Learn Sign Language

The Main library is offering a sign language class for children of all ages.

The class will be offered at 4:00 on Thursdays, September 20, October 4 and 11, and November 1 and 8. Sign up now!

Did you know that on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in 1880, almost one out of four people in the community were deaf? The people on this isolated island spoke to one another using their own sign language. That language was later combined with French Sign Language to create the American Sign Language (ASL) in use today. ASL is not the same as English but has its own syntax, or sentence order, and is an integral part of a vibrant Deaf culture.

In recent years, parents have started using sign language to communicate with hearing babies as well. Babies can begin to understand and form simple signs as early as seven or eight months old, long before they are able to say their first word.

Learning sign language is a rewarding experience and we hope you come to our class to give it a try!

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