Gimme a break!

Do you need a well-deserved break?

Fall Break is quickly approaching! After weeks of diligently studying and attending classes, Fall Break is in sight. During the busy semester, it is often difficult to find time for leisure activities. When is the last time that you took time for yourself to read a good book or watch a movie? The well-deserved upcoming Fall Break may be the time to do something for yourself and make time to relax.

Did you know that the library offers leisure materials for you to check-out? The Thigpen Library has popular DVDs, popular fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks on CD and other resources available to you. All of our leisure materials are located on the 1st floor of the library. If you need assistance locating an item, please ASK for assistance.

Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library
Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library

Popular DVDs

A wide variety of Popular DVDs are available for check-out and include recent releases, box-office favorites, award winning films, as well as classics. The library is proudly able to provide a wide variety of cinematic entertainment for your viewing pleasure. You will find a diverse selection of movie genres including Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns, and so on. We offer a wide-ranging collection of feature-length films that will appeal to an assortment of preferences. Also, we welcome you to recommend titles for consideration to be added to the collection.

You may borrow 2 DVDs at a time. This limit allows more people the opportunity to enjoy the DVD collection. DVDs may be checked out for 7 days with no renewals. Remember, you will be charged a $1 per day late fee if the DVD is not returned by the due date. So, please return the DVDs on time so others can enjoy the movies.

Popular  & Fun Fiction

The Browsing Books Collection includes an assortment of recent popular fiction and non-fiction titles. The collection is always growing, with new numerous new titles being added each month. Books can be checked out for 2 weeks with a limit of 2 items at a time.

Popular Fiction books on display, including NEW ARRIVALS
Popular Fiction books on display, including NEW ARRIVALS
More Popular Fiction books
More Popular Fiction books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a long commute or simply prefer audiobooks?  Stop by and see what audiobook titles are available. The audiobook collection receives new titles every 3 months, with 20 new titles added in September. Browsing audiobooks can also be checked out for 2 weeks, with a limit of 2 audiobooks at a time.

 

Audiobooks on CD
Audiobooks on CD

While Fall Break is the perfect time to enjoy relaxing activities, the library leisure materials are available to you year-round. If you are already in the library studying or doing class work, take a quick break and check-out a board game (2-hour checkout) to play with friends or check-out a Frisbee and go outside to get some fresh air and enjoy our lovely campus. Need to relieve some stress? Enjoy using our coloring materials. Coloring sheets with crayons or coloring pencils are readily available. After a busy day or week, stop by the library to check out a movie or book to enjoy later in the evening or over the weekend. The library not only offers resources to help you succeed in your academic endeavors, but also offers leisure materials when you need a well-deserved break.

Happy Fall Break!

 

Games available for check-out
Games available for check-out
Coloring sheets with crayons/coloring pencils
Coloring sheets with crayons/coloring pencils

Flipster Digital Magazines

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FLIPSTER is back in another trial (through October 25 only), providing full-text digital access to hundreds of popular magazines. Check Flipster out today! Login with your My VolState / eLearn username and password.

Cookies must be enabled in order to use Flipster on a desktop or mobile device; this is a Flipster requirement.

To enable cookies on an iOS device:
1. Select Safari from the devices settings
2. Under Privacy & Security select Block Cookies
3. Block Cookies > Always Allow

To enable cookies on an Android* device:
1. Open a browser
2. Access browser settings
3. Allow cookies
*note android devices vary greatly, so these are general directions.

Please let us know if there are specific magazine titles available from Flipster that you’d like to access long-term by contacting Thigpen Library’s service desk (615.230.3400) or Sarah Smith directly.

Access popular magazines on your computer or mobile device with your library account.

Shush…be very, very quiet, studying in progress…

Written by Julie Brown, Technical Services Librarian

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Comfortable seating in silent study room

Are you looking for a quiet place to study? Look no further. Thigpen Library can help you find that elusive, quiet place to study and do your work. The 2nd floor Silent Study Room offers the solitude you are seeking for quiet study in a comfortable setting.

silence sign
Silence sign posted in silent study room

If noise is ever a problem, please notify the library staff. How silent is “silent” supposed to be? The expectations of this silent study zone are:
• NO talking/absolute silence
• NO group work
• NO loud keyboard clicks/laptops on silent
• NO cell phones ringing (set phones to silent and take calls in the designated cell phone areas)
• No music (quiet music with headphones only)

What are the benefits of using the Silent Study Room? You will have a place to concentrate, problem solve and do other complex work in a noise free environment. The Silent Study Room is not only for Vol State students. A faculty member recently said that the Silent Study Room is a great place to have the needed quiet for grading papers without interruption.

The library also recognizes that the term “quiet” or “silent” mean different things for different people. Is the silence a little too silent for you? Do you need to work in a group or engage in quiet conversation? The library has a variety of spaces or “study zones” that are specified to different noise levels in an attempt to meet your academic needs. Please see the designated study zone signs placed throughout the library. The library offers areas for quiet study and conversation-friendly zones.

quiet study zone sign
Quiet Study Zone Sign

Also remember that Study Rooms are available for 2-hour check-out on a first-come first-served basis. As an FYI, the Study Rooms are not sound proof, so be mindful of noise levels and respectful of others using the library. In addition to the Silent Study Room, Study Rooms and a Practice/Presentation Room, you will find other areas for quiet study on the 2nd floor, including an abundance of tables and individual study carrels.

The first floor computer lab is, by nature, a busy area with lots of foot traffic and moderate noise levels. This is considered a conversation friendly study zone but the expectation is for everyone to be courteous.

The library is here to support your academic needs, whether it is a quiet place to focus without interruption or a place for scholastic conversation and engagement.

Always remember: if you need help, ASK. The library staff are here for you.

tables in quiet study zone
Large reading tables and individual study carrels in quiet study zone.
computer lab
Computer lab in conversation-friendly zone

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Mobile apps. for your phone/tablet? Check!
Full text for popular magazines? Check!

Introducing the library’s latest digital resource:

Flipster

 

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of Thigpen Library. Flipster is available on a trial basis through July only. Login with your My VolState/eLearn username and password from off-campus. Over 900 full text magazines are available and cover a vast range of topics (for adults and kids, too).

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Remember: Flipster is mobile!

*A note about the mobile application in iTunes per iPad testing: when you open a title in Flipster, you’ll see a “cookies must be enabled” message and then an excessive amount of white space. Scroll, scroll, scroll down the white space until you see the menu menu icon icon. From the menu, you can open up the magazine in the Flipster app.

Please help us determine if Flipster is beneficial to our patrons so that we can make good purchasing decisions. Try it out!

Please send feedback about Flipster to Sarah Smith, Director of Library Services, or via this form.