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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We are now entering my favorite time of year. I love the sun, the warmth, the flowers, and the long days. Growing up out west where it’s sunny even on cold days the majority of the year has made the east sometimes difficult to deal with. Being able to be outside in the sun is where I find solace. It makes dealing with the day’s events and the issues in the world, so much more bearable.

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So, my co-worker and I just had a fabulous opportunity to present in front of the Central Pennsylvania Health Library Sciences Association. Now before you roll your eyes and stifle a yawn, let me explain. This is a group of individuals that work within the library field either at a hospital or a college associated with a hospital.

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It’s here! It’s finally here and raging full speed ahead. SAAM 2015 has started with so much awesomeness, that I am blown away!

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Do you feel it? There’s an excitement in the air that can only mean one thing: SAAM 2015!

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This week, within the library community, librarians all over the country are celebrating Teen Tech Week. Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, it is aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and concerned adults.

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Have you ever read a book that made you cry or that you found yourself thinking of years later? Maybe it’s the librarian in me, but a good book takes me to a place that no television show ever could. I find myself dreaming of the characters and fighting the battles they have fought. I am very much an advocate working toward a world free of sexual violence.

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In my quest for a blog topic this week, I stumbled upon the fact that January is national tea month. This is fabulous, as I am an avid tea drinker. On this cold and snowy day, I am beginning to find myself going a little stir crazy. With my current cup of green tea, I stare begrudgingly at the snow still coming down. Unless I’m skiing in it, I’m over it.

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It’s a safe assumption that most folks are back to work, school or normal life after the holidays. Some may be looking to that next “holiday” or “day off.” For some it might be January 19th. This is the day set aside to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It’s the most stressful time of the year, with the kids all bellowing and everyone yelling “We want it all…” Yes, it can be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as the real song states, but it can also be the most stressful as well. The decorations are gorgeous, the music is fabulous, and the treats force us to use that gym membership we’ve ignored all year.

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Our country is fortunate to be formed together by various communities. A person might consider families, friends, volunteers, neighborhoods, and many other groups to be their community. In fact, I just spent the weekend with a group of people hanging out in the cold catching the first powder of the season. For me, I get to be part of the ski community.

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