See you at the Sussex Children’s Book Festival this Saturday!

I will be one of the authors featured at the Sussex Children’s Book Festival this Saturday, May 14 in Bridgeville, DE. Hope to see you there.

This year’s excitement could not be contained in one location. Activities will be held in Bridgeville at Delaware’s own Bridgeville Public Library, Passwaters Park, and Frozen Farmer! Activities, performances, and adventures will be awaiting attendees at all locations from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Check out the schedule of events here.

 

Register now for ASL with Kids in Storytime or the Classroom eCourse

text appears against an orange flowered background and reads: American Sign Language with Children in Storytime or the Classroom. 6-week ecourse from ALA Editions. Begins May 16, 2022. Register at https://tinyurl.com/ASLinStorytime

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

Begins Monday, May 16, 2022 and continues for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.) Hosted by ALA eLearning.

American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week eCourse, programming expert and signing storyteller 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 techniques to share stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. The course will use readings, multimedia resources, online discussion boards, and customized video assignments to provide you with the tools to share ASL in an effective and respectful way in your programs. MacMillan provides you with a linguistic and cultural context to help make your programming more accessible.

More information and registration.


Past attendees say:

“One of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken.”

“Kathy is an amazing instructor. She made learning online very easy and comfortable. She replied quickly when students had questions and she responded with feedback with videos to help sign better.”

“I am amazed. It couldn’t have gone better. I came away learning many signs I can use and gained some helpful information for my storytimes.”

Register now!

Get Ready for Summer Reading!

Get ready for the 2022 Collaborative Summer Reading Theme, Oceans of Possibilities: Océano de Posibilidades, with these 2 webinars from Stories By Hand!

Text reads: Get ready for Summer Reading with Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinars. Ocean Signs: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. StoriesByHand.com/webinars. Ocean Signs information appears against a background of jellyfish floating in the ocean. Summer Signs information appears against a beach with a sandcastle in the corner.

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! In these interactive sessions, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for storytimes. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Registration includes 30 days of recording access. Individual: $40 per webinar. Group rates available.

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Ocean Signs: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Register now.

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific. Register now. 

 


Booking dates still available for Signs Under the Sea, a high-energy, interactive program for your patrons that features ASL vocabulary for oceans and ocean life:

Signs Under the Sea

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.Dive into splashy stories, songs, and fun activities that explore the world of underwater animals through American Sign Language! Presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series

This program can be presented as an all-ages program, or adapted to a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-age audience.

Indoor, outdoor, and online programs available.

 

  • Single program (45 minutes): $400 plus travel expenses.
  • Additional same-day sessions: $300 plus travel expenses.

Availability calendar

Complete booking details

Interested in a different program theme? Check out all Stories By Hand program offerings here.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Online Storytimes

A picture of 3 smiling children appears on the left. Text appears against a rainbow background on the right: Little Hands Signing with Kathy MacMillan. Hosted by Queens Public Library. Facebook Live storytimes. Join at facebook.com/QPLNYC. All programs 11 AM Eastern. April 28: Feelings Signs. May 3: Food Signs. May 5: Clothing Signs. May 10: Weather Signs. May 12: Sing & Sign.

Little Hands Signing with Kathy MacMillan

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in this fun, hands-on storytime for the whole family. Signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan is the author of the Little Hands Signing series and Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. This program will be presented in spoken English with automatic captions for the live event and professional captions for the recordings, which will be available for 7 days.

All programs 11 AM Eastern

  • April 28: Feelings Signs
  • May 3: Food Signs
  • May 5: Clothing Signs
  • May 10: Weather Signs
  • May 12: Sing & Sign

Join the live storytimes at https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Register now for Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff

Grow your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive online series. Hands Up!: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff - Intermediate: Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific. Register at https://storiesbyhand.com/webinars/ #ASL @familiustalk

Hands Up: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Intermediate)
Tuesdays, April 19-May 24, 2022 from 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11AM-12 PM Pacific.

Practice and gain confidence in your American Sign Language skills for library settings in this interactive series. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Includes recording access for all sessions through June 24, 2022.
Individual:$240. Group rates available.

Register now!  Get 20% off when you enter promo code LEVELUP at the top of the ticket form!

 

Hands Up: Live ASL Practice for Library Staff (Beginners)
Wednesdays, June 1 – July 6, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern/1-2 PM Central/12-1 PM Mountain/11 AM-12 PM Pacific

Learn and practice American Sign Language for library settings in this interactive series. Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week). Includes recording access for all sessions through August 6, 2022. Individual:$240. Group rates available.

Register now! Get 20% off when you enter promo code SUMMER at the top of the ticket form!

 

FREE webinar 4/21: Deaf Community and Culture and Best Practices for Libraries

FREE webinar: Deaf Community and Culture and Best Practices for Libraries Deaf History Month Free Symposium with Rosa Rodriguez, Alice L. Hagemeyer, and Joan Naturale April 21, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Pacific Hosted by San Jose State University School of Information

FREE webinar: Deaf Community and Culture and Best Practices for Libraries

Deaf History Month Free Symposium with Rosa Rodriguez, Alice L. Hagemeyer, and Joan Naturale

April 21, 2022 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific

Hosted by San Jose State University School of Information

Register at https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOerSDRHRk-T2RDkRjknIg

 


This program is not affiliated with Stories by Hand and is shared to spread the word!

Register now for Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Weather Signs

A white boy with blond hair looks up at a picture of the sun while signing SUN in American Sign Language. A white woman with light brown hair and glasses looks up at a picture of snow while signing SNOW in American Sign Language. Text reads: Little Hands Signing Professional Development Webinar: Weather Signs. Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern. Presented by Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S. Register at StoriesByHand.com/webinars

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

1 hour, Online via Zoom

Add some American Sign Language to your storytime toolbox! In this interactive session, we’ll focus on basic ASL vocabulary for weather storytimes. Learn how to incorporate ASL into storytime songs, rhymes, and stories in a respectful and effective way. Includes 30 days of recording access. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

Pricing:

  • Individual: $40 (includes live webinar and recording access for 30 days after the live event)
  • Group rates available for groups of 10 or more. Contact info@storiesbyhand.com for more information.
  • Optional Add-on: Individualized video feedback: $25. 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 for Weather Signs

 


Register for the 2022 Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1 Season Pass and save!You’ll get live webinar access to 6 theme-based webinars (including this one) PLUS extended recording access for the entire series through August 31, 2022. Season Pass is $200 per person and includes:

  • Winter Signs: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Lovey Dovey Signs: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Spring Signs: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Weather Signs: Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern
  • Ocean Signs: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2-3 Eastern
  • Summer Signs: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2-3 PM Eastern

Register for the 2022 Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 1 Season Pass here.

Recommended Reading: The Words in My Hands by Asphyxia

The Words in My HandsThe Words in My Hands by Asphyxia
Summary: Part coming of age, part call to action, this #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is an exploration of what it means to belong. Set in an ominously prescient near future, this is the story of Piper. Sixteen, smart, artistic, and rebellious; she’s struggling to conform to what her mom wants–for her to be ‘normal, ‘ to pass as hearing, and get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind–like survival. Deaf since the age of three, Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate in a world that puts those who can hear above everyone else. But when she meets Marley, a whole new world opens up–one where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience and hope are created by taking action, building a community, and believing in something better.

Set in Australia a few decades into the future, this compelling novel presents a world where most of the population is dependent on Organicore, a food substitute that has improved nutrition and eradicated cancer and other diseases, but at the cost of estranging the population from so-called “wild food” – and possibly introducing other health problems. In the midst of this we meet Piper, a deaf teen who has grown up as an oral deaf person, relying on hearing aids and speechreading to get by. When the economy tanks and there are shortages of everything – including Organicore – Piper and her mother rent out their house and move into a tiny guesthouse, conserving the little power that is left to them. Piper meets a handsome CODA (child of deaf adult) named Marley and through him is introduced to Auslan (Australian Sign Language) for the first time. As she falls for Marley, she meets his Deaf mother and learns about growing things in the earth and growing a sense of identity and language in her soul. Piper lives out what Deaf educator Gina Oliva calls the “MET DEAF WOW” moment that so many orally educated deaf young adults experience. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al6I8… ) She begins to understand that she is not alone and there is a whole community of people like her, with deep connections and ease of communication. As she becomes more engaged in their world, her confidence grows and she joins the wild food revolution, converting the public space on her street into a thriving community garden. Interspersed with Piper’s drawings, the text pulls the reader in from the first page. Unlike many books with deaf (and Deaf) characters, The Words in My Hands never glosses over the relentlessness of the struggle for communication in the hearing world, and how much of that burden usually falls on Piper. When Piper is forced to rely on speechreading, the reader is shown the nonsense that she gets from the other person’s lips and sees in real time the work she has to do into order to construct meaning. The readers also gets to experience the blossoming of communication alongside Piper as she learns Auslan and comes into her own Deaf identity. An extraordinary book on many levels.

ASL for Library Staff Level 2 eCourse begins March 21

All eCourses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work at your own pace, and use a combination of videos, readings, discussion forums, and interactive projects.

American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2

 

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 21, 2022 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)

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.

More information and registration.


 

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 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.”

“One of the most well-organized and rewarding professional development courses I’ve taken.”

“Kathy is an amazing instructor. She made learning online very easy and comfortable. She replied quickly when students had questions and she responded with feedback with videos to help sign better.”

“I am amazed. It couldn’t have gone better. I came away learning many signs I can use and gained some helpful information for my storytimes.”

“The instructor was phenomenal, and I am already incorporating course work into everyday interactions in the library. Everything in the course is relevant and beneficial.”


Also registering now:

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 16, 2022 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)
More information and registration.

Storytime at Snug Books this Saturday!

Text appears in black against a pink background: Storytime with Authors Tracy Gold & Kathy MacMillan. Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 AM. Snug Books, 4717 Harford Road, #1C, Baltimore, MD 21214. On the left appears a photo of Tracy C. Gold. She is a white woman with long wavy light brown hair. She is looking at the camera and smiling. Her left hand is at her chest and her right hand is crossed over her waist. On the right is a picture of Kathy MacMillan. She is a white woman with shoulder-length light-brown hair and glasses. She is smiling at the camera. Below them appear the covers of their books Everybody’s Sleepy But the Baby; Trick or Treat! Bugs to Eat!; Nita’s First Signs; Nita’s Day; The Runaway Shirt; and She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World.

Storytime with Tracy C. Gold and Kathy MacMillan

Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 AM

Snug Books, 4717 Harford Road, #1C, Baltimore, MD 21214

Join two local authors for a fun storytime–and learn a little American Sign Language, too! Kathy MacMillan is an American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and signing storyteller. Her picture books include The Little Hands Signing Series and The Runaway Shirt. Tracy C. Gold is an editor, mom, and geek about animals whose picture books include “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby” and “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat.”

For all ages. More information at https://www.snugbooks.com/events