I coordinate a large regional writing conference from creators of kidlit each spring, as well as approximately a dozen webinars, workshops, and smaller events throughout the year. In this position, I work with authors at different stages of their writing journeys, and strive to provide programming and feedback that meets their needs.
In this position, I coordinated programming for traditionally published authors and illustrators in the region, and worked to bridge the gap between published and pre-published members through events, workshops, and critique opportunities.
At Howard Community College, I worked with students in the Writing Center to provide feedback on writing assignments and help them develop skills they could apply to their future work. I also worked directly with Deaf students to deliver English writing help and feedback in American Sign Language.
As an interpreter, I work in government, medical, theater, school, and community settings to facilitate communication between users of English and American Sign Language. This work requires excellent vocabulary in both languages, sharp linguistic processing skills, and a deep understanding of the nuances of dialogue, register, culture, and communication - all skills that enhance my writing and editing work.
When the world tells you to stay quiet, do you listen, or do you speak up? In She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, with the touch of a button readers can hear Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall, Shirley Chisholm, Susan Shown Harjo, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Leymah Gbowee, Dr. Temple Grandin, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tammy Duck... read more
Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita's First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. E... read more
In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley calls "fascinating and unique," debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves palace intrigue and epic world-building to craft a tale for fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner.Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read ... read more
"Rich in politics, intrigue, and betrayal, Dagger and Coin is a complex feminist fantasy featuring a tough and prickly ex-princess that I couldn't help but adore."—Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from EverywhereThe sequel to Sword and Verse follows a familiar face—Soraya—as she attempts to rebuild a nation after the downfall of the monarchy. Readers who love Rae Carson and Kristen Cashore won... read more
Enriching and supplementing storytelling programs with fingerplays, flannelboards, and other props will be a cinch thanks to this generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, and action rhymes. This time-saving resource includes* Thematic organization to make program planning easy* Recommended books for each theme* Easy-to-follow craft and flannelboard patterns* Quick Tips boxes that enhan... read more
American Sign Language is more than just an assortment of gestures. It is a full-fledged unique language, with all the characteristics of such. This helpful and user-friendly guide for librarians and other library personnel involved in library programming demonstrates everything from how to set up programming involving sign language for all ages to dealing with and paying interpreters. The boo... read more
Children's programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn't dream of offering more and better children's programs with less effort? After all, these are usually the most popular and sought-after programs in the library. But they are also the most demanding: any librarian who has put in the sweat and time required to pull together a single quality program will balk at the prospect of ... read more
Una novela juvenil imprescindible para los amantes del género fantástico. En un mundo oprimido no puedes permitirte pensar.Ni cuestionarte nada.Ni desear. Lo que más anhela Raisa es aprender a leer.Pero, para una esclava, esta aspiración parece casi inalcanzable. ¿Y si poder leer fuese la clave para salvar a su pueblo? En el reino de Qilara, la escritura es un don reservado a los nobles y proh... read more
Whether you ve been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, but finding exciting materials for baby storytime that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure t... read more
Sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! The second book in the Little Hands Signing series (which introduced the bestselling Nita's First Signs), Nita's Day teaches ten new and essential ASL signs for every parent and child to know: wake up, change, clothes, eat, potty, go, play, bath, book, and bed. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches e... read more
This time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers alike includes everything you need to get started reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. The many creative ideas packed inside includeActivities keyed to popular classroom themes, with one chapter for each week of the school yearLessons that... read more
Appropriate for adults who are completely new to signing, this authoritative guide on sign language helps them engage with children up to age five, regardless of their hearing ability. Each of the eight chapters contain a variety of activities, such as games, finger plays, songs, and crafts, which help children develop language learning, improve communication and self-expression, and raise the... read more
Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism need not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In this book best-selling authors MacMillan and Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, one in which diversity is woven into any and every storytime, no matt... read more
MacMillian and Kirker's knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they're back with an all new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children's librarians, e... read more
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