ASL library lesson helps parents and babies communicate

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The group at the ASL Baby Brilliant event sang songs, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "If You're Happy and You Know It." The parents and grandparents lifted their children up and down during "The Noble Duke of York."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children played at the end of the Baby Brilliant event at the Poland library. The library holds an ASL Baby Brilliant event every month, as well as many other Baby Brilliant events.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland librarian Karen Steed used a teddy bear to help her teach American Sign Language during the library's "ASL Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books and Signs, Oh My!" event on Nov. 29.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Steed brought out shakers for a song called "Shake Your Shakers," a song in the tune of "The London Bridge Is Falling Down." The children had directions to shake the shakers by different parts of their body, such as their nose, as pictured.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Steed and the families sang "The Wheels on the Bus" during the ASL Baby Brilliant event. They sang multiple songs, had a story time and play time, like other Baby Brilliant events throughout the PLYMC; however, they also learned a little ASL during the lesson as well.


Babies and parents met in the Poland library’s small children’s activity room on Nov. 29 for “ASL Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books and Signs, Oh My!“

Karen Steed, a Poland librarian and former translator, ran the event. She placed a number of books for babies relating to American Sign Language on the a table near the door. These books were available for checkout. Steed began by showing the children a number of commonly used signs, such as “happy“ and “drink.“ She had a teddy bear with her that she could slip her hands into to demonstrate the signs. She came back to these signs at the end of the event.

The group sang a number of songs throughout the event, similar to how the other Baby Brilliant events run throughout the PLYMC. They sang “The Noble Duke of York,“ “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,“ “The Wheels on the Bus“ and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.“ Each song came with a set of physical instructions.

They also did a song called “Shake Your Shaker“ in the style of “The London Bridge is Falling Down.” Steed passed out shakers for the song, and the parents and children shook along in rhythm. Steed gave directions, such as “shake on your toes,” and the children shook the shaker on their feet.

Steed read two stories to the children. She first read “All of Baby, Nose to Toes“ by Victoria Adler. While she read, she had the children monition to their noses and other body parts as they came up in the story. She also had a book of “The Wheels on the Bus“ that she displayed while the sang the song.

The children got to play after the stories and songs. Steed brought out small toys, the shakers and a tunnel that the babies could crawl through.

The Poland library has offered this event every month since last fall. The Poland library does a number of Baby Brilliant events for young children every month. Steed also hosts a Snack And Sign event for school age children monthly as well.

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