Summertime & The Library Is Open

As the song is written, it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”* But for some of us, the academic year keeps moving right along with work, school, and study needs. Here’s a friendly reminder that Thigpen Library is open during summer months.

Thigpen Library in Gallatin offers in-person library services, access to the computer lab & printing, and group or individual study spaces as follows:

  • May Intersession  [Effective May 7-19, 2018]

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

  • Summer Semester(s) [Effective May 21-August 10, 2018]

Monday-Thursday, 7:30am to 6:30pm
Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

Exception: Closed on July 4, 2018 for Independence Day

  • Summer Intersession [Effective August 11-August 26, 2018]

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

Exception: Open from 1:00pm to 4:30pm ONLY on August 17, 2018 (i.e. Closed from 8:00am to 1:00pm for Convocation)

Thigpen Library locations in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield offer 15 hours per week of in-person library services  during Summer Semester (May 21-August 10) only. The sites’ library specialist schedules will be made available on this website closer to May 21; or, call your campus location‘s main number to inquire.

Thigpen Library's online library and chat/text
research assistance services are open year round
(24/7 and 365 days).

*Ella Fitzgerald sings “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess (George & Ira Gershwin)

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!

 

 

March 30-31: Thigpen Library Is Closed

Please be aware that Thigpen Library in Gallatin will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2018 for the holiday weekend.

Research assistance is always available 24/7 through our CHAT and TEXT (615-956-2275) services.

DID YOU KNOW? The cost of keeping rabbits as pets is almost as expensive as a cat or dog!  With their lifespan of 14 years on average, that rabbit will cost you more than $11,000. Stuffed bunny rabbits, however, are cheap and provide joy for a lifetime.

ceramic bunnies in a fake field of Easter eggs and tulips

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.