Online Storytimes This Week

Join me online for free programs for all ages, sponsored by local public libraries!

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6 PM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Under the Sea.  Online storytime hosted by New Castle County Libraries (MD). Register now!

A photo of a smiling white women with glasses and shoulder length brown hair appears on the left. She is signing FISH in American Sign Language, as cartoon fish swim around her. The colorful covers of board books Nita's First Signs and Nita's Day appear to her right. Text appears in black against a blue background: Little Hands Signing: Under the Sea. Thursday, August 12 at 6 PM Eastern. Hosted by New Castle County Libraries. Register at https://tinyurl.com/NCCUndertheSea. Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series.

 

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6 PM Eastern: American Sign Language Safari. Online storytime hosted by Baltimore County Public Library (MD). Register now!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and a safari hat appear on the left. A monkey puppet is sitting on her left shoulder and she is signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language with her left hand. The colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY appear to her right. Text appears in white against a textured green background and reads: American Sign Language Safari. Learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library. Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern. Online via Zoom. Register at https://www.bcpl.info/events-and-programs

 

Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Under the Sea. Online storytime hosted by Carroll County Public Library. Register now.

A picture of colorful handprints appears on the left, with the words: Little Hands Signing with Kathy MacMillan: Under the Sea. Ages Birth-8. Next to that, a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY. Text appears in white against a green background with blue jellyfish: Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime for the whole family, presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Carroll County Public Library. Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern. Online via Zoom. Register at https://tinyurl.com/CCPLUndertheSea

 

 

 

 

Register now for Signing with Children eCourse! Begins August 23!

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, 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.

A few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor.

Reviews

“Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide is one of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken. I really appreciated the topics covered and all the additional tips the instructor contributed to the discussion forums.”

“Your methods for teaching, quizzing, and giving feedback for assignments were more responsive than any ecourse I’ve taken so far (on this site or in grad school!)”

“Kathy MacMillan was an outstanding teacher, and I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues.”

“This course was appropriately named. It was practical and extremely informative.”

Register now!

 

Upcoming Online Storytimes

Join me online for these free programs for all ages!

Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 8 PM Eastern: Familius Summer Reading Series: I’ll be reading Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day and sharing American Sign Language songs and activities for the whole family. Program will be presented in spoken English with closed captions. You can watch via the Familius FB page.

Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Animals at Night. Online storytime hosted by Carroll County Public Library. Register now.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Online Storytimes

Join me online for free programs for all ages, sponsored by these amazing public libraries!

Friday, July 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM Eastern: American Sign Language Safari. Online storytime hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Library (MD). Register now!

 

Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 11 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Farm Animals – Facebook Live storytime hosted by Mary Riley Styles Public Library (VA). No registration required. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/mrspl/

*The live program will be presented in spoken English. Captions will be provided for the recording.

A photo of a cow appears in the top right corner. Below that, a white child with blond hair signs COW. Next to that, a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY. Facebook Live storytime for all ages hosted by Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Saturday, July 3 at 11 AM Eastern. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/mrspl/. Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime for the whole family, presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series.

 

Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern: American Sign Language Safari. Online storytime hosted by Baltimore County Public Library (MD). Register now!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and a safari hat appear on the left. A monkey puppet is sitting on her left shoulder and she is signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language with her left hand. The colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY appear to her right.  Text appears in white against a textured green background and reads: American Sign Language Safari. Learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library. Saturday, July 3 at 2 PM Eastern. Online via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/SafariBCPL

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Farm Animals.  Online storytime hosted by New Castle County Libraries (MD). Register now!

A photo of a cow appears in the top right corner. Below that, a white child with blond hair signs COW. Next to that, a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY. Text appears in white against a brown background and reads: Little Hands Signing: Farm Animals. Tuesday, July 6 at 11 AM Eastern. Hosted by New Castle County Public Libraries. Register at https://tinyurl.com/LHSFarmNCC. Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime for the whole family, presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series.

 

 

 

 

This Saturday! Little Hands Signing: Zoo Signs

Little Hands Signing: Zoo Signs

Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Hosted by Carroll County Public Library, Maryland.  Register here.

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family!

Program will take place online via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginner ASL Practice for Library Staff Series begins June 30! Register now!

Hands Up! Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginner)

Wednesdays, June 30-July 21 from 1-2:30 PM Eastern/12-1:30 PM Central/11-12:30 PM Mountain/10-11:30 AM Pacific. Online sessions via Zoom (4 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Recording access will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live.

Learn and practice American Sign Language for library settings in this interactive series. 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 will be available to those who cannot attend the sessions live. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

Pricing:

  • Individual: $240 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 4-week series)
  • Group rate (10 people): $2000 (includes live webinar and recording access for the for the 4-week series)

 

About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. Kathy is the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press) and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press), as well as many other books for children, teens, and adults. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for library staff and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special Recorded Webinar Available!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special

1 hour webinar, recorded.

Learn basic American Sign Language vocabulary for summer and animals and how to use it in storytime! This session teaches themed vocabulary while demonstrating storytime activities and best practices for signing with young children. Includes storytime demo and language and culture notes to help you present American Sign Language to hearing audiences in context. Purchase includes access to the webinar for 30 days, plus access to webinar resource page. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

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.

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ASL for Library Staff, Level 2 begins June 28! Register now!

American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 2 

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, June 28, 2021 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 

Level up your knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) along with your library’s services to deaf and hard of hearing library users. Designed to provide more in-depth learning, practice, and feedback for those who have completed American Sign Language for Library Staff Level 1, this course will use readings, multimedia resources, online discussion boards, and hands-on assignments to introduce more ASL vocabulary, grammar, and culture topics relevant to the library setting. Instructor Kathy MacMillan is a librarian and ASL interpreter and will provide individualized feedback via a video project customized to your learning goals. You will also have the opportunity to participate in two live online class sessions to interact with the instructor and peers. The live sessions will be recorded for those who do not attend.

This 6-week, asynchronous online course will introduce more American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting and place that information within a linguistic and cultural context to aid participants in improving library services to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Each week will focus on a different aspect of library services and will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

Please note that ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses on learning American Sign Language focus on library-specific vocabulary and Deaf Culture topics. Even if you have taken a conversational ASL course elsewhere, we recommend that you begin with American Sign Language for Library Staff Level 1 (called Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff in past iterations), as it covers library-specific vocabulary not usually taught in community ASL courses.

Register now!

 


Also open for registration:

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $250.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, 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.

A few of your assignments will be to create videos of yourself signing, so that you can get direct feedback from the instructor.

Reviews

“Sign Language for Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide is one of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken. I really appreciated the topics covered and all the additional tips the instructor contributed to the discussion forums.”

“Your methods for teaching, quizzing, and giving feedback for assignments were more responsive than any ecourse I’ve taken so far (on this site or in grad school!)”

“Kathy MacMillan was an outstanding teacher, and I would highly recommend this class to my colleagues.”

“This course was appropriately named. It was practical and extremely informative.”

Register now!