If you follow us regularly, you will discover quickly that we have this 'thing' for felt. It all started back in a medium sized library in Southwest Ohio where three children's librarian started sharing ideas as a team. Next came inspiration from Mel's Desk, Story Time Katie, and the Flannel Friday Pinterest board. With "SQUEE'S" of delight, a love-affair was born.
Which brings us to some of the things we have been working on in the past year!
You might remember we did a "poster session" at the Ohio Library Council's Convention and Expo in October of 2014. Here is a link to that post if you would like to see more.
Soon after, we got a VERY kind email from the Division of Children's and Youth Services asking us if we would consider turning that poster session into a full program for the Children's and Youth Services Conference this year. Ummmm.........YEAH!!!
So how do we turn this poster session in to a 45 minute break-out session? We decided that talking about our felt, with tips and tricks, was just not enough. I mean, we could talk about our felt All.Day.Long. but we knew we had to do something different. Kristie and I decided to go with a hands-on felt extravaganza! We brought our templates for our 5 Little Monsters set and had some pre-cut felt pieces, scissors, and sharpies so all of the participants could start making their own sets while we talked tips and tricks. Who doesn't like keeping their hands busy when in a presentation? There was lots of lively discussion about how we store our felts, making your own felt board, and how to make some of our more intricate sets.
In the vein of our poster session, we also talked about making the most of your felt sets, by making sets that can be used in multiple ways. We also gave a template for a monkey and a teddy bear, so the participants could use the bed we made in two more rhymes. That's what it is all about - using your resources to save yourself time and money with your story time planning!
Once we got going, the conversation really flowed. There were lots of questions, ideas, and sharing going on in that room! Thank goodness for that - because this is what my presentation notes looked like after my first 5 minutes. I was off script just past our introductions!
Of course we talked about all of our online peeps! We wouldn't be where we are without YOU! Our blogroll on the side of this post just scratches the surface of the awesomeness out there. So go follow them. Follow the Pinterest Flannel Friday board. Go find Story Time Underground on Facebook. View. Felt. Share. Credit. Repeat. We are a community of amazing story time artists. While Kristie and I were the ones at Kent State University sharing our love of felt, you all were there with us. We salute you!
Thanks for stopping by!