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March 1, 2016


Renn Memorial Library uses grant to purchase DVD’s


SCKLSThanks to a $500 grant through the South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS), Cowley College’s Renn Memorial Library was able to recently purchase 16 DVD’s designed to facilitate teaching rules of English grammar to those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 

Jim Brown, Cowley College disabilities services coordinator, and Humanities Department instructor Kim Cook were instrumental in letting library director Rhoda MacLaughlin know about the set of DVD’s to help instructors teach English more effectively to students who use American Sign Language. MacLaughlin then wrote the grant that was funded by the South Central Kansas Library System.

The DVD’s are available for use in the Renn Memorial Library. The Teaching Me English in ASL (American Sign Language) program consists of 185 lessons and is put out by American Sign Language Education TV. 

SCKLS serves 147 participating public libraries, school districts, academic libraries and special libraries in 12 counties. The mission of the South Central Kansas Library System is to assist member libraries to provide excellent service to their communities.