2-Part Webinar: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

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A two-part online workshop, each session lasting 90 minutes, on Thursdays, September 17 and 24, 2020 , 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 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.

$75 per person; discounts available for groups and American Library Association Members.

Register now.

THE RUNAWAY SHIRT Storytimes in English and ASL

If you missed the online launch celebration for The Runaway Shirt, you can still check out the videos below!

The Runaway Shirt Storytime in English

Kathy reads The Runaway Shirt and teaches clothing signs in ASL for a laundry-inspired song and game!

The Runaway Shirt Storytime in ASL

This storytime is presented in ASL only with no voiceover or captions. Kathy shares The Runaway Shirt, a fun laundry-inspired guessing game, and an ASL rhythm.

Order The Runaway Shirt now!

Enter the Giveaway!

In honor of the release of The Runaway Shirt, I’m giving away a signed copy of the book! This makes a great gift and may be personalized. Must by 18 or older to enter. US Only. Giveaway closes August 30, 2020.
3 chances to enter! Each one counts as a separate entry.

  1. Enter on Twitter:

2. Enter on Facebook!

3. Enter here on my website! If you are not already a follower of my website, click on “follow by email” in the right hand menu and enter your email address. Then fill out the form below to enter the giveaway!

10% off the Sign with Robert Series!

I’ve been recommending the excellent ASL/Deaf Culture series SIGN WITH ROBERT since it first came out four years ago, so I am delighted to share that, after a brief period where it was not available, it’s back with a new distributor, and available to purchase streaming or on DVD from Gumroad! Deaf actor/educator Robert DeMayo (from SEE WHAT I’M SAYING) teaches vocabulary, receptive skills, episodes about Deaf culture, and lots of fun games. 30 episodes with over 150 lessons you can download and keep or order on DVD. Visit https://signwithrobert.com to learn more.

Special offer! Through September, receive 10% off any purchase when you enter ADA10 (to celebrate the ADA anniversary) as the promo code during checkout! Thank you to director/producer Hilari Scarl for sharing this discount code with Stories By Hand readers!  If you have any questions about the series, contact Hilari at Hilari@worldplayinc.com.10-dvd-set-mmjkjn6ya0tjntjnec4wrqzdqgqz6ozstycdzcadjc

 

My review:
This excellent series goes far beyond the usual introductions to American Sign Language (ASL) to create value for multiple audiences. Deaf actor and educator Robert DeMayo brings his native ASL fluency to the demonstrations of signs and discussion of culture, and the series features a clean visual style that keeps the focus on the language. The vocabulary segments go into far greater depth than most ASL materials, making the series valuable to advanced signers and interpreters as well as beginners.

 

Online Storytimes and More to Celebrate THE RUNAWAY SHIRT

Happy book birthday to my newest book, The Runaway Shirt, releasing August 12 from Familius Press!  With beautiful, playful illustrations by Julia Castaño, this picture book features a mother and child on an imaginative laundry adventure! The story is based on a game my own kiddo and I used to play. I hope you and your family will enjoy reading it together!  Thank you to the team at Familius Press for bringing this gorgeous book to life!

 

 

Order The Runaway Shirt now!

 

Join me for The Runaway Shirt Online Launch Celebration Events!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10 AM Eastern: Storytime with author Kathy MacMillan in American Sign Language on Facebook Live 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10 AM: Storytime with author Kathy MacMillan in Spoken English on Facebook Live

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11 AM Eastern: The Runaway Shirt: A Conversation with author Kathy MacMillan and illustrator Julia Castaño

Enter the Giveaway!

In honor of the release of The Runaway Shirt, I’m giving away a signed copy of the book! This makes a great gift and may be personalized. Must by 18 or older to enter. US Only. Giveaway closes August 30, 2020.

3 chances to enter! Each one counts as a separate entry.

  1. Enter on Twitter:

2. Enter on Facebook!

 

3. Enter here on my website!  If you are not already a follower of my website, click on “follow by email” in the right hand menu and enter your email address. Then fill out the form below to enter the giveaway!

 

 

 

August Online Storytimes

Little Hands Signing

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family.  These FREE online Storytimes hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD).
Registration required at the links below. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. These programs will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. Programs will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact aknight@carr.org

  • Friday, August 7 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Animal Signs. Register here.
  • Friday, August 14 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Let’s Move! Signs. Register here.

Once Upon a Sign

Tuesday, August 11 at 6 PM Eastern.Hosted by New Castle County Public Libraries (DE)
FREE program. Registration required.

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!  This program will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. This program will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact info@newcastlede.gov


 

 

 

 

Storytime resource books 50% off though August 15!

ALA Editions has lots of great storytime resources on sale at 50% off, including 2 of my titles:

Multicultural Storytime Magic coverMulticultural Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker (ALA Editions)

Regular price: $48 – Now on sale for $24!

Weave diversity into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic! Arranged thematically around dozens of popular storytime themes, this resource book presents original and traditional resources from all over the world that will enrich storytimes for ages 2 through 5. Includes download links for flannelboard and stick puppet patterns and illustrations of American Sign Language signs. Buy now.

 

A Box Full of Tales by Kathy MacMillan (ALA Editions)

Regular price: $52 – Now on sale for $26!

Children’s programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn’t dream of offering more and better children’s programs with less effort? Story boxes offer a simple method for capturing ideas, talent, creativity, and resources available in your library. This handy resources also includes detailed plans for fifty great story boxes including suggested books, fingerplays, songs, props, crafts, and sign language activities. Buy now.

 

Browse the entire sale here! Sale ends August 15, 2020.

July Online Storytimes

Little Hands Signing

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family.  These FREE online Storytimes hosted by Carroll County Public Library’s Eldersburg Branch (MD).
Registration required at the links below. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program. These programs will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. Programs will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact aknight@carr.org


Once Upon a Sign

Sunday, July 26 at 2 PM Eastern.Hosted by New Castle County Public Libraries (DE)
FREE program. Registration required.

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!  This program will occur in Zoom. One hour before the program start, we will email the link to all registrants. This program will be presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, please contact info@newcastlede.gov


 

 

 

 

Thank You Rhyme: A Rhyme to Sign

In Nita’s First Signs, Nita learns about using her manners. Here’s a fun action rhyme that reinforces the ASL sign THANK-YOU!

Thank You Rhyme: A Rhyme to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 2 Starts July 7!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Storytimes Series 2: Seasons

Join us for weekly interactive “annotated storytimes” that teaches basic American Sign Language vocabulary and demonstrate how to use the signs in storytime activities and the early childhood classroom. Each session will focus on specific seasonal vocabulary:

  • Tuesday, July 7, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Summer Signs
  • Tuesday, July14, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Autumn Signs
  • Tuesday, July 21, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Winter Signs
  • Tuesday, July 28, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Spring Signs
  • Tuesday, August 4, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Celebration Signs

Because each webinar is theme-based, it is not necessary to have taken Series 1 in order to get the most out of Series 2!

Children of participants are welcome to join for the first 40 minutes. The final 20 minutes will consist of lecture and Q&A.  Webinars are presented in spoken English. To request accommodations, contact info@storiesbyhand.com.

Individual registration: $200 for the 5-webinar series. Group rate: $1500 for 10 people for the 5-webinar series.

Add-ons available:

  • 30-minute one-on-one coaching session: $30.  A one-on-one Zoom session with Kathy MacMillan to receive individualized feedback on your planned signing materials for storytime or the classroom – planned around your schedule! Includes recording access. Must be used within 6 months of purchase. 
  • Individualized video feedback: $20.Submit a video (up to 10 min) demonstrating your planned signing activities for storytime and receive individualized feedback on sign choices, production, and more from Kathy MacMillan via return video within 14  days. Must be used within 6 months of purchase.

Register now! Get 40% off when you register using code EARLYLITERACY (valid on group tickets too!)

Roll the Ball: A Song to Sign

In Nita’s First Signs, Nita loves to play with her colorful ball! Here’s a followup song to sign with young children using American Sign Language to introduce and reinforce manners signs and turn-taking.

Roll the Ball: A Song to Sign

This is the latest entry in my Little Hands Signing video series. See the whole series here and look for more videos to come!