If you are like us, you may have noticed a growing interest from families in using sign language, especially when it comes to storytime. What’s it all about? And how can you learn more? Sit back and enjoy some resources courtesy of our amazing Twitter pals and then we’ll share some of our videos which incorporate American Sign Language.
First up, check out Renee Grassi’s fantastic post on the ALSC Blog all about American Sign Language (ASL) in Your Library. Renee explains that ASL is “a completely separate and distinct language from English” and details ways in which libraries can better serve patrons for whom American Sign Language is a first language or those who are looking to try it as a second or third language. She includes a great list of resources from American Sign Language experts as well as youth services librarians who have incorporated ASL into their programs.
Kathy MacMillan is someone else who has written (and presented!) extensively about American Sign Language and because she also wears a Librarian Hat, how it can be used in library programming. Her presentation Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language can be viewed on Slideshare from the comfort of your couch, and provides background on American Sign Language, Deaf Culture as well as practical tips on using ASL in a range of programs.
Finally, the great Tess Prendergast of Inclusive Early Literacy pointed us to PrAACtical AAC’s post on 10 Interesting Resources for Learning to Sign. It is a tech-licious list of apps and sites to help young and old learn to sign.
Whew! Now that you’ve broken a mental sweat, how about some videos? Here are a couple of our favourites, some are old and some are quite recent. For more ideas please be sure to check out our full Sign Language Songs and Rhymes playlist.