Library Events for April

Did you know that the week of April 7 through April 13, 2019 is National Library Week? Now that you do, stop by one of your VSCC library locations and thank the library employees, all of whom work hard each day to provide you with access to quality resources and great services!

April Events at Thigpen Library in Gallatin:

April 8 & 9 from 8:30am to 10:30am (or while supplies last): power forward with your studies by grabbing some free coffee in the Library Lobby

April 11 from 2pm to 4pm: free popcorn in the Library Lobby (co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics)

April 29 & 30: Therapy Dogs will be back to give you some stress relief with their happy smiles and wagging tails! Light refreshments will be available while supplies last. (Co-sponsored with Office of Student Engagement)

April 29 & 30: From 3pm until 9pm each day, the Jim Moore Conference Room (214) in Thigpen Library is being made available for an “Adult Learners Study Session with Kids” — adults can study while supervising their children in this enclosed space. Caveat: there is no childcare provided so the parent/guardian is solely responsible for maintaining supervision of their children (and for ensuring a quiet environment) at all times.

April Events at Thigpen Library in Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston:

Granola bar giveaways are coming your way: April 16 & 17 at Springfield and the week of April 29th at Livingston.

A “Poetry Creation Station” is available at Cookeville: happening now!

Students at CHEC creating poetry
Students at CHEC Library’s Poetry Creation Station
Dog
Sierra @ Thigpen Library in Gallatin, April 29

March Madness

Wish it were the March Madness of basketball season (and it is that , too), but in this case I refer to the crazy pace of post-spring break semester madness when the phrase “crunch time” becomes real for many students en route to finishing spring semester projects, papers, and other scholarly activities.

Here’s a timely reminder that your Thigpen Library in Gallatin has a second floor dedicated as a quiet zone to provide you with an environment conducive to studying. Too, there’s a Silent Study Room that requires absolute silence as beneficial to those who require zero noise distractions as they work.

ALL of the Thigpen Library locations circulate noise-cancelling headphones as another way of providing you with the means to engage in concentrated study and project work.

Another reason to visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin: our March displays offer you an engaging mental break from your studies (see especially our Lobby display on self care). Check them out! (All resources on display circulate, so check ’em out!)

Women's history display of books
Women’s History Display
Self Care Display
Self Care Display

 

Women's History Display of DVDs
Women’s History Display

 

 

 

 

 

Student, Faculty & Staff Recommended Reading Display
Student, Faculty & Staff Recommended Reading Display

Expertise in Abundance

3 I.T. Lab Assistants
I.T. Lab Assistants are happy to help you use computer applications & software!
Librarian assists a student
Library experts provide research assistance!

What do you need right now as you wind down fall semester? With December’s finals on the horizons, Thigpen Library’s expert librarians and the I.T. Department’s savvy computer lab assistants are available to provide you with some helpful guidance to get you through your assignments.

* I.T. lab assistants are available to assist you with using computer applications and software. Need help with printing and using the scanners? They are there for you!

* Librarians and library specialists are experts in the research process and can help you develop your topics into better research questions, teach you how to use library databases to find relevant sources*** to support your research, and provide guidance in using NoodleTools software so that you can ethically and accurately cite your sources in your papers.

Find help from the I.T. Lab Assistants and receive in-person research assistance from library experts at all the College sites: Gallatin main campus, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield.

Library research assistance is also available 24/7 via Thigpen Library’s chat & text services.

***PSSST…!  The library provides research guides that direct you to best databases to search for articles depending on your topic. For instance, does your topic focus on aspects of individual human behavior? Try the “Psychology” research guide! Do you want to know about behavioral characteristics of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey? Try the “Veterinary Technology” research guide. And so forth…

Banned Books Week Is Here

Every year during Banned Books Week, libraries around the country take the opportunity to acknowledge that censorship is still a problem in the United States.

From the American Library Association:

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…. 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.

Thigpen Library honors our commitment to fostering access to diverse and inclusive information resources every year by participating in Banned Books Week events. For the week of September 23-29, 2018, you are encouraged to visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display. And, all are welcome to participate in the following event:

    • Open Mic for Banned Books Week, Weds., Sept. 26 from 12:45 to 2:15pm in SRB 150

There will be a cart of books from the library’s collections available from which you can choose readings for this event, which is co-sponsored by the English Department.

Here’s a fun quiz from the New York Public Library to test your knowledge about banned and challenged books.

For more information about Banned Books Week, see the American Library Association’s website for “Banned & Challenged Books.”