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NSVRC Blogs by Melissa Powers


Melissa is a Librarian at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Melissa has experience working in youth corrections as a direct care staff and case manager. She also has experience working in the publishing field as a book buyer. Melissa holds a B.A. from Adams State University of Colorado, an M.S.L.S. in Library Science from Clarion University, and an M.P.S. in Instructional Design through Fort Hayes State University. She is an absolute book lover and enjoys spreading her love for books and the movement to others.

In the library world, we believe in the right to read and the freedom for anyone to choose what they want to read, regardless of the content. In recognition of these beliefs, the NSVRC/PCAR Libraries stand together with other libraries all over the country to support Banned Books Week. This year’s time of recognition runs from September 18-24 2022, with the continued theme from last year of, “Books Unite Us.

June 19, 1865 is a day that is held in high regards for this country, but more importantly for Black people who have come before, those in today’s society, and those who will come in the future. NSVRC/PCAR are proud to recognize Juneteenth with the knowledge that racism and anti-Black racism is the root cause of sexual violence. I encourage everyone to check out the blog PCAR/NSVRC are proud to honor Juneteenth to learn more.

The teal is out, the events have been planned, and the 2022 SAAM campaign is in full swing. With the theme of Building Safe Online Spaces Together, I wanted to highlight some fantastic resources that are held within the NSVRC/PCAR Library collection. My hope is that folks can potentially use these and our many other resources to enhance the campaigns that centers and organizations have worked tirelessly to execute.

Children’s books, adult non-fiction, and film capture the essence of Women’s History Month.

We highlight three adult books and three children’s books in celebration of Black History Month.

Check out these tips and tools to help navigate our library collections.

With holidays swiftly approaching, schools are about to let out and families may be spending a lot of time together under one roof. These days can hit like a whirlwind and be gone before we know it - or they could drag on with stress, anxiety, and boredom. Since the best thing we can give our kids is our time, I wanted to share a few children’s books held within the NSVRC/PCAR library that kids can read on their own or with caregivers or loved ones.

This post highlights books and films regarding Native Americans and their struggle for justice.

During Banned Books Week, we celebrate the freedom for everyone to be able to choose what they read and deny censorship.

In recognition of the Olympics, we highlight some children’s books along with some helpful books on mental health.