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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As I was out shopping recently, it annoyed me to find that many of the stores were already stocked full of Christmas stuff. I still have my fall wreath on my door and am trying to figure out what on earth I might be able to contribute for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving can mean a number of things to various people.

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Ever since I was young, I have been mesmerized by stories. I lived in a world of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, and The Berenstain Bears. As I got older, the characters changed and the books grew thicker, but I never lost my love for the stories they presented. Along the way, I developed an appreciation for stories of characters overcoming obstacles and surviving.

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It seems as though kids today have so much more to deal with than I ever did growing up. Either that or I didn’t see everything that was going on around me. Kids have been bullied for years and in many different ways. Tools and resources are so important in stopping what seems to have become the accepted behavior.

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I have spent the past week feeling inundated by negative news coverage. Granted I am all for staying informed, but to continue to watch and listen to all the horrible things going on, sometimes makes me feel helpless. I am, however, reminded that there are still good people in the world.

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Corn waiting to be harvested, cows munching quietly in the field, leaves rustling in the wind, the feel of a crisp autumn breeze, and a wide open country road. No, this is not the start of a melodramatic novel. It is however, more reasons for me to fall in love with fall and running this time of year.

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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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