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Karyn Choi DALLAS Public Library
January 13, 2012
Deaf cultural program will be part of ALA Midwinter Conference;
The event will be held Jan. 23 at the Dallas Central Library
DALLAS – In her 35-year career with the library, deaf advocate Alice L.
Hagemeyer has always been passionate about reaching out to other deaf
people. On Jan. 23, Hagemeyer will join Alec C. McFarlane of Silver Spring,
MD, and Grant Laird, Jr., of Garland, CEO of the Deaf Network of Texas, to
celebrate Deaf Legacy and Texas at the Central Library, 1515 Young St.
Their presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. is part of the American Library
Association’s Midwinter Conference being held in Dallas Jan. 20-23. It is
being held in partnership with the Friends of the Dallas Public Library Inc,
Deaf Action Center, Texas Association of the Deaf and the National
Association of the Deaf.
McFarlane, who has worked with Hagemeyer on the Bridging Deaf Cultures
presentation series for three years, will highlight deaf cultures and
organizations serving the deaf in Texas. Laird will pay tribute to “Deaf”
Smith, Texas deaf folk hero on the 225th anniversary of his birth.
Hagemeyer said she wants to see local people joining with the nation’s
libraries to celebrate deaf education and sign language while paying tribute
to the founder of the first school for the deaf in the world, Abbé Charles
Michel de l’Épée, in honor of his 300th birthday celebrated in 2012.
The program will have ASL/voice interpreters.