Upcoming Programs for All Ages

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.

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.

Wednesday, August 10 at 11 AM: Claymont Public Library (Claymont, DE)

Wednesday, August 10 at 2 PM: Appoquinimink Community Library (Middletown, DE)

Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 PM: Route 9 Library & Innovation Center (New Castle, DE)

Friday, August 12 at 10:30 AM: Rockville Memorial Library (Rockville, MD)

Saturday, August 13 at 2 PM: Baltimore County Public Library, Hereford Branch (Hereford, MD)

Tuesday, August 16 at 11 AM: High Point Public Library (High Point, NC)

 

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. Text appears in black against a blue textured background: Storytime at Writer's Block Bookstore with Author Kathy MacMillan. Saturday, August 20 at 11 AM. For all ages. Writer's Block - Winter Garden 32 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Saturday, August 20 at 11 AM: Storytime with Kathy MacMillan at Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Garden, FL. We’ll sign, sign, play, and read together! For all ages. Writer’s Block – Winter Garden, 32 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787.

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.

Little Hands Signing Professional Development on demand

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 on-demand recording access to all 6 webinars through August 31, 2022!

  • Winter Signs
  • Lovey Dovey Signs
  • Spring Signs
  • Weather Signs
  • Ocean Signs (Summer Reading Special)
  • Summer Signs

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

Or register for upcoming webinars here.

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.

Recommended Viewing (and program!): “Calvin Can’t Fly: An ASL Storybook”

Calvin Cant Fly: An ASL Storybook” is a new, innovative film presented in American Sign Language by Crom Saunders, animation, enhanced text, music and narrated English. The 25-minute video is based on the book about a little bird who cant fly because he spends all his time reading and dreaming. Though his differences set him apart, his knowledge ultimately saves his flock from disaster.

Director Sarah Michaelson wanted to create something where everyone can share this heartwarming story in the same space no matter their background, ability, or learning style.  The screening event is perfect for Deaf and hearing audiences, students of sign language, and young readers who benefit from experiencing stories in a visceral way.

After a successful premiere last fall, the Calvin team is now focused on bringing more interactive events to libraries, school groups, and organizations around the country. Find out more, see video samples, and learn how to request a screening for your organization at https://calvinaslstorybook.com/ 

Upcoming Online Storytimes

A picture of 3 smiling children appears on the left. Text appears against a rainbow background on the right: Little Hands Signing with Kathy MacMillan. Hosted by Queens Public Library. Facebook Live storytimes. Join at facebook.com/QPLNYC. All programs 11 AM Eastern. April 28: Feelings Signs. May 3: Food Signs. May 5: Clothing Signs. May 10: Weather Signs. May 12: Sing & Sign.

Little Hands Signing with Kathy MacMillan

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan is the author of the Little Hands Signing series and Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. This program will be presented in spoken English with automatic captions for the live event and professional captions for the recordings, which will be available for 7 days.

All programs 11 AM Eastern

  • April 28: Feelings Signs
  • May 3: Food Signs
  • May 5: Clothing Signs
  • May 10: Weather Signs
  • May 12: Sing & Sign

Join the live storytimes at https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

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

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 Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Lovey Dovey Signs

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

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Lovey Dovey Signs

Tuesday, February 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 love and friendship 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.

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 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.