The Essential Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist, who is regarded as one of the most influential composers in classical music. During his career, he wrote symphonies, piano sonatas, one opera, and piano concertos. Beethoven started to lose his hearing at the age of 26, and was thought to be completely deaf by his mid-40s…. read more >>

Trailblazers in the Deaf Community: Famous Authors

250 million people around the world have a hearing impairment and two-thirds of those people live in developing countries. Half of deafness and hearing impairments can be avoidable. If a person is deaf, this is the complete loss of hearing in one or both ears; hearing impairment is the complete or partial loss of one or both ears, according… read more >>

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

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 >>

A Sign of the Times with Babies

Babies can communicate and gesture with their hands long before they can speak.  There are many beneficial reasons that support babies learning American Sign Language (ASL): increase caregiver-child bond and communication and improve self–esteem for both adult and baby.   Signing with your baby is not a new fad.  Historically, signing with babies goes back to the 1800’s… read more >>

Self-care at Home with Sugar Scrubs

Self-care is not selfish!  I have included a list of books available through the library, for DIY and homemade solutions to creating personal products at home to help you relax and take care of yourself.  Are you looking for more ways to de-stress?  The Mayo Clinic has provided 7 proven stress-busters. The Public Library of Youngstown and… read more >>

Rights of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

It is International Week of the Deaf!  First launched in 1958, it is an annual celebration of the global Deaf Community.  This worldwide celebration is held yearly during the last full week of September, the same month that the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf was held.  This year, the theme is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s… read more >>

Book Titles for International Week of the Deaf

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

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 >>

Tips to Reduce Waste

Realize that small changes overall are easier than drastically changing everything all at once. Small changes add up to a big difference over time.  Good luck and have fun!  Some ways to reduce food waste are included in the list below: When you buy fresh fruits and veggies, prioritize a spot for them so they… read more >>

Alternative Search Engines

Need a change from Google?  There are many other search engines out there that one can use for researching purposes.  Tired of ads popping up when you conduct searches on Google or other sites?  Many of these sites will not track your activity, and you can conduct your search uninterrupted. Cluster, Meta, and Private Search… read more >>

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