Silent (American Sign Language) Social Hour, which takes place at the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., hosted and facilitated by Jesse Ellis, has changed its meeting day and time to the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month, at 6 p.m. People learn the basics of American Sign Language, but the social hour is not set up like a traditional class. The social hour is a voice-off environment; finger spelling is taught and encouraged.  Participants learn by doing, and grow by learning. At each meeting,  participants learn basics for conversational sign and build their language skills through conversing with others and asking questions about vocabulary and grammar. They also learn about deaf culture. In January, the meetings will take place Jan. 8 and 22.

Jesse Ellis is fluent in sign language, which she tutored  for two and a half years in undergraduate school, and attended Gallaudet University, a deaf college, for three years for her Master’s degree.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.