March 11, 2016 Library Hosts Discussion/Workshops on Deaf Cultures
National Literary Society of the Deaf Co-Sponsors “Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library”
Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217; Alec McFarlane, National Literary Society of the Deaf, [email protected]
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National Literary Society of the Deaf (NLSD) will co-sponsor an all-day discussion/workshop on “Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library” on Tuesday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
During the morning session, NLSD, a reading-promotion partner of the Center for the Book, will demonstrate how historical events and forces have shaped the ways that deaf people define themselves as a culture today. The afternoon portion of the program will be devoted to workshops.
“This program is a fine example of how the more than 80 partners of the Center for the Book work with us to sponsor programs that support our mission of promoting books, reading, libraries and literacy,” said John Y. Cole, the center’s director. “The National Literary Society of the Deaf is helping us reach a community that is not always well-understood by the general population. Deaf culture has evolved into a flourishing culture that is thriving in today’s society.”
“The National Literary Society of the Deaf Inc. is honored to be a reading-promotion partner of the Center for the Book,” said Alec McFarlane, president of the society. “Our program examines deaf history and culture and their impact upon America, one author at a time.”
The schedule of events follows.
10 a.m. – noon