Fall Festival & Food Day

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Please join us October 24, 2019 on the Thigpen Plaza for fun, food and a lot of festivities. Thigpen Library, along with many student groups will be on the Plaza from 11:00am-2:00pm. Stop by to spin the Wheel of Knowledge for chances to win FREE meals from Dairy Queen of Gallatin! Look for us under the blue canopy.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we celebrate World Food Day and Halloween – the library has several displays with information on all of these topics. Remember any item on display is available for immediate check out! Don’t forget we also have a lot of great movies available through streaming services or on DVD.

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Image: United Feature Syndicate; Warner Home Video

As always, if you’re seeking information on any research topic or area of personal interest and can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just ASK A LIBRARIAN for assistance.


Ask a Librarian 24/7 (yes, even when we are closed)!

Struggling at 2:00 A.M. with research for your assignment?
Panicking at 4:00 A.M. about citing credible sources in your paper?

No worries, just DM through Chat or Text us!

Any time day or night, research assistance is available from Vol State’s Thigpen Library website.

365 days/year     ~     24 hours/day     ~     7 days/week

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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.

Use direct messaging via the Chat Now box to get assistance with:

  • Knowledge of library resources available to complete your research assignments
  • Tips to find & filter the correct sources that your assignment requires
  • 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

Prefer to work directly with a Vol State Librarian?

The library offers one-on-one research help when you:

Need to borrow books, DVDs or technology like video cameras, graphing calculators, voice recorders or photo cameras?
Explore the host of services offered at Thigpen Library and all of Vol State’s campuses and sites!

Updated posting 9-30-2019, previously published by L Sheets 8-25-2017.

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.


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.

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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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