Next week I'm headed to the Connecticut Library Association Conference to rock and roll with two of my favorite librarians, Kari Ann St Jean and Heather Baker.
We're presenting The Flannel Panel!
A little history on these two: Kari Ann has moved on from my library system to be a department head in a neighboring town library, (so happy for her...so sad for me), and the inimitable Heather Baker is just a few towns away. Heather is a super-brain Head of Children's Dept. librarian. She is one of the smartest people I know. Both of these women give generously to their communities, their staff and the collaborative development of librarians in Connecticut and everywhere. If you come - they will teach, share, assist, provide and make you laugh. There is a kindness in these women that you don't find just anywhere. And thank heavens they have my back next week!!
(kari ann & jane)
We've planned to display some of our flannel pieces and this year I made a little heading for our foam core display boards. Oh how we love Amelia Bedelia (check out last years display boards)
(heather & jane)
There'll be guerrilla flannel tales for your entertainment if: A) you stay long enough and B) we get Heather going. This alone is worth the price of admission!
Some of my friends needed to get spiffed up before heading out to CLA.
needed a stiff felt backing
needed stiff felt backs and some pizzaz
well...he got new buttons
Pretty Groovy, eh?
Join us at CLA on April 30th -you know you want to!
And then you can say....I went to the Flannel Panel because I FELT like it!
p.s. I've discovered that in the process of determining what to do, bring, share and present for the conference I overload myself with creative, inspiring new and sometimes old ideas. Research is wonderful! I love learning. This prep work motivates many new ideas. It's falling in love with my career all over again - you know...that seductive tug - just one more click, and I link to one more idea or pinterest page, or a Flannel Friday friend's blog post and NOW ...I want to include that in the presentation. Heather is so in love with this process...she thinks it a good idea to be in "presenter-prep-mode permenantly". In case I didn't tell you, she's younger and very high energy! Today I am loading two easels into my car and picking up printed hand-outs, pinning my flannel pieces to my display boards...you know how it goes. Just remember...I do all my own library stunts!!! Oh, and what should I wear to the conference?