The Best of the 2020s.
Remember the 1880s, the most consequent decade in human history. Deaf Thomas Edison's discovery enabled the crest of the electric elevator in 1889. In turn, people build taller buildings. City skylines would look a lot different today if it was not from the 1880s.
In 1800 the Library of Congress (LOC) was founded. That was 17 years before the public school for the Deaf opened in America, first of a kind in 1817. The hearing and the blind got such an idea to build their own in the late 1830s.
In 1880, the Deaf from the nation founded the NAD. That was 110 years before ADA was finally signed into federal law in 1990.
In 1907, the National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. was founded, That was 46 years after the founding of Gallaudet in 1864. Several leaders represented their state's deaf literary society at the NAD conventions, One librarian was elected the NAD president.
In 1977 Daniel Boorstin, then the Librarian of Congress, founded the Center for the Book (CFB) to use the LOC to promote literacy, libraries, and reading and to understand the history and heritage of American literature. That was one year after Alice L. Hagemeyer was hired as Librarian for the Deaf at the DC Public Library, first of a kind, in 1976.
In 2007, John Cole, then CFB director, welcomed the National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc.(NLSD) as a reading promotional partner. www.loc.gov/item/prn-07-040/ That was 100 years after the National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. was founded in 1907.
The two last NLSD past presidents, Ricardo Lopez, and Alec McFarlane, once spoke to the public about Puerto Rico Culture, the Deaf. Most Americans did not realize that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States.
Center for Books (CFB) was established by public law to incorporate several private-public partnerships designed to implement programs, awards, and prizes in order to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading.
What about deaf culture?
CFB has sources of resources helpful to all organizations that have been designated Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the US and abroad. Few examples: Books That Shaped America, Young Readers Center, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), and much more.
What about Deaf Cultural Resources?
As the leader of the Bridging Deaf Cultures, an interest group of the America Library Association (ALA) Office of the Diversity, Literary, Outreach Services, I am now working on its toolkit called “Deaf Culture: Libraries Connect.," due in early 2022. with a team of 4 deaf core members of the ALA.
If you are interested to keep up with our progress, please check your membership organization, NAD, or any of its affiliates, any members that may concern about the rights of the general public (deaf and hearing) to be literate, resourceful, and contributing citizens.
Alice L. Hagemeyer
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