News: The Best Kind

There has been quite a bit of news circulating over here on Sturdy for Common Things lately… Industry recognition, going to library school, but none of it, none of it tops the news I would like to share with you today.

We’re expecting!

As of this week, I’m 13 weeks pregnant and we are over the moon excited about the impending arrival of our new family member.  I’ve been pretty tired, so any sliver of extra time I’ve found in a day I’ve spent napping. That is the main reason why the crickets have been chirping around here. Other than being a sleepyhead and a bit queasy here and there, I feel great. The belly is growing and noticeably so. Hello elastic pants! L is looking forward to being a big sister and has already picked out names for the baby. “Cowboy” if it’s a boy and “Rapunzel” if it’s a girl.

Fortunately, she doesn’t have much of a vote in the matter.

Care to share your favorite baby names? We’re open to suggestions!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there and all the nurturing, funny, loving, bizarre, and beautiful stories you’re apart of. The world is so much richer because of you.




News: I’m Going to Library School!


I’m here.

I know it’s been very quiet over here at Sturdy for Common Things lately, but I’m dusting off the week’s worth of cobwebs. I can’t remember the last time I went a whole week between posting blog posts… Sheesh! Those of you that blog out there, do you feel an extreme sense of guilt when your blogging falls to the wayside? I do, that’s for sure. I feel guilty and a bit sad. It’s such an important part of my life. You all are such an important part of my life. So, I’m getting back into the swing of things as my family has had lots of new news circulating lately, all of which will be revealed soon. For now a major chunk of that news is that…. I’m going to library school!

That’s right. I’m off to grad school to work towards a Graduate Degree in Library and Information Science. I’m in the process of deciding a program, which depends on when I would start my first semester, but I’ll hopefully have a decision made by the end of this week. The decision lies between the  iSchool at University of Washington and the GSLIS program at the University of Illinois. Don’t worry, we aren’t leaving Lawrence. I plan to work on my degree remotely. For you librarian-types out there, if you have any advice or experience with either program, I would greatly appreciate any council you’re willing to offer.

I have more exciting news to share here, but not quite yet.  So much change and it’s happening fast. Hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay tuned!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

image source: Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes



Seeing Things



Snowed in.

Reading rainbow.

Googly eyes.

Tiny dancer.

March Madness.

Morning art session.

Snow, snow, snow.

Fwash the Squash.

Found in a book.

Round Robin.


This past month has been madness. And I’m not just talking about basketball.

I had some big librarian-type news earlier this month.

We’ve had some early mornings with L… She seems to think 5am is an appropriate wake-up call.

Wintery weather has had us snowed in more than once. The chill has continued on past the spring equinox, which has everyone itching for sunshine and sandals.

On the other hand, being cooped up indoors means there’s been plenty of time for art projects like this little book, food stamping, and collage art.

Dance parties and reading are also daily staples. L has also taken to waltzing with her new friend, “Fwash the Squash”, a butternut squish my husband humanized with a Sharpe marker. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to cook him.

Basketball has been at the forefront of thoughts and conversations. That is, until last night when Michigan squeezed by with a victory over Kansas. The state is in an episode of mourning with a dreary, weepy drizzle today.

Between all the snow and freezing rain, spring has made brief appearances here and there. Are you familiar with Jack Kent’s picture book Round Robin? If you’re not, it’s a story about a robin that eats too much and can’t fly south. He has to hop instead of flying like the rest of the birds.  Be sure to check it out if you have the chance. It’s hilarious and an all-time favorite of mine. If you’re familiar with the book, doesn’t that robin above remind you of Round Robin?! He allowed L and I to get within a foot of him and didn’t even budge. I couldn’t tell if he was just too fat or indifferent to the company.

And coming soon, our daily shuffle is about to get a monkey wrench. I have some exciting news to share with you in the near future (in two parts!), but can’t tell you quite yet. New adventures around the corner! Yeee!!

Have a great weekend everyone,



Ps. How awesome is that drawing that was found in a children’s book? Amazing, right?



Seeing Things

Snowy dawn.

Warm spot.

Bookworm business.

Local reading.


Book bracketology.

The confused Christmas Cactus.

Paper stars for little pockets.

Not going anywhere.

Of late… Starting from the top. Kansas has seen quite a bit of snow this month. It’s been so cold recently that L and our cats take comfort in sitting on the heater grates for extended periods of time. It’s the new reading nook.

Since I don’t have a calling card, I made my own using stamps before I went to Seattle. The little worm stamp above came from a local Lawrence shop, Wonderfair. They sell zines, art, stationary, quirky knicky-knacks, and such.

I recently read Navigating Early by Kansas author Claire Vanderpool. And loved it. Almost finished with Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli and also loving it. So far this year’s children’s books have Blown. Me. Away.

L has really been into dressing up recently. Her fashion report has revealed mouse ears and fairy wings are a must this season.

At the library I’ve been working on quite a bit of programs– Magic Tree House Adventures is back, hosted a stuffed animal sleepover, and now I’m in the middle of prepping for Tournament of Kids’ Books (last year’s tourney). The title contenders have been selected and will be revealed next week. All I’m going to say is this years competition is brutal.

My Christmas cactus is either very confused or very tardy. It’s suppose to bloom in November.

I had a few leftover stars from a previous storytime. Kids were stuffing them in their pockets which reminded me of Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee’s picture book, Stars.

The Blizzard of Oz had us hunkered down yesterday. KU canceled classes and the library was closed, so Will, L, and I were all home at the same time. We didn’t get dressed. We didn’t go anywhere. It was bliss.

So, what’s everyone up to this weekend? Read anything good lately?

Happy Friday!



Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, L gives her heart to mermaids, fairies, and make believe.

Who or what has captured your heart this Valentine’s Day?



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Snowflake catcher

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Winnie-the-Pooh Day

Today is Winnie-the-Pooh Day, as it is the date of A.A. Milne’s birthday, January 18, 1882!

We love you Pooh (and Tigger too)!

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Looking Back, Looking Forward


Happy New Year, my friends!

Looking back…

As much as 2011 was a year of movement, 2012 was a year of of cultivation.

At home, L continues to grow and grow and grow into her own. She’s becoming increasingly independent with each day, and smart as a whip by the second. She’s becoming quite the entertainer and has produced both shock and laughs from her parents and family. And, as always, we read and read and read many books together. Will finished his most difficult semester in school this past fall and will embark on an even more challenging year ahead, but his dedication and the late hours devoted to his studies continue to payoff.

As for me, I continued wearing the mom hat while balancing library life.

I started writing more

and continued reading as much as I could.

I put my heart in everything I did.

Looking forward…

There is so much change within each year, it’s hard not to assume there will be even more to come. I’m already anticipating a few exciting endeavors that I plan to share in good time. New year, new adventures. With that in mind, when pondering over resolutions for this year, only one stood out and pretty much summed up the rest:

Love what you do and do what you love. Have a ball doing it.



Wishing you all the best in 2013!




Merry Christmas

Warm wishes to you and Merry Christmas!

Love, Rebecca

image: How Six Found Christmas by Tina Schart Hyman