Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

About Me

About Me {living outside the stacks}

Hi my name is Daenel, welcome to Living Outside the Stacks!

I’ve been blogging here since July 2010.  Prior to that I blogged at Curious Child’s Library Wanderings (my bloggy baby that I haven’t had the heart to kick out of the nest delete).

A few years ago, one of my librarian friends asked us to write our “unofficial” bios and this was mine:

I have the research skills of a librarian, the preservation skills of an archivist, the organizational skills of a mother and the domestic skills of a Stepford wife.

I now use it as my “official” bio because it sums up my life perfectly.  I’m a history instructor by degree, an archivist by training, and a librarian at heart. I’m also a Jesus lover, wife of one, mom of five, and grandmother of four. I’m crazy smart and a little bit ditzy with a smidge of snark.  I pride myself on being incredibly organized in a fly~by~the~seat~of~my~pants kind of way.


The name “Living Outside the Stacks” comes from the idea that I would blog about all things not library related.  Well, that didn’t last long.  Being a librarian is what makes me uniquely me.  Therefore, I blog about all things mom related like family, shopping, cooking, finding my place in the world, etc. with bits and pieces of library ephemera thrown in to keep things fun.  Seriously, libraries are fun ~ spend some time hanging out at your public library, oh, the characters you’ll meet

I also like to try new things/products and review them – I’m a woman, I have lots of opinions and I’m not afraid to share them.

Other fun tidbits:

  • I love to read and have an unhealthy obsession with all things pop culture
  • Coffee is my passion
  • If shopping was an Olympic sport, I’d have several gold medals

I welcome all comments and love having discussions from the shallow to the hot and heavy, so please pull up a chair and talk to me….


I look forward to hearing from you,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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