Celebrate Read Captions Across America Day!

March 2 is Read Across America Day – and it’s also Read Captions Across America Day!

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Led by the Described and Captioned Media Program, Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America event every year on or around March 2.

The purpose of Read Captions Across America is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Captions aren’t just for deaf and hard-of-hearing people! Studies show that captions benefit almost everyone, including beginning readers, people with learning disabilities, and English language learners! 

Download your FREE Read Captions Across America toolkit, including activity ideas, posters, bookmarks, and certificates here.

 

Add some springtime signs to your storytime toolbox!

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

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Spring Signs

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

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 spring storytimes. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Includes 30 days of recording access. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test. Register now!

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 info@storiesbyhand.com 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.

Register for the 2022 Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1 Season Pass and save! You’ll get live webinar access to 6 theme-based webinars (including this one) PLUS extended recording access for the entire series through August 31, 2022. Season Pass is $200 per person and includes:

  • 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: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 Eastern
  • Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern

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.

Register Now for Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Webinar

On the left is a drawing of an open book with a pirate ship and ocean scene emerging from it. On the right is a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses. Text reads: Workshop: Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes with Kathy MacMillan, ALA Editions Webinar. Thurs, Feb 10, 2022. 1:30 PM Central time. Register at https://tinyurl.com/outstandingonline

Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Workshop

A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, February 10, 2002 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

$79 per person; discounts available for ALA Members and groups

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!

5 Little Flowers: A Flannelboard Rhyme to Sign

I’ve posted before about my friend Dawn Babb Prochovnic, author of the Story Time with Signs & Rhymes series (Abdo) and many other great books for kids. (See my previous posts about Dawn’s books and storytime signing resources here!)

Well, Dawn has a new picture book coming out next week from West Margin Press: Lucy’s Blooms. I was lucky enough to get an early copy. (See my full review of the book below). I was inspired to share this storytime rhyme using ASL that would pair beautifully with the book:

5 Little Flowers: A Flannelboard Rhyme to Sign

Lucy’s Blooms by Dawn Babb Prochovnic. Illustrated by Alice Brereton
West Margin Press, 4/13/21

This is a beautiful story of the nurturing power of love – Grams’ love for Lucy, and Lucy in turn pouring that love and care into her blooms. Like many children, Lucy must confront the reality that not everyone will see the magic she sees in the things she loves – some people might even dismiss them as weeds. But buoyed by the security and affection of her grandmother, Lucy knows that her blooms have something none of the prize-winning flowers can boast. Dawn Babb Prochovnic’s lyrical text skips along like Lucy’s twirling dance in the meadow, perfectly paired with Alice Brereton’s exuberant art. A celebration of connection – human to human, and human to nature – that shines with all the warmth of a sunny summer day in the garden. Click here for more info about the book!

Watch this space for more Lucy’s Blooms content! Next week, I will be hosting Dawn for a guest post with a gardening-themed signing storytime plan!

THIS WEDNESDAY! 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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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 Little Hands Signing in Storytime

Little Hands Signing in Storytime (PCI Webinar)

October 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT

$28.99 per person

Signing with little ones of all ages promotes early literacy skills, encourages interaction, and makes your programs instantly participative.

Signing with little ones of all ages promotes early literacy skills, encourages interaction, and makes your programs instantly participative. Learn how to incorporate American Sign Language into your programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in a respectful and meaningful way with Kathy MacMillan, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, author, and storyteller. You’ll leave with a toolbox of vocabulary and activities to get started with right away!

Learning Objectives:

  • List 3 benefits of signing with children
  • Demonstrate at least 6 American Sign Language signs to use with young children
  • Identify at least 1 storytime song, story, or rhyme to use with signs

Register now!

Register now for Little Hands Signing in Storytime

Little Hands Signing in Storytime (PCI Webinar)

October 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT

$28.99 per person

Signing with little ones of all ages promotes early literacy skills, encourages interaction, and makes your programs instantly participative.

Signing with little ones of all ages promotes early literacy skills, encourages interaction, and makes your programs instantly participative. Learn how to incorporate American Sign Language into your programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in a respectful and meaningful way with Kathy MacMillan, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, author, and storyteller. You’ll leave with a toolbox of vocabulary and activities to get started with right away!

Learning Objectives:

  • List 3 benefits of signing with children
  • Demonstrate at least 6 American Sign Language signs to use with young children
  • Identify at least 1 storytime song, story, or rhyme to use with signs

Register now!