Spotlight on September Events

Fun Facts

A fun, and informative, time was had by all who stopped by the Thigpen Library’s “Wheel of Knowledge” game at the Campus Resource Fair at the Gallatin campus on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Library workers became quiz show hosts as students spun the wheel and answered library-related questions. If the students answered the questions correctly, their names were put in for a drawing for two free movie tickets. The library workers/quiz show hosts were happy to see so many students answer the questions correctly. Congratulations to Sayuri Moraga, who was the lucky winner of the pair of tickets to NCG Cinema! We appreciate all who participated.

 

Java Jolts

Visit the Thigpen lobby of the Gallatin campus September 23 & 24 for a jolt of java. Free coffee, courtesy your friendly Thigpen Library, will be served from 8:30 am – 10:30 am (or while supplies last). We want you to be alert so that you will not accidentally singe your eyebrows in chemistry lab or spend hours trying to figure the square root of Pi while worrying if you dangled your participle in English class.

 

Author Talk

Join us on September 25 at 6:00 pm in the Caudill Auditorium as author, Andrew Maraniss, discusses his biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Maraniss will recount Wallace’s courageous struggles he faced on campus at Vanderbilt and on the road at the hostile environments of other schools in the South in the 1960s. This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Athletics, and Thigpen Library. Refreshments will be served.

Banned Books Week

Did you know that there is an annual national event that celebrates the freedom to read? There are many books that are challenged by parents or patrons in school, public, and academic libraries, as well as bookstores. The week of September 22 – 28 show your support by reading a banned book and viewing our display in the Thigpen lobby on the Gallatin campus. Don’t know what books have been banned? Check out the ALA Banned Books list. Log into the Thigpen Library Catalog to search for banned books in our collection.

Displays

Thigpen Library is not only a depository of information but also disseminates cultural and social knowledge. Stop by and view our display shelves on the Gallatin campus to see what’s trending each month. For September, we have a display of Hunger Action Month in our lobby. Want a recommendation for a good book to read? We have a display entitled, “We are What We Read”, where Vol State employees suggest titles for your reading pleasure. September is also Classical Music Month; check out that display in the little cubbyhole on the second floor near the restrooms. Finally, if you want to succeed in college, we can help you with that. Take a gander at our “College Success” display.

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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.

Whiteboard poll response people are awesome here!
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!

graphic of football player reading

College Success @ Your Library

display of books related to college success
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.

RIP Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Acclaimed Author, Dies at 88

Toni Morrison
Image: CNN.com via Alfred E. Knopf

“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.” – Toni Morrison (Source: IFLA, Quotes on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship)

Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, passed away earlier this week. Morrison provided insights into the experience of African Americans, as had not been represented before. Her novels often drew criticism, being deemed as “too explicit” or “not appropriate,” and often landed her on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books list. Morrison was never silenced, until now; fortunately, her voice will live on in her books.

Thigpen Library has many of Morrison’s novels available for loan, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, all of which frequently made the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books list.

  • Submitted by Teri Terranova