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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!



Peace, Books, and You Melissa Powers Tue, 12/12/2017

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.

Working Towards a Stronger Future Melissa Powers Fri, 10/27/2017

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.

Be the Change Melissa Powers Thu, 08/17/2017

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.

Life's Great Journey Melissa Powers Thu, 12/01/2016

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.

Building on Cultural Change Melissa Powers Tue, 07/12/2016

“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.

The Beauty of All Communities Melissa Powers Tue, 06/14/2016

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.

The Fight Continues: Celebrating Women's History Month Melissa Powers Wed, 03/16/2016

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.

Being a Teen is Rough Stuff Melissa Powers Thu, 02/11/2016

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.

Human Trafficking: A 'Right Out Our Front Door Issue' Melissa Powers Thu, 01/14/2016

So, the holidays are over, decor is safely tucked away, I survived 70 degree days in December, and we had our first actual snow yesterday! Welcome winter finally! It may have waited until the middle of January, but I will certainly not complain. We recognize January as National Human Trafficking Awareness month.