What do Presidents John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush have in common? None of them won the popular vote during their respective presidential elections. However, the most “popular” person (a.k.a the person with the most votes) doesn’t always win.
For some of you, this may be your first time to vote in a presidential election. Maybe you’ve heard the term “Electoral College” but have no idea what it means. The United States Electoral College is the establishment that elects the President. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors from the fifty states and Washington, D.C. A majority of 270 votes must be received by a candidate in order to win the presidency.
The Electoral College was established to make sure that the voters in the smaller states have a voice. Also, it prevents a candidate with only regional appeal from winning. The Electoral College is not without controversy. Some pundits feel that the United States should go to a system of a direct popular vote. Others say a change would hurt the less populated areas. What do you think? As always, before voicing your opinion, we encourage you to do your research! School yourself on the Electoral College by researching the topic before you start a conversation at the family dinner table.
Fall Break is quickly approaching! After weeks of diligently studying and attending classes, Fall Break is in sight. During the busy semester, it is often difficult to find time for leisure activities. When is the last time that you took time for yourself to read a good book or watch a movie? The well-deserved upcoming Fall Break may be the time to do something for yourself and make time to relax.
Did you know that the library offers leisure materials for you to check-out? The Thigpen Library has popular DVDs, popular fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks on CD and other resources available to you. All of our leisure materials are located on the 1st floor of the library. If you need assistance locating an item, please ASK for assistance.
A wide variety of Popular DVDs are available for check-out and include recent releases, box-office favorites, award winning films, as well as classics. The library is proudly able to provide a wide variety of cinematic entertainment for your viewing pleasure. You will find a diverse selection of movie genres including Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns, and so on. We offer a wide-ranging collection of feature-length films that will appeal to an assortment of preferences. Also, we welcome you to recommend titles for consideration to be added to the collection.
You may borrow 2 DVDs at a time. This limit allows more people the opportunity to enjoy the DVD collection. DVDs may be checked out for 7 days with no renewals. Remember, you will be charged a $1 per day late fee if the DVD is not returned by the due date. So, please return the DVDs on time so others can enjoy the movies.
Popular & Fun Fiction
The Browsing Books Collection includes an assortment of recent popular fiction and non-fiction titles. The collection is always growing, with new numerous new titles being added each month. Books can be checked out for 2 weeks with a limit of 2 items at a time.
Do you have a long commute or simply prefer audiobooks? Stop by and see what audiobook titles are available. The audiobook collection receives new titles every 3 months, with 20 new titles added in September. Browsing audiobooks can also be checked out for 2 weeks, with a limit of 2 audiobooks at a time.
While Fall Break is the perfect time to enjoy relaxing activities, the library leisure materials are available to you year-round. If you are already in the library studying or doing class work, take a quick break and check-out a board game (2-hour checkout) to play with friends or check-out a Frisbee and go outside to get some fresh air and enjoy our lovely campus. Need to relieve some stress? Enjoy using our coloring materials. Coloring sheets with crayons or coloring pencils are readily available. After a busy day or week, stop by the library to check out a movie or book to enjoy later in the evening or over the weekend. The library not only offers resources to help you succeed in your academic endeavors, but also offers leisure materials when you need a well-deserved break.
Thigpen Library will join libraries of all types in a national, unified effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the digital and print information needs of their users.
Rapid advances in technology are fueling a library renaissance. No longer just places for books, libraries now offer an assortment of free digitally-based programs and services including 3-D printing, eBooks, digital recording studios and technology training. Such tech-based resources are transforming lives through digital literacy and lifelong learning, contributing to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment. Yet libraries are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.
How has your library helped you to transform? What do you need from Thigpen Library to succeed as a student? Is there anything you wish you had known about the library before you started classes? What would you like new students to know about the library? Share your thoughts and ideas about what Thigpen Library can do to make your academic experience better, then come join in the fun!
Open Mic* on 4/13 from 1-2 pm: come share your talents! Express yourself through music, poetry, storytelling or anything you’d like to share.
Game Day* on 4/14 from 10-2: Ping Pong, board games, card games and more!
Secret Cinema all week long: Take a break from studying and go on a blind date with a movie! DVDs will be wrapped so you can’t see the title but we’ll give clues about what kind of movie you’re about to choose for your Secret Cinema Blind Date. You might find your new favorite flick!
For more information on how libraries are transforming their spaces and services for the today’s world, or to pledge your support for libraries in your community, go to www.ilovelibraries.org.
*Light refreshments will be provided by Student Services.