Library Services for Children Journal Club

I am so excited to announce a brand new way to keep up with professional development/reading: the Library Services for Children Journal Club!!!

This club is the brainchild of Jbrary’s Lindsey and her colleague, Christie. Every other month, Lindsey and/or Christie will pick a journal article or two based on a certain topic. November’s topic is on executive function, and future topics will focus on one of six research themes that include areas such as STEAM and community engagement.

The purpose of this club is to both promote professional development among individuals and to also encourage library staff to engage in professional dialogue. Those who are interested in participating can host a meeting in their community or they can participate online via blogs and Twitter.

While I don’t know about the rest of you, I have not been great about keeping up with scholarly research in our field. This is due to a lack of time and not a lack of interest. With this club, I hope to get my butt into gear and create a habit of reading up on research. I have already sent this idea out to my staff members and will have a group of people to hold me accountable to actually doing the reading (and, really, Lindsey and Christie are doing the hard work of finding the readings, which I very much appreciate!).

I’ll also be blogging about the various articles (if I have time) and will try to join the Twitter debate, though we all know I’m not great at Twitter.

If you’re interested, visit the Library Services for Children Journal Club website and see how you can get involved!

Blog Update!


Can you believe that it’s October already?  Time has just been flying by these past couple of months!  I had high hopes of updating more this fall, but first there was the ALSC Institute, and then catching up on work after the ALSC Institute, and now I’m a CYBILS judge (very excited!!!) so the likelihood of having regular blog posts is slim (though I will try my utmost to post something!!!).

While I most likely won’t be posting much, I am planning on doing some maintenance type things for the ol’ blog.  One of the things I’d like to do is update my blogroll.  SO…

If you have a blog or know of a blog that I should include in my blogroll, please leave a comment with the URL!*

Due to how busy I’ve been these past couple of months, I haven’t been keeping up with new blogs! And I know that there are many new bloggers out there who are posting amazing stuff, and I want to be sure that I’m highlighting their work!  So don’t be shy!

*I am only accepting blogs that focus on early literacy or some aspect of children’s services within libraries.  This includes storytime blogs, early literacy blogs, programming blogs, book reviewing blogs, and librarianship in general blogs.  I’m also okay with preschool teacher blogs, homeschool blogs, and maybe even teen services blogs.

Announcement and a (Short) Hiatus

After a few weeks of radio silence on this ol’ blog, I am returning briefly to post some wonderful news:  After 2.5 years of working at my current position in North Texas, I am happy to announce that I’ve recently been offered (and accepted) a Children’s Librarian II position in Fort Wayne, Indiana!  Look out, Midwest!  I’m coming home!  🙂

However, due to the fact that we still do not have teleportation technology, I will be taking a short hiatus from this blog as I pack up my belongings, secure a new apartment, and randomly flail from all the stress that comes with moving.  Once I am settled into my new place and new job, I’ll return to my regular posting.

In the meantime, if you are here looking for storytime ideas, may I suggest checking out the wonderful blogs on my blog roll because they are all awesome!

Working Hard!

I’m just popping in to say that I’m alive and well, and I haven’t abandoned this blog or anything.  We’re currently going through a bit of a slow period at work.  While I’m still doing preschool storytime on a weekly basis, I’m taking a break from posting them on this blog because I am typing up some entries that I have scheduled to post in January.  I will be the blogging queen in January (seriously, I already have 4 posts ready and scheduled to go, and I have more to work on).  But until then, I will be MIA.

Happy Holidays!

Exciting News About Flannel Friday

Good morning everyone!  I am up bright and early to share some exciting news about Flannel Friday with you!

Exciting news for Flannel Friday!

Introducing the Flannel Friday website!

As you know, Anne at So Tomorrow has been an amazing manager and archiver of Flannel Friday information for the past year. Anne and her husband are expecting their first baby in June (congratulations Anne!) so we wanted to give her a break from Flannel Friday during her maternity leave. So this spring, Anne and Mel from Mel’s Desk and a small group of old and new Flannel Friday-ers worked to create a new web home for Flannel Friday.

Here’s the link!

The new site will be the home of the Round Up Schedule, the archives, FAQs about Flannel Friday, information about how to get involved with Flannel Friday, and links to help new members get started with social networking and blogging. There will also be a link to the week’s Round Up, but the Round Up will continue to be hosted on individual blogs. We’ll just point to each Round Up from the site.

Refining the Round Up Procedure

The Flannel Friday community has grown continuously over the year, with new bloggers, new Round Up Hosts, and new members every week on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. We are building an amazing community and are grateful to each and every one of you for your participation and enthusiasm. As the group has grown, you’ve probably noticed that so have the Round Ups! We’ve seen an inevitable increase in missed links and general confusion as the Round Ups are compiled. We thought that the launch of the new site was a great opportunity to take a page from other round ups in the blogosphere and establish one single method for building the Round Up each week.

This information will be in the FAQs on the new site, but here’s our new strategy in a nutshell:

Every week the Round Up Host will publish a “placeholder” post for the Round Up on the host blog at 10pm EST on Thursday.

Each blogger who wants to participate in the Round Up will make a comment to the Round Up post with the link back to their Flannel Friday post by 10pm EST on Friday.

This will be the only place to post links for the Round Up! This way the Host won’t have to worry about checking Facebook or Twitter as well.

If a blogger can’t make the 10pm EST deadline on Friday, we’ll ask that the post be held for the next week’s Round Up.

The Round Up Host will gather links from the Round Up post comments throughout the day, and publish the Round Up at the end of the day.

We hope this will make the Round Ups easier to create and easier to contribute to! We’ll look forward to your feedback over the next few weeks. Sharon / @ReadingChick at Rain Makes Applesauce has the Round Up this week, 5/11, so she’s going to try out the new procedure with us and see how it goes!

If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to share them via the new Flannel Friday email: flannelboardfriday [at]

Thanks for all you do to to make Flannel Friday more than a blog event–but a great community too. Here’s to the next great year of Flannel Friday!