National Literary Society of the Deaf
A Reading Promotion Partner of the
Center for the Book at the Library of Congress
"One Book" Reading Promotion Project
Deaf America Reads
2008 -- 2010
Planning Your Community Programs:
Coordinated by Alice L. Hagemeyer, MLS
C. What is the book about?
D. What About Books For Children?
E. How Are The Nation's Libraries And The Deaf Community Connected?
F. Where Can I Subscribe To The Red Notebook?
G. Program Planning Suggestions
1. Who Should Take The Charge Of The Program In Your Area?
2. Budget Needs
4. Program Theme
5. Target Date
6. Target Audience
7. Program Site And Accessibility
10. Program Promotional Resources
11. Proclamation For Deaf History Month
12. Follow Up
Librarians and program directors across the continent have sent their materials and talked about their program. Such input has been helpful to the office when working on its guide. http://publicprograms.ala.org/orc/pdfs/onebookguide.pdf
Note: State-by-state listing of past and current "one book" programs appears on
The committee consists of Alice L. Hagemeyer, Chair, Thomas Harrington, Joan Naturale, Abigail Noland, and Gary E. Wait who all have the expertise in the area of deaf resources and library services. Andrew Lange was the NAD liaison.
Deaf Community Contacts
Books About and By Deaf Persons
Speakers and Storytellers Sign
Deaf People Work
Such directories list organizations, books and/or individuals that have special interests in promoting deaf culture, books and literacy in local communities.
First major topic: I Helped Make America Great
Ongoing project for 2008-2010 by Alice L. Hagemeyer
Purpose: To familiarize the nation's libraries and librarians with deaf related membership organizations, their history and resources
Fiction Ages 4-8
Kami and the Yaks, by Andrea Stenn Stryer and illustrated by Bert Dodson. Published 2007 by Bay Otter Press, Palo Alto, California
Kami and hearing family members use home signs. The story was inspired by a little deaf boy the author met while trekking in the Mount Everest region of Nepal.
Non-fiction Ages 9-12
My Heart Glow: Alice Cogswell, Thomas Gallaudet and the Birth of American Sign Language, by Emily Arnold McCully Illustrated by author Published July 15, 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children, New York
Deafened at age 2 due to the Spotted Fever, Alice inspired her hearing neighbor, Thomas Gallaudet, who eventually brought Laurent Clerc from Paris – her first deaf teacher who used sign language.
Issues: Nonprofit, membership organizations (a total of 20 pages)Library Section
I Helped Make America Great, including a poster of Thomas H. Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc on the ship in 1816; Chapter National Association of the Deaf, including a poster of Laurent Clerc profile in 1830s and Chapter Maryland Association of the Deaf, including a poster of George Veditz profile in 1910s 1
Two Posters: Deaf America Reads and Deaf History Month 2Diversity Section
Program Planning Suggestions: "One Book" Deaf America Reads
American Deaf Culture Within Five CulturesKey Contacts
Four Directories @ your library
committee support: Photocopies, auxiliary aids and services at meetings
if needed, postage, and others
programs: Room rental, refreshments, technology, communication
assistance, auxiliary aids, honorarium fees, posters and others
publishing: Desktop publishing, graphic art work, Braille
transcription, and others
CART or Communication Access Real time Translation is one type of interpretation. CART provides visual text with nearly instantaneous translation of the spoken word. The CART provider types the speaker’s words on a stenographic machine which is connected to a computer with software to translate the stenographic code into English. The translation can then be read on the computer screen; for larger group events the CART text can be displayed on a large video screen or projected onto the wall.Source: Planning for Library Services to People With Disabilities, by Rhea Joyce Rubin Chicago: ALA/ASCLA, 2001
may display a collection of books, videos, and other library materials
that are related to the language, culture and history of the deaf
community in a prominent place, encouraging customers to check out
those that are circulating.
may set up a schedule to demonstrate ASL videos as part of the exhibit,
encouraging customers to check out those that are circulating. Examples
of videos and their reviews can be
found on the ASL Access Web Site www.aslaccess.org.
media (e.g., TV, newspapers, library networks)
Deaf History Month posters you may design on your own
such as a list of fiction books having deaf characters for children and
young adults, Deaf American History Trivia, Notable Deaf Quotes and