American Sign Language Basics

Did you know American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in the U.S., after English and Spanish? A form of ASL has been used in the U.S. for over two hundred years.

Many deaf and hard of hearing people communicate by using ASL, which combines hand signs, gestures, and facial expressions to create words and sentences. ASL is used by people with all kinds of disabilities, not just deafness, and people without disabilities enjoy learning this unique language too!

As many as 500,000 people in the U.S. communicate using ASL. 

Join us for this fun and informative ASL for Beginners course! Learn the manual alphabet and 100 American Sign Language word signs. No experience necessary!

Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., January 10, 17, 24, and 31 and February 7 and 14 at Tower Road Branch, in the Teen Room.

This course is inclusive. People with all disabilities, abilities, and ages are welcome!

Registration is suggested, so the instructor, Miss Ann, will have enough materials for all. Walk-ins are welcome!

Click on the images to view library resources on ASL and deaf culture:

Signing Time!

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language

And watch these amazing librarians signing "Jingle Bells."

Deaf Sign Language Jingle Bells 002

Posted by AnnL on December 17, 2018