Register Now for Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Webinar

In response to popular demand, we are offering an encore session of this ALA Editions webinar!

Creating Outstanding Online Storytimes Workshop

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

$60 per person; discounts available for ALA Members and groups

With many libraries currently closed to the public, library staff are turning to online storytimes as a way to provide quality programming for young patrons.

Join veteran storyteller Kathy MacMillan to explore the fundamental differences between online and in-person storytimes and best practices to bring early literacy programming into an online environment. Learn how to plan video-friendly programs, how to keep your programming interactive even when you don’t have live feedback from storytime attendees, and how to manage external stresses such as technological glitches and internal stresses such as camera fright.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental differences in approach to online and in-person storytimes
  • Have at least three concrete strategies for making online storytimes interactive
  • Be able to implement strategies for dealing with external and internal stresses

Register now!

 

Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom begins January 18! Register now!

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 18, 2020 (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 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

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.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

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!



 

 

FREE Little Hands Signing Storytimes Online

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 and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Winter Signs. Register here.

Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Our Signing Day. Register here.

In the Community: Online ASL Classes for Children and Adults from 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 WINTER 2021 (10 week session, January to March)

All classes are currently held online.

Beginning Conversational ASL 1

  • Mondays 10 AM – Noon
  • Wednesday 10 AM – Noon
  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM
  • Thursdays 6-8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 2

  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM
  • Wednesdays 10 AM -Noon

Beginning Conversational ASL 3

  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 4

  • Tuesdays 6-8 PM
  • Sundays 1-3 PM

Family Signs

  • Saturdays 10 AM – Noon

Register by January 4 for Early Bird discounts. Bundle pricing available for multiple classes.

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.

Nita’s Holidays Storytimes in ASL and English

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Celebrate the holidays with Kathy MacMillan, author of NITA’S DAY and NITA’S FIRST SIGNS as we share stories, signs, and songs!  How does Nita celebrate with her family? Watch one of the storytime videos below to find out!

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in English

(presented in spoken English with closed captions)

 

Nita’s Holidays Storytime in American Sign Language

(presented in American Sign Language only with no voiceover)

 

Find out more about the Nita books

Order signed copies of NITA’S DAY, NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, and all of Kathy MacMillan’s books to benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund

Order your own Nita doll or other custom-made doll (all proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund)

Register now for Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, January 18, 2020 (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 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

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.

Please note that this eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

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!



 

 

NITA’S DAY is a Best Board Book of 2020!

NITA’S DAY has been named one of the Best Board Books of 2020 in the #Bookstagang Best of 2020! Thank you to all of the judges and to everyone who has spread the word about the book! See the complete list of winners in all categories here.

Order your copy of NITA’S DAY now! Click here for purchase links.

Family, Your Family; Love You Head to Toe; All Kinds of Kindness; Unicorns and Rainbows; You're the Cheese in My Blintz; Baby Medical School: Vaccines; Prince and Knight; Nita's Day; Dinosaur Surprise; Where are You, Polar Bear?

Buy Autographed Books and Support Deaf Camp Scholarships!

Order now! Autographed copies of Nita’s First Signs, Nita’s Day and all of Kathy MacMillan’s books – along with some terrific bundle deals! – are available in Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Online Bookstore, with all proceeds going directly to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program. You can even have books personalized! T-shirts and custom-made dolls are also available.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a 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.  I am proud to be a member of the DCI Board of Directors.

Remember, signed books make excellent holiday gifts!  Order now!

 

This Thursday: Celebrate the Holidays with Nita!

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Share stories, songs, and American Sign Language fun about family celebrations with Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day!

Thursday, December 10 at 11 AM Eastern: Facebook Live Storytime presented in American Sign Language

Thursday, December 10 at 1 PM Eastern: Facebook Live Storytime presented in spoken English

 

Learn more about the Nita books and purchase signed copies for holiday gifts here.

 

 

 

FREE Online Storytimes Saturdays in December

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 and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Family Signs. Register here.

Saturday, December 12 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Weather Signs. Register here.

Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Celebration Signs. Register here.