It’s not too late to register for ASL Camp and Deaf Camp!

Deaf Camp and American Sign Language Camp at Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center in Knoxville, MD. Residential camp for ages 7-18; July 28-August 2, 2019    $485

Transparent Logo jpegReady, set, sign! Campers will participate in swimming, hiking, religious education, and chapel, as well as learning the basics of American Sign Language through informal daily lessons, and then using what they learn through shared activities with Deaf campers! Campers will be grouped by age based on enrollment. Older ASL campers will share lodging and all daily activities with Deaf campers.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Upcoming Programs

Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

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! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

Monday, July 1:

  • 10:30am: George Mason Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Herndon Fortnightly Library
  • 7:00pm: Sherwood Regional Library

Tuesday, July 9

  • 10:30am: Chantilly Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Wednesday, July 10

  • 10:30am: Pohick Regional Library
  • 2:30pm: Patrick Henry Library

Tuesday, July 16

  • 10:30am:  Oakton Library
  • 2:30pm:  Lorton Library

Thursday, July 18

  • 2:30pm:  Burke Centre Library
  • 7:00pm: Centreville Regional Library

Tuesday, July 23

  • 10:30am: Dolley Madison Library
  • 2:30pm: City of Fairfax Regional Library

 


Little Hands Signing at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

  • Saturday, July 6 at 10:00am: Transportation Signs
  • Saturday, August 3 at 10:00am: Animal Signs 

 


Book signings at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

  • Wednesday, July 24 from 6-8 PM: Catonsville location, 825 N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

Come on in to purchase signed copies of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase! All book sale proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

 

 

 

 

 

June Storytimes and Events

Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10 AM-1 PM: Cecil County Public Library Children’s Book Festival

Location: North East Community Park, North East, MD 21901

Authors and fun family activities! I’ll be signing She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Check out the complete festival lineup here!

 


Once Upon a Sign at Fairfax County Public Libraries

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! Free programs for all ages. Click here for more information about each location.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 AM at the Martha Washington Library,
    6614 Fort Hunt Rd Alexandria VA 22307
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 2:30 PM at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 AM: Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 2:30 PM: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr., Alexandria, VA 22315

I’ll be appearing at more Fairfax County Public Library locations in July! See the full schedule here.

 


Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM: Little Hands Signing: Summer Signs at the Eldersburg Library

Location: Eldersburg Library, 6400 West Hemlock Drive Eldersburg, MD 21784

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All are welcome! Free program; no registration required.

 


Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 AM: Signing at the American Library Association Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)

My co-author Christine Kirker will be signing More Storytime Magic at the ALA Bookstore. Christine will also be signing her newest solo ALA Editions title, 25 Projects for Global Explorers.


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 SUMMER 2019

July 16 – August 20

SUMMER FUN SIGNS
TUESDAYS 6 pm – 8 pm

This six-week course provides an opportunity to have some introductory lessons in ASL. The content draws upon the alphabet and counting and will introduce common conversational and emergency signs for students. This course is open to and encouraged for beginners.

ASL FINGERSPELLING
Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM

Fingerspelling presents one of the toughest challenges in learning to sign.  This course will take you through fingerspelling practice sessions on various topics to help you become better at expressing and receiving fingerspelling.

BABY & TODDLER SIGNS (Ages 2-4)
TUESDAYS 10 AM – 11 AM

This class is designed for children and parents to learn basic ASL signs together in a fun and relaxed environment.

Each Class costs $100.
No textbook required.

For more information or to register, 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.

Register now for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse – begins May 20!

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

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.

Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, 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 has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“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.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now!

Click, bid, and support Deaf Camps, Inc.!

The Deaf Camps, Inc. 2019 Online Auction is open for bids through May 15! Lots of cool stuff – including handmade items, gift certificates, event tickets, autographed books, manuscript and query critiques from agents Steven Malk, Hannah Mann, and Andrea Morrison of Writers House, and a 30-minute call with internationally bestselling author Bruce Coville!  All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2019 scholarship program.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is an organization close to my heart. I have been on the board for almost 20 years. It is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit whose mission is to create fun, safe, communication-rich camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. Please check it out, bid, and share widely!

Here are just a few of the items up for bid:

 

Bid now!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM: Sussex County Children’s Book Festival in Milton, DE

Location: Milton Public Library, 121 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA

Meet regional children’s book authors ~ Craft with your favorite Children’s Librarian ~ Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Ogre’s Grove Comics & Collectibles ~ Hear a live story time with an author or a Very Important Reader ~ Ride the Milton Memorial Park train ~ Check out the interactive programs at the Milton Historical Society ~ Get a picture with your favorite book characters ~ Enjoy a LIVE literary musical performance for children at the Milton Theatre at 1:30 PM!

Saturday, May 19, 2019: Gaithersburg Book Festival (MD)


The festival is free and runs from 10 AM – 6 PM.  Full schedule and information at http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Booth from 2pm-6pm. Stop by and pick up a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, or Dagger and Coin! All proceeds from sales of my books benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

May 20, 2019: Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse begins

Asynchronous eCourse (6 weeks of lessons; Participants have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

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.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 AM: Let’s Sign Together! (for all ages) at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, VA)

Learn basic American Sign Language together in this interactive storytime for all ages. Flex your fingers and join in the fun! Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, leads stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

For more information, see http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library

 

Registration now open for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

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.

Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, 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 has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“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.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now!

NITA’S DAY available for pre-order!

Nita and her family are back in an all-new adventure that teaches 10 basic American Sign Language signs for babies and their grownups to use throughout the day: wake up, change, clothes, eat, potty, go, play, bath, book, and bed. 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. No signing book collection is complete without Nita!

Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents

by Kathy MacMillan; illustrated by Sara Brezzi. Familius Press, 2020

Pre-order now:

Learn more about the Little Hands Signing series here!

Nita's First Signs final cover

In the Community: Upcoming Kids’ Events, ASL Classes, and More!

Here’s a roundup of some upcoming events and classes out in the area.  These are not Stories by Hands events, but I recommend them for anyone who wants more signing in their lives!

Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 4:00-6:30 PM at Christ Church of the Deaf, 1040 S. Beechfield Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

All ages and all signing levels welcome!

Admission includes:
* Pancake supper
* pictures with the Signing Easter Bunny
* Easter egg hunt – begins at 4:45pm
* Crafts

Admission: $7 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 2019 scholarship fund.

 


American Sign Language Classes at the Hearing and Speech Agency

April 9 – June 11, 2019

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 |Children’s ASL

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

Location: 5900 Metro Drive,  Baltimore, MD 21215

  • ASL 1, 2, 3 and 4: $150 per student | Textbook $85
  • CHILDREN’S ASL: Child only $100 | Parent & Child $150

For more information, click here.

 


A Celebration of Deaf History

April 11 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the HASA Auditorium | 5900 Metro Drive | Baltimore, MD 21215

Featuring Master Storyteller Amy Bopp
ASL Storytelling is a community tradition and one that HASA is honored to continue. Join us for an evening of laughter and a unique ASL immersion experience. Audience members will be invited to share their own themed short story.

Suggested donation: $5 per person. Please note: this event is an ASL immersion activity. No voice interpretation will be provided. Click here for more information.