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Reimagining Stories in ASL: Wisconsin’s Second Deaf Storyslam

2nd Annual Deaf Storyslam Logo

Deaf Storyslam is a free community event, created in 2019, in which Deaf individuals of varying backgrounds share personal stories and experiences with the broader community. The 2nd Annual Deaf StorySlam happened in September 2020 with new tellers and stories but with a virtual twist.

The 2020 Deaf Storyslam included storytelling coaching for Deaf community members and three free virtual public ASL storytelling workshops leading up to the Storyslam.

Fall for Fine Arts

Photo of Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Before the pandemic our branch offered successful hand-on arts/crafts/DIY programs for families every Thursday at 4 p.m. for over six years. After the pandemic, I continued these types of programs in innovative ways online.

STEAM Club at Home: Fossil Dig

Illustration of fossils underground

The STEAM Club at Home, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math, offers enrichment activities for kids in grades K-5.

This month, I created "fossil bricks" by mixing a plaster and adding real fossils that I purchased online. Participants picked up the bricks and other materials in advance, and we met virtually to learn about fossils and excavate the fossils from their bricks.

Junior Virtual Art Show

Photo of a slide from the Junior Virtual Art Show

Prior to COVID-19, we talked about creating a junior art show that would be shown in our library's community room. Unfortunately, all of our community rooms closed to the public for safety reasons and we could no longer use them for programming. 

I found that the most appropriate and safest way to display the talents of our young artists was through a virtual art show!

The kids would get recognition and get to display their art in a safe virtual environment that mimics a real gallery experience.

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