Meet the Team!

It’s football time in Tennessee! It’s also school work time here at Vol State. Meet our Public Services team in Gallatin who are here to help you score big in your classes.

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Whiteboard response from a VSCC student.

Lynda Vincent, your Public Services Coordinator, can coach you on how to do research for that big paper.

Lynda Vincent

Ann Kirkpatrick, your Library Assistant, is here to cheer you on so you don’t get sidelined.

Ann Kirkpatrick

Michael Hitzelberger, your Library Assistant, can show you technology that can help you tackle those tricky assignments.

Michael Hizelberger

Candace Lewis, your Library Assistant, can help you blitz through those tough times when you need help finding just the right book for that report.

Candace Lewis

Meredith Yates, your Library Associate, can suggest some funny DVDs when you just need a timeout.

Meredith Yates

So, kickoff the school year right by visiting your home team here in the library. We’re no Saints, but we have the heart and drive to help you succeed!

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College Success @ Your Library

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Books related to college success are available from Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display

Thigpen Library is available to help you be successful!

Welcome – and welcome back – to all of Vol State’s students enrolled for fall semester classes. Here are some ways that the library can be of service to your successful academic pursuits.

Vol State Student ID = Your Library Card

Bring it with you to check out materials and study rooms. If you forgot it that day? We can also accept an official, state-issued, photo identification card.

Textbooks are available for in-library use.

Many of your course textbooks can be borrowed for short-term in-library use through a service called “course reserves.” These textbooks – and some DVDs – are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your student ID to borrow these items.

  • Your course textbook is not in the library on reserve? Please ask your faculty member to bring one to us. Your classmates will thank you for doing so.

Books, DVDs, and technologies are ready for you to borrow them.

In addition to our academic and literary titles, Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s print book collections include a small collection of popular books (e.g. mysteries, thrillers, memoirs, biographies) and a sizeable collection of DVDs (from Oscar winners to the Marvel series).

Phone chargers, calculators, cameras? Yes, we have those and other technologies, too.

  • At Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? Yes, yes we can deliver books and DVDs to you at those sites, as well as the technologies that aren’t there, already. We’ll even mail books and DVDs to students who take online classes only.

Study spaces? Yes!

From silent to conversational, individual study carrels to group study rooms: Thigpen Library provides you with the study environments you need to concentrate and collaborate.

Research Consultations

Librarians are available to meet with you for individual research consultations at the library locations in Gallatin (main), Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield. If you want help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or other research-related tasks, please schedule an appointment with a librarian.

  • Research consultations are available through our drop-in service times, too – and 24/7 via chat and text. See “Contact information for details.

Psst! Helpful hint: libraries are not bookstores! What’s the difference? (Because they both have books, right?!) Answer: library resources are always “free” (zero, nada, or $0) to borrow for brief periods but bookstore resources are always bought ($) or rented ($)… If you need an assigned textbook for the long-term duration of your course, then the Vol State Bookstore is your very helpful friend (albeit with a cost): contact them.

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.

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.