Little Hands Signing in Queen Anne’s County this November!

Little Hands Signing Storytimes with Kathy MacMillan at Queen Anne’s County Library

For babies through age 5 with adult caregiver. Let’s sign together! Share stories, songs, and rhymes and learn basic American Sign Language to aid in everyday communication. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. This program has been funded by Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library.

Kent Island Branch: Tuesdays November 1-29 at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.

Centreville Branch: Wednesdays, November 2-30 at 10:30 AM.

Click here for more information.

 

 

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!

Sign and Shine This Weekend!

Text appears in black against a background of orange pumpkins: Little Hands Signing: Fall and Halloween Signs. Saturday, October 8 at 11 AM Mary Riley Styles Public Library 120 N. Virginia Ave. Falls Church, VA 22046

Little Hands Signing: Fall & Halloween Signs (for all ages)

Saturday, October 8, 2002 at 11:00 am

Mary Riley Styles Public Library, 120 N Virginia Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Sing, sign, dance, and play with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Gather the whole family for the fun as we learn American Sign Language vocabulary through stories, songs, and more!

 


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 9, 11 AM-5 PM

Sunday, October 9 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 9 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: Be sure to purchase your tickets to the festival online ahead of time at https://rennfest.com/

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!

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.