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!




Life's Great Journey

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

“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. With all of this in mind, I wanted to share some resources within the NSVRC Library regarding cultural change.

The Beauty of All Communities

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.

Being a Teen is Rough Stuff

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. Whatever your feelings are about this red and pink explosion of a holiday, I wanted to mention that February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Human Trafficking: A 'Right Out Our Front Door Issue'

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.

Awesome Reads For A Snowless Winter

I think I’ve decided that winter is just not going to come to us here in PA. Yes, I’m complaining about the weather, but I’m a skier. One cannot ski, if there is no snow and it’s 65 degrees outside, thus my sad reality. Therefore, if I can’t spend the holidays skiing, what else is out there that can occupy my time?

Never Forgotten Youth

I have to say this time of year, at the moment, is completely baffling to me. It’s close to 80 degrees outside here in PA and yet stores have taken it upon themselves to bombard every customer that walks through the door with Santa and tinsel. I’m not the Grinch, but I find this beyond annoying.

Spread the Love: 15 LGBT Resources

Cooler weather seems to finally be here, somewhat anyway.  The month of October means a lot of things to various different people.  Beyond the pumpkin spiced lattes, football teams wearing pink (trust me, those are highly important too) October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can check out a fabulous guide to this year's campaign on VAWnet.