Seeds for Earth Day!

Pellissippi Earth Day Celebrations April 20, 2017

Pellissippi Earth Day 2017 celebrations.

The PSCC Seed Library and Hardin Valley Campus Garden participated in Pellissippi’s Earth Day celebrations. Students, staff, and faculty planted seed starts to take home, signed up to volunteer in the campus garden, and learned some basics about starting seeds and organic gardening. Together we’re changing the world one seed at a time.

Pellissippi Earth Day celebrations 2017

Did you miss the festivities? Don’t fret! Stop by the Hardin Valley Library and checkout the Seed Library today!

Photos courtesy of Pellissippi photographer Jessie Tipton. 

TN Promise & Service-Learning Volunteer Opportunities!

Wednesday September 21, 2016, 2-3 pm

Hardin Valley Campus, ER 107

The library is hosting Seed Sorting Parties! Come help sort seeds in preparation of the opening of a seed library in 2017. Each seed sorting party will last 1 hour. Your assistance will count towards your TN Promise and Service-learning hours. Snacks will be provided, and a special guest will be present to talk about sustainability in our community.

What is a seed library? The Pellissippi Seed Library will contain varieties of vegetable seeds for checkout, as well as resources on gardening, sustainable living, and more. The goal of the Pellissippi Seed Library is to help build a strong sustainable community, encourage a healthy lifestyle, as well as access to fresh healthy food right at home for everyone in the Pellissippi community.

Upcoming seed sorting parties to take place on 9/21, 10/26, 11/9 & 11/30.

Image of vegetable seed packets.


Critical Thinking

Welcome back, students and faculty! Critical thinking is the theme of this year’s Common Book and Common Academic Experience. Take the time to question what you read, what you hear, what you and other’s think and challenge yourself to do some research in order to make informed decisions. Whether you’re pursuing personal or academic endeavors, stay curious and ask questions.

George Carlin Quote

Attention all book lovers! Would you choose to live behind the library stacks?

Checkout this article about Life Behind the Stacks: The Secret Apartments of New York Libraries. Though today the practice has gone by the wayside, historically it was quite common for libraries to have live-in superintendents. These library caretakers lived behind the scenes  with their families, and enjoyed many fringe benefits like after-hours access to the collection. When their children wanted a new bedtime story, they had only to walk through the door and into the stacks- adventures abound!

Thornberry Family in their home in the New York Society Library.
Thornberry Family in their home in the New York Society Library.

For 25 years the Thornberry family called the New York Society Library home- Rose and Patrick Thornberry, both Iris immigrants lived and worked in the library, raising their two children Rose Mary and Terrance among the books. Though the family no longer resides in the library, they reflect back on their time there as “fun and brimming with opportunities.”

The Fedeler family, residents of the New York Public Library from 1910 until 1949, when John Fedeler’s son, John Jr. retired. John Jr. recalls as a child having used reference books as softball bases, until his father or security broke up the games. His sister Viviana, had been born in the library. Though they relished their life growing up in a library, there were some drawbacks to their unusual home — stomping and singing were strictly forbidden until after the library had closed.

Sadly, this tradition of live-in library superintendents has come to an end. But if you had the opportunity, would you choose to live behind the stacks?

DVD’s in the Libraries!

The PSCC Libraries celebrated their newly acquired movie collection on the first day of the summer term.  Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed fresh, hot popcorn, cupcakes, and cake pops as they browsed the DVD titles finding popular movies, children’s movies, classic movies, as well as documentaries.  They were all delighted to discover that they could now borrow up to 3 movies at a time and take them home for 7 days.  The summer term, and summer movie-watching, is off to a great start!

Movies display at the Hardin Valley campus. Movie display at the Hardin Valley campus.Movie display at the Hardin Valley campus.Movie display at the Hardin Valley campus.