September 30, 2012

Overdue Archives: NYC & The Global Citizen Festival...

Here are some of the Instagram pictures I took throughout the course of my day in NYC on Saturday...

Banned Books Week 2012...

About Banned Books Week From The American Library Association:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event (Banned Books Week 2012 marks its 30th anniversary) celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

The ALA promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. This event is observed during the last week of September of each year. Banned Books Week 2012 will occur September 30 through October 6. See Banned Books Week for information and resources for getting your library or organization involved in this event! OIF compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted to us by librarians and teachers across the country. For more about books challenged over the last 30 years, as well as information about classic novels that have been challenged and/or banned, please see Frequently Challenged Books. OIF also offers support for librarians facing challenges to materials in their library. Please see Challenges to Library Materials for resources and information to help you prepare for and respond to challenges. If you would like more information about banned and challenged books not covered in the website, please feel free to contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4220, or

Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books:
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2004-2005 (PDF)

September 29, 2012

Global Citizen Festival...

Last week Justin decided to shell out the money for VIP 3 tickets to the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, so that is what we did today. We headed into the city early to check out an event going on in Battery Park with Erin & Lenni, ate lunch at Artichoke and then we headed to Central Park to get a spot on the Great Lawn.

It wasn't like a normal concert experience for us seeing as it was a big televised charity event. If you didn't watch it on TV it had the bands playing various length sets, celebrities talking about poverty, video clips of issues from around the world, awards being given, etc. It was kind of interesting and annoying all at the same time because it wasn't something that I was used to, but we still had a good time. I'm interested in knowing what it looked like televised.

Here is some information about Global Citizen from their website...

Global Citizen is a tool to amplify and unite a generation’s call for justice. It’s a place for you to learn, and act, to bring an end to extreme poverty.

Global Citizens know that a world that deprives 1.3 billion people of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust and unacceptable. We celebrate the efforts made to cut extreme poverty by half, but recognize more still needs to be done. We know that people living in extreme poverty are working hard themselves, and that we need to learn and take action to change the rules that trap them in broken systems.

We use Global Citizen to learn more about issues, so we can take effective action for change and find opportunities to support campaigns and organizations creating sustainable change. Right now Global Citizen is in launch phase, but in coming weeks and months it will feature new issues, with the latest information and action opportunities, so you can take effective action for change.

Every person has a part to play in writing the story of the end of extreme poverty. Become a Global Citizen, and start your journey here, today.

Week In Instagram: September 23rd - 29th...

September 28, 2012

This Just Pinned: Week Thirty...

Here are the highlights of my week pinning...
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If you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

September 26, 2012

The Sick Day Theory...

So I have this theory, whenever I call in sick at some point within the same week "Julia" will also call in sick. My Department Head refuses to believe this, even though it happens every time, and the other ladies in my department quickly jumped on the bandwagon.

"Julia" has proven this theory right once again this week. On Monday I called in sick and surprise surprise, she calls in sick today. This cannot be some reoccurring coincident! I swear this woman has some sort of issue! I just can't figure out what it is. Thoughts?

Seven Questions...

I don't know what I was doing but I was at the Vanderbilt Museum 2010.

1. Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would consist of me having the day off, the temperature being in the mid to low 80's and going on an adventure with Justin or Erin.

2.What was something that you were afraid of as a child?
Michael Myers from Halloween (1978)

3. What's something you're afraid of today?
Bugs, I cry when bugs fly towards me.

4. Would you rather be obsessed with yourself or someone else?

5. What is a favorite restaurant that you could visit over and over and never get sick of?
I love love love Bahamas Fish Market in Miami, Al Dente in Boston and China Lake in Endwell (Upstate NY). Funny how all my favorite restaurants that I could eat at all day everyday are way far from where I live.

6. What is one food you used to hate but now enjoy?
Asparagus. I cannot live without my asparagus now.

7. Fill in the blank: Star ________.
Starry Night. Stardust.