ASL for Library Staff: Level 1 Starts September 28! Register Now!

Announcing new sessions of my popular eCourses from the American Library Association – including a brand new offering for American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2! Register for one or bundle them all and save!  Discounts available for groups and ALA members. See below for details.

         



American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 1 (Revised and Updated eCourse!)

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, September 28, 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 (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf and hard of hearing library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

This course is ideal for those without previous experience, or those who have taken basic ASL courses but are unfamiliar with library-specific vocabulary in ASL. Taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan, the course will use readings, multimedia resources, online discussion boards, and a customized video project to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

This 6-week, asynchronous online course will introduce basic 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 session will focus on a different aspect of library services and will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

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

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 has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“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.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now!



American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 2 (Brand New eCourse!)

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, November 30, 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)

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.

This eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

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!



American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle

Includes all 3 eCourses described above
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $599.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 90 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

Register now!

 

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The Runaway Shirt Q and A with Deborah Kalb

Thank you to Deborah Kalb, author of The President and Me series, for hosting me for a Book Q&A about The Runaway Shirt! Read the Q&A here!

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Free Online Storytime This Saturday!

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, September 19 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Autumn Signs. Register here.
  • Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Safety Signs. Register here.
  • Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 AM Eastern: Playtime Signs. Register here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ASL for Librarians eCourses from ALA Publishing

Announcing new sessions of my popular eCourses from the American Library Association – including a brand new offering for American Sign Language for Library Staff, Level 2! Register for one or bundle them all and save!  Discounts available for groups and ALA members. See below for details.

         



American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 1 (Revised and Updated eCourse!)

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, September 28, 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 (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf and hard of hearing library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

This course is ideal for those without previous experience, or those who have taken basic ASL courses but are unfamiliar with library-specific vocabulary in ASL. Taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan, the course will use readings, multimedia resources, online discussion boards, and a customized video project to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

This 6-week, asynchronous online course will introduce basic 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 session will focus on a different aspect of library services and will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

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

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 has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“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.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now!



American Sign Language for Library Staff: Level 2 (Brand New eCourse!)

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, November 30, 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)

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.

This eCourse can also be purchased as part of the American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle.

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!



American Sign Language for Librarians eCourse Bundle

Includes all 3 eCourses described above
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $599.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations); Estimated Hours of Learning: 90 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

Register now!

 

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Laundry Love Storytime Tomorrow on Instagram

It is a truth universally acknowledged that doing laundry is not fun – unless you have a little one around to make it into a game, or really cool tools to make it easier.  I have long been a fan of the SmartKlean Laundry Ball, a mineral-based cleaner that effectively washes 365 loads of fabrics without harsh chemicals, soap or detergent. So I was delighted when SmartKlean invited me to take over their Instagram feed for a storytime celebrating laundry fun with The Runaway Shirt! Join me on Thursday, September 10 at 11 AM Eastern for a Laundry Love Storytime!

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Register now for the Little Hands Signing Professional Development Series 3!

Little Hands Signing Professional Development Storytimes Series 3

Join us for weekly interactive “annotated storytimes” that teach basic American Sign Language vocabulary and demonstrate how to use the signs in storytime activities and the early childhood classroom. Each session will focus on specific thematic vocabulary:

  • Thursday, October 8, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: School and Library Signs
  • Thursday, October 15, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Playtime Signs
  • Thursday, October 22, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Safety Signs
  • Thursday, October 29, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: Our Signing Day
  • Thursday, November 5, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern: People Signs

Children of participants are welcome to join for the first 40 minutes. The final 20 minutes will consist of lecture and Q&A.  Presenter 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 resources books for librarians and educators. Certificate of completion for each webinar available upon request with successful completion of post-test.

Because each webinar series is theme-based, each series stands alone. It is not necessary to have taken Series 1 or 2 in order to get the most out of Series 3!

Individual registration: $200 for the 5-webinar series. Group rate: $1500 for 10 people for the 5-webinar series.

Add-ons available:

  • 30-minute one-on-one coaching session: $30.  A one-on-one Zoom session with Kathy MacMillan to receive individualized feedback on your planned signing materials for storytime or the classroom – planned around your schedule! Includes recording access. Must be used within 6 months of purchase. 
  • Individualized video feedback: $20.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 now! Get 40% off when you register using code EARLYLITERACY (valid on group tickets too!)

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Q and A with the author and illustrator of THE RUNAWAY SHIRT

Congratulations to Claire Freeland, winner of the giveaway of signed copy of THE RUNAWAY SHIRT! Find out more about the book and get your copy at https://tinyurl.com/runawayshirt

 

On September 1, 2020, illustrator Julia Castaño shared a storytime and art demo on Facebook, then had a conversation about making picture books.  If you missed them, you can still check them out below! (Both videos have closed captions available.)

THE RUNAWAY SHIRT Storytime and Art Demo



Q&A with the author and illustrator of THE RUNAWAY SHIRT

 



Order The Runaway Shirt now!

 

 

 

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2-Part Webinar: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

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A two-part online workshop, each session lasting 90 minutes, on Thursdays, September 17 and 24, 2020 , 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Library services are for everyone, and that includes the deaf community. In this workshop, Kathy MacMillan, librarian and certified American Sign Language interpreter, guides you in making your library a more welcoming place for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. You will gain an understanding of Deaf culture, learn library-related signs, and become prepared to confidently work with interpreters for your programs.

$75 per person; discounts available for groups and American Library Association Members.

Register now.

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Librarian and Teacher Resources for NITA’S DAY

I’m so excited to share with you this printable guide to using Nita’s Day in the classroom or storytime! Check it out for tips and tricks for sharing signs during the story, and following up with other fun ASL activities: Nita’s Day Teacher/Librarian Guide

Video instructions for the activities in the guide:

All Day Long: A Rhyme to Sign

 

Check out the Little Hands Signing series homepage for video demonstrations of the signs in both books and even more links to ASL storytime and classroom activities to share!

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Tomorrow: Online THE RUNAWAY SHIRT Celebration

Join author Kathy MacMillan and illustrator Julia Castaño as they read their new picture book, The Runaway Shirt, share an art demo, and answer your questions about making picture books. Head to the Familius Facebook page on September 1st at 8 am PDT/11 AM EDT to watch!

About the book: Laundry is a chore, but when a child climbs in the basket, everything becomes a game. Follow along as this mother takes a break from folding clothes to join her child in the delightful laughter of imagination. In The Runaway Shirt, housework and pretend play come together to transport readers to a kid’s world of wonder and excitement. Each page of charming illustration is a work in joy and mirth. Who knew folding laundry could be so much fun? Click here for more info and ordering information.

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