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Poland library gives students ASL lesson with snacks


Published: Fri, November 3, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Poland Library provided chips and drinks for children at their Snack N Sign event.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Karen Steed placed out M&M's for children to eat at the Poland Library's Snack N Sign event. The candy also helped Steed with an icebreaker that introduced the children to her and the others. For each color, she asked a different question about the person. For example, she asked, “What is something you do well?“ to the students who picked orange.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Children used stamps, glue, glitter and crayons to decorate the ASL sign for the first letter of their name at Poland Library.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Karen Steed placed books out for the students to check out based around American Sign Language for the Snack N Sign event on Sept. 29.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Karen Steed taught children at the library how to sign different letters in American Sign Language for Poland Library's Snack N Sign event on Sept. 29.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Poland library hosted a lesson on learning American Sign Language after the school day during its “Snack N Sign“ event on Sept. 29.

The lesson went over some basics of ASL. Librarian Karen Steed taught the students the alphabet and a few phrases, such as “thank you“ and “I love you.“

Steed had the students make name cards and then began an ice breaker exercise. She gave the children bags of M&M’s and told them to pick their three favorite colors. For each color, she asked a different question about the person. For example, she asked, “What is something you do well?“ to the students who picked orange.

Next, she taught the students the ASL alphabet. She placed placards demonstrating each letter before the class began.

She showed them how to do each letter and walked around to make sure the students did it correctly.

The children went and had snacks after learning the alphabet. The library provided the children with chips and a drink. Steed said she wanted to provide the children a snack for them since they had just come from school.

The group sat in a circle after eating. Each child took a turn spelling their names in ASL. Steed said that the best way to learn the ASL letters is to spell out words as opposed to going through the alphabet chronologically.

The students did a craft at the end of the event.

They decorated a paper with the sign of the first letter of their name on it. Steed gave the children glitter, glue, crayons and stamps. The stamps had ASL signs for letters on them.

Steed studied at Kent State University. She previously worked as an ASL interpreter. She had been using ASL for 25 years.

The program just began with this lesson and will run on the last Friday of every month.

The next lesson will take place on Oct. 29.


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