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!

Summertime & The Library Is Open

As the song is written, it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”* But for some of us, the academic year keeps moving right along with work, school, and study needs. Here’s a friendly reminder that Thigpen Library is open during summer months.

Thigpen Library in Gallatin offers in-person library services, access to the computer lab & printing, and group or individual study spaces as follows:

  • May Intersession  [Effective May 7-19, 2018]

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

  • Summer Semester(s) [Effective May 21-August 10, 2018]

Monday-Thursday, 7:30am to 6:30pm
Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

Exception: Closed on July 4, 2018 for Independence Day

  • Summer Intersession [Effective August 11-August 26, 2018]

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

Exception: Open from 1:00pm to 4:30pm ONLY on August 17, 2018 (i.e. Closed from 8:00am to 1:00pm for Convocation)

Thigpen Library locations in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield offer 15 hours per week of in-person library services  during Summer Semester (May 21-August 10) only. The sites’ library specialist schedules will be made available on this website closer to May 21; or, call your campus location‘s main number to inquire.

Thigpen Library's online library and chat/text
research assistance services are open year round
(24/7 and 365 days).

*Ella Fitzgerald sings “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess (George & Ira Gershwin)