October Library Events

October Library Events

It’s hard to believe that September is almost over. Let’s look forward to all the fun events Thigpen Library has planned for October.

Munching Towards Midterms

FREE pizza will be served in the Thigpen Library lobby to help you through Midterm week! (While supplies last!)

Tuesday, October 9th: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 10th: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

A Fate Worse than Death: Grave-Robbing in America

Join Vol State librarian Jennifer Weedman as she shares spooky local history about grave-robbers who sold bodies to medical schools in the early 20th century. Both lectures will be held in the Rochelle Center in Thigpen Library. Light refreshments provided.

Monday, October 22nd @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 23rd @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

illustration of cemetery

Tip & Treat

Help Thigpen Library improve! Stop by to give us a tip on what we do well or what we could do better and get a treat for yourself. Coffee provided at the times below while supplies last.

Tuesday, October 30th: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 31st: 8:00 – 10:00 am

Source: https://coffee-channel.com

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Break Hours

Fall break is Monday, October 15th & Tuesday, October 16th. Thigpen Library will be open from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on both days. For our full schedule, see https://volstate.libcal.com/hours/.

Banned Books Week Is Here

Every year during Banned Books Week, libraries around the country take the opportunity to acknowledge that censorship is still a problem in the United States.

From the American Library Association:

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship…. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Thigpen Library honors our commitment to fostering access to diverse and inclusive information resources every year by participating in Banned Books Week events. For the week of September 23-29, 2018, you are encouraged to visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display. And, all are welcome to participate in the following event:

    • Open Mic for Banned Books Week, Weds., Sept. 26 from 12:45 to 2:15pm in SRB 150

There will be a cart of books from the library’s collections available from which you can choose readings for this event, which is co-sponsored by the English Department.

Here’s a fun quiz from the New York Public Library to test your knowledge about banned and challenged books.

For more information about Banned Books Week, see the American Library Association’s website for “Banned & Challenged Books.”

New and EXTENDED for Fall 2018!

New spaces, new schedule, and more!

Extended Hours!

Giraffe with clock showing 9:30pm to indicate extended hours
Regular library hours are being extended until 9:30p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays in fall 2018!

Thigpen Library in Gallatin is staying open for extended hours on a two-night weekly basis this fall. What does this mean?

On Mondays and Tuesdays, the library will stay open for extended hours: from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

We’re open regular hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Also per usual, we’ll be open Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

There are exceptions to this schedule during fall break and holidays. Here are all of the library’s operating hours for fall 2018.

New Spaces!

Returning and new students who visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin will be happy to learn that two (2) new individual/group study rooms and a new “student lounge” area were created this month.

A study room with desks for 2 people.
This study room provides desks so 2 students can study separately while sharing the space together.

The space incorporates a large project table, too. Project supplies can be checked out from the “ASK” service desk.

project supplies
Bucket of project supplies is available to check out @Gallatin.
student lounge area
Student lounge area: project table is at far right.

24/7 Chat?

Yes, it’s true! You can chat with a professional librarian 24/7 to obtain research assistance and get answers to all things “Library” (see below for what that means). Text us 24/7, too: 615-956-2275 aka 2ASK. Go old school and call us whenever the library is open: 615-230-3400; drop us an email at any time, too.

Ask a librarian service provides 24/7 chat and text

Timely to note that a library is not a bookstore. Please direct your textbook purchase/rental inquiries to the VSCC Bookstore directly.

In fact, your Thigpen Library is proud that we’re not a bookstore. Why? We don’t sell anything: we lend everything for free, including books as well as calculators, noise-canceling headphones, laptops, Audio-Visual equipment, and more. More importantly, we spend lots of money on databases to provide 24/7 online access to millions of articles & hundreds of thousands of ebooks in full text to VSCC employees and students. So, we’re proud to be able to remove $ as a barrier to information access through library resources and services.

Chat and text services provide you with the assistance you need to:

  • choose and search databases effectively for information
  • identify physical items that you can borrow and use (including some textbooks that your professors put on “course reserve” for short-term access)
  • learn about library services, such as interlibrary loan
  • learn about library spaces available for group or individual study.

 

Fun fact: 3:00AM is the only hour without a chat or text inquiry since the service started in July 2017!