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


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 >>

Holidays Around the World in ASL with Miss Jenni

Holidays around the world Christmas

“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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Let’s Go to the Zoo

pig craft assembled

Hello Mahoning County! Are you like me and miss  being able to go anywhere, say the zoo?  Well, let’s do it! Let’s set up a zoo within our neighborhoods this July! This would be the same as the “Going on a Bear Hunt” everyone saw earlier this spring. See exotic animals as you walk your neighborhoods or at a library… read more >>