31st Oct2012

Twenty~Six {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Last week, while pinning yet another outfit to Pinterest, I said to myself Butterfly, ’cause I always call myself Butterfly, what’re you gonna do with all these pins? They’re just sitting in you’re virtual closet, how about trying to wear some of that stuff? So that’s what I decided to do, wear as much of the stuff that I’ve pinned as I can. And this is what I’ve come up with so far…

What I Wore Sunday

I felt like a Russian peasant in this outfit. You can see the inspiration pin right here.

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Monday

This outfit was so chic and comfy. And totally unlike anything I’d normally wear. Can you believe I tucked in my top? You can see the inspiration pin right here.

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, yep, I’ll be doing this the rest of the week.

What do you do with those outfits that you pin? Do you use them for inspiration or pin it and forget it?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

30th Oct2012

Retro Baby Blanket {On the Hook}

by Daenel

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve spent the last few months working on this baby blanket. Not steady work, just off and on when I haven’t felt like doing much of anything else. You know those days, when you need to do something but you don’t want to think too much or too hard?

The blanket is for a young couple at our church who are having a baby boy in the next few months. They have two of the most adorable little girls, all bubbly and bouncy and full of giggles, ribbons and bows. That poor little boy is going to have a hard way to go. Smile.

I selected the colors:

  • Aran
  • Turquoise
  • Latte
  • Coffee

Because I thought they were appropriately boy but not traditionally boy. The parents are a young and hip couple with a Christian rock edge to them. And, well, I like coffee so any colors that evoke images of my beloved beverage can’t be wrong, right? Right.

I still have the vest from a few months back that I need to finish, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe I’ll try my hand at something new like boot socks. Or leg warmers. Or fingerless gloves. Or a hat.

What are you working on this week?

27th Oct2012

Autumn Sky {Photography}

by Daenel

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have a great weekend!

26th Oct2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Republican politicians, can I tell ya something? You really need to work on your “Hate the sin, love the sinner” message ’cause right now you’re failing miserably at explaining anything that has to do with women and rape.

2. And while I’m on the political, women can handle heated debates, so stop saying that Obama’s and Romney’s sparkless debate was because they’re “courting women voters and women can’t handle conflict.” Ummm, have you ever had contact with a woman? In this century?

3. I hate that saggy pants thing that guys do. It’s so not cool. Especially when the guy is over the age of 20. By that time the guy should have long been able to afford to buy a belt. I actually saw a guy fall while crossing the street because his pants were so saggy. The reason I’m bringing this up is because a lot of cities are trying to pass ordinances to ban saggy pants. While I’m all for ending this horribly tacky trend, I think cops have bigger issues to worry about. Then again, aren’t there already decency laws on the books?

4. Have you seen Brad Pitt’s Chanel No. 5 commercial? What in the world is he talking about? At first I thought it was some sort of PSA. This guy takes himself way too seriously.

4. A New York City police officer was arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women. What the what? Here’s the thing, ladies, if you’re driving alone at night and you see flashing lights in your rear mirror, throw on your hazard lights, slow down and do not pull your car over until you’re in a well lit area. You can also dial 911, give them your location and ask for backup. If the cop is legitimate, he will understand. Do not pull your car over on a remote road. Be safe, people are crazy.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

25th Oct2012

Yummy Spoon Bread {On the Table}

by Daenel

I’m not a big baker. It’s a time thing. But i do love myself some bread. And I do I love to cook. I especially love to try new recipes. This hasn’t always been true, when the hubs and I first got married, I couldn’t boil water. Not kidding. Could not boil water. At all. As in I actually burned the pot that I was boiling the water in because I forgot about it. Then one day, I woke up and it was like I was seeing the stove for the first time…

Anyway, the other day I was planning to make some cornbread to go with our ribs and got to thinking, how about what if I do a little something~something to it? This is what I came up with…

Yummy Spoon Bread

What Ya Need

  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1/2 c Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 c Shredded Colby Cheese

Spoon Bread Ingredients {Living Outside the Stacks}

What Ya Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until ingredients are wet, the batter will be lumpyDon’t over mix.
  3. Pour into a greased cast iron pan. Maybe I should have said that first, before you start on this recipe, make sure you have a cast iron panThey are the best pans ever.
  4. Let sit in the pan for about 10 minutes before putting in oven for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

 

Spoon Bread {Living Outside the Stacks}

Spoon Bread {Living Outside the Stacks}

Now Ya Eat

  • Serve warm. With a spoon. Because, well, it’s Spoon BreadGet it?
  • After it cools, you can slice it and serve just like cornbread.

Spoon Bread {Living Outside the Stacks}

It really is delish. Do you eat Spoon Bread? Have you ever made it before? What did you do differently?

24th Oct2012

Twenty~Five {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

I’d like to think that every time I set foot out of my house I look like a super model. But I don’t.

I’d like to think every outfit I wear flatters my body. But it doesn’t.

Witness this outfit. It’s just all kinds of wrong. In fact, it’s so wrong that I almost didn’t post it but I thought that’d be wrong. That would deny the fact that there are days when I miss the target. And the point of this blog is to keep things real.

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Shapeless cardi, maybe I should have an added belt? Or just worn a more structured cardi to define my waist?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The flower pins are too heavy for the material, making the cardi lay funny across my chest. I think I’ll crochet more flowers but in a light weight yarn like silk or bamboo.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I look like a ginormous bee. Never wear this color combo again…

Do you have outfits like that? In your head you think you’ve come up with a stunning creation and then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror? 

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

23rd Oct2012

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #15 {#Cinchspiration}

by Daenel

Here’s my last Cinchspiration update. I have to be honest and say that I haven’t been following the program as I should have over the last few weeks. In fact, I was completely off the program. But last week while I was at work, I was starving and while digging through my purse I found a Cinch bar, and was thrilled.

Not sure if it was because I was starving or not, but that bar was the best thing I’d eaten in forever. Forever. So that was the start of me getting back on the wagon. And in that week I’ve gone back down to 155.4 which essentially means that I’ve lost the 2.3 lbs that I’d gained while off the program.

I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with the Cinch program (I so need variety in my meals) but I do like the convenience factor, so I will use up the remaining product that I have.

Cinchspiration Update {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m still walking with my coworkers on a daily basis. The Shape Up Southeast competition is still going strong. I think our team is in 3rd place and I’m in 3rd place in the Shape Up Southeast Walk the Walk competition. Yay us!

To watch my weight loss story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration. I’m also on Instagram, you can follow me here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cinch® Inch Loss Program, please check out the Shaklee website, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest.

Please keep cheering me on, remember your words of encouragement, support and advice are so very important to me. Thank you!


Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

20th Oct2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. It feels like every week there’s a new story about child sex abuse/murder/kidnapping. This week the news centers around the Boy Scouts and their so~called “Pervert Files”. It looks like they had the same policy as the Catholic Church and Penn State when it came to dealing with child predators… Why is it that organizations prefer to protect their reputations rather than protect the children who’ve been entrusted with their care? My honest~to~goodness~no~holds~barred opinion on this subject is that any and everyone who hurts a child should be put to death. No appeal. No languishing on Death Row for years. Just kill them. And anyone who protects or covers up a child sex case should go to prison. For life.

2. A 10~year~old boy with Down Syndrome survived being lost in the woods by cuddling with some pups for warmth. Seriously, folks, if animals know enough to protect our kids, how come humans have a hard time with that concept? Really, these stories about abused kids are irritating the living daylights out of me. I need to move on.

3. Did you watch the season premier of The Walking Dead? Hands down one of my favorite shows. Especially now that Hell On Wheels is on hiatus. The family and I gathered around the TV and watched it together. Even the dogs joined us.

4. This story about Stella Ehrhart made my heart beat with all sorts of nerdy happiness. Every day since the second grade, Stella has dressed as a different historical figure. How seriously fun is that? It also doesn’t hurt that her parents are theatre folks.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

18th Oct2012

The Boy Has His License {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

He's Official {Living Outside the Stacks}

The state of Missouri has determined that the boy is competent enough to drive a vehicle. Congratulations, Son. I love you.

He's Official {Living Outside the Stacks}

But more than anything else, I love that my taxi duties have officially ended.

I’m linking up with:

17th Oct2012

Twenty~Four {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

This is what I wore to church on Sunday…
What I Wore Sunday

How cute is this manicure? I was inspired by this one on Pinterest. I’m trying to  branch out with my nail colors, I tend to stick with blacks and browns (every now and then I may mix it up with burgundy or some other dark color). But when I saw the multicolored nails, I was like Yes, that is so me! Next up, I need to update my makeup. sigh

What I Wore Sunday

Have you noticed how much I love cardis?  Usually, I stick to plain ones so that I can customize them with the little crocheted flowers that I make but I couldn’t resist this sweater. Isn’t it adorbs? I changed the buttons out on it from plain black buttons to multicolored leaves.

What I Wore Sunday

Remember a few weeks ago when I mourned the loss of my favorite pair of brown boots? Well, I was finally able to replace them. I absolutely love the look of lace~up boots. I dig the funky, vintage, boho feel of them. And to find a pair that’s comfortable too? Yes, y’all!

What I Wore Sunday

Cardi ~ Charlotte Tarantola, HSN.com

Tank ~ Walmart

Skirt ~ Kmart

Tights ~ Walgreens

Boots ~ Sebago, HSN.com

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

13th Oct2012

Brown Boots and a Recipe {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Happy Saturday! Do you have plans for this weekend? So far, I got nothin’. I may talk the hubs into visiting some more antique shops downtown. We’ve been doing that a lot lately. I’m totally digging the idea of upcycling and repurposing things. And the hubs is really getting in to it too. In fact, one of our favorite places right now is a little shop called Annie Laurie’s Antiques. You can read all about it by clicking here.

This is our living room, the space we’re currently trying to decorate… I love the wall color and the wood ceiling. At first, I thought it’d be a little too cabiney for me but now that we’ve moved our stuff in, it feels cozy. And the colors are just this side of funky.

Living Room {Living Outside the Stacks}

We’re trying to find unique pieces to fill in some of the empty spaces. I think plants would look nice in the corners but we need some “personality” pieces too. The hubs would like to print and mat three of my photos to hang on the wall above the sofa. Right now, we’re about 100% certain that this picture will be the centerpiece.

I’d also like to take some time this weekend to set up a schedule for blogging. Now that I’m working, I find that I don’t have as much time to write or take pictures as I used to. Or, at least, not without taking time away from my family. When we moved here, our goal was to spend more time together as a family, you know, eat meals together, watch movies, just hang out… So I really need to find a balance.

I also want to cook more. Now that it’s getting cooler, I’m starting to crave soups, stews and heavy vegetables. That’s probably why I was all kinds of excited when I came across this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples by Shelly at Life on the Wild Side. For the recipe, click hereSeriously, doesn’t that look like the most delicious comfort meal ever? Cannot wait to try it.

What are your weekend plans?

12th Oct2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. A junior high school student received one day of in~school suspension for dying the tips of her hair pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The school’s dress code specifically states that non~human hair color or spray isn’t permitted. I applaud the school for sticking to the rules. While I understand and support the cause, the girl violated school policy. A policy that was known to the student and her family prior to her dying her hair. If she wanted to show support, she could have gotten a clip on to wear when not in school or she could have worn a rubber bracelet. By allowing her daughter to violate the rules, the mother essentially taught her daughter that the rules apply to everyone except her. You can read the story by clicking here.

2. Soooo, Stacey Dash is being knocked because she endorsed Mitt Romney. Seriously, people? It’s fine to disagree with her politics but to suggest that she kill herself or to call her out of her name is just plain wrong. Not only is it rude to Dash but it does a disservice to all of those men and women who fought for our right to have a role in the political process. And, I’m pretty certain that if you go back and read the history books, the struggle wasn’t just so blacks can only vote for Democrats. You cannot win an argument with name calling, it’s immature and shows an inability to put forth a cohesive argument. And the last time I checked, the fight for the right to vote was not just so that minorities could vote Democrat (or Republican or Independent), it was so that we all may have a voice in the process. Two of the things that make this nation great are our right to free expression and the right to vote for whomever we choose. You can read the story by clicking here.

3. A 13~year~old Florida boy is accused of sexually assaulting his 5~year~old half brother and murdering his 2~year~old half brother. If convicted the boy faces a life sentence. Right now the boy is to be charged as an adult. The case has people divided, some think he should be tried in juvenile court and receive help while others think he should be tried as an adult and face the same punishment as an adult guilty of the same crimes. I think this kid is beyond help. This boy had already been in trouble for other issues as early as 2008 (simulating sex with classmates, masturbating in class, killing a kitten, etc), that’s when he should’ve gotten help. Aren’t those all signs that point to potential serial killerYou can read the story by clicking here.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

10th Oct2012

Twenty~Three {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Are You a Shoe Girl?

Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

Shoe Style Saturday is just fun way to share pictures of your shoes. Find more information by clicking here. If you plan to link up, leave a comment below and let me know so I can check it out.

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Hi! How’s it going? I’m doing well. The past few weeks have been a blur. I’ve been attending a variety of library related webinars. So very excited to share some of the things I learned with you guys. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how relevant library work is to the world of blogging…

Anyway, one of the webinars I attended was hosted by Library Wardrobe and the American Library Association where we talked about how personal style affects people’s perceptions of librarians both inside and outside of the profession. Very interesting discussion, no?

One of the questions asked was do we go out of our way to look like anything but a librarian? Crazy cat lady with multiple cardigans and sensible shoes.  Is the trend towards hipster chic within the library just an extension of the stereotype?

I think the overwhelming conclusion was that despite the stereotypes, librarians are as diverse as the materials in our libraries and our styles reflect who we are as professionals and as individuals.

I like clothes and I absolutely love shoes, so that’s where I tend to express my creativity and individuality. I don’t think that I get viewed as less professional but it does get me a lot of “You don’t look like a librarian” comments. I’m not a business suit kind of lady and I don’t think that I could thrive in that type of environment.

This got me to thinking about moms and how people have a perception of moms as being dowdy and anything but trendy. Mom jeans, anyone?

So my question to you is do you go out of your way to not look like a mom? Do you notice that people treat you differently based on your fashion choices?

What I Wore Saturday

What I Wore Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I wore this hanging out with the hubs on Saturday. I stepped out of my comfort zone and wore my boyfriend jeans cuffed with ankle boots.

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is what I wore to church on Sunday. I thought the burgundy tights added a little bit of fun to my outfit. I’m trying real hard to wear more colored tights.

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is a typical work outfit for me ~ cardi, flowy top, jeans and boots. I always try to dress up a plain cardi with some sort of jewelry, in this case, it’s 3 flower pins that I crocheted last year. As for the cardi love, it’s a matter of practicality. Libraries are cold, yo.

What I Wore Tuesday

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I bought this tunic from some hippie store that I absolutely love but is no longer in business. I almost always pair it with that scarf (made by me).

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

08th Oct2012

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #14 {#Cinchspiration}

by Daenel

#Cinchspiration {Cinch Inch Weight Loss Program}There’s nothing new to report. My weight is holding steady at 155.6 lbs and has been for the last week and a half. I’m OK with that. As long as the number isn’t going up, I can deal.

I’m still working on eating more vegetables. I don’t know why that’s such a difficult thing for me but it is.  So my goal for this week is to work harder on increasing my fruit and veggie intake.

I will also continue my daily walks with my co~workers and work harder at hitting 10,000 steps.

To watch my weight loss story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration. I’m also on Instagram, you can follow me here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cinch® Inch Loss Program, please check out the Shaklee website, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest.

Please keep cheering me on, remember your words of encouragement, support and advice are so very important to me. Thank you!


Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

06th Oct2012

Congratulations to the Banned Books Winner!

by Daenel

This past week marked the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the importance of access to information.

To find out which books have been banned or challenged over the years, click here.

In honor of Banned Books Week and my intense love of coffee, I co~hosted a $25 Starbucks gift card giveaway with fellow book lover, Sheila from Book Journey (Twitter: @bookjourney).

The winner of the $25 Starbucks gift card according to Random.org is:

Banned Books Winner

Petty Witter, you’re the winner!!

Congratulation! Enjoy your gift card!

05th Oct2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Did you watch the debate the other night? I did but that’s not what I want to talk about… What I want to talk about is the people who seem to have a hard time understanding that they cannot use their corporate Twitter accounts to say stupid stuff, it will cost them their jobs. Really, person behind the KitchenAid tweet that read: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! She died 3 days b4 he became president.” Agree with the President or not, show a little respect. And common sense. KitchenAid has apologized for the insensitive tweet.

2. Big ups to TV anchor, Jennifer Livingston, who took to the air to check a viewer who sent a nasty email about her weight. Jennifer told the individual that they know nothing about her and that she’s more than a number on a scale. I’m glad she did this. I’m tired of anonymous trolls being mean to people for no reason other than they can.

3. A Chicago police chopper found a pot farm worth $10 million. What the heck? The field is reported to be the size of two football fields. Apparently, the pot was hidden from view by some really tall, ummmm, grass. Duuuude….

4. A restaurant in Kentucky was shut down because patrons saw the staff wheeling road kill into the kitchen. I kid you not. The owners said they didn’t know they weren’t allowed to do that. *blank stare*

What had you scratching your head this week?

04th Oct2012

Annie Laurie’s Antiques {Getting to Know Missouri}

by Daenel

Recently, I attended a presentation called “The Psychology of Now… In Retail and Fashion” by Lynn R. Moore. During the presentation, Lynn talked about current trends in retail and how people have shifted their thought from “I must have new” to “How can I reuse and/or recycle?” She talked about how people are thrifting more, shopping in vintage/second hand shops, garage sales, etc and upcycling their finds. She ended her talk with a discussion about the importance of buying local.

One of the stores she mentioned was Annie Laurie’s Antiques. Now I’d been hearing about this shop pretty much since I moved to Missouri but I never quite found the time to pay a visit. But after hearing the rave reviews from Lynn (and eyeballing a beautiful necklace she was wearing), I decided that no matter what I was making a trip.

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I ended up going two days in a row. Once by myself and the second time with the hubs.

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely adored the whimsical decor. See those frames, wouldn’t they make fabulous memory boards? Or chalk board frames? And, come on, umbrellas hanging from the ceiling? Fabulous!

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

My first trip was spent scoping the place out. I found a couple of pairs of boots that I absolutely adored but they were too small…

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also spied some fabric I thought would be make a lovely new slipcover for a bench the hubs and I had picked up from an earlier trip to a second hand store. Vintage luggage tabletops, anyone?

And, of course, there were all sorts of fun little things such as bird cages, globes and old books (be still my bird fearing wanderlust having librarian heart).

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Annie Laurie's Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs and I will definitely be going back, we have lots of space to fill in our home.

Do you shop second hand stores? Are you a thrifter? What was your last purchase?

02nd Oct2012

Banned Books Week Review and Giveaway: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee {CLOSED}

by Daenel

I firmly believe in the right to free access to information. There are many books that I simply will not read for religious and/or personal reasons but I do not believe I have the right to ban those books from being read. If I censor your speech and your ideas, it’s just a matter of time before someone censors mine.

This is not my normal book review but more of a discussion about some of the reasons why To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been challenged and/or banned over the years.

SYNOPSIS OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePublished in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird is the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee that tells the story of Scout, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer. Set in the fictional town called Maycomb, Alabama, the story spans three years in the life of Scout from the ages of 6 to 9 years.

During that time, Atticus is assigned to be a public defender for an innocent black man accused of the beating and rape of a white woman. Atticus offers up stunning defense of Tom Robinson, but Tom is still found guilty of the crime because of the color of his skin. The hatred and racism that accompanies the trial forces everyone to look at their own humanity.

At one point, Scout and Jem, in their innocence, shame a mob into putting an end to their violence.

There’s also a subplot about Boo Radley, the neighborhood recluse who alternately frightens and intrigues the neighborhood children. It’s through the character of Boo that Scout learns compassion and respect for others.

SOME OF THE REASONS IT WAS CHALLENGED/BANNED

The novel has been challenged and/or banned because of profanity, racial slurs and its frank discussion of rape. Despite the controversy, To Kill a Mockingbird has continued to be used in classrooms to facilitate discussions on race, gender roles and justice.

ABOUT BANNED BOOKS WEEK

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the importance of access to information.

To find out which books have been banned or challenged over the years, click here.

THE GIVEAWAY

Banned Book Wagon {Book Journey}In honor of Banned Books Week and my intense love of coffee, I’m happy to cohost a giveaway with fellow book lover, Sheila from Book Journey (Twitter: @bookjourney). We are giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Sheila is hosting a week long Banned Books event on her blog, please check it out here. There’s a whole slew of book reviews and giveaways.

OFFICIAL ENTRY

To enter, let’s keep this simple:

  • Leave a comment telling me the name of your favorite Banned Book (You can check out the list by clicking here)

For additional entries, leave a comment for each action:

  • Subscribe to my blog by clicking here
  • Follow me on Twitter (@DaenelT)
  • Tweet about my giveaway:  Cuddle up with hot coffee and a good book! Win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card from @DaenelT http://bit.ly/PKbd17

Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.

Contest is open to U.S. residents only.   Contest ends on Saturday, 6 October 2012 at 10 PM (CST).  One winner will be randomly selected using Random.org.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. 

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