ASL for Library Staff Level 1 eCourse Starts 1 Week From Today!

Text reads: Ecourse: American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 1, Ecourse: American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2, Ecourse: American Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom. With Kathy MacMillan. At the top, a brown-skinned man signs THANK-YOU in American Sign Language. At the bottom, a close-up photo of a light-skinned woman’s hands signing COLLABORATE in American Sign Language.

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 21, 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, 2022 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 videos, 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 coursework into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

 

Register now!

Clerc and Gallaudet Week: A Message from Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action

Public Release from Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action!  FOLDA!                       

Celebrate! Clerc and Gallaudet Week: December 3-10, 2022.  

Two visionary leaders in American Deaf Education and the birth of American Sign Language, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (hearing) and Laurent Clerc  (Deaf), co-founders of the first-kind American School for the Deaf, were born in the month of December, Gallaudet on Dec 10, 1787, Clerc on Dec 26, 1785. December 3 is also International Day of Persons with Disabilities (est.1992) and December 10 is Humans Rights Day (est. 1948).  Such International Days have been proclaimed annually by the General Assembly of the United Nations, joined by the White House and US President.

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) est. 1951
The WFD, located in Helsinki, Finland realizes the human rights of the Deaf with many cultures to quality education and knowledge of pioneers and deaf historical events that change the world. From Abbe Charles Michel de L’Épée of Paris (the 1760s) to the infamous Milan (Italy) Conference (1880) to the Dark age of Deaf Education globally ever since, and much more.

The Values of Deaf History                                                                                               The FOLDA mission is to promote full library access and quality deaf cultural resources for the Deaf Community, and all, nationally and globally. http://www.foldadeaf.net/

FOLDA believes that knowledge of the past is crucially important to the well-being of individuals, communities, and the future of all nations.  “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know,” is a famous quote by Harry S. Truman, 34th US President.

In this case, members of both the deaf communities and the library communities should not assume that the general public, especially most government agencies, know about the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into federal law on July 26, 1990.   And also, the Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL) was signed into state law on May 15, 2014, by Maryland Governor as well as the  Deaf History Month,  March 13 to April 15 signed into state law by Ohio Governor on December 6, 2017.

FOLDA encourages OSD (National Organizations that Serve the Deaf ) – their affiliates, chapters, and the related local communities of the nation to ask local public libraries about using their meeting room for presenting a deaf cultural program observing  Clerc-Gallaudet Week, December 3-10, 2022.   If the date is too close, then plan for March 13 – April 15, 2023.

Members with an interest to create a program at a local public library should let their organizational president know. 

In this case, please email your program announcement before November 15, 2022, to FOLDA via ahagemeyer@gmail.com

The general purpose of such annual deaf events presented at the public library in local communities of the nation, the Deaf with many cultures would be able to work together to build an inclusive library community engagement in local communities of the nation, and globally.

 A Brief History

In November 1972, John A. Love, Governor of Colorado declared what we call today Deaf History Month.  It was then called “Deaf Awareness Week.”  The first movers and shakers of such a first-ever event were David Anthony and Jerome Moers of the Colorado Association of the Deaf.

Two years later in December 1974, then the  DC Executive Office (now of Mayor) declared what we call today Clerc-Gallaudet Week, December 3-10.  Originally called “Deaf Awareness Week” was launched by the District of Columbia Public Library, later followed by “Deaf Action Week” and “Deaf Heritage Week,” in partnership with the NAD and DC Deaf Community. The library staff who took sign class with two Deaf co-workers, Alice L. Hagemeyer and Ida Mapes, took the responsibility for the week’s agenda, and was a big success.

In  1989,  FOLDA suggested changing it to Clerc-Gallaudet Week and to add a new annual event, National Deaf History Month, from March 13 to April 15.  NAD board approved of it.

Later we made December 3 – December 10 the official week date.  December 3 and December 10 are the International Day of People with Disabilities and of Human Rights as proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1992 and 1948 respectively.

The purpose of National Deaf History Month, March 13 -April 15 is to recognize three turning points in America’s history dating back to April 15, 1817 – The first public school for the Deaf opens in Hartford, CT; April 8, 1864 – Gallaudet University, the world’s first institution dedicated to advanced education for the Deaf and March 13, 1988 – The first Deaf president ever hired in Gallaudet’s 124 years history which led to the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into federal law two years later on July 26, 1990.

In 2005 and 2006, the NAD and the American Library Association (ALA) endorsed National Deaf History Month, March 13 – April 15, respectively.

Registration open for popular ALA eCourses!

Text reads: Ecourse: American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 1, Ecourse: American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2, Ecourse: American Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom. With Kathy MacMillan. At the top, a brown-skinned man signs THANK-YOU in American Sign Language. At the bottom, a close-up photo of a light-skinned woman’s hands signing COLLABORATE in American Sign Language.

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 21, 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, 2022 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 videos, 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 coursework into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

 

Register now!

FREE Workshop for Licensed Childcare Providers

A photo of two white preschoolers playing peek a book appears next to the text: Little Hands Signing in the Classroom. FREE workshop for licensed childcare providers. (3 Core of Knowledge hours), Saturday, September 17, 2022, 1-4:30 PM. Leonardtown Library, MD.

Little Hands Signing in the Classroom: Childcare Provider Workshop

  • When: Saturday, September 17 – 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Where: Leonardtown Library, Leonardtown, MD
  • Age Group: Adult

Register here

Free workshop for licensed childcare providers. Learn how using sign language with children can improve vocabulary & comprehension, defuse difficult behavior, & support a variety of learning styles!

Learn the fascinating reasons behind how sign language supports language development & positive behavior, as well as strategies for incorporating signs into your curriculum and classroom management. You’ll leave with a basic vocabulary of signs and free materials to get you started. Please register. Childcare centers are limited to 3 registrations per center; additional staff will be placed on the wait list until September 10, then added as space allows.

This workshop provides 3 Core of Knowledge hours (1.5 Child Development, 1.5 Curriculum) and is sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Early Childhood Advisory Council. MSDE Office of Childcare approval number CWO-160785; course id SM-07292022-01.

Fall Webinar Series Start 1 Week From Today! Register Now!

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Beginner: Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022 from 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/8 AM-9 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 (Beginner)
Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022 from 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/8 AM-9 AM Pacific

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

Learn how to improve your service to deaf 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 available through 30 days after the final session.
Individual: $240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you enter promo code AUTUMN at the top of the ticket form!


 

A white toddler with blonde hair smiles at the camera while signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1. Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific. 6-webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1 (6-webinar series)

Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific
6 sessions, online via Zoom

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! In this interactive series, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for summer storytimes. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Includes 30 days of recording access.

Topics:

  • September 15: First Signs
  • September 22: Colors Signs
  • September 29: Family Signs
  • October 6: Food Signs
  • October 13: Feelings Signs
  • October 20: Animal Signs

Individual: $240. Group rates available.

Register now! Save 20% with coupon code AUTUMN.

 


Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Intermediate: Thursdays, November 3- December 15 (No class on November 24) 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/ 8 AM-9 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 (Intermediate)
Thursdays, November 3- December 15 (No class on November 24) from 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/8 AM-9 AM Pacific

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

Practice your ASL for the library setting in these interactive sessions! This series is appropriate for those who have taken Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner), or the 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. 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 through 30 days after the final session.
Individual: $240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you enter promo code AUTUMN at the top of the ticket form!

2-part webinar from ALA: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

On the left, an illustration shows a white, blonde woman signing THANK-YOU in American Sign Language. On the right, a photo shows a white woman with glasses and light brown hair smiles into the camera. Text reads: Workshop: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library with Kathy MacMillan. ALA Editions 2-part Webinar. Wednesdays, Sept 7 & 14, 2022, 1:30-3 PM Central time. Register at tinyurl.com/serving2022

Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library
A two-part webinar series taking place on Wednesdays, September 7 and 14, 2022 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Library services are for everyone, and that includes the deaf community. In this workshop, Kathy MacMillan, librarian and certified American Sign Language interpreter, guides you in making your library a more welcoming place for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. You will gain an understanding of Deaf culture, learn library-related signs, and become prepared to confidently work with interpreters for your programs.

After participating in this workshop, you will have:

  • An understanding of how to meet your library’s legal obligation to serve deaf and hard of hearing patrons
  • Strategies for communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing person in the library
  • Video demonstrations and handouts for library-related signs, accessible for practice after the workshop
  • Tips for finding, hiring, and working with sign language interpreters
  • Knowledge of varieties of communication among deaf and hard of hearing people

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. She has worked in school and public libraries for over 25 years. She writes fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults, including the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press and the Storytime Magic series from ALA Editions. She lives in Baltimore, MD. Find her online at KathyMacMillan.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @kathys_quill.

Register now!

Register Now for Autumn Little Hands Signing Professional Development Workshops

Brightly colored autumn leaves appear against a white background with a photo of a smiling white woman. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Autumn Signs. Friday, September 9. 11AM-12 PM Eastern. Presented by KathyMacMillan, NIC, MLS. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Autumn Signs

Friday, September 9, 2022
11 AM-12 PM Eastern/10AM-11 AM Central/9 AM-10AM Mountain/8AM-9AM 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 autumn sights and activities. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Recording will be available for 30 days.
Individual: $40. Group rates available.

Register now! Save 20% with coupon code AUTUMN.


A white toddler with blonde hair smiles at the camera while signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1. Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific. 6-webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1 (6-webinar series)

Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific
6 sessions, online via Zoom

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! In this interactive series, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for summer storytimes. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Includes 30 days of recording access.

Topics:

  • September 15: First Signs
  • September 22: Colors Signs
  • September 29: Family Signs
  • October 6: Food Signs
  • October 13: Feelings Signs
  • October 20: Animal Signs

Individual: $240. Group rates available.

Register now! Save 20% with coupon code AUTUMN.

Register now for Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff

Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff | Interactive webinar series presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. | Beginner: Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022 from 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/8 AM-9 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 (Beginner)
Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 2022 from 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/8 AM-9 AM Pacific

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

Learn how to improve your service to deaf 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 available through 30 days after the final session.
Individual: $240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you enter promo code AUTUMN 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: Thursdays, November 3- December 15 (No class on November 24) 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/ 8 AM-9 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 (Intermediate)
Thursdays, November 3- December 15 (No class on November 24) from 11 AM-12 PM Eastern/ 10 AM-11 AM Central/ 9 AM-10 AM Mountain/8 AM-9 AM Pacific

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

Practice your ASL for the library setting in these interactive sessions! This series is appropriate for those who have taken Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner), or the 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. 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 through 30 days after the final session.
Individual: $240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you enter promo code AUTUMN at the top of the ticket form!

Recommended Reading: DEAF UTOPIA by Nyle DiMarco

Deaf Utopia: A Memoir - And a Love Letter to a Way of LifeDeaf Utopia: A Memoir – And a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco with Robert Siebert
Summary: In this moving and engrossing memoir, Nyle shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. From growing up in a rough-and-tumble childhood in Queens with his big and loving Italian-American family to where he is now, Nyle has always been driven to explore beyond the boundaries given him. A college math major and athlete at Gallaudet—the famed university for the Deaf in Washington, DC—Nyle was drawn as a young man to acting, and dove headfirst into the reality show competitions America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars—ultimately winning both competitions. Deaf Utopia is more than a memoir, it is a cultural anthem—a proud and defiant song of Deaf culture and a love letter to American Sign Language, Nyle’s primary language. Through his stories and those of his Deaf brothers, parents, and grandparents, Nyle opens many windows into the Deaf experience.

DiMarco’s memoir is open and honest, at turns hilarious and poignant. The subtitle “A memoir – and a love letter to a way of life” is right on; DiMarco draws back the curtain on what it was like to grow up in a big Deaf family, from the joys of ASL signs zinging around the dinner table to the tragedies of discrimination from the hearing world and the language deprivation experienced by his father. In describing his experiences on America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars, he offers a clear-eyed understanding of the ways producers shape the narratives in reality TV, while also cogently analyzing the accessibility fails along the way. Through candid anecdotes, he tracks his changing understanding of his own sexuality, finally embracing his queer identity. Throughout the narrative, the book weaves in just enough background information about ASL and Deaf culture and history to help even newcomers to the topic understand how DiMarco’s personal story fits into the bigger picture of the multifaceted Deaf community.

DEAF UTOPIA is out now.

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Register now for Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Signs

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

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! In these interactive sessions, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for storytimes. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Registration includes 30 days of recording access. Individual: $40 per webinar. Group rates available.

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11 AM-12PM Pacific. Register now. 


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

  • Winter Signs
  • Lovey Dovey Signs
  • Spring Signs
  • Weather Signs
  • Ocean Signs
  • Summer Signs

Register for the 2022 Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1 Season Pass here.