April 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Donna Scott-Martin
Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) in partnership with the Old Greenbelt Theatre is excited to offer Storytelling with ASL hosted by Erikson Young starting this Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 am on Crowdcast. This new weekly virtual storytelling program, recommended for ages 2-5, will continue for the duration of the public health emergency.
About Erikson Young
Erikson Young is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), Costa Rican Sign Language (LESCO), and Kenyan Sign Language (KSL). He has a master's degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations (Education and Training) from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. His bachelor’s degree is from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Young is a board member of the D.C. Association of the Deaf (DCAD). Young began his volunteering career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and served in Kenya, East Africa, from 2005-2007. He taught in elementary school in a tiny village.
About Old Greenbelt Theatre
The Old Greenbelt Theatre is an historic movie theatre located in the heart of Greenbelt, Maryland, showing contemporary films in addition to offering a schedule of diverse and community-based film programming. Completed in 1938, the Old Greenbelt Theatre is an iconic building in Greenbelt, a federally planned New-Deal-era community. The Theatre is remarkable not only for its original design but also for having survived eras of economic instability without being split into a duplex or a different kind of venue altogether, as has been the fate of so many historic single-screen cinemas. The building is owned by the City of Greenbelt, and the nonprofit organization Friends of Greenbelt Theatre now operates the Old Greenbelt Theatre. The lobby and facade of the Old Greenbelt Theatre was remodeled in 2014-2015. The original auditorium was renovated (with new seats, screen, upgraded sound, and other improvements) in 2019. This year, the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre are adding a permanent, state-of-the-art Screening Room and Media Arts Literacy Lab in the storefront next door to the cinema at 125 Centerway, part of its Beyond the Screen Initiative.
About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County.
PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.