Try Your Hand at This: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language Into Your Programs

Try Your Hand at This: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language Into Your Programs by Kathy MacMillan. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

Try Your Hand at This coverTry Your Hand at This is a user-friendly guide for librarians and other personnel involved in library programming. From how to set up sign language programming for all ages to dealing with interpreters, publicizing programming to the public and the deaf community, and evaluating and improving the library’s sign language collection, Kathy MacMillan speaks with the voice of experience. She excels at dispelling the numerous myths surrounding deafness and sign language…this handbook is an indispensable tool for all library personnel looking to reach out to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

“Library program planners will want to read Kathy MacMillan’s new book, Try Your Hand at This: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs. MacMillan explains how to work with interpreters to provide programming to the deaf community and dispels some of the myths about deafness and sign language. She also addresses how to set up programming involving sign language for all ages and offers advice on how to publicize the programs to the public and within the deaf community.” – American Libraries

“…guides library programming personnel through the common pitfalls of new learners of ASL and the background knowledge necessary to introduce ASL in context, and offers practical information on establishing community partnerships, working with interpreters, and marketing programs. The text also includes sample programs for all ages-baby, toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school, and family programs-annotated bibliographies of ASL resources and materials to use with sign language, games and crafts for ASL programs, a glossary of terms relating to sign language and deafness, and a visual glossary of commonly used storytime signs.” – Reference and Research Book News

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