Winter Break Reading Recs.

Need some reading recommendations to help you better enjoy winter break? If you’re at the Gallatin campus, then Thigpen Library has many great titles from 2017 for you to borrow. (At another campus site location? Request for delivery of materials is possible, but it requires a full week of planning time.)

Highlighted below are just *a few* of this year’s new additions that made it to “best of 2017” lists.

New York Times “The 10 Best Books of 2017” editors picks:

“Locking Up Our Own” by James Forman

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee

Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards:

“Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Washington Post’s “50 Notable Works of Fiction 2017”:

“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders (Winner of the Man Booker Prize)

“American War” by Omar El Akkad

“The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman

Washington Post’s “50 Notable Works of Non-Fiction 2017”:

“Janesville: An American Story” by Amy Goldstein

“The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America” by Frances FitzGerald

“The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson

“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay

National Book Awards 2017:

“The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia” by Masha Gessen (Non-Fiction Winner)

“Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” by Frank Bidart (Poetry Winner)

Also owned, but checked-out, is Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” Fiction winner. Call us (x3400) to place a hold on it; or, sign-in to your Pioneer Search account (same login as My VolState) and request it via the Pioneer Search record.

 

InfoBytes – Summer Workshops

For a 20-30 minute investment of time, learn something important!

Thigpen Library’s InfoBytes sessions can be attended online via Zoom (web-conference) or in person (Library Instruction Center Room 226, Gallatin Campus).lynda.com logo

Summer InfoBytes workshops are scheduled as follows:

Discover how Lynda.com can help you learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Beginning in early June (6/5) the New York Times Online is available to everyone at Vol State. Get the basics of setting up your personal account so that you can use this resource for your professional and academic needs.

Need suggestions for your summer reading? Can’t keep up with the latest book of the week from James Patterson? The answer may lie in Books & Authors, a resource from the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Do you need to brush up on your writing skills? Is the ACT, SAT, LSAT, GRE, or GMAT in your future? Then you need to know about LearningExpress Library. This wonderful free resource from the Tennessee Electronic Library can help you with your educational and career goals.

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InfoBytes are presented to you by Thigpen Library’s crackerjack team of experts. Knowledge is yours: just ASK.

 

April Brings Library Joy!

April is one of the most joyful months for Thigpen Library. Why? I’m glad you asked.

National Poetry Month in French and EnglishApril is National Poetry Month.

April is Autism Awareness Month.

April includes National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).

Thigpen Library in Gallatin is honoring these important occasions throughout the month of April with several lovely displays (upstairs, downstairs, and lobby).

Another reason to visit Thigpen Library in April? Relieve some stress!

Our “Secret Cinema” and “LOL” film displays will provide you with some great movie-viewing options. Express yourself by writing your own poem or creating  your own Haiku on our whiteboard display.

Game Day (ping pong! cards! board games!) will be held on April 12 (10a – 2p, Rochelle Center) bring a friend, play a game, and grab a treat.

But – wait! There’s more: wonderful surprises and support in store for students throughout the month of April. Stop by your Vol State in Gallatin library to explore and enjoy. Happy April, everyone!


Check these out!

promotion for National Library Week

What is your librarian an expert in—finding sources, medieval history, recommending books—or are they an expert in making you smile?  Let the world know that you appreciate your “expert in the library” during National Library Week 2017. 

Your response can be text, a photo or a video posted to Twitter, Instagram, or posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page.
Use the printable props we’ve provided or be original. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the hashtag #expertinthelibrary and post between Saturday, April 8 at noon CT and Saturday, April 15 at noon CT for a chance to win the $100 Visa gift card.* Extra points if you tag your library (#thigpenlibrary) in the post.

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Win Your March Madness Academic Bracket!

blank tournament bracketAs NCAA teams compete for a chance to win the championship title, students, too, must jump through hoops to successfully complete their research assignments to give them a chance to earn those degrees and certificates. A winning strategy: ask a librarian for research assistance!

How can you “Ask a Librarian” for assistance?

With the well-deserved Spring Break behind us, it is time for us get back to “reality”. The semester is at the mid-point and due dates for assignments are quickly approaching. Do you have a research assignment? The Thigpen Library on the main campus in Gallatin is not only a place to find your resources but also a place to get help with your research. Too, library staff at the sites in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield are eager to assist you.

How can the library help you?

The Librarians and Library Staff can:

  • provide guidance for academic-level research
  • assist with research for class assignments
  • provide tools and strategies to obtain credible resources
  • evaluate sources
  • provide instruction in the use of electronic resources, such as Databases
  • offer search tips or other research-related assistance
  • keep you updated on new library resources as well as library news and events

We can help you find the resources necessary to successfully complete assigned research projects. If you are unfamiliar with how to do research or unfamiliar with the resources available at our library, we will be glad to guide and teach you. Even if you are familiar with the means and methods of research, the library can tell you about new materials or resources that might be unknown to you. If you cannot find information on a certain topic, please check with us. We may be able to assist by recommending various search terms or provide other tips to assist in your search for applicable, meaningful and scholarly resources.

The topic that you select for your assignments will ultimately determine what types of resources will best suit your needs for your research. Often times, a narrow topic may lead to a limited number of relevant, scholarly resource materials. On the other hand, a broad topic may lead to “information overload.” Do not become frustrated if you run into struggles, though. We have many types of resources and other “tip and tricks” available to you, so please “Ask a Librarian.”