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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

Holidays Around the World in ASL with Miss Jenni

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“Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!”, “Feliz Navidad!” (Merry Christmas in Spanish), “Hanukkah Sameach!” (Happy Hanukkah), “Ramadan Mubarak!” (Happy Ramadan), or “Subh Diwali” (Happy Diwali). Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali, and Kwanzaa are just a few of the holidays celebrated around the world. Come and learn these holidays in American Sign Language. Just in time for the holiday season.     Click here for a… read more >>

School Subjects in American Sign Language with Miss Jenni


Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language? Here is your chance! Watch the following video on how to sign various school subjects, like Math, Reading, or Biology. To help practice these signs yourself or with your family, check out the following list of books from our catalog:   –I’m Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton  –The Boy… read more >>

Let’s Celebrate el Dia de los Muertos!


Del de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday also known as “The Day of the Dead.”  This means that this a time to welcome back the souls of loved ones who have died, in a reunion of sorts, that includes food, music, and overall celebrations. It is believed that at this time the border between the real world and… read more >>

American Sign Language (ASL) is NOT used worldwide…..

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There is the common misconception that American Sign Language (ASL) is used throughout the world. This is completely false. There are over 70 million Deaf or Hard-of-hearing individuals around the world that use some type of signed language, which is estimated to be about 200 different sign languages throughout the world. There are some signs that may be similar, but each sign language is unique… read more >>

Book Titles for International Week of the Deaf

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International Week of the Deaf is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September.  This year it runs from September 21st through September 26. Below are printable lists of DVDs or books on deafness and deaf culture for youth, teen, adults and all ages. DVD’s about Deafness Book titles about… read more >>

Sign Language and Human Rights around the World

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One would think that having access to language would be a basic human right. However, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing people around the world, still to this day in 2020, have issues accessing language due to one thing or another. Across the globe, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals do not have access to interpreters or there is a… read more >>

Buckeye Children & Teen Book Awards

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Looking for book recommendations? Why not read books nominated by students like you!? The Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Awards (BCTBA) are the only state awards for books that are nominated by and voted on by students across the state.   Check out and read these 2020 nominees:    For Grades K-2        Back Roads, Country Toads by Devin Scillian   Carl and… read more >>