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Sizing: I’m 5’4″ and a dress size 10 to 12 {M,L}. I wear a size 9.5 shoe

Librarians, authors, booksellers, teachers, and other members of the book community joined together to celebrated Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is a yearly awareness campaign by the American Library Association and Amnesty International that celebrates the freedom to read. The campaign also highlights banned and challenged books, the value of access to information, and the fight for free expression.

In honor of the week and the fight for access, I decided to dedicate my outfit of the day to supporting the cause. I wore a different book related tee to work each day, with the hopes of sharing the importance of access and reading. I’m a librarian and there are a lot of books that I personally don’t want to read, but I would never tell someone else that they can’t read it. See, that’s the thing about libraries and book stores and such, if you don’t like it, there are options: don’t read or buy it. If you don’t want your children to read or have access, let them know. Enforce it in your own home, not in everyone else’s. But, let me tell you, if your child has a cell phone or access to a computer, they are reading and accessing all the things you’re trying to keep out of everyone else’s hands.


And, while #BannedBooksWeek has ended, the fight against censorship and restriction to access of information continues. Keep reading to find out how you can keep books on shelves and information in the hands of those who need it.


I’ve missed blogging. I’ve missed sharing outfit posts. This was the way that I stayed connected to people. Somewhere along the way, I lost that connection. Actually, I think it’s when I removed myself from the linkups. I needed a break but I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it. So this is my way of easing my way back into sharing outfit posts and reconnecting with my blogging buddies.

Come back next Wednesday for another week of style…



It’s #BannedBooksWeek, and this year’s theme is: Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us.” We build connections through reading, sharing ideas, and having open and honest conversations.


Reading helps people get a better idea of the world and their place in it. Restricting access to material creates a very narrow world view.


There is power in words. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be such an aggressive effort to remove or restrict access to memoirs and history books.


“Once you learn to read you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass


Librarians are on the frontlines in the fight against censorship/book banning/restriction to access, but you can help.

  • Become an ally
  • Participate in your local elections
  • Speak out
  • Read challenged authors

You can purchase similar tee shirts from Out of Print or Amazon. If you purchase from Out of Print, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase goes towards supporting literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.


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Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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