National Literary Society of the Deaf
Established February 6, 1907

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as of 3/15/2016


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Deaf Community and Library News

April 5, 2016
Telling America’s Stories
by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Library of Congress, Madison Building
Montpelier Room, sixth floor 
101 Independence Ave, S.E. 
Washington, DC

Public contact: Center for the Book 202-707-5221;
Program contact: National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc.  301-563-9062 -

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc.

Free and open to the public, no tickets are required.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at

In the morning part of this program, the National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. (NLSD), a reading promotion partner of the Center for the Book, will demonstrate how historical events and forces have shaped the ways that deaf people define themselves as a culture today.  The afternoon part of the program will be devoted to workshops.

"This program is a fine example of how the more than 80 partners of the Center for the Book work with us to sponsor programs that support our mission of promoting books, reading, libraries and literacy," said John Y. Cole, the center’s director. "The National Literary Society of the Deaf. is helping us reach a community that is not always well understood by the general population."

"The National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. is honored to be a reading promotion partner of the Center for the Book," said Alec McFarlane, president of the society. "Our program examines deaf history and culture and their impact upon America, one author at a time,"

The schedule of events
10:00 a.m. - noon    
Deaf Cultures: Presentation Series and Book signing
  1. Introductions and brief remarks by special guests
  2. Librarian and 4th past NLSD President, Ricardo Lopez, Deaf Cultures, "History and Origins of the NLSD"
  3. Author, Myron Uhlberg, Deaf Cultures, Children.  He will talk about his 8th new book called "The Sound of All Things." His experience found in the sights and sounds of the 1930’s Brooklyn and Coney Island through the eyes and ears of a hearing boy and his parents.  Sponsored by Peachtree Publishing, Inc
  4. Author, Dr. Harry G. Lang, Deaf Cultures, Adults    He will talk about his upcoming book, "American Civil War Through Deaf Eyes."  He will relate fascinating tidbits of history where members of the deaf community have literally been at history's doorstep, He is also author of ten books.  Sponsored by Gallaudet University Press
Book sales and optional tour of Library during the day
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Deaf Cultures, Discussion/Workshop series
Brief presentations and discussions covering the following topics

  1. Copyright and Fair Use, by Chaim Levinson, U.S. Copyright Office
  2. A Researcher's Perspective: Finding Historical Documents at the Library of Congress, by Dr. Harry G. Lang, author of ten books
  3. Deaf Cultures, "Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell: American Parent" and "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions) led by three librarians: Alice L. Hagemeyer, Noah Beckman and Ricardo Lopez
  4. A Dramatic Presentation: "Deaf Culture by the Seas: A Famous Seafaring Adventure from 1816," by Wesley Arey, National Deaf Grassroots Movement.
  5. The Library of Congress Internship Program and Other Internship Possibilities, by Travis Painter, Library of Congress.
Library of Congress (LOC) and The Center for the Book (CFB)
LOC is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world.  CFB was established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in book and reading.”  A public-private partnership, CF sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners. 

National Literary Society of the Deaf, Inc. (NLSD)  
NLSD, Inc. was founded on February 6, 1907 by a group of students at the Kendall School at Gallaudet University who wanted to promote literature and books, reading and debate. The society promotes deaf culture, books and literacy through programs and exhibits, particularly at public libraries.

Submitted by Alice L. Hagemeyer, MLS
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Public Library Events

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All programs and exhibits are held at public libraries unless otherwise noted.
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Deaf Cultural Programs

Washington, DC
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Hosted by the D.C. Public Library and its Adaptive Services Division
Contact: Janice Rosen, Librarian to the Deaf Community
Voice (via Video Relay Service) 866-570-7364
Voice (direct) or VideoPhone  (202) 727-2145; TTY (202) 727-2255
or email
Children Programs
American Sign Language Hour
Children’s Division, Room 200 (Second Floor),
Teen and Adult Programs
Room A unless otherwise noted

Sign Language / Voice Interpreted Programs

[None posted at this time.]

Public Libraries
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  1. Name of the Library System (acronym and year of founding)
  2. Name of sponsors within the library system (i.e. Department, division, branch, office or other)*
  3. Website address
  4. Program contact: name, title, email address; Phone: TTY, FAX, VP and Voice
  5. Program sponsors (outside the library) *
  6. Program date and time
  7. Program location
  8. Program access (i.e. public transportation, directional signs, well lighted stage) *
  9. Program theme
  10. Is this a deaf-related annual event?  (For information regarding annual events, see
  11. Is this a library-related annual event?  (For information regarding annual events, see Click on Events and conferences and then Library promotions.)
  12. Is this a diversity-related annual event?  (See Chase's Annual Events, which updated annually.)
* Program sponsors are responsible for determining which auxiliary aids will be needed for the speaker and the audience, including deaf people, deaf-blind, those with CP, and/or non-signing deaf people.

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