NITA’S FIRST SIGNS is available now!

“Nita’s First Signs demonstrates the value and fun of learning sign language for ALL infants, toddlers children AND adults, regardless of whether they are Deaf or hearing or hard of hearing.” – Marlee Matlin

Published by Familius Press!

  • Text by Kathy MacMillan
  • Illustrations by Sara Brezzi
  • ASL/Deaf Culture Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kannapell

American Sign Language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita’s First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference.

Makes a great baby shower gift!

Order now at amazon.com | barnesandnoble.com | indiebound.org or ask for it at your local library!

 

In the Community: ASL Classes at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED SUMMER 2018

JULY 17 – AUGUST 21

EVENING CLASSES 
(Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
SUMMER FUN SIGNS | FINGERSPELLING

MORNING  CLASSES
(Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
BABY & TODDLER SIGN

For pricing and registration information, click here.

 

Program offerings featured in “In the Community” posts are not affiliated with Stories by Hand and are shared to spread the word about other ASL learning opportunities.

NITA’S FIRST SIGNS Press Release

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Family.

Contact: Kate Farrell, Publicist, Familius LLC kfarrell@familius.com

  • Review copy available upon request
  • High-res cover photo available

How Do I Sign? Nita, Show Us More!

From using her manners to communicating instead of crying, Nita shows little ones how to communicate with your grown-up.

SANGER, Calif., June 15 2018 – Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun!

Nita and her parents teach ten essential signs in the context of a fun story, using repetition to encourage learning and to help break communication barriers between parents and preverbal children.

Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign. Tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference.

Words include:

  • eat
  • drink
  • more

Written by a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter and teacher whose websites provide bonus tie-in resources, this book is the essential start to your baby’s sign language collection!

About the Author: Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, writer, teacher, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of nine books for parents, librarians, and educators, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013). Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in January 2016. She has presented American Sign Language storytelling programs for children and families since 2002. Find more resources for signing with young children at her websites, www.storiesbyhand.com and www.storytimestuff.net.

About the Publisher: Familius is a family and parenting media publisher devoted to creating content that helps build strong values and happy families. As a digitally savvy, multi-media publisher, we share our family-driven content in multiple formats, including print, e-books, audio books, videos, articles and apps. Let’s Talk Family. http://www.familius.com

Book Details:

Title: Nita’s First Signs

Author: Kathy MacMillan

Illustrator: Sara Brezzi

ASL/Deaf Culture Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kannapell

Publisher: Familius

Publication: June 15, 2018

Price: $14.99

ISBN: 9781945547676

12 pages; Board book includes tabbed pages that split open to reveal instructions for each sign

*Available beginning June 15, 2018 from bookstores, online booksellers and www.familius.com

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, May 7, 2018 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$250.00

Click here to register.

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

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

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. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners

FIVE FREE SESSIONS

Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, Germantown Library (Lower Level)
19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874

Co-sponsored by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC), Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

In commemoration of Deaf History Month (March 13-April 15), join us.

The emphasis of this class will be placed on communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals through vocabulary development, conversation, and practice. These sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language. Beginning 3/19, register online at the library website or call us.

Register online at the library website or call the Germantown Library at  240-777-0110.

Note: These classes are not affiliated by Stories By Hand.  This information is provided as a resource to those seeking ASL instruction in the community.

Register Now for Basic ASL for Library Staff!

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 26, 2018 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

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.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“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.”

Register now!

In the Community: ASL Classes for Children and Adults at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn American Sign Language from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

 

CLASSES OFFERED SPRING 2018

APRIL 12 – JUNE 10

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | CHILDREN’S ASL

DAYTIME CLASSES
ASL 1 | TUESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
ASL 2 | WEDNESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Adult ASL classes (10 weeks) are $150. Course materials (book with DVD) are required for ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3 and cost $85. Once purchased, course materials are good for levels 1, 2, and 3, so they only need to be purchased once. Course materials required for ASL 4 and  ASL 5 need only be purchased once. Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

For more information and to register, click here.

Review: DEAF MINISTRY by Leo Yates, Jr.

Deaf Ministry: Ministry Models for Expanding the Kingdom of GodDeaf Ministry: Ministry Models for Expanding the Kingdom of God by Leo Yates Jr

This book is geared to those involved in Christian ministry who wish to create or expand ministry to Deaf people within their churches. Yates begins with an overview of deafness and Deaf Culture, with a particular emphasis on how both may impact a Deaf individual’s experiences of church. He then explores various models of Deaf ministry, ranging from the Deaf Church, where the dominant language is American Sign and the liturgy may be adapted for Deaf congregations, to Interpreted Ministry, where access is provided to hearing church services and certain activities via an ASL interpreter, to Hard-of-Hearing and Late-Deafened Ministry, which focuses on access for those who do not use ASL to communicate. Yates also offers information on Deaf-blind Ministry, Deaf Advocacy, Deaf Missions, and Disability Ministry (which may or may not include the Deaf community), as well as an excellent chapter discussing the idea of the Multicultural Church, which strives to integrate the needs of Hearing, Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Late-deafened, and Deaf-blind individuals, and brings both hearing and Deaf culture values into its services.
Yates gives an excellent overview of the different ways that Deaf individuals may be integrated into a church community, with lots of specific resources relating to provision of interpreters, accommodations checklists, and case studies showing how other churches have done it. This is a must-have resource for anyone looking to start a Christian Deaf ministry.

 

Book for Summer 2018 by December 31 and get 15% Off!

The Collaborative Summer Reading Theme for 2018 is: Libraries Rock!

Stories by Hand has you covered with a hands-on, interactive program for all ages that features signs and songs:

SIGN-a-long Sing-a-longTeach 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 teaches you to sign some of your favorite songs. This program can be presented as an all-ages program, or adapted to a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-age audience.

$300 per program plus mileage; discounts available for multiple bookings. Click here for complete rates and booking information.

Book a program for Summer 2018 by December 31, 2017 and receive 15% off the program price! Ask about a free same-day author program for Kathy’s Young Adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, 2016)!

 

 

Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library launches guide for libraries

The Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library, the result of a bill that was passed into law, is the “first stop” information center that will provide Maryland residents, local public library staff, college and university librarians and other libraries in the state of Maryland with access to:

  • online resources on deaf culture,
  • a comprehensive electronic collection of deaf resources,
  • deaf cultural programs, and
  • training programs for library staff.

While the DCDL’s services are still being developed, it has created an online guide for library patrons and staff alike, featuring resources about Deaf Culture, American Sign Language, accessibility, and more.  Find the Deaf Culture Digital Library resource guide here.