Deaf Awareness Begins @ your library

Contact: Megan Humphrey
312-280-4020
mhumphrey@ala.org

For Immediate Release
October 2001

District of Columbia Public Library Presents "Deaf Awareness Begins @ Your Library" Workshop

October 17, 2001 (Washington, D.C.) ¯ In observance of Clerc-Gallaudet Week, December 2 - 8, 2001, the District of Columbia Public Library and the Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA) will present a workshop on " Deaf Awareness Begins @ Your Library. "

The workshop will take place on Friday, December 7, 2001, from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, N.W. in Room A 5.

The goal of the workshop is to get acquainted with THE RED NOTEBOOK (which is expected to go online at http://www.librarydeaf.com in January or February 2002). THE RED NOTEBOOK was started in 1979 as a first stop library resource for the deaf community. It now officially goes international and bears a new subtitle, "Deaf Awareness Begins @ Your Library."

This trademark " @ your library " which is sponsored by the American Library Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), is intended to unify the communication activities of libraries around the world. This campaign is a five-year public education effort to speak loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. It is designed to showcase the unique and vital roles played by public, school, academic and special libraries around the world.

Participants in the workshop will discuss such topics as the District of Columbia Public Libraries Collection on Hearing Loss and Deaf Culture, Literacy and Lifelong Learning at the Library, and Library Advocacy.

Sign language and voice interpreters will be present. Room A-5 is equipped with an FM Assistive Listening System for people with hearing loss.

Although the workshop is free, registration is advised in order to ensure enough materials for everyone. If you plan to attend, please let Janice Rosen, Librarian, Library Services to the Deaf Community, know by calling (202) 727-2145 Voice or TTY or send E-mail to LibrDeafDC@aol.com.

All District of Columbia Public Library Programs are open to the public free of charge. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is located near the Metro Center and Gallery Place metrorail stations. Limited free parking is available in the Library's lower level garage (enter from 10th Street and G Place, N.W.)