Register now for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse – Begins May 20!

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

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 library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards 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.

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!

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May Appearances and Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM: Sussex County Children’s Book Festival in Milton, DE

Location: Milton Public Library, 121 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA

Meet regional children’s book authors ~ Craft with your favorite Children’s Librarian ~ Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Ogre’s Grove Comics & Collectibles ~ Hear a live story time with an author or a Very Important Reader ~ Ride the Milton Memorial Park train ~ Check out the interactive programs at the Milton Historical Society ~ Get a picture with your favorite book characters ~ Enjoy a LIVE literary musical performance for children at the Milton Theatre at 1:30 PM!

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019: Gaithersburg Book Festival (MD)


The festival is free and runs from 10 AM – 6 PM.  Full schedule and information at http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Booth from 2pm-6pm. Stop by and pick up a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, or Dagger and Coin! All proceeds from sales of my books benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 AM: Let’s Sign Together! (for all ages) at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, VA)

Learn basic American Sign Language together in this interactive storytime for all ages. Flex your fingers and join in the fun! Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, leads stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

For more information, see http://www.fallschurchva.gov/424/Library

 

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Check out DCI’s Online Auction!

The Deaf Camps, Inc. 2019 Online Auction is open for bids through May 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 a 30-minute call with internationally bestselling author Bruce Coville! You can also find many handmade items,  gift certificates, event tickets, and more! All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2019 scholarship program.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is an organization close to my heart. I have been on the board for almost 20 years. 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!

Here are just a few of the items up for bid:

 

Bid now!

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.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

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

 

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Writing for All Ages

I was honored to take part recently in a group interview of authors who publish books for multiple age groups, along with authors: Hena KhanNora Shalaway CarpenterLeah Henderson, and Casey Lyall. Robin Galbraith conducted the interview for Cynsations, the excellent writing resource blog run by New York Times bestselling, award-winning children’s-YA author and all-around lifter-up-of-other-creators, by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Click here to read “Writing & Marketing for Multiple Age-Levels” at Cynsations.

(And shout-out to Casey Lyall, who provided my new favorite phrase in listing her picture books as being geared to “ages 0 to Immortal Being”. )

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Upcoming Appearances

Thursday April 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM: Barnes and Noble, Ellicott City Long Gate Shopping Center 4300 Montgomery Road Ellicott City, MD 21043 410-203-9001 

Join us April 25th for a special author event and signing featuring authors Kathy MacMillan (She Spoke) and Laura Resau (Tree of Dreams). Kathy and Laura will also be leading a workshop geared towards aspiring young writers. At this workshop, guests will have the opportunity to work with professional authors and learn ways to take their writing further. All are welcome!

  

 

Friday, April 26, 2019, 6-8pm: Book signing at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt (Laurel), 3341 Corridor Marketplace, Maryland City, MD 20724

Come on in to purchase signed copies of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase! All book sale proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11am-4pm: Kensington Day of the Book, Kensington, MD. Street Festival, Rain or Shine! 
Full schedule at https://dayofthebook.com/
The Day of the Book Festival will take place along Howard Avenue, Armory Avenue, and Fawcett Street on Antique Row in Old Town Kensington, Maryland, one block east of Connecticut Ave.

My scheduled appearances:

  • 11:30 AM: Someone’s Got to Live There: Building Characters in Fantasy Fiction (Daniel M. Ford and Kathy MacMillan)
  • 1:00 PM: Writing, Selling, and Marketing for the YA Audience (Pintip Dunn, Lindsay Barry, and Kathy MacMillan)

 

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Registration now open for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

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 library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards 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.

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!

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NITA’S DAY now available for pre-order!

Nita and her family are back in an all-new adventure that teaches 10 basic American Sign Language signs for babies and their grownups to use throughout the day: wake up, change, clothes, eat, potty, go, play, bath, book, and bed. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference. No signing book collection is complete without Nita!

Nita’s Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents

by Kathy MacMillan; illustrated by Sara Brezzi. Familius Press, 2020

Pre-order now:

Learn more about the Little Hands Signing series here!

Nita's First Signs final cover

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NITA’S FIRST SIGNS Named 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Nita's First Signs final coverNita’s First Signs has been recognized as a finalist in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, in the Picture Book, Early Reader category!

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each yearFinalists represent the best books published in 2018. After more than 2,000 individual titles spread across 56 genres were submitted for consideration, the list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s readership—from across the country.

The complete list of finalists can be found at: https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2018/

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 14, 2019.

Founded in 1998, Foreword Magazine, Inc. is the only media company completely devoted to independent publishing. Publishers of a Folio: award-winning bimonthly print review journal, special interest products, and daily online content feeds, Foreword exclusively covers university and independent (non “Big 5”) publishers, the books they publish, and their authors. Foreword is based in Traverse City, Michigan, with staff based worldwide.

 

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SHE SPOKE featured on #KidTimeStoryTime

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World was recently featured on the KidTime StoryTime YouTube Channel! Storyteller and her peppy puppets highlight entries about Dr. Jane Goodall, Suzan Shown Harjo, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Temple Grandin, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Malala Yousafzai. See the video here.

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Read This!: A QUESTION OF HOLMES by Brittany Cavallaro

A Question of Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4)A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Summary: Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson think they’re finally in the clear. They’ve left Sherringford School—and the Moriartys—behind for a pre-college summer program at Oxford University. A chance to start from scratch and explore dating for the first time, while exploring a new city with all the freedom their program provides. But when they arrive, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents have been befalling the members of the community theater troupe in Oxford, and now, on the eve of their production of Hamlet, they’re starting all over again. What once seemed like a comedy of errors is now a race to prevent the next tragedy—before Charlotte or Jamie is the next victim.

Anyone who has been in my orbit in the last three years knows how much I adore the Charlotte Holmes series. So I was prepared to love this final entry in the series without reservation, but I didn’t expect how much Charlotte’s hard-fought journey would resonate with me as a reader, and how wonderful it would be to see Charlotte, so often the star in someone else’s starry-eyed dream, take the lead and tell her own story. She’s a long way from the rough-edged, vibrant, damaged girl of the first book, and yet she’s not. Seeing her grow and change and start to understand how she can love and need someone and yet need to be apart from them…it was heartbreaking in the best way. I worried that Jamie would be less endearing when so little of the story was from his point of view, but no risk of that; no one appreciates Jamie like our Charlotte. How could such a series with such a heroine come to a fitting conclusion? Cavallaro gives us an answer that is the perfect mix of heartwarming, hilarious, moving, and deeply, viscerally satisfying.

A QUESTION OF HOLMES is out now.

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