Saturday’s Storytime in the Garden Postponed

Tomorrow’s Storytime in the Garden at The Ivy Bookshop has been postponed due to expected storms. Keep an eye out for a new date, and stay dry, everyone!

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Register now for ASL ABCs Online Storytime

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses appears next to the covers of board books NITA'S FIRST SIGNS and NITA'S DAY.  Text appears in black against a white background with colorful leaves hanging from the top: ASL ABCs: Autumn Signs. Wednesday, October 20 at 10:30 AM Eastern. Hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library. for kids and families Online via Zoom. Register at tinyurl.com/ASLABCsAutumn

ASL ABCs: Autumn Signs

hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern

Sing, sign, read, and play together in this interactive online storytime for the whole family! Register at https://tinyurl.com/ASLABCsAutumn

Online via Zoom. Presented in spoken English with Zoom live captioning.

 

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Signing this Sunday at the MD Renaissance Festival

A smiling white women with glasses and long brown hair looks at the camera while leaning over to sign a book. She is wearing a flower crown and a blue velvet gown. The covers of Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin, Nita's First Signs, and Nita's Day appear at the bottom of the graphic. Text reads: Meet Author Kathy MacMillan. Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Page After Page Bookstore. Sunday, October 10, 11 AM-5 PM

FB_IMG_1472502550592Sunday, October 10 from 11 AM-5 PM: Maryland Renaissance Festival: Visiting Author at Page After Page Bookstore

Come learn to write your name in the language of the gods and get your signed copy of Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin! October 10 is one of two American Sign Language Interpretation Days at the festival, so I will also be signing Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day. Find me at the author tent across from Page After Page Bookstore (inside the festival village).

NOTE: Tickets to the festival will ONLY be sold online this year, so make sure to purchase yours ahead of time at https://rennfest.com/

 

 

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Read This!: SET ME FREE by Ann Clare LeZotte

Set Me FreeSet Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte
Summary: Three years after being kidnapped and rendered a “live specimen” in a cruel experiment to determine the cause of her deafness, fourteen year old Mary Lambert is summoned from her home in Martha’s Vineyard to the mainland to teach a younger deaf girl to communicate with sign language. She can’t help but wonder, Can a child of eight with no prior language be taught? Still, weary of domestic life and struggling to write as she used to, Mary pours all her passion into the pursuit of freeing this child from the prison of her isolation. But when she arrives at the manor, Mary discovers that there is much more to the girl’s story — and the circumstances of her confinement — than she ever could have imagined. Freeing her suddenly takes on a much greater meaning — and risk.

In Show Me a Sign, Ann Clare LeZotte introduced us to Mary Lambert and the people of Martha’s Vineyard in the early 1800s, where nearly everyone signed and deaf islanders were fully integrated into the life of the island. The Mary we meet in Set Me Free, three years after she was kidnapped and dragged to the mainland to be experimented upon, is warier and wiser. When she is offered the chance to tutor an eight-year-old deaf girl who seems to have no access to communication, she says yes, though she has no idea of the web of secrets and lies she will uncover when she leaves the island to go to the fine manor house. Mary relies on her wits and her own internal moral compass to communicate with the hearing people in the house, always determined to reach the girl – determined not to give up on her, even if her own family already has. Along the way, Mary must confront old friends and enemies, and reckon with the web of prejudice around her, even in her own family and history. LeZotte once again offers a nuanced picture of history, naturally incorporating characters of many backgrounds into the story and showing how the lives of the Wampanoag, black, and white characters are intertwined both on the island and the mainland. Mary remains both passionate and compassionate even as she learns greater patience for those whose minds have not been opened as much as her own. At a family dinner, Papa toasts Mary by signing, “To our Mary, in all her beautiful contradictions.” LeZottte’s work, in turn, shines a light on the beautiful contradictions in every one of us.

SET ME FREE is out now.

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Signing this Saturday at the MD Renaissance Festival

I’ll be signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD this Saturday! Hope to see you there!

A smiling white women with glasses and long brown hair looks at the camera while leaning over to sign a book. She is wearing a flower crown and a blue velvet gown. The covers of Sword and Verse, Dagger and Coin, Nita's First Signs, and Nita's Day appear at the bottom of the graphic. Text reads: Meet Author Kathy MacMillan. Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Page After Page Bookstore. Saturday, September 11, 11 AM-5 PM

FB_IMG_1472502550592Saturday, September 11 from 11 AM-5 PM: Maryland Renaissance Festival: Visiting Author at Page After Page Bookstore

Come learn to write your name in the language of the gods and get your signed copy of Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin! September 11 is one of two American Sign Language Interpretation Days at the festival, so I will also be signing Nita’s First Signs and Nita’s Day. Find me at the author tent across from Page After Page Bookstore (inside the festival village).

NOTE: Tickets to the festival will ONLY be sold online this year, so make sure to purchase yours ahead of time at https://rennfest.com/

 

 

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Register now for Little Hands Signing for Families!

On the right, a smiling white child with blond hair signs SIGN in American Sign Language. Text reads: Little Hands Signing for Families. Sing, sign, read, play, and learn basic American Sign Language together! Fridays, September 17-October 22, 9:30-10:30 AM Eastern, Online via Zoom. Register at StoriesByHand.com/ForFamilies. Text appears in black against a background with broad stripes of orange, blue, and yellow.

Little Hands Signing for Families

Fridays, September 17-October 22 from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Eastern/8:30 AM-9:30 Central/7:30 AM-8:30 AM Mountain/6:30 AM-7:30 AM Pacific 

Online sessions via Zoom (6 weeks, 1 hour per week)

Sing, sign, read, and play together as you learn basic American Sign Language in this engaging, interactive storytime-based class. Designed for kids and grownups all ages to learn together, this series will teach basic ASL vocabulary and grammar through stories, songs, and fun activities, while also sharing information for caregivers on how to integrate signs into family life for richer communication and a more peaceful environment. Session one will cover introductory signs; topics of later sessions will be determined based on a survey of participant needs but may include food signs, family signs, safety signs, animal signs, and more.

Pricing: $80 per family (includes live classes and recording access for the 6-week series) (NOTE: Only the instructor will appear on the recordings.) – Register by September 8 using coupon code SIGNON and get 10% off!

About the Instructor: Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, instructor, consultant, writer and signing storyteller. Kathy is the author of the Little Hands Signing board book series (Familius Press) and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press), as well as many other books for children, teens, and adults. She has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, and was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus from 2001 to 2005. Kathy presents American Sign Language programs for families and workshops for library staff and educators. She also serves on the board of Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

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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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