1C, Baltimore, MD 21214. On the left appears a photo of Tracy C. Gold. She is a white woman with long wavy light brown hair. She is looking at the camera and smiling. Her left hand is at her chest and her right hand is crossed over her waist. On the right is a picture of Kathy MacMillan. She is a white woman with shoulder-length light-brown hair and glasses. She is smiling at the camera. Below them appear the covers of their books Everybody’s Sleepy But the Baby; Trick or Treat! Bugs to Eat!; Nita’s First Signs; Nita’s Day; The Runaway Shirt; and She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World.

Storytime with Tracy C. Gold and Kathy MacMillan

Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 AM

Snug Books, 4717 Harford Road, #1C, Baltimore, MD 21214

Join two local authors for a fun storytime–and learn a little American Sign Language, too! Kathy MacMillan is an American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. Her picture books include The Little Hands Signing Series and The Runaway Shirt. Tracy C. Gold is an editor, mom, and geek about animals whose picture books include “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby” and “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat.”

For all ages. More information at https://www.snugbooks.com/events

Signing this Sunday at the MD Renaissance Festival

A smiling white women with glasses and long brown hair looks at the camera while leaning over to sign a book. She is wearing a flower crown and a blue velvet gown. The covers of Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin, Nita's First Signs, and Nita's Day appear at the bottom of the graphic. Text reads: Meet Author Kathy MacMillan. Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Page After Page Bookstore. Sunday, October 10, 11 AM-5 PM

FB_IMG_1472502550592Sunday, October 10 from 11 AM-5 PM: Maryland Renaissance Festival: Visiting Author at Page After Page Bookstore

Come learn to write your name in the language of the gods and get your signed copy of Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin! October 10 is one of two American Sign Language Interpretation Days at the festival, so I will also be signing Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day. Find me at the author tent across from Page After Page Bookstore (inside the festival village).

NOTE: Tickets to the festival will ONLY be sold online this year, so make sure to purchase yours ahead of time at https://rennfest.com/

 

 

Signing this Saturday at the MD Renaissance Festival

I’ll be signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD this Saturday! Hope to see you there!

A smiling white women with glasses and long brown hair looks at the camera while leaning over to sign a book. She is wearing a flower crown and a blue velvet gown. The covers of Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin, Nita's First Signs, and Nita's Day appear at the bottom of the graphic. Text reads: Meet Author Kathy MacMillan. Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Page After Page Bookstore. Saturday, September 11, 11 AM-5 PM

FB_IMG_1472502550592Saturday, September 11 from 11 AM-5 PM: Maryland Renaissance Festival: Visiting Author at Page After Page Bookstore

Come learn to write your name in the language of the gods and get your signed copy of Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin! September 11 is one of two American Sign Language Interpretation Days at the festival, so I will also be signing Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day. Find me at the author tent across from Page After Page Bookstore (inside the festival village).

NOTE: Tickets to the festival will ONLY be sold online this year, so make sure to purchase yours ahead of time at https://rennfest.com/

 

 

Online Storytimes and More to Celebrate THE RUNAWAY SHIRT

Happy book birthday to my newest book, The Runaway Shirt, releasing August 12 from Familius Press!  With beautiful, playful illustrations by Julia Castaño, this picture book features a mother and child on an imaginative laundry adventure! The story is based on a game my own kiddo and I used to play. I hope you and your family will enjoy reading it together!  Thank you to the team at Familius Press for bringing this gorgeous book to life!

 

 

Order The Runaway Shirt now!

 

Join me for The Runaway Shirt Online Launch Celebration Events!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10 AM Eastern: Storytime with author Kathy MacMillan in American Sign Language on Facebook Live 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10 AM: Storytime with author Kathy MacMillan in Spoken English on Facebook Live

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11 AM Eastern: The Runaway Shirt: A Conversation with author Kathy MacMillan and illustrator Julia Castaño

Enter the Giveaway!

In honor of the release of The Runaway Shirt, I’m giving away a signed copy of the book! This makes a great gift and may be personalized. Must by 18 or older to enter. US Only. Giveaway closes August 30, 2020.

3 chances to enter! Each one counts as a separate entry.

  1. Enter on Twitter:

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3. Enter here on my website!  If you are not already a follower of my website, click on “follow by email” in the right hand menu and enter your email address. Then fill out the form below to enter the giveaway!

 

 

 

Join in the Read Local Challenge!

It’s not to late to take the 2019/2020 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators!

Discover books by people who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

How to Join the Read Local Challenge:

Choose a challenge level, and start reading!

Read one book or two … or five … or every book in your selected challenge level (picture book, middle grade, or young adult). You can even take the ultimate challenge and read all 38 books!

Join in the state-by-state Reading Race!

Tell us which books you have read, individually or with a team. Our interactive map will update within 5-10 minutes to tell us which state has the most frequent readers. (If your whole team / family / class reads a book together, you get to count it once for each member of your team!) Then nominate a school or library near you to win a selection of signed books from us. One school / library in the winning state will win the grand prize!

Fill your Read Local Challenge Passport and redeem it for an amazing reward!

Pick up a Read Local Challenge Passport bookmark from your participating school, library, or bookstore. Fill the required number of passport spaces by reading books from our Read Local Challenge list, attending events to meet local authors and illustrators, visiting your library, and more.

Meet a local author or illustrator at one of our events!

Check out the Read Local Challenge events calendar to find us at our already-scheduled events. Or host one of our Read Local Parties and invite one of our authors or illustrators for a FREE, informal Q&A event either in-person or via Skype call.

Make it a competition!

Gather a group of friends together, or challenge your class (or even your whole school)! Teachers, Librarians, & Group Leaders: Request your FREE Read Local Challenge Starter Kit. You will receive Read Local Challenge posters, passport bookmarks, stickers, and small prizes such as postcards, buttons, etc. While supplies last, you will receive a FREE signed copy of a Read Local Challenge book. Who will win the grand prize in your challenge? It’s your challenge! You get to decide the rules!

 

 

 

 

 

Take the Read Local Challenge!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 2019/2020 Read Local Challenge, sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators!

Discover books by people who live in your own state – maybe even your own neighborhood! Our Read Local Challenge features traditionally-published authors and illustrators from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

How to Join the Read Local Challenge:

Choose a challenge level, and start reading!

Read one book or two … or five … or every book in your selected challenge level (picture book, middle grade, or young adult). You can even take the ultimate challenge and read all 38 books!

Join in the state-by-state Reading Race!

Tell us which books you have read, individually or with a team. Our interactive map will update within 5-10 minutes to tell us which state has the most frequent readers. (If your whole team / family / class reads a book together, you get to count it once for each member of your team!) Then nominate a school or library near you to win a selection of signed books from us. One school / library in the winning state will win the grand prize!

Fill your Read Local Challenge Passport and redeem it for an amazing reward!

Pick up a Read Local Challenge Passport bookmark from your participating school, library, or bookstore. Fill the required number of passport spaces by reading books from our Read Local Challenge list, attending events to meet local authors and illustrators, visiting your library, and more.

Meet a local author or illustrator at one of our events!

Check out the Read Local Challenge events calendar to find us at our already-scheduled events. Or host one of our Read Local Parties and invite one of our authors or illustrators for a FREE, informal Q&A event either in-person or via Skype call.

Make it a competition!

Gather a group of friends together, or challenge your class (or even your whole school)! Teachers, Librarians, & Group Leaders: Request your FREE Read Local Challenge Starter Kit. You will receive Read Local Challenge posters, passport bookmarks, stickers, and small prizes such as postcards, buttons, etc. While supplies last, you will receive a FREE signed copy of a Read Local Challenge book. Who will win the grand prize in your challenge? It’s your challenge! You get to decide the rules!

 

 

 

 

 

In the Community: Upcoming Programs at MD Libraries

Sunshine 2.0: LIFE ON EARTH

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM at Edgewater Community Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Sunshine 2.0, a theatre touring company from the Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute of the Deaf (RIT/NTID), will present Life on Earth which is an interactive sign language and spoken English play about a team of scientists who must save the Earth from an evil blob. Enjoy sign-mime, dance, ASL poetry, songs, and storytelling. Co-sponsored by Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library and the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL). More information here. 


MEET THE AUTHOR: SOFIA SEITCHIK

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Germantown Library, 19840 Century Boulevard, Germantown, Maryland 20874

In commemoration of International Week of the Deaf, join us as we meet
author Sofia Seitchik who will share her experiences writing and publishing
her book “The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries,
Artists, Founders and Entrepreneurs.” In addition, meet Deaf Marylanders
featured in the book who will also share their stories. “The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries, Artists, Founders, and Entrepreneurs” is a book aimed to motivate all kinds of people to go after their dreams, channel their inner artist, take that leap to found an organization, or even to start their own business. The book has over 80 stories of Deaf women with diverse identities, backgrounds, and journeys.

Following the program, the author will sell and sign her books. Light refreshments will be available.This program is co-sponsored by the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library. More information


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