Upcoming Little Hands Signing Classes

Upcoming FREE classes offered through Carroll County Public Library!

Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers on using signs in everyday activities. Each theme-based class will introduce and reinforce signs from a young child’s world. Because our classes use American Sign Language, you and your child can learn another language together, with benefits to last a lifetime. Best of all, it’s so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re learning!  

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg, MD 21784

All are welcome! Programs are geared to ages birth to 6. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM: Winter Signs
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:45 AM: Playtime Signs
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10 AM: Weather Signs
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9:45 AM: Our Signing Day

Programs are free and no registration is required. For more information, see library.carr.org

In the Community: ASL Story Times at DC Public Libraries

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (January 11 – 18, 2015)

A drawing of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. signing DREAM.American Sign Language Story Time

with Deaf Services Librarian Janice Rosen performing stories in ASL about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Primarily for 3-5 year olds but all ages welcome.   ASL/voice interpreter will be present.

Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:30-1:00 PM: Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW  (202) 727-1488   tenleylibrary@dc.gov

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:30-11:00 AM: West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue, NW   (202) 724-8707     westendlibrary@dc.gov

Friday, January 16, 2015, 11:00-11:30 AM: MLK, Jr. Memorial Library, Children’s Room, Room 200, 901 G Street, NW   (202) 727-0321    mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:00-11:30 AM: Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place, SW   (202) 724-4752  southwestlibrary@dc.gov

Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:30-11:00 AM: Northeast Library, 330 – 7th Street, NE    (202) 698-0058    northeastlibrary@dc.gov
For more information, contact:

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand program.  “In the Community” items are shared on this site in the interest of getting the word out about great ASL programs in the area.

Little Hands Signing in Carroll County, MD

Upcoming FREE classes offered through Carroll County Public Library

Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers on using signs in everyday activities. Each theme-based class will introduce and reinforce signs from a young child’s world. Because our classes use American Sign Language, you and your child can learn another language together, with benefits to last a lifetime. Best of all, it’s so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re learning!  Drop-in classes (no registration required)

Eldersburg Branch

6400 West Hemlock Drive

Eldersburg, MD 21784

(410) 795-3520

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): Select Fridays at 9:45 AM (see dates below)

Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult): Select Fridays at 10:45 AM (see dates below)

  • Friday, January 24: Winter Signs
  • Friday, January 31: Nice Play Signs

Finksburg Branch

2265 Old Westminster Pike

Finksburg, MD 21048

410.386.4505

Baby Class (for ages birth-24 months with adult): Select Fridays at 9:45 AM (see dates below)

Preschooler Class (for ages 2-6 with adult): Select Fridays at 11:00 AM (see dates below)

  • Friday, February 14: Valentine Signs
  • Friday, February 21: Weather Signs
  • Friday, February 28: Feelings Signs

For more information, see library.carr.org

ASL Resources for Educators and Librarians

ASL Access: www.aslaccess.org

This non-profit organization’s website offers video/DVD reviews, articles, and links to many sources of information.

Come Sign With Us: Sign Language Activities for Children by Jan C. Hafer and Robert M. Wilson. (Gallaudet University, 2002)

This easy-to-follow book presents twenty lessons on basic sign language, broken down into easy chunks such as “Asking Questions” and “Saying Hello”, and accompanied by clear line drawings of the signs discussed.

Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children’s Literacy by Marilyn Daniels.  (Bergin and Garvey, 2001)

Daniels’ book demonstrates that American Sign Language isn’t just for deaf students.  Citing numerous research studies, many conducted by Daniels herself, this book gives solid evidence as to why and how ASL supports literacy in hearing children.  Best of all, Daniels offers practical strategies for use in the early elementary and preschool classroom.

Deaf Heritage: A Student Text and Workbook by Felicia Mode Alexander and Jack
R. Gannon. (NAD,1981)

This classic resource offers information on important deaf figures from the 1800s to 1980, and includes brief readings for students on deaf schools, ASL, the oral movement, deaf artists, sports, theatre, and writings by deaf authors.  Timelines help keep dates straight, and comprehension questions and follow-up activities appear at the end of the book.

Guidelines for Library Services to Deaf People 2nd Edition, Edited by
John Michael Day. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
IFLA Professional Reports, Nr. 62.

These guidelines are meant to inform librarians about the library and
information needs of deaf people.

“Hands-On Collection Building: A librarian offers tips for sign language materials selection.” by Kathy MacMillan. School Library Journal, March 2003.

A practical guide to evaluating and updating your library’s sign language
collection.

History Through Deaf Eyes edited by Cathryn Carroll.  (Gallaudet University,
Clerc Center, 2002)

Three young deaf students visit a deaf history exhibit, and learn about sign language and deaf history as the statues come to life.  From the prince of Lydia in the 6th century B.C.E. to more recent seminal figures such as Laurent Clerc and Helen Keller, this book presents the highlights of deaf history in an accessible way, without ever shying away from its uglier parts.

Inclusive library services for deaf people: an overview from the social model perspective by Sarah Playforth, Health Information & Libraries Journal, Volume 21, Issue Supplement s2, Version of Record online: 11 AUG 2004

An overview of ways to improve library service to deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.

“Keep ‘Em Reading: Deaf History Month and ASL.” by Kathy MacMillan. Library
Sparks
web resource, May 2006.

Recommended resources and activities for teaching about American Sign Language and deafness.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center: http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/

The premiere source of information about deafness online, with fact sheets,
teacher guides, information about assistive devices, and more.

Liven Up Baby and Toddler Programs with Sign Language

Handouts, videos, and information from an online workshop presented by Kathy MacMillan.

Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom by Kirsten Dennis and Tressa Azpiri. (Redleaf Press, 2005)

A must for any preschool teacher serious about incorporating ASL into classroom activities.  Dennis and Azpiri write from their own experience of using ASL in the classroom, and, though neither is fluent in ASL, they share their detailed curriculum.  They provide a context for using the language by giving a basic introduction for beginners, then give copious lesson plans, on topics common to the early childhood classroom (weather, seasons, school, family, colors, community helpers, animals, feelings).

Try Your Hand at This!: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language Into Your Programs by Kathy MacMillan. (Scarecrow Press, 2006)

This down-to-earth guide includes tips for using sign language in programs for any age group, along with background information about sign language and deafness, tips for improving your sign language collection and marketing to deaf and hearing audiences, and a section of ready-made programs complete with a visual glossary of storytime signs.

Multicultural Storytime Magic

Multicultural Storytime Magic cover

Multicultural Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan & Christine Kirker (ALA Editions, 2012)

Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and materials used in programs must reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism need not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. Best-selling authors MacMillan and Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, one in which diversity is woven into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic. Arranged thematically around dozens of popular storytime themes, Multicultural Storytime Magic features

  • original and traditional resources from all over the world that will enrich storytimes for ages 2-5
  • concrete book recommendations, fingerplays, and other activities that can be integrated into existing storytimes
  • download links for flannelboard and stick puppet patterns, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs

With numerous activities and programming suggestions, this book will seamlessly integrate and enhance cultural awareness for children all year round.

Erica Littlefield of The Idaho Librarian says: “The content, organization, and resources included in Multicultural Storytime Magic make it a useful tool for youth services librarians in public libraries or school librarians who serve preschoolers and kindergarteners. It will help librarians incorporate multicultural touches into their regular storytimes or put together an entire storytime dedicated to a specific culture or country. Highly recommended.” Read the full review.

Order now from the Deaf Camps, Inc. Online Bookstore (autographed copies that support a great cause!) or at the ALA Store.

Free storytime resources from Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker.

Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills

by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker. (ALA Editions, 2011)

This time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers Kindergarten Magic coveralike includes everything you need to get started—reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. The many creative ideas packed inside include:

  • Activities keyed to popular classroom themes, with one chapter for each week of the school year
  • Lessons that reinforce skills in key learning areas such as reading, writing, and math
  • American Sign Language and Spanish language activities that make diversity awareness a part of children’s learning
  • Teachable concepts that can be mixed and rearranged for maximum flexibility, complementing classroom schedules

Both veterans and novices will find plenty to help make kindergarten days richer, more rewarding, and more fun. Order your copy today and pick up tips for your school, preschool and library!

The Australian Library Journal says: “Kindergarten Magic provides a time-saving, idea-promoting framework for kindergarten library lessons with an emphasis on fun and interaction…This book would be an excellent addition to a school librarian’s collection to complement lesson planning and allow for quick ideas when faced with a spontaneous lesson. In addition, public library children’s librarians would find this resource useful to assist in creative ways to build library skills into storytime sessions.” Read the full review.

Order now from the Deaf Camps, Inc. Online Bookstore (autographed copies that support a great cause!) or at the ALA Store.

Free storytime resources from Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker.

Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities

by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker. (ALA Editions, 2009)

Enriching and supplementing storytelling programs with fingerplays, flannelboards, and other props will be a cinch thanks to this generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, sign language and action rhymes.

Storytime Magic coverThis time-saving resource includes:

  • Thematic organization to make program planning easy
  • Recommended books for each theme
  • Easy-to-follow craft and flannelboard patterns
  • Quick Tips boxes that enhance the early literacy component

A unique addition to the programming shelf, this treasure trove of storytime tools is designed to help veteran librarians refresh and enliven ongoing programs, while providing novice storytime planners what they need to get started!

The Australian Library Journal says: ”Organised into chapters based on 16 themes, it is easy for the reader to find a story and associated activity to bring storytimes to life. Although written for librarians, the chosen themes follow topics common to many units of work in early education, and the stories and activities could easily be adapted by teachers to enhance either an integrated or trans-disciplinary unit of work.” Read the full review.

Teacher Librarian says: “There are lots of ideas here on common themes both in the real world and the world of imagination.”

School Library Journal says: “Both new and veteran storytellers will appreciate this book.” Read the full review.

Reviewer Sarah Deringer says: “If you’re a school librarian or a children’s librarian in need of story time activities, this is a go-to book. It includes the advertised fingerplays and flannelboard as well as rhymes, sign language, lists of books to read with each story subject, lots of different themes / subjects, crafts, and more! If you ever need an idea for a story time, I highly suggest you read this book!” Read the full review.

Order now from the Deaf Camps, Inc. Online Bookstore (autographed copies that support a great cause!) or at the ALA Store.

Free storytime resources from Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker.

A Box Full of Tales: Easy Ways to Share Library Resources Using Story Boxes

A Box Full of Tales cover imageby Kathy MacMillan. (ALA Editions, 2009)

Children’s programming made easy. Really easy.

What librarian doesn’t dream of offering more and better children’s programs with less effort? In Maryland’s Carroll County, story boxes have made this impossible dream come true for twenty years. Now Kathy MacMillan outlines the proven story box system for sharing an array of successful programs. Including step-by-step instructions from concept through implementation and supplemented by programming tips, A Box Full of Tales also offers detailed plans for 50 great story boxes,including suggested books, fingerplays, songs, props, crafts, and sign language.

Library Journal says: “The idea of story boxes to share program resources is brilliant—so much so that it’s a wonder that it is not a more prevalent practice…Even children’s librarians who don’t work in multibranch systems will find this guide extremely valuable for its theme-based program outlines, whether or not they choose to create story boxes.” Read the full review.

Order now from the Deaf Camps, Inc. Online Bookstore (autographed copies that support a great cause!) or at the ALA Store.

Try Your Hand at This!: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs

Try Your Hand at This! Cover imageby Kathy MacMillan (Scarecrow Press, 2006)

A user-friendly guide for librarians and other personnel involved in library programming. From how to set up sign language programming for all ages to dealing with interpreters, publicizing programming to the public and the deaf community, and evaluating and improving the library’s sign language collection, Kathy MacMillan speaks with the voice of experience. She excels at dispelling the numerous myths surrounding deafness and sign language…this handbook is an indispensable tool for all library personnel looking to reach out to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

Reference and Research Book News says: “…guides library programming personnel through the common pitfalls of new learners of ASL and the background knowledge necessary to introduce ASL in context, and offers practical information on establishing community partnerships, working with interpreters, and marketing programs. The text also includes sample programs for all ages-baby, toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school, and family programs-annotated bibliographies of ASL resources and materials to use with sign language, games and crafts for ASL programs, a glossary of terms relating to sign language and deafness, and a visual glossary of commonly used storytime signs.”

Order now from the Deaf Camps, Inc. Online Bookstore (autographed copies that support a great cause!) or at amazon.com.