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.

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!