De-Stress with Therapy Dogs at Thigpen Library

Animals are easy to love but did you know that animals can be good for your health? According to the National Institutes of Health, interacting with animals can:

  • reduce stress-related hormones
  • lower blood pressure
  • reduce loneliness
  • increase feelings of social support
  • boost mood
  • improve heart health

 

The end-of- semester crunch is stressful! That’s why Thigpen Library invites therapy dogs from the Music City Pet Partners to interact with Vol State students, faculty, and staff during Finals Week. This year, the dogs will be on campus December 3rd & 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Rochelle Center. Be sure to stop by for some dog therapy!

Source: The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions. February 2018, NIH: News in Health.

 

 

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/.

National Library Week is April 8-14

Did You Know?

Thigpen Library has….

  • 45,907 books
  • 202,365 eBooks
  • 1,818 DVDs
  • 158,197 streaming videos & other media
  • 35,424 electronic journals, newspapers, & magazines

In 2017, Thigpen Library checked out 9,438 items to students at Gallatin, Highland Crest, Livingston, and Cookeville!

Help Thigpen Library Celebrate National Library Week!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Celebrations during National Library Week include: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 10, 2018), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 11, 2018), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities; and Take Action for Libraries Day, a national library advocacy effort observed on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 12, 2018).

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

Stop by the library to say “Thank you!” to your library staff today!

 

 

Black History Month & Other Celebrations at the Library

The library recognizes monthly celebrations to increase awareness of important issues and celebrate diversity by displaying books and other materials related to these topics. These collections can be found on our  second floor display shelves and the DVD displays on the first floor.

February is National Library Lover’s month, so come to the Thigpen Library and celebrate with us! Read one of our Browsing books for fun or check out one of our popular movies on DVD; curl up with one our graphic novels; visit our Silent Study room for a quiet place to study for that big test.

Library Lover's Month

To celebrate Black History Month, read the book, Hidden Figures:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race or check out the movie! American Heart month is celebrated in February as well.  Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke?  Read up on the subject in one of our American Heart Month display books.

Black History Month book display

Black History Month DVD display

Some of our past monthly displays have been about LGBTQ history, Autism, Aids Awareness, and Native Americans.  Be on the lookout for a Women’s History month display in March. Don’t just rely on calendars to tell you what month it is; take a look at our displays for inspiration on your next great read or movie.