August Storytimes

Join me online for free programs for all ages, sponsored by local public libraries!

Saturday, August 7 at 10:30 AM Eastern: The SIGN-a-long Sing-a-long. Online storytime hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Library (MD), Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch. Register now!

A photo of a smiling white women with glasses and short brown hair appears on the left. She is holding her hands open and music notes are floating above them. The colorful covers of board books Nita's First Signs and Nita's Day appear to her right. Text appears in black against a purple background: The SIGN-a-long Sing-a-long. Sing, sign, read, and play with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Online via Zoom. Hosted by Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library (MD). Saturday, August 7, 2021. 10:30 AM Eastern. Register at https://tinyurl.com/AACPLSing

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6 PM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Under the Sea.  Online storytime hosted by New Castle County Libraries (MD). Register now!

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. The colorful covers of board books Nita's First Signs and Nita's Day appear to her right. Text appears in black against a blue background: Little Hands Signing: Under the Sea. Thursday, August 12 at 6 PM Eastern. Hosted by New Castle County Libraries. Register at https://tinyurl.com/NCCUndertheSea. Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series.

 

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6 PM Eastern: American Sign Language Safari. Online storytime hosted by Baltimore County Public Library (MD). Register now!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and a safari hat appear on the left. A monkey puppet is sitting on her left shoulder and she is signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language with her left hand. The colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY appear to her right.  Text appears in white against a textured green background and reads: American Sign Language Safari. Learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library. Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern. Online via Zoom. Register at https://www.bcpl.info/events-and-programs

 

Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Under the Sea. Online storytime hosted by Carroll County Public Library. Register now.

A picture of colorful handprints appears on the left, with the words: Little Hands Signing with Kathy MacMillan: Under the Sea. Ages Birth-8. Next to that, a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY.  Text appears in white against a green background with blue jellyfish: Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime for the whole family, presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Carroll County Public Library. Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern. Online via Zoom. Register at https://tinyurl.com/CCPLUndertheSea

 

 

 

 

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Join me for the Familius Summer Reading Series!

Looking for something to keep the kids busy? Check out the Familius Summer Reading series! Each half-hour segment will feature a Familius author reading their book and sharing fun activities!

On Thursday, July 15 at 8 PM Eastern, I’ll be reading Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day and sharing American Sign Language songs and activities for the whole family. Program will be presented in spoken English with closed captions.

You can watch via the Familius FB page.

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Publishing Skills for Writers starts this Wednesday! Register now!

3-webinar series: Publishing Skills for Writers – Wednesdays, July 7-21, 7-9 PM Eastern

Being a successful writer is more than just creating great books, it also means navigating submissions and the publication process and communicating clearly and professionally with everyone from agents to editors to publicists to bloggers. In this series, we’ll cover techniques for effective agent and publisher research, the nitty-gritty details of formatting your manuscript for submission (with detailed demos), and best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk. Bring your questions! Online via Zoom. $120 members, $135 nonmembers. Register here.

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July Storytimes

Join me outdoors and online for free programs for all ages, sponsored by local public libraries!

Friday, July 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM Eastern: American Sign Language Safari. Online storytime hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Library (MD). Register now!

Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 11 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Farm Animals – Facebook Live storytime hosted by Mary Riley Styles Public Library (VA). No registration required. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/mrspl/

*The live program will be presented in spoken English. Captions will be provided for the recording.

A photo of a cow appears in the top right corner. Below that, a white child with blond hair signs COW. Next to that, a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY. Facebook Live storytime for all ages hosted by Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Saturday, July 3 at 11 AM Eastern. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/mrspl/. Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime for the whole family, presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series.

Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern: American Sign Language Safari. Online storytime hosted by Baltimore County Public Library (MD). Register now!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and a safari hat appear on the left. A monkey puppet is sitting on her left shoulder and she is signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language with her left hand. The colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY appear to her right.  Text appears in white against a textured green background and reads: American Sign Language Safari. Learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library. Saturday, July 3 at 2 PM Eastern. Online via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/SafariBCPL

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Farm Animals. Online storytime hosted by New Castle County Libraries (MD). Register now!

A photo of a cow appears in the top right corner. Below that, a white child with blond hair signs COW. Next to that, a photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the colorful covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY. Text appears in white against a brown background and reads: Little Hands Signing: Farm Animals. Tuesday, July 6 at 11 AM Eastern. Hosted by New Castle County Public Libraries. Register at https://tinyurl.com/LHSFarmNCC. Sing, sign, and play together with this fun, hands-on, FREE online storytime for the whole family, presented by Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series.

Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM: American Sign Language Safari. OUTDOOR STORYTIME at Stango Park, Lewes, DE. Hosted by Lewes Public Library. Register now!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and a safari hat appear on the left. A monkey puppet is sitting on her left shoulder and she is signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language with her left hand. Text appears in white against an orange background and reads: Outdoor Storytime: American Sign Language Safari. Learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. Stango Park, Lewes, DE. Hosted by Lewes Public Library. Thursday, July 8 at 10:30 AM Eastern. Register at https://tinyurl.com/LewesSafari

Monday, July 12, 2021 at 10 AM: American Sign Language Safari. OUTDOOR STORYTIME at State Street Park. Hosted by Delmar Public Library. Register now!

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses and a safari hat appear on the right. A monkey puppet is sitting on her left shoulder and she is signing I-LOVE-YOU in American Sign Language with her left hand. Text appears in white against a green background and reads: Outdoor Storytime: American Sign Language Safari. Learn animal signs through stories, songs, and fun activities for the whole family with Kathy MacMillan, author of the Little Hands Signing series. State Street Park, Delmar, DE. Hosted by Delmar Public Library. Monday, July 12 at 10 AM Eastern. Register at https://tinyurl.com/SafariDelmar

Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern: Little Hands Signing: Animals at Night. Online storytime hosted by Carroll County Public Library. Register now.

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Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special – Recording Access Available!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development: Summer Reading Special

1 hour webinar, recorded.

Learn basic American Sign Language vocabulary for summer and animals and how to use it in storytime! This session teaches themed vocabulary while demonstrating storytime activities and best practices for signing with young children. Includes storytime demo and language and culture notes to help you present American Sign Language to hearing audiences in context. Purchase includes access to the webinar for 30 days, plus access to webinar resource page. Certificate of completion available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

About the Instructor:

Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of the Little Hands Signing series from Familius Press, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press) as well as many other books for children, teens, librarians, and educators.

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Register for for ASL for Library Staff, Level 2 – Begins June 28!

 

American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 2 

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, June 28, 2021 (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 

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. You will also have the opportunity to participate in two live online class sessions to interact with the instructor and peers. The live sessions will be recorded for those who do not attend.

This 6-week, asynchronous online course will introduce more American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting and place that information within a linguistic and cultural context to aid participants in improving library services to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Each week will focus on a different aspect of library services and will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

Please note that ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses on learning American Sign Language focus on library-specific vocabulary and Deaf Culture topics. Even if you have taken a conversational ASL course elsewhere, we recommend that you begin with American Sign Language for Library Staff Level 1 (called Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff in past iterations), as it covers library-specific vocabulary not usually taught in community ASL courses.

Register now!

 


Also open for registration:

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

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 (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 

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.

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!

 

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This Wednesday! Join me for Storybuilding!

Webinar: Storybuilding – Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7-9 PM Eastern (hosted by The Writer’s Center)

Learn how to focus on the specifics you need at each stage of the writing process to build your characters’ world without ever losing sight of the story at its heart. No matter what your genre, a rich palette of details brings your story to life. Through hands-on activities, you’ll discover techniques to identify the internal and external arcs of your story in order to create authentic and involving details that engage the reader on every page. Online via Zoom. $40 members/$50 nonmembers. Register here.

Other upcoming events:

Online course: The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell – 8 Weeks: June 21 – August 9

Learn showing and telling techniques you can apply right away to better engage your readers! This course will break down a different aspect of “show, don’t tell” each week, with successful examples from published picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and children’s nonfiction, followed by hands-on activities. We’ll explore how “show, don’t tell” works in relation to every aspect of your writing from character development to plot, and in every stage from manuscript to pitch. Participants will receive instructor feedback on each week’s assignment. Asynchronous online course taught via Wet Ink. $345 members, $360 nonmembers. Register here.


3-webinar series: Publishing Skills for Writers – Wednesdays, July 7-21, 7-9 PM Eastern

Being a successful writer is more than just creating great books, it also means navigating submissions and the publication process and communicating clearly and professionally with everyone from agents to editors to publicists to bloggers. In this series, we’ll cover techniques for effective agent and publisher research, the nitty-gritty details of formatting your manuscript for submission (with detailed demos), and best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk. Bring your questions! Online via Zoom. $120 members, $135 nonmembers. Register here.

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Free Online Storytimes in June!

Little Hands Signing: Zoo Signs

Sing, sign, play, and learn basic American Sign Language in these fun, hands-on storytimes for the whole family! Registration required at the links below.  These programs will occur in Zoom.

Tuesday, June 15 at 2:00 PM Eastern: Hosted by New Castle County Libraries, Delaware. Register here.

Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Hosted by Carroll County Public Library, Maryland.  Register here.

 

 

 

 

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Register now for Creative Coaching Groups: 6-Month Mentorship Program

I am excited to announce that I will be stepping into the Mentorship Program Coordinator position for SCBWI MD/DE/WV, spearheading the region’s new mentorship program for writers and illustrators, Creative Coaching Groups!

This 6-month mentorship program, available only to SCBWI members, will connect you with a published mentor author or illustrator who will provide detailed written feedback on your work each month and conduct monthly online small group meetings that provide support, brainstorming, and community. You will also have the opportunity to improve your craft through peer critiques. Each cohort will be capped at 3-6 participants.

This program is for you if:

  • You have a manuscript or portfolio completed or in progress.
  • You have been attending a critique group regularly and are beginning to get positive feedback on your work or have a few manuscripts under your belt.
  • You have submitted to agents and publishers and received personalized comments in response.
  • You have published in other fields or other genres of children’s books and want to break into something new.
  • You’re an experienced writer or illustrator but just not sure about your new project.
  • You’re looking for feedback to take your work to the next level.

 

Each Creative Coaching Group includes:

Monthly mentor critiques: You will submit your work for critique each month and receive a detailed written critique from your mentor, for a total of 6 critiques. (See submission details below for each cohort.) It’s up to you whether you want to submit new work each month, or revise your work and resubmit for another pass. Illustrators will also have the option to follow targeted illustration prompts.

Monthly peer critiques: You will complete a monthly written peer critique for each of the other members of your cohort, and receive written critiques from your peers each month. (Novel critique groups are capped at 3 members, while picture book and illustrator critique groups are capped at 6.)

Online group meetings: You’ll meet with your mentor and cohort for seven 60-90 minute meetings.  (See groups and dates below.) These live online meetings will be a chance to ask questions, brainstorm, get clarification about critiques, and receive craft and career guidance tailored to the needs of the group.

Email group: Your cohort will connect via an email listserv facilitated through Google Groups. This will be your place to share resources, ask questions, and connect with your cohort.

 

This session of Creative Coaching Groups will run July-December 2021.  See below for costs, dates, deadlines, and details for each specific group.

Picture Book Cohort – Mentor: Tracy C. Gold
Illustrator Cohort – Mentor: Rebecca Evans
Nonfiction Cohort – Mentor: Lisa A. Crayton
Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Meg Eden
Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan

 

NOTE: Space is limited and some groups are already filled!  If the session you want is full, OR if the online meeting dates for your desired cohort simply don’t work for you, please scroll to the bottom of the event page to fill out the Waiting List Form. We may form additional cohorts if there is enough interest. Filling out this form does not commit you to anything; it simply allows us to assess interest and contact you if additional spots open up.

See complete details and register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/creativecoaching-groups-a-6-month-mentorship-program/

 

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Sharpen Your Writing Skills This Summer!

I’m delighted to be teaching online for the Writers Center this summer! Based on Bethesda, Maryland, The Writers Center has a wealth of webinars and classes to help every writer improve their craft. I hope you’ll join me at one or more of my presentations this summer!

Webinar: Storybuilding – Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7-9 PM Eastern

Learn how to focus on the specifics you need at each stage of the writing process to build your characters’ world without ever losing sight of the story at its heart. No matter what your genre, a rich palette of details brings your story to life. Through hands-on activities, you’ll discover techniques to identify the internal and external arcs of your story in order to create authentic and involving details that engage the reader on every page. Online via Zoom. $40 members/$50 nonmembers. Register here.

 


Online course: The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell – 8 Weeks: June 21 – August 9

Learn showing and telling techniques you can apply right away to better engage your readers! This course will break down a different aspect of “show, don’t tell” each week, with successful examples from published picture books, middle grade and YA fiction, and children’s nonfiction, followed by hands-on activities. We’ll explore how “show, don’t tell” works in relation to every aspect of your writing from character development to plot, and in every stage from manuscript to pitch. Participants will receive instructor feedback on each week’s assignment. Asynchronous online course taught via Wet Ink. $345 members, $360 nonmembers. Register here.

 


3-webinar series: Publishing Skills for Writers – Wednesdays, July 7-21, 7-9 PM Eastern

Being a successful writer is more than just creating great books, it also means navigating submissions and the publication process and communicating clearly and professionally with everyone from agents to editors to publicists to bloggers. In this series, we’ll cover techniques for effective agent and publisher research, the nitty-gritty details of formatting your manuscript for submission (with detailed demos), and best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk. Bring your questions! Online via Zoom. $120 members, $135 nonmembers. Register here.

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