RIP Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Acclaimed Author, Dies at 88

Toni Morrison
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“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.” – Toni Morrison (Source: IFLA, Quotes on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship)

Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, passed away earlier this week. Morrison provided insights into the experience of African Americans, as had not been represented before. Her novels often drew criticism, being deemed as “too explicit” or “not appropriate,” and often landed her on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books list. Morrison was never silenced, until now; fortunately, her voice will live on in her books.

Thigpen Library has many of Morrison’s novels available for loan, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, all of which frequently made the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books list.

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Welcome, Teri! Our New Librarian

Important and happy news: Teri Terranova has joined Thigpen Library’s team!

Teri Terranova

Teri Terranova is the new Teaching and Learning Librarian at Thigpen Library. Her main areas of interest are in information literacy instruction and big data privacy/mining issues. She is looking forward to the start of the fall semester so she can meet Vol State’s new and returning students and faculty. She is excited to get into the classroom to work with faculty and students on assignments, as well as also providing research assistance in the library. Previously, Teri served as an Instructional Services and Reference Librarian in the state of Illinois, serving both community college and university students. Prior to a career in librarianship, she worked in finance and also co-owned a small business with her brother.

Teri earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in educational technology, from Lindenwood University.

Being a new Tennessee resident, Teri can’t wait to begin discovering all that Nashville and the surrounding areas have to offer. She is already looking forward to exploring the Smoky Mountains with her Cairn Terrier mix, Francesca. If you have any travel or library/research/instruction suggestions or ideas, Teri would love to hear from you!

Library Events for April

Did you know that the week of April 7 through April 13, 2019 is National Library Week? Now that you do, stop by one of your VSCC library locations and thank the library employees, all of whom work hard each day to provide you with access to quality resources and great services!

April Events at Thigpen Library in Gallatin:

April 8 & 9 from 8:30am to 10:30am (or while supplies last): power forward with your studies by grabbing some free coffee in the Library Lobby

April 11 from 2pm to 4pm: free popcorn in the Library Lobby (co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics)

April 29 & 30: Therapy Dogs will be back to give you some stress relief with their happy smiles and wagging tails! Light refreshments will be available while supplies last. (Co-sponsored with Office of Student Engagement)

April 29 & 30: From 3pm until 9pm each day, the Jim Moore Conference Room (214) in Thigpen Library is being made available for an “Adult Learners Study Session with Kids” — adults can study while supervising their children in this enclosed space. Caveat: there is no childcare provided so the parent/guardian is solely responsible for maintaining supervision of their children (and for ensuring a quiet environment) at all times.

April Events at Thigpen Library in Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston:

Granola bar giveaways are coming your way: April 16 & 17 at Springfield and the week of April 29th at Livingston.

A “Poetry Creation Station” is available at Cookeville: happening now!

Students at CHEC creating poetry
Students at CHEC Library’s Poetry Creation Station
Dog
Sierra @ Thigpen Library in Gallatin, April 29

April Is for Lovers (of Poetry)

April is National Poetry Month: rejoice! In celebration, Thigpen Library in Gallatin is offering a poetry books display and is giving away poems from our “Poetry Patch.” Compose your own poems at Thipgen Library in Cookeville: visit their “Poetry Creation Station.”

Poetry Patch display at the Gallatin Library

Here’s a poem about April for your enjoyment. Want to find yourself a poem or learn about a poem’s meaning? Search ProQuest’s Literature Online database.

April.—Longfellow.

[1]     When the warm sun, that brings
[2]  Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
[3]  ‘Tis sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
[4]     The first flower of the plain.

[5]     I love the season well,
[6]  When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
[7]  Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
[8]     The coming-in of storms.

[9]     From the earth’s loosened mould
[10]  The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives:
[11]  Though stricken to the heart with winter’s cold,
[12]     The drooping tree revives.

[13]     The softly-warbled song
[14]  Comes through the pleasant woods, and colored wings
[15]  Are glancing in the golden sun, along
[16]     The forest openings.

[17]     And when bright sunset fills
[18]  The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
[19]  Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
[20]     And wide the upland glows.

[21]     And when the day is gone,
[22]  In the blue lake, the sky, o’erreaching far,
[23]  Is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,
[24]     And twinkles many a star.

[25]     Inverted in the tide
[26]  Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
[27]  And the fair trees look over, side by side,
[28]     And see themselves below.

[29]     Sweet April, many a thought
[30]  Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
[31]  Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
[32]     Life’s golden fruit is shed.

Longfellow, Henry W. April, Baltimore, 1831. ProQuest Literature Online, https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/2147524361?accountid=14861.