Sherman library starts sign language story time

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- The Sherman Public Library is bringing story telling to kids who couldn't hear it otherwise.

It's a fun summertime activity, coming to the library and hearing a book read aloud. But for kids like 4-year-old Peyton Kuhr, this is the first time they've been able to join in.

Peyton was born mild to moderately deaf.

"It's been a hard transition from being a normal family, communicating normally, to then learning a whole new language," Jordyn Kuhr said.

Peyton's mom Jordyn Kuhr said it's hard to find activities for her daughter to do. Something Sherman ISD Deaf Education Teacher Analynn Bartlett noticed too.

"I know in bigger districts in bigger cities, they have different opportunities where kids can get together and just socialize and be with kids like them," Bartlett said.

So Bartlett partnered with the Sherman Public Library to come up with a new program: American Sign Language story time, bringing words to life for deaf and hard of hearing kids.

"Not only the hearing kids but the deaf kids get to see my signing and mom and dad and grandma get to come and see how I'm signing it," Bartlett said.

Bartlett signs the story and Youth Librarian Melissa Salazar prepares a new theme for each week.

"We want to be a resource to everyone, so having an ASL story time can bring more people in to the library," Salazar said.

The ASL interpreted story time is every Wednesday this summer at the MLK building in Sherman at 10 a.m. It's free and open to anyone.

"Just being able to socialize with kids and knowing I'm the same, we're going through the same thing," Bartlett said.

"Not only us, but I know some other families are really blessed and thankful for that," Kuhr said.

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