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Jenni

Jenni Hemphill is the current Assistant Supervisor for the Boardman, Springfield, and Greenford locations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (K-12) in 2001 and a Master’s of Library and Information Science plus K-12 degree in 2015, both from Kent State University. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for ten years, where she taught all ages, and has been a contract interpreter for the deaf locally.

She started at PLYMC back in 2014 and loves helping patrons, of any age, find their next best read, and going out into the community to schools for off-site programming. She currently runs the ASL Club Program for PLYMC.

Her and her husband have two children, who attend Springfield Local Schools. She loves to read, spend time with family, and trying new things.

The Latest From Jenni

Learn “colors” in American Sign Language with Miss Jenni

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Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language, or ASL? Here is your chance! Watch the following video on how to sign just some of the colors that are all around us.        Check out our catalog for books to help you practice:    –Alex and His Magical Colors by Joe Denham  –Chameleon’s Colors by Harriet Evans  –Black is a… read more >>

We Thank You! May is Military Appreciation Month 

National Military Appreciation Month

Our United States military goes back hundreds of years. Men and women have given their lives to keep our country safe. They are always on call, whether it be stateside or helping overseas. It was not until 1999 that Congress declared that May be National Military Appreciation Month. This ensured that our nation could publicly show appreciation and to… read more >>

Learn “summer” signs in American Sign Language with Miss Jenni 

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Who’s ready for summer? Here are some materials to help you practice those summer signs.   Check out our catalog for books and e-books, through Hoopla or Libby, to learn more!:    –Summer Camp Critter Jitters by Jory John   –Bummer in the Summer by Dan Gutman  –Super Summer by Bruce Goldstone  –Duck and Goose Go the Beach by Tad… read more >>

Let’s celebrate Deaf History Month!  

Every year from March 13th through April 15th, everyone should join in and celebrate Deaf History Month. This month is dedicated to those within the Deaf community who have advocated for change within Deaf communities across the country and around the world.   Check out these lists of titles within our catalog for books to learn more about Deafness… read more >>

Learn places in our communities using American Sign Language with Miss Jenni  

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Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language, or ASL? Here is your chance! Watch the following video on how to sign all the different places within our community. Have fun!         In order to help you practice, check out just a few titles from our catalog and online resources:    –Places in My Neighborhood by Shelly Lyons   -Museums by Jennifer… read more >>

Pi or not to Pi, That is the Question!

Pi Day blueberry pie

Happy Pi Day! What in the world is “Pi”? Is it apple flavored or peach flavored? No, of course not! It’s not that kind of “pie”! This crazy mathematical concept starts with what’s known as the circumference around a circle, or the outline of the circle. Then, take the diameter of the circle, which is… read more >>

Let’s celebrate Deaf History Month!

Every year from March 13th through April 15th, everyone should join in and celebrate Deaf History Month. This month is dedicated to those within the Deaf community who have advocated for change for those within the Deaf communities across the country and the world.    Some argue what the key moments within the American History for the Deaf are,… read more >>

Learn popular phrases in American Sign Language with Miss Jenni

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Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language, or ASL? Here is your chance! Watch the following video on how to sign just some popular phrases.    Check out our catalog for books to learn more and practice:    –What’s up, Chuck? By Leo Landry   –See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Scieszka  –What’s Your Favorite Food?… read more >>

Learn fairy tale signs in American Sign Language with Miss Jenni 

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Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language, or ASL? Here is your chance! Watch the following video on how to sign various characters seen throughout famous fairy tales. Have fun!       In order to help you practice, check out just some of the titles from our catalog and online resources:    –This is the Path the Wolf Took by Laura Farina   –It’s… read more >>

Learn your fruits and veggies in American Sign Language with Miss Jenni

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Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language, or ASL? Here is your chance! Watch the following video on how to sign your fruits and vegetables.   In order to help you practice, check out the following titles from our catalog and online resources:   –Fruits in Suits by Jared Chapman  –The Fruits We Eat by Gail Gibbons  –Fruits We… read more >>