Quarantine Special! Little Hands Signing Video Sessions Now Available!

Book an interactive session for your family or group and celebrate American Sign Language through stories, songs, and more – all while social distancing in the comfort of your own home!

Kathy MacMillan presents interactive theme-based classes that combine age-appropriate signs and activities with follow-up handouts and crafts sent electronically.

Where: Online via Zoom with link provided by presenter

When: Check my availability calendar and identify your preferred dates and times.

Who: For everyone! Program content will be tailored to age of participants. May also be presented as professional development for librarians and educators, with an additional focus on how to use this material with children.

Cost:

  • 45-minute session for up to 10 participants: $60
  • 45-minute session for 11-50 participants: $100
  • 60-minute session for up to 10 participants: $75
  • 60-minute session for 11-50 participants: $130
  • Ask about pricing for larger groups or longer workshops!

Choose from the following sessions:

  • First Signs
  • Baby’s Signing Day
  • Bathtime Signs
  • Bedtime Signs
  • Celebration Signs
  • Diaper and Potty Signs
  • Dress-Up Signs
  • Fall Signs
  • Family Signs
  • Farm Signs
  • Feelings Signs
  • Food Signs
  • In My Mailbox Signs
  • In My Neighborhood Signs
  • Let’s Move! Signs
  • Morning Signs
  • My Favorite Things Signs
  • Nice Play Signs
  • Opposites Signs
  • People Signs
  • Pet Signs
  • Playtime Signs
  • Safety Signs
  • School and Daycare Signs
  • Sign and Sign
  • Spring Signs
  • Summer Signs
  • Transportation Signs
  • Weather Signs
  • Winter Signs
  • Zoo Signs

Policies

Payment: Sessions will not be confirmed until payment is received. Payment may be made online via PayPal, Square, or Venmo.

Cancellations: Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice for any reason will be billed in full.

Platform: Sessions will be conducted online via Zoom. Presenter is not responsible for technical difficulties at the receiving end. Other video platforms, such as Google Hangouts or Skype, may be used upon request.

Photos and Recording: Attendees may take as many still photos as they like during the session. Recording is not permitted without the express permission of the presenter and all attendees.

Interpreters: The presenter can present in either spoken English or American Sign Language. If an interpreter is needed, it is the responsibility of those booking the session to work out those logistics prior to the session.

Proceeding with contractual agreement implies acceptance of terms.

To book an appearance:

  • Check my availability calendar and identify your preferred dates and times.
  • Fill out the contact form here. Include your contact information, estimated number of program participants, and choices of dates/times.
  • I will check dates/times and reply to you with a confirmation.
  • Please read the policies above carefully. A cancellation fee will apply as described above.

 

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Video Storytimes with NITA’S FIRST SIGNS and SHE SPOKE

I’m delighted to share two online storytimes I got to present this week:

Here’s NITA’S FIRST SIGNS, presented in American Sign Language, as part of #OperationASLStorytime and hosted by D-PAN.TV: The Sign Language Channel.

(English captioning coming soon for the signing impaired.)

There are SO many wonderful ASL story videos in this collection. Don’t miss my very favorite one: a retelling of PETE’S A PIZZA by William Steig in ASL, English voiceover, and dramatic pizza play.

And here’s SHE SPOKE: 14 WOMEN WHO RAISED THEIR VOICES AND CHANGED THE WORLD, presented in English with captions available:

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Join me this Saturday for a live SHE SPOKE storytime online!

Join me this Saturday, March 28 at 1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific for a live Facebook storytime featuring She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World!

 

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a signed copy!

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m giving away a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World! You’ll also receive a set of 8 girl power stickers!  Read about these inspiring women and hear them speak at the touch of a button. This book makes a great gift and may be personalized. Must by 18 or older to enter. US Only.

To enter:
1) If you are not already a follow of my website, click on “follow by email” in the right hand menu and enter your email address.

2) Fill out the entry form below!

Giveaway closes March 31, 2020. Winner will be contacted by email.

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Check out DCI’s Online Auction!

The Deaf Camps, Inc. 2020 Online Auction is open for bids through April 15! Lots of cool stuff for writers – including manuscript and query critiques from agents Steven Malk, Hannah Mann, and Andrea Morrison of Writers House and signed copies of my books, SHE SPOKE and NITA’S FIRST SIGNS (along with an adorable handmade Nita doll pictured below)! You can also find many handmade items,  gift certificates, event tickets, and more! All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2020 scholarship program.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is an organization close to my heart. I have been volunteering with this nonprofit since 2001. 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!

 

 

Bid now at https://tinyurl.com/DCIauction2020!

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.

 

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

 

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Giveaway! Win a signed copy of SHE SPOKE!

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m giving away a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World! You’ll also receive a set of 8 girl power stickers!  Read about these inspiring women and hear them speak at the touch of a button. This book makes a great gift and may be personalized. Must by 18 or older to enter. US Only.

To enter:
1) If you are not already a follow of my website, click on “follow by email” in the right hand menu and enter your email address.

2) Fill out the entry form below!

Giveaway closes March 31, 2020. Winner will be contacted by email.

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Read This!: SHOW ME A SIGN by Ann Clare LeZotte

Show Me a SignShow Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
Summary: Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha’s Vineyard. Her great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander. Now, over a hundred years later, many people there – including Mary – are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated. She is proud of her lineage. But recent events have delivered winds of change. Mary’s brother died, leaving her family shattered. Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people. And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island’s prevalent deafness. His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a “live specimen” in a cruel experiment. Her struggle to save herself is at the core of this penetrating and poignant novel that probes our perceptions of ability and disability.

The history of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language has fascinated me ever since I first devoured Nora Groce’s seminal ethnography Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard (Harvard University Press). Not only was MVSL one of the building blocks of American Sign Language, but the history of Martha’s Vineyard showed a wonderful example of what can happen when everyone has equal access to communication.

Ann Clare LeZotte brings the island community to life, and – no doubt because she is a Deaf ASL user herself – sidesteps the awkwardness that hearing authors often bring to showing signed interactions on the page. The result is a story that flows as naturally as the signs off the hands of deaf and hearing islanders alike – a story of a tight-knit community where everyone is valued, and the intrusion of the outside hearing world that only sees deaf islanders as specimens to study. LeZotte managed to incorporate lots of historical information – about the history of the island, about the early history of deaf education in America, about sign languages themselves – without ever letting the facts overwhelm the story and characters. What impressed me most, though, was the way the author wove in marginalized voices that, in most historical fiction like this, would have been overlooked – the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, the black freedmen on the island, the fact that the early schools for the deaf were segregated. This too, is done with a deft touch, as protagonist Mary reckons with the way the larger hearing world views her and her community, and learns how her own people have marginalized others. Anyone who dismisses this book as “niche” is missing out – in fact, it’s a big-hearted adventure and family story that will provoke reflections and discussions about intersectionality from writers and readers alike.

As an ASL interpreter, librarian, and book reviewer, I have reviewed a LOT of books about ASL and Deaf Culture over the years. There have been a lot of “well, at least now there’s a book on this topic….better than nothing, I guess.” So to have this book to recommend, that’s THIS good, AND by a Deaf author…all I can say is:

 

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

SHOW ME A SIGN is out now.

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Read This!: HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS by Janet Sumner Johnson

Help Wanted: Must Love BooksHelp Wanted: Must Love Books by Janet Sumner Johnson
Summary: When Shailey’s dad gets a new job, she loses her bedtime reading partner. She immediately starts interviews to fill the position and is thrilled when her favorite fairy tale characters line up to apply. But Sleeping Beauty can’t stay awake, the Gingerbread Man steals her book, and Snow White brings her whole team. Shailey is running out of options. Is bedtime ruined forever?

Shailey loves bedtime reading with her dad – until his new job causes so many distractions that she fires him and advertises for a replacement. A parade of familiar fairy tale faces show up to interview for the position, but will anyone be right for the job? From the three little pigs being intimidated by the competition (the big bad wolf) to the gingerbread man running away with the books and Goldilocks being too picky about where to sit, Help Wanted: Must Love Books finds all the hidden humor in its delightful premise. Johnson’s clever, punny text works in perfect harmony with Dawson’s bold illustrations, both bringing the resourceful heroine and the silly situation to life. With a pitch-perfect note of parent-child connection at the end, this is an ideal bedtime book.

HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS is out now.

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SHE SPOKE selected for the Rise 2020 Booklist

I’m so honored that She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World was selected for the Rise 2020 Booklist. And what fantastic company it’s in!

Each year Rise: A Feminist Book Project recommends recent books with significant feminist content for readers from birth to 18 years old. You can find out more about Rise: A Feminist Book Project, which is part of the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association, and view the complete list of recommended titles here.

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Sign Language for Children in Storytime or the Classroom starts March 2!

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

Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 2, 2020 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials.)

$250.00 (discounts available for ALA members and bulk registrations)

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36 (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 new 6-week eCourse, Sign Language 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.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of approximately 180 signs (introduced through video)
  • Create two storytime/classroom activities using the featured vocabulary that you can implement in your storytimes
  • Understand relevant aspects of child development and early literacy
  • Understand signing in a linguistic and cultural context

Feedback from past participants:

“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.”

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

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The Great American Sign Language Mystery comes to Lewes, DE

photo photo of Kathy MacMillan in an overcoat and fedora, holding a magnifying glassHomeschool Connection: The Great American Sign Language Mystery

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 1 PM

Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, DE 19958

 

Where did American Sign Language come from? Flex your fingers and join in the hunt for clues as sign language detective Kathy MacMillan leads silly stories, songs, and more. Kathy is the author of Nita’s First Signs and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together. Please register all attending this event, students and their accompanying adults at https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/5237724

Homeschool Connection is the Lewes Public Library’s monthly program for K – 5th grade homeschool students. We host a variety of presenters on different topics, and include a library skills extension for each class. Check in the kids’ room for the schedule of presenters.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

 

 

 

 

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