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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.

This blog highlights three resources celebrating African American figures during Black History Month.

Check out three resources on human trafficking this Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

We highlight three resources focusing on Native American culture in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month.

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, this blog covers a few resources regarding the history of the LGBTQ community.

We highlight a couple of fantastic films housed in our library collection in honor of Pride Month.

Three books about consent to check out during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

I have the honor and privilege to be one of the librarians at PCAR/NSVRC in charge of ordering books. It’s amazing to me that someone would let me in charge of the books, but they do. I find it a thrilling challenge to purchase new, unique, and quality materials for our library. Women’s history is also a fascinating subject for me. I have always enjoyed learning about those who have come before me and those who continue to work tirelessly so that I and others can have a life closer to what we deserve.

Three book recommendations to check out during Black History Month this February.

The New Year is upon us and with it may come new challenges, goals, and anticipations. As always, it is important that we take time for ourselves.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I wanted to share a couple of children’s books that folks could possibly share with the kiddos in their lives. Children share a special place in my heart and it is very important to me to teach my own child about the importance of diversity. I believe the few books I’ve chosen to highlight this month, are wonderful resources that not only celebrate Latinx heritage, but also teach valuable lessons on perseverance, acceptance, and pride.