Hi! I’m Rebecca.

Welcome to Sturdy for Common Things, a blog about my life and adventures in reading, the library, children’s literature, parenthood, and looking for different ways for kids to create and explore.

Here’s a little about me…

In less than a year I fell in love, left my career as a fashion publicist, got married, exchanged New York City for small town Michigan, and gave birth to a baby girl. (More on that story here.) After living a year in Michigan, we moved south to Lawrence, Kansas where I’m currently a full-time stay-at-home-mom by day, part-time youth librarian assistant by night and on weekends.

I am a mother.

This is L. Also known as LBD. You’ll see her around here a lot. She’s my world. Tidbits and pieces of our daily life, as well as gusts of everyday inspiration can be found here.

Very soon one will become two! She will be joined by her baby sister due this November.

I am a reader and library-type.

Talking books with kids and reading books with kids are two of my biggest joys in life.

I’m a big believer in using the resources available at the local public library. Before I started working at a library, I was a devoted patron of the library. I read with my daughter every day and I read for myself every night. I believe in the importance of encouraging the unique and transformative experience of reading with children, as well as the importance of reading for yourself.

Within 24-hours of working in a library, I knew I had found my place. I immersed myself in the library culture and within my community looking for enchanting and enriching experiences for the youth of my town through books, storytimes, and library programs. Less than two years after I committed to devoting myself to the patrons of the library, I was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in January 2013. In the fall of 2013, I will begin working towards a Masters in Library and Information Science though the University of Washington.

I am a creator.

I craft, scribble, and write. I document the day.  I make crafts for kids and crafts for grownup kids, most often inspired by books and stories.

And that’s about it.

If I’ve learned anything from my transitory experiences over the recent years, it’s this:

The ground beneath your feet crumbles unless you tend to it. That loyalty to what you stand for is your only opportunity for growth. Sometimes you have to hold on and sometimes you have to let go.  But always follow those wild requests of the heart. They may lead you down a dark highway or off the beaten path. They may lead you in circles. They may lead you home.

I am home.

Sturdy for common things.