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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Fall is by far my favorite time of year. I know for some September means back to school. However, for me it means the joy of watching the leaves change color, fall décor, attempting to listen to the men in my life recall their fantasy football draft picks for the umpteenth time and National Library Card Sign Up Month!

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Last week I promised a surprise blog that would introduce Professional Books, Inc., as well as highlight some of the materials that will be available to look at in the Wellness Room during

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In the years that I have worked for the NSVRC and PCAR, I’ve always been on the outskirts of what is the National Sexual Assault Conference.

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So, my favorite weather guy claims it’s going to be 90 tomorrow with humidity. Ok, no big deal, it is July after all. However, I wish someone would tell the overzealous stores and radio advertisers that it’s still summer and school is not back in session!

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At this point, perhaps the books I mentioned in my last posting have all been read or there wasn’t anything that jumped out at you. Never fear. The NSVRC library has many more children’s books and healthy sexuality books to go around!

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At this point, it’s perhaps safe to say that school is out and the summer has begun for most of us. This brings to mind the thought of long, hot and for some humid days. Kids as well as parents become restless. What better way to occupy time than reading a book? In the case of the NSVRC library, not only would reading be going on, but valuable lessons as well.

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I am beyond excited to announce that on June 6th, the NSVRC Library achieved a milestone. On this extraordinary day, the library collection reached 30,000! As it stands now, we have surpassed a long awaited goal of reaching and going beyond this fantastic number of unique titles. These are titles that pertain specifically to sexual violence, prevention, and other related topics.

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This week we lost an incredible individual. Maya Angelou was many things to many people. I listened to her narratives in History classes and analyzed her poetry in English classes in college. Her way with words was absolutely mesmerizing. She had an ability to tackle issues that no one wanted to hear and turn them into something exquisite.

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In my last posting, Tulip Invasion: Resources for Survivors, I mentioned my shear annoyance in dealing with the never ending tulip bulbs in my flower bed. In my frustration over the bulbs, I will admit that I missed what’s going on with my beautiful Azaleas. The Azaleas are my true treasure. I love their colors and complete brilliance.

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As I was contemplating this next blog, I kept thinking of the annoying tulip bulbs that keep popping up every year around this time in front of my house. Despite my effort to rid my flower bed of them, there they are, back with a vengeance.  Whoever planted them before me has given me something that I can’t seem to get rid of.

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