Monday, September 26, 2016

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Defend your right to read! Celebrate Banned Books Week! 
September 26th-30th

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts. The titles below represent banned or challenged books on that list. If you have information about the banning or challenging of these (or any) titles, please contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom: 
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce 
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison 
  • The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 
  • 1984, by George Orwell 
  • Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov 
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell 
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 
  • As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 
  • A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 
  • Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 
  • Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 
  • Native Son, by Richard Wright 
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey 
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 
  • All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren 
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence 
  • A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin 
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 
  • The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie 
  • Sophie's Choice, by William Styron 
  • Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence 
  • Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut 
  • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles 
  • Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs 
  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 
  • Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence 
  • The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer 
  • Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller 
  • An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser 
  • Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
(List courtesy of the American Library Association

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Turn up the heat this Fall...

I don't know about you, but I'm SO EXCITED for Fall! This is my favorite time of year, not only because we southerners finally get a break from the heat and humidity, but because there are so many fun things to do with your spouse/special someone during the Fall season. Here are some romantic date ideas to get you in the spirit of the season:
  • Scope out all of the best corn mazes and go through them hand in hand. No maps allowed! Steal a kiss at every dead end. 
  • Face your fears together in a haunted house. 
  • Workout together. Because the couple that stays fit together, stays together. 
  • Hit up a harvest festival, complete with “Indian Corn” and lots of squash. 
  • Make a bonfire and snuggle next to it. 
  • Sip hot drinks next to said bonfire.
  • Pick an older TV series and re-watch it from the beginning. 
  • Drink cider from cinnamon stick straws. Grab a gallon of apple cider from your local grocery store or market if you don’t have it fresh, and warm it up; then sip through a cinnamon stick.
  • Fly kites on a brisk, windy day. 
  • Get matching Halloween costumes and go sing karaoke in them.
  • Make a blanket fort in the living room, then turn off the lights, grab one flash light and head inside the fort to tell ghost stories - or whatever. (*wink*)
  • Bike ride down a scenic path as the leaves change colors. 
  • Make caramel apples and candy apples. 
  • Have a scary movie marathon, but share one blanket. 
  • Bob for apples. Get a bucket, fill it with water, throw in some apples, and then try to pick them up with your teeth as you take turns sticking your face in the water to get them. 
  • Bring a pizza or subs to the park and throw a football around. 
  • Hit the zoo. When it’s not as scorching hot outside, the animals are more likely to be out and about! 
  • Go to your local high school’s homecoming football game. Wear the school colors, sit in the home section, and feel the energy together. 
  • Sample all of Starbucks fall drink offerings on their launch day. Hit up every coffee shop in town and try whatever pumpkin or other fall flavor they’ve got brewing. 
  • Walk around a flea market together. 
  • Go wine tasting at a winery or wine festival! 
  • Give Oktoberfest a go and enjoy a pumpkin ale or lager together. 
  • Have a Sweater Weather picnic. That means pack your picnic basket and head to a park in your favorite sweats and sweaters to cuddle outside before it gets *too* cold. 
(Article courtesy of Coming Up Roses)
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