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.

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.

 

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 24 – 30.

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. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. 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.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Thigpen Library is celebrating Banned Books Week by hosting an open mic on Wednesday, September 27th from 12:45-2:15pm at the SRB Amphitheater (rain location: SRB Performing Arts Space). Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to read a passage from a Banned Book provided by the library.

For more information on banned books, see the American Library Association’s Banned and Challenged Books website.

Why are books challenged?

Books are usually challenged to shield others (typically children) from difficult ideas and information. The most common reasons for banning a book are sexually explicit material, offensive language, or material unsuitable for a particular age group.

Who challenges books?

Typically, books are challenged by parents and library patrons.

WHO challenges books ala 2017

 

What books have been challenged?

You might be surprised at some of the books that have been challenged. Frequently challenged books include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Harry Potter series.