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Whenever you use Thigpen Library’s online CHAT service or text your questions to 615-956-2ASK (2775), the first available librarian will answer you.

To help complete your research assignments, CHAT can deliver:

  • Knowledge of library resources available to complete your research assignments
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  • Instruction using library databases to retrieve journal articles or the library’s online catalog to connect to e-books & streaming video
  • Help with the process of academic-level research
  • Search strategies including keyword & search term suggestions
  • Help evaluating a source’s credibility

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Get Schooled on the Electoral College!

GET SCHOOLED ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE!

Electoral College Map
Electoral College Map

What do Presidents John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush have in common?  None of them won the popular vote during their respective presidential elections.  However, the most “popular” person (a.k.a the person with the most votes) doesn’t always win.

For some of you, this may be your first time to vote in a presidential election.  Maybe you’ve heard the term “Electoral College” but have no idea what it means. The United States Electoral College is the establishment that elects the President. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors from the fifty states and Washington, D.C.  A majority of 270 votes must be received by a candidate in order to win the presidency.

The Electoral College was established to make sure that the voters in the smaller states have a voice.  Also, it prevents a candidate with only regional appeal from winning.  The Electoral College is not without controversy.  Some pundits feel that the United States should go to a system of a direct popular vote.  Others say a change would hurt the less populated areas.  What do you think? As always,  before voicing your opinion, we encourage you to do your research! School yourself on the Electoral College by researching the topic before you start a conversation at the family dinner table.

Thigpen Library has plenty of resources. We recommend starting with the Credo Reference DatabaseIssues and Controversies in American History Database or the books listed below.

Securing Democracy:  Why We Have an Electoral College (JK 1976 .S43 2001)

Electoral College:  Anachronism or Bulwark of Democracy? (JK 529 .E44 C85 2001)

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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

Super Blog 50

SUPER BLOG 50

By Lynda Vincent

This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. Many of you will be gathered with friends to enjoy food, drink, and watch the big game. (I’m pulling for the old guy, Peyton Manning, myself).

According to Statista, Super Bowl XLIX (40) was the most-watched television program in U.S. history with 114.4 million viewers! (Just think about the tons of chips, dip and soda consumed!)

Infographic: Super Bowl XLIX Draws Record TV Crowd | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista.

Whether you love all things football, need to brush up on the rules before heading out to that huge party or if you just want to kick back and relax, the library has you covered!

Are you someone who knows very little about football and feels lost when your friends engage in pigskin talk? Try reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football like a Pro. It is available in our eBook collection.

Do you consider yourself a gridiron guru? Try impressing your friends even further by reading Leadership Lessons from Professional Football Championship Wisdom from Super Bowl Champions, also available in our eBook collection. You can learn about leadership skills that will help you when you get that big job.

Or would you rather skip your friends’ big party and watch a heartwarming movie about a football player who overcomes obstacles? Check out The Blind Side in our popular DVD collection.

As always, remember to party responsibly and safely!

 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to FootballLeadership Lessons from Professional Football