Little Hands and Big Hands on the Eastern Shore

I am excited to announce that I will be visiting several libraries and bookstores on the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware over the next week (full schedule below)!  Join me for a free program to learn more about the benefits of signing with young children, and purchase a signed copy of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together.  The book was featured in a recent edition of the Cape Gazette:

“There are many great books out there about the basics of signing with babies,” says MacMillan. “In ‘Little Hands and Big Hands,’ I wanted to go beyond just the signs and give parents specific, age-appropriate activities they could use to make everyday life with their kids more harmonious while also enhancing early literacy. Many people assume that signing is something you do only until your child is speaking, but in fact there are tremendous benefits to signing with preschoolers as well – signing gives them more tools in their language and communication toolbox. That’s why the book includes activities for kids ages birth to 6.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Schedule of Events:

Celebrate Spring with Miss Kathy This Weekend!

Marylanders north and south, we’ve got you covered this Saturday!

Saturday, April 12 at 10 AM:

Join Miss Kathy at the La Plata Branch of the Charles County Public Library for “Signs of Spring”.  This lively program for all ages will explore springtime with American Sign Language , from April showers to May flowers and everything in between! We’ll share stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

Saturday, April 12 from 5:00-7:30 PM:

Join us at the Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party!  All ages and all signing levels welcome!

Admission includes:
* Pancake supper
* Signing Easter Bunny
* Easter egg hunt – begins at 5:45pm
* Crafts

Also for sale:
* Deep discounts on limited Thirty One items.
Sugar Prints ceramic hand & foot impressions.

Admission: $6 per person
Children under 12 will receive a FREE picture with the Easter Bunny. Additional pictures $3 each.  All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2014 scholarship fund.

Location: Christ Church of the Deaf, 1040 S. Beechfield Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

For more information, see www.deafcampsinc.org.

Little Hands Signing in Carroll County, MD

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!  Drop-in classes (no registration required)

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive

Eldersburg, MD 21784

(410) 795-3520

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): Select Fridays at 9:45 AM (see dates below)

Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult): Select Fridays at 10:45 AM (see dates below)

  • Friday, January 24: Winter Signs
  • Friday, January 31: Nice Play Signs

Finksburg Branch

2265 Old Westminster Pike

Finksburg, MD 21048

410.386.4505

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): Select Fridays at 9:45 AM (see dates below)

Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult): Select Fridays at 11:00 AM (see dates below)

  • Friday, February 14: Valentine Signs
  • Friday, February 21: Weather Signs
  • Friday, February 28: Feelings Signs

For more information, see library.carr.org

Little Hands & Big Hands Parties!

Part storytime, part book-signing event, and ALL fun!

Little Hands and Big Hands coverJoin Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013), as she shares hands-on activities that parents and caregivers can use every day to improve communication, reduce tantrums, and promote early literacy in children ages birth to six. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Children of all ages are welcome at these family-friendly events!

 

Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 AM

Marilyn J Praisner Library
14910 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
(240) 773-9460

Saturday, January 25 at 3 PM

Happy Baby Company

558 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 734-1354
**Registration and fees apply.  $15 for one person; $20 for a couple.  Children in laps free.  Each party will receive a free copy of the book.  Register online. 

Monday, January 27 at 10:00 AM

Germantown Library
19840 Century Boulevard
Germantown MD 20874
240-777-0110
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library

Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 AM

Damascus Library

9701 Main Street
Damascus MD 20872
240-773-9443

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library

 

Upcoming Webinar: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

EditionsWorkshop200x300Presented by Kathy MacMillan

Price: $75 (group rates available)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern: Session 1

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern: Session 2

Sign up now!

I’m so excited to be able to offer this 2-part online workshop through ALA Editions once again!  Join me to learn about:

  • An overview of the different ways deaf people communicate
  • Meeting your library’s legal obligation to serve the deaf
  • Strategies for communicating with a deaf or hard-of-hearing person in the library, including basic library signs
  • Tips for finding, hiring, and working with interpreters
Closed captioning will be provided.
ASL users: please call in to the webinar using your preferred Video Relay Service provider.  When you enter the webinar, please let the host know that you are using VRS.  We will give you a link to pass on to your interpreter, so that he/she can also see the slideshow and better interpret the message.

To learn more or to register, click here.