Two children’s books written by Marcia Bennett, a resident of the Village at Gleannloch Farms in Spring, will soon be available in American Sign Language (ASL).
Bennett, author of five published books, writes her stories for children, and now, children who cannot hear these stories read out loud will have access to them too. The Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin is translating her books, Mystery at Jacob’s Well and Somebody Left the Door Open into ASL and they will also be signed on a video, and appear on the TSD website. A storyteller from TSD will tell the story over a green screen—much like the weather man does—with the pages of the book in the background.
Bennett’s granddaughter is fluent in ASL and works with deaf children, which piqued Bennett’s interest in giving deaf and hard-of-hearing students access to these stories in their own language.
Bennett’s interest in writing started in high school but it was not until she was in her 50s that she started writing children’s literature. In 2001, her first book, Mystery at Jacob’s Well, was published. She now has four children’s books and one adult short novel published.
Kathy Johanns, executive director at The Village at Gleannloch Farms, calls Marcia Bennett “a talented woman and an inspiration,” because she had her first book published at the age of 71.
Sonia Bridges, video communication specialist for TSD said, “We are grateful that Marcia has allowed us to use her books in this way and that she has a passion for ASL. We hope this can help promote literacy to deaf and hard-of-hearing children.”
For more information, call 877-312-2140 or visit www.gleannlochseniorliving.com/