National Literary Society of the Deaf
Established February 6, 1907

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as of 10/6/08


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Deaf Community and Library News

September 30, 2008
Deaf Unity @ your library

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Ricardo Lopez, president of the National Literary Society of the Deaf (NLSD), invites deaf communities in fifty states, the District of Columbia , two commonwealths and three territories to participate in the national reading promotional project: "One Book" Deaf America Reads 2008 - 2010.

The NLSD mission is to promote deaf culture, books and literacy through programs and/or exhibits, particularly at public libraries.
To carry out the mission, the NLSD will be coordinating deaf cultural programs using the program topic -- I Helped Make (State) Great -- and in which they will be held at local public libraries on a day between now and December 2010 in observance of Clerc-Gallaudet Week in December; Deaf History Month, March 13-April 15 or International Deaf Week in September. 
Program participants will tell stories in American Sign Language about heroes, pioneers, notable leaders and deaf organizations for making their state (America and the world as well) great.   They will also introduce popular books for children, teens and adults – deaf and hearing - as well as popular magazines, like DEAF LIFE.  One participant will be asked to discuss "One Book" Deaf America Reads - Moments of Truth: Robert R. Davila, the Story of a Deaf Leader, by Harry G. Lang, Oscar P. Cohen and Joseph E. Fischgrund.   
Some of you may not know but the nation’s public libraries are now actively seeking partnerships and affiliations with complementary organizations and programs for meeting cultural needs of various interest groups, like Hispanics, Asians and others.  
The nation's public libraries will certainly welcome such organizations from deaf communities to work with them.

For those of you who would like to be involved in a deaf cultural program on a day between now and December 2010, will you please email your name, email address and the name of your town to   We will assign names (possible presenters, deaf organizations and public libraries) by state.  Later you may email details of the program for FOLDA to publicize through various networks.
Thank you for being a library friend,
Alice L. Hagemeyer, founder
A Public Service to the National Literary Society of the Deaf
Helpful References:
  • "Planning Your Community Programs" and DEAF AMERICA READS poster are available by means of free download on the FOLDA website.  The poster is designed by a well-known deaf artist, courtesy of the National Literary Society of the Deaf

  • Two documents: "I Helped Make America Great" and "Maryland Association of the Deaf"

  • To access public libraries in  your area, please go to

  • The Red Notebook, a project of Library for Deaf Action on behalf of the Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action  Now online under the name of "Deaf Resources @ your library".   To learn more about FOLDA and The Red Notebook, please visit

Celebrate Annual Events @ your library
September - October
Libraries may include appropriate deaf resources in their program and exhibition when observing annual events in local communities all the year round.  The National Literary Society of the Deaf (NLSD) also invites the nation's libraries and deaf organizations to participate in its new reading promotion project called, "One Book" Deaf America Reads 2008-2010

NLSD, its partners and affiliates promote deaf culture, books and literacy regardless of geographical area.

Hispanic Heritage Month observed since 1968
The month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.  This law also requests US president to proclaim it every year.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress and five other agencies

2008 THEME "Getting Involved: Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation."

Celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.   There is a newly established organization called National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Fray Pedro Ponce de Leon. One of its goals is to promote educational, cultural,
economic and social opportunities for deaf Hispanics.

SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2008
International Week of the Deaf observed since 1958
Sponsored by the World Federation of the Deaf and its national organizational members   In US:

2008 THEME "Human Rights through Sign Languages"

Promoting  public awareness in local communities to strengthen solidarity among deaf people and to call attention to concerns important to deaf people  Some places in US and other countries observe the week at different times during the year. 

Several deaf organizations in all parts of the US will be hosting ASL fun related activities during the week, such as California Association of the Deaf ( on September 26 in Sacramento at the State Capitol and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center of Christi Corpus, Texas ( in its building on September 22.   

Banned Books Week observed since 1982
Sponsored by the American Library Association and five other national organizations and endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

2008 THEME "Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas"

Stressing the importance in ensuring our freedom to choose books
we wish to read and also the freedom to express our opinion, even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Ultimately, we are not to take this democratic freedom for granted. 

OCTOBER 12-18, 2008
Teen Read Week observed since 2004
Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association

2008 THEME "Books with Bite @ your library"

Reminding teens to spend time reading for pleasure. Research shows that
teens who read for fun usually have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce. 

Deaf gaming @ your library 
John Egbert, the founder of this organization, was named Deaf Life's Deaf Person of the Month (August 2008).
a) Alexander Graham Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
b) Deaf Bilingual Coalition
c) Hearing Loss Association of America
d) Deaf History International
Answer: b
MSM Productions Ltd is the publisher of Deaf Life (

International Week of the Deaf
September 22 – 28, 2008

"One Book" Deaf America Reads 2008-2010
There are several ways for deaf organizations and public libraries to work together in promoting deaf culture, books and literacy in local communities.  For example, they may sponsor a library program called, "I Helped Make America (or state) Great." Local people would be asked to share stories in ASL about heroes and founders of deaf organizations. Also, they may invite deaf leader, author or celebrity to introduce "One Book" Deaf America Reads in 2008-2010 to teens and adults in the audience as well as two other books for children.  "Deaf America Reads" poster and "Planning Your Community Programs" are available by means of free downloads on the FOLDA website.
Clerc-Gallaudet Week
observed annually the first full week of December
Some libraries may have programs in observance of this week.  The purpose of the week is to celebrate birth anniversaries of the two pioneers in deaf education who were born in the month of December -- Laurent Clerc on December 26, 1785 and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on December 10, 1787 -- and to recognize their impact on American society since the 19th century.  This week, formerly Deaf Awareness Week, was initiated in December 1974 by the D.C. Public Library.

Deaf gaming @ your library 
The Gazette of Politics and Business recently released its list of 53 exceptional businesses in the State of Maryland. It placed this deaf-owned company #2.
a) Viable
b) Inner Harbor Deaf Center
c) Discovery Communications
d) Honest Tea
Answer: a
 Note: and  Honest Tea is the #1.
John T.C. Yeh is the founder and president of this video relay services (VRS).
He was named Deaf Person of the Month by Deaf Life magazine (May 2008)

Submitted by Alice L. Hagemeyer, MLS
A FOLDA e-mail news service to The Red Notebook subscribers
and to the National Literary Society of the Deaf, its partners and affiliates

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Public Library Events

Please check often for additional announcements or in near time of events.
All programs and exhibits are held at public libraries unless otherwise noted.
Coordinated by Alice L. Hagemeyer,

One Book: Deaf America Reads
National reading promotion project of the National Literary Society of the Deaf

Deaf library friends are encouraged to get involved.  To access local public libraries in your area, please go to

Email program announcements to

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),

Saturday, October 11, 2008, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
"Moses Goes to the Circus," by Isaac Millman
ASL Storyteller: Amy Bopp

Saturday, November 8, 2008, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
"Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun," by Geri Keams
ASL Storyteller: Valerie Dively

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 1:00 – 2::00 p.m.
"Kami and the Yaks," by Andrea Stenn Styer
ASL Storyteller: Pauline Spanbauer

Teen and Adult Programs

Room A unless otherwise noted

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
More details later

Saturday, January 10, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
"Deaf Identity and Socail Images in 19th Century France"
Guest speaker: Anne Quartararo, author

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
February is Black History Month
"Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson"
Guest speakers: Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner, co-authors

Saturday, March 28, 2009   Time to be determined
"Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Baseball Hero"
Speaker: Steve Sandy, independent researcher

Sign Language / Voice Interpreted Programs

[None posted at this time.]

Public Libraries
Are you planning on having deaf cultural programs in your area?  If so, please fill out the form below and email data to
  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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