Upcoming Programs

The Great ASL Mystery

  • Cascades Library (Potomac Falls, VA): Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4 PMphoto photo of Kathy MacMillan in an overcoat and fedora, holding a magnifying glass
  • Rust Library (Leesburg, VA): Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 4 PM
  • Purcellville Library (Purcellville, VA): Saturday, November 9 at 3 PM
  • Gum Spring Library (Stone Ridge, VA): Wednesday, November 13 at 4 PM
  • Ashburn Library (Ashburn, VA): Tuesday, November 26 at 4 PM

Where did American Sign Language come from? Flex your fingers and join in the hunt for clues as sign language detective Kathy MacMillan leads silly stories, songs, and more. Kathy is the author of Nita’s First Signs and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. More info at https://library.loudoun.gov

 

The SIGN-a-Long Sing-a-long

  • George Mason Regional Library (Annandale, VA): Saturday, November 2 at 10:30 AMPhoto of Kathy MacMillan with musical notes coming out of ehr hands

Teach 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, author of Nita’s First Signs and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together teaches you to sign some of your favorite songs. For more information, see https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library

 

 

Upcoming Programs

Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

Monday, July 1:

  • 10:30am: George Mason Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Herndon Fortnightly Library
  • 7:00pm: Sherwood Regional Library

Tuesday, July 9

  • 10:30am: Chantilly Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Wednesday, July 10

  • 10:30am: Pohick Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Patrick Henry Library

Tuesday, July 16

  • 10:30am:  Oakton Library
  • 2:30pm:  Lorton Library

Thursday, July 18

  • 2:30pm:  Burke Centre Library
  • 7:00pm: Centreville Regional Library

Tuesday, July 23

  • 10:30am: Dolley Madison Library
  • 2:30pm: City of Fairfax Regional Library

 


Little Hands Signing at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

  • Saturday, July 6 at 10:00am: Transportation Signs
  • Saturday, August 3 at 10:00am: Animal Signs 

 


Book signings at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

  • Wednesday, July 24 from 6-8 PM: Catonsville location, 825 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

Come on in to purchase signed copies of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase! All book sale proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

 

 

 

 

 

June Storytimes and Events

Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 AM-1 PM: Cecil County Public Library Children’s Book Festival

Location: North East Community Park, North East, MD 21901

Authors and fun family activities! I’ll be signing She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Check out the complete festival lineup here!

 


Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

Come away to a land of kings and dragons, queens and castles, and learn signs through stories and songs of magic. Bring the whole family (and your fairy godmother too) for American Sign Language fun! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at the Martha Washington Library,
    6614 Fort Hunt Rd Alexandria VA 22307
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 2:30 PM at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 AM: Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 2:30 PM: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr., Alexandria, VA 22315

I’ll be appearing at more Fairfax County Public Library locations in July! See the full schedule here.

 


Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

 


Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 AM: Signing at the American Library Association Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)

My co-author Christine Kirker will be signing More Storytime Magic at the ALA Bookstore. Christine will also be signing her newest solo ALA Editions title, 25 Projects for Global Explorers.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM: Sussex County Children’s Book Festival in Milton, DE

Location: Milton Public Library, 121 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA

Meet regional children’s book authors ~ Craft with your favorite Children’s Librarian ~ Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Ogre’s Grove Comics & Collectibles ~ Hear a live story time with an author or a Very Important Reader ~ Ride the Milton Memorial Park train ~ Check out the interactive programs at the Milton Historical Society ~ Get a picture with your favorite book characters ~ Enjoy a LIVE literary musical performance for children at the Milton Theatre at 1:30 PM!

Saturday, May 19, 2019: Gaithersburg Book Festival (MD)


The festival is free and runs from 10 AM – 6 PM.  Full schedule and information at http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Booth from 2pm-6pm. Stop by and pick up a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, or Dagger and Coin! All proceeds from sales of my books benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

May 20, 2019: Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse begins

Asynchronous eCourse (6 weeks of lessons; Participants have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 AM: Let’s Sign Together! (for all ages) at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, VA)

Learn basic American Sign Language together in this interactive storytime for all ages. Flex your fingers and join in the fun! Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, leads stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

For more information, see http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library

 

Starting Soon! Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom eCourse

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, April 8, 2019 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)

$250.00 (ALA Members $225.00)

Click here to register.

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

American 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

Feedback from past participants:

“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 course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

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. She is also the author of the young adult fantasy novels Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin (HarperTeen).

Book News!

My newest book, She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World releases today from Familius Press! Co-authored with my dear friend Manuela Bernardi and illustrated by Kathrin Honesta, this book is one I am so excited to share with readers of all ages!

This unique nonfiction picture book highlights 14 women who raised their voices and changed the world! Learn about heroes such as Dolores Huerta, Dr. Maya Angelou, Suzan Shown Harjo, Dr. Temple Grandin, and Malala Yousafzai – and hear their inspiring words in their own voices at the touch of a button.

“A chorus of voices for justice and change, diverse alike of identity and cause.” Kirkus Reviews

Purchase by March 31, 2019 and get a free prize pack! Click here to claim yours!

Purchase links:

Order signed copies and support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program!

Order from amazon.com

Order from BarnesAndNoble.com

Order from IndieBound.com and support your local independent bookseller!

Order from Familius.com

Join me tomorrow, Saturday, March 2 at 2 PM for the launch at Books with a Past in Historic Savage Mill! We’ll be celebrating Read Across America and Women’s History Month with my co-author, Manuela Bernardi, who will be Skyping in from Brazil for the occasion, and Karen Leggett Abouraya, author of Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. We’ll have giveaways, crafts, games, and cupcakes!

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

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

Thursday, March 28, 2018, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pmCentral/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

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. Register at https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/liven-baby-and-toddler-storytimes-sign-language-workshop

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, April 8, 2019 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)

$250.00 (ALA Members $225.00)

Click here to register.

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

American 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

Feedback from past participants:

“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 course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”

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. She is also the author of the young adult fantasy novels Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin (HarperTeen).

Upcoming Little Hands Signing Classes

Upcoming FREE classes offered through Carroll County Public Library!

Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers on using signs in everyday activities. Each theme-based class will introduce and reinforce signs from a young child’s world. Because our classes use American Sign Language, you and your child can learn another language together, with benefits to last a lifetime. Best of all, it’s so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re learning!  

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg, MD 21784

All are welcome! Programs are geared to ages birth to 6. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM: Winter Signs
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:45 AM: Playtime Signs
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10 AM: Weather Signs
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9:45 AM: Our Signing Day

Programs are free and no registration is required. For more information, see library.carr.org