From Pages to Practice: The Library Blog

By Melissa Powers


Melissa is a Librarian at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Blog Description: A blog about the NSVRC Library that showcases new materials, authors and resources that highlight current issues pertaining to sexual violence.

Blogger Bio: I am and forever will be a book lover! Finding new books is like a treasure hunt for me. Please come along as we search together for new reads and resources to help end sexual violence!

 

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I've always loved children’s books and now, as a mother of a toddler, I have become even more enthralled with them. At home we have books in every room, on the floor, on the furniture, and a few on shelves. It warms my heart that my little one loves books as much as I do.

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Who knew that the second Halloween was over the holidays would come tumbling in upon us? Thanks to every store I’ve entered since November 1st, I've been reminded that I only have so many days left to shop! It’s daunting and overwhelming to say the least.

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We take the month of October to remember those who have suffered and those who continue to suffer from a very real and very cruel form of violence, domestic violence. I wish we lived in a world where there was no need for resources pertaining to any form of violence or abuse.

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It’s been a while since this librarian ventured into the blogging world. As I sit here contemplating  where I would like to go with this post, my heart and soul are mixed with various emotions. As some may know NSVRC recently embarked on a very exciting, albeit somewhat stressful move.

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The journey of life can be a strange and unpredictable one. It’s been a couple months since the library had a new blog post and a lot has happened. My dog got a new little sister, summer turned into fall, the Cubs won the World Series, and the world continues to change.  With everything that goes on in our daily lives, it's important to find good positive ways to take care of ourselves.

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“Our history doesn’t repeat itself, it only modernizes,” was something one of my history professors said in college. Whether it’s true or not, we have seen change, both good and bad throughout our history as a nation. Sometimes, it feels like we haven’t learned one bit from past events. With all of this in mind, I wanted to share some resources within the NSVRC Library regarding cultural change.

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I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank page for several minutes now, feeling somewhat perplexed in light of this past weekend’s events in Orlando and the trauma that is brewing around me. I’m thinking about communities of people targeted, abused, and hurt. All of us belong to a community of some sort; we are all different and all unique.

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The month of April represents a number of things to many people. There is certainly a cause for celebration when you consider that it is Jazz Appreciation Month and National Kite Month. However, around here we have been thrilled to participate and recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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The suffragette and feminist movements have always been something that I have been fascinated with and interested in. As an undergraduate, I chose to major in history for those reasons. Since March is Women’s History Month, I am honored to write about a subject that I absolutely adore.

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So, I probably don’t need to point this out, but it’s February and Cupid’s favorite holiday is quickly approaching.  Valentine’s Day is either a beloved holiday or one that the card companies bombard us with, compelling us to purchase the latest adorable puppy card. Whatever your feelings are about this red and pink explosion of a holiday, I wanted to mention that February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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