Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

wffmtmrc smallA: Invisible Friends and Professional Development.

Let me explain.  In the summer of 2011, I was at the Iowa State Fair.  I had my phone out and I was checking my twitter feed.  Back then, Flannel Friday was mostly a community on Twitter.  It was a Friday and I wanted to check and see the different posts that were flying that week.  One of my friends said, “Oh, put your phone down and stop playing with your invisible friends.”  Little did he know.

The thing I value most about Flannel Friday is the real sense of community I feel within it.  These are my colleagues.  They know when I’m having a bad day, or that I’m about to have my gallbladder out.  We’re miles apart , yet I feel like I know these women. I’ve come to value their opinions.  And they’re funny and keep me current.  I knew about Pinterest months before my work colleagues, woot!  (Actually FFers helped me use “woot” properly in a sentence…)

And, like any friend, they’re there for me:   Late yesterday, someone told me the code for this round-up’s bling wasn’t working.  Pure panic.  I followed the instructions and it seemed to work for me… but not for others.  When they should have been sleeping, they fixed it.  That’s community.  Greg’s comment may have been a joke, but these are my invisible friends.  Invisibility doesn’t mean they’re absent,  they’re just not seen.

I value the community of Flannel Friday and I appreciate the vast amount of knowledge I’m exposed to weekly.

Two years ago my story times centered on the joy of the literature.  Our library didn’t really focus on early literacy.  Story time was about the fun.  We were definitely practicing early literacy elements, but we didn’t have the vocabulary.  Flannel Friday gave me the vocabulary.  For instance: my post about Make a Pig: In the comments Miss Mary elegantly explained the concept behind this fun activity: children using their expressive language.  I’ve always known I wanted them to use words while participating with Make a Pig, but expressive language just explains it better, doesn’t it?

In the two years since I’ve been a part of Flannel Friday, I have come to understand how story times can be a delicious blend of “the joy of literature” and helping children become life long readers.  It’s such a great job, isn’t it?

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8 Replies to “Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?”

  1. Yay Sharon! That’s exactly how I feel – about community, and the beauty & satisfaction of introducing children to “the joy of literature” and helping them become life long readers & learners.
    It really is a great job – and loads of fun – and I’m so happy to be connecting with people that “get” it 🙂

    Thank you for specifically inviting me (and a couple of other newbies) to join this week’s round up, Sharon. I don’t think I would have been brave enough without that invitation. (It would have felt like I was crashing a party) I didn’t exactly feel qualified to chime in, but I really wanted to express the appreciation and awe I feel for the Flannel Friday-ers and this amazing online community. I’m glad to have so many new “invisible friends”!

    Im so glad you did. It’s nice to know about new people, otherwise it’s really us patting ourselves on the back. Who needs that? ~~Sharon

  2. To echo library Quine, it does seem that many of my colleagues in the FF community place my thoughts into words. This happens quite frequently. (how do you do it?) And it always reminds me of reading a book when suddenly the author has touched on a personal part of me or my life…and I connect. You see – we do connect. You do “complete me”
    Invisible friends, invisible colleagues – I love working with you. Great post!

  3. LOL. Who taught you what “woot” means? Haha.

    I’m trying to remember, but it was definitely a twitter conversation… and I’m guess “woot” isn’t really said anymore, huh? oh well. ~sharon

  4. Where else can you get help with code, slang terminology, new tech tools, early literacy information, AND cute felt animals? Sharon, you are one of the foundations in my FF hometown. Thanks for trying FF out with us from the very beginning. Long before we had a Facebook page, you were proactively stirring up interest and attention in PUBYAC. You catch so many details for us and ask great questions and keep us headed in a good direction. It’s been a fabulous 2 years. Thank you!

  5. “Invisibility doesn’t mean they’re absent, they’re just not seen.” This! Yes! Thank you.

  6. My “invisible friends” are now more known to my husband than some of my IRL ones. Since they’re the ones I talk about most often. Such a strange but awesome phenomenon for me. Great post!

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