Online workshop: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

By Staff

Make your library a welcoming place for deaf people. In an upcoming workshop hosted by the Auraria Library, participants will gain an understanding of deaf culture, learn several useful library-related signs, and be ready to work confidently with interpreters for programs. Links to video demonstrations and handouts for library-related signs will be made accessible to participants to encourage practice and implementation after the workshop.

What: Two-part workshop, online in the Auraria Library
When: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 29 (Sessions start promptly at 10 a.m.; room will be open at 9:45 a.m.)
Where: Auraria Library, ELC-B
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan
Topics covered:

  • An overview of the different ways deaf people communicate
  • Understanding and meeting your library’s legal obligation to serve the deaf
  • Strategies for communicating with a deaf or hard-of-hearing person in the library
  • Tips for finding, hiring, and working with interpreters

In preparation for the event, there are several recommended reading materials.  Please RSVP to to receive confirmation and readings by email prior to the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or questions and to RSVP, please contact Judith Valdez at or 303-556-4999.

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