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Programs and Services

Fall 2014 American Sign Language courses

Come learn Basic conversational American Sign Language — A service of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative.
These classes provide the opportunity to interact with Deaf individuals and to learn about the Deaf culture. These courses include Basic Sign Language vocabulary, daily phrases, songs, skits, and facts about the Deaf community and Deaf culture.

Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo
Infant/Toddler ASL (ages 0-3) Tuesdays
Session I: September 2—September 30
Session II: October 7—October 28
Session III: November 11—December 9
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Adult Beginners ASL Wednesdays
August 6, 20, September 3, 17 October 1, 15, 29,
November 12, December 10
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor
Infant/Toddler ASL (ages 0-3) Mondays
Session I: September 8—October 6
Session II: October 13—November 10
Session III: November 17—December 15
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Children Beginners ASL (6-12) Tuesdays, September 8—December 16 4:15-5:00 p.m.
Children Intermediate ASL (6-12) Tuesdays, September 8—December 16 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Adult Beginners ASL Tuesdays, August 5—December 9 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Adult Intermediate ASL Tuesdays, August 5—December 9 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park
Children ASL Thursdays, August 21—December 11 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Adult Beginners ASL Thursdays, August 21—December 11 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Adult Intermediate ASL Thursdays, August 21—December 11 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 2nd St., N Safety Harbor
ASL for Children Mondays, August 18—December 11 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Adult Beginners ASL Mondays, August 18—December 11 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Adult Intermediate ASL Mondays, August 18—December 11 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Infant/Toddler ASL (ages 0-3) Thursdays
Session I: September 4—October 9
Session II: October 16—November 6
Session III: November 13—December 11
10:30-11:00 a.m.

*No classes the week of November 24-28, 2014*

Basic Literacy / Life Skills Instruction

The classes are small, student-centered and use a bilingual/bicultural approach. Goals are individualized and student-selected. Classes incorporate and build on language and cultural backgrounds. We also use creative visual and hands on methods to make the educational experience more meaningful.

Family Literacy Programs

In partnership with Volunteer USA Foundation the Deaf Literacy Center offers Family literacy programs. The Deaf Family Literacy Academy (DFLA) serves families with deaf members with children ages birth to 12 years old, we provide a variety of programs to help ensure every deaf and hard of hearing child enjoys success in life, by empowering families with resources, services and support. The four components of Family Literacy (parent education, adult education, child education and parent & child together education) are utilized to: Improve parent's skills in communicating and reading to their child and to improve deaf and hard of hearing children's language and literacy skills.

Community Sign Language Classes

ASL I includes basic Sign Language vocabulary, daily phrases and facts about the Deaf community and culture. ASL II includes conversational Sign Language, stories, songs and skits. These classes provide the opportunity to interact with Deaf individuals and to learn about the Deaf culture. Children's classes incorporate daily routines, stories, songs and basic vocabulary.

 

Computer Literacy

Classes will include basic computer skills, E-mail and the Internet. Students who wish to learn word processing or more advanced computer skills or who need additional time will be paired up with volunteers who have good sign language skills and are computer literate.

Signed or Interpreted storytimes and library programs

These programs will be presented through a Deaf or signing speaker or may be interpreted. Programs include but are not limited to story times, children's special programs, book discussions, author talks and public service programs.

Sign to Your Baby Workshops

Baby Sign Language classes will teach you how to sign with your baby from as early as 6 months old! Our fun and interactive signing classes teach you how to include signs naturally while interacting with your baby through daily routines, playtime, storytime and music.

Deaf Community Workshops

These workshops address the life skills needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their families. These workshops include parenting classes, budgeting, hurricane preparedness, Tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities, CPR for the Deaf, using technological devices (Video Phone, online relay etc.) and others.

 

Library and Information services

Deaf and hard of hearing library users can enjoy a range of accessible services at the Deaf Literacy Center and satellite offices. We offer Videophone for the Deaf, staff that is fluent in Sign Language, resource and referral services and special programs for the Deaf among others.

Sign language interpreters can be requested seven work days in advance for any library program.

The library houses a growing (over 2,000 items) collection of materials on Deaf Culture and Literacy (books, magazines, videos, DVD and CD-ROM). The collection is searchable in the Polaris Catalog under keyword search — Deaf Collection, or you may ask library staff for a current list of materials.

Newspapers and publications for, by and about the Deaf Community available through the library:

  • American Annals of the Deaf
  • Hearing Loss (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People)
  • Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education
  • SigNews

Deaf Awareness Events

These programs include Deaf speakers from organizations that provide services to the Deaf, Deaf leaders in the community and entertainment programs. Programs have included: Trix Bruce, Chuck Baird, The Wild Zappers, Miss Deaf America and Miss Deaf Florida, Quest at Gallaudet, and many more.