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June 14, 2017

Library offers teens free sign language program

The American Sign Language sessions will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays, June 16 to Aug. 4.
The Fauquier County Public Library will offer a free, eight-week series this summer to teach teenagers American Sign Language.

Open to students in sixth grade and above, the lessons will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays, starting June 16 and running through Aug. 4 at the main library in Warrenton.

Using games, songs and art, the series will teach American Sign Language alphabet, vocabulary and facts about deaf culture. At the end of the series, participants will perform what they have learned for friends and family members.

Ellen Richmond-Hearty, a youth services assistant at the library, will lead the program. Ms. Richmond-Hearty has more than 35 years of experience teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing children. She joined the Fauquier County Public Library staff in 2014.

American Sign Language combines hand gestures, facial expressions and body movements as the primary method of communication for deaf or hard-of-hearing people in North America.

It is “a beautiful, poetic language,” Ms. Richmond-Hearty said. It recognized as a foreign language for high school graduation requirements.

Although free, the program requires registration. To register, call 540-422-8500, extension 6862.
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BJ · June 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm
How about a class for adults too?
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