Thigpen Library celebrates National Library Week

From April 13 to 17, members of the Thigpen Library staff celebrated National Library Week with a variety of activities.

On Monday, library staff members performed random acts of kindness by giving out free candy to students.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we offered students the opportunity to be a “Librarian for a Day,” which included a behind-the-scenes tour of the library. Four students participated, and they each had positive feedback about the experience. Our first two participants were Onak Akuai, an engineering and counseling major from Gallatin, TN and Timothy Gann, a university studies major from Gallatin, TN.

Onak Akuai sitting at the reference desk
Onak Akuai, librarian for a day

Onak said that seeing the librarians’ offices surprised him the most. “I knew most of them but didn’t know that each of them has his or her own office,” he said. He also said that it was interesting to see different rooms in the library and that he enjoyed seeing the most interesting things that I has seen since starting his time studying at Vol State!

Timothy Gann sitting at reference desk.
Timothy Gann, librarian for a day

Timothy felt that the librarians can be extremely useful due to their access to so many things. He was surprised that there are a lot of spaces in the library that most students don’t get to see. “The overall relationship that the librarians have with each other seems to be a very happy and driven one. I’m glad I took up the offer. You’re all very sweet people who are constantly looking to help the students,” he said.

Our third participant was Gayla Collier, a mass communications major from Gallatin, TN.

Gayla Collier sitting at the reference desk
Gayla Collier, librarian for a day

Gayla learned that the library keeps catalogs of everything at Vol-State. She was also surprised to learn that the library has a presentation room where students can practice their speeches. (Librarian sidenote- to use the practice presentation room, see a library staff member at the upstairs circulation desk).

On Wednesday, Jenny Hernandez, a pre-physical therapy major from Gallatin, TN participated.

Jenny Hernandez sitting at the reference desk
Jenny Hernandez, librarian for a day

Jenny was surprised to learn that there is so much more to being a librarian than just checking out books. “Librarians work just as much as any other profession,” she said. She was also interested by the archives since there is information from Vol State dating back to the 70’s!

We appreciate all of our participants and are glad that they enjoyed the experience!

On Thursday, students received free headphones, and on Friday, the library had a Game Day in the Rochelle Center, which included refreshments, board games, and two ping pong tables.

We also had a whiteboard poll set up all week to ask students what they like most about the Thigpen Library.  Check out the pictures below to see the highlights from the week.

Whiteboard poll answers
Whiteboard poll responses
Whiteboard poll response people are awesome here!
Whiteboard poll response
Whiteboard poll responses peaceful place to come and study, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Whiteboard poll responses
Two students focus on a game of chess during Game Day.
Two students focused on their chess game during Game Day
Four students playing ping pong
A four-person ping pong battle during Game Day
Two students posing after a game of ping pong
Posing after ping pong during Game Day

The activities were a fun break from the end-of-the semester stress, and all of us here at Thigpen are grateful for everyone who celebrated the week with us!