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Read Across America: Virtual Storytime

Virtual Storytime

Virtual storytime allows us to connect with children near and far. Our volunteer readers are ready to read to you anytime, day or night!

You'll discover many great books, make sure to check them out to read on your own...or even along with our volunteers.

If you're not sure which books to choose from your local library (or Thigpen), we've compiled some great options to help you decide.

Storytime by Those Who Frequent Thigpen Library

Storytime by Vol State Intro to Literature Students

Storytime by Middle College (Thigpen Books)

Children of diverse backgrounds reading books

Save the Date!

A shelf of books lies to the right of a gold box with the title Read Across America and a quote in black text: "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." Attributed to Margaret Fuller. Inside the gold box is a white box with the text: Join the Zoom story time for VSCC families on March 3 at 6:00pm. Door prizes & giveaways will be included. For more details, contact Kelly Ormsby


What: Read Across America Zoom Storytime Celebration

Where: Zoom, with individual breakout room choices by topic and age group
(Must use VSCC email to join)

Who: Vol State families are invited to read selected children’s books with VSCC faculty and student volunteers

When: Thursday, March 3rd, 6-7PM

Learn more about Read Across America at VSCC:

Featured Author

We are excited to present our featured author, and Volunteer State Community College English professor, T.O. Moore reading her newly published book, Carson's Zoo Adventure: A Lesson in Love.

Stop by Thigpen Library and borrow Carson's Zoo Adventure: A Lesson in Love to take home and share during your family's storytime!

Author, T.O. Moore was inspired by her son Carson to write her first children's book.

As she was preparing for the birth of her son, she began purchasing books for his personal library. A collection she was excited to see grow with her son. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for Professor Moore to discover there were very few books where boys of color were featured as the main character.

Luckily for all of us, this experience propelled Moore to write Carson's Zoo Adventure: A Lesson on Love; with plans to create an entire series where a different boy of color would be represented as the main character. (We can't wait for the next in the series! You can be assured Thigpen Library will have a copy, hot off the press.)

Although we are thrilled to have T.O. Moore join the ranks of authors featured at Thigpen Library, this highlights the need for more diverse books, as well as diverse authors. Moore wanted to provide an accurate representation for all cultures and races to encourage people to celebrate the diversity that literature can bring. Thank you, Professor Moore - the world will be a better place for it!

Kid Lit TV

KitLit TV offers a variety of great Read Out Loud storytimes, read by the authors and illustrators themselves!

Storytime by Middle College (Donated Books)

Some may not be aware, but the Vol State Gallatin campus is home to many Sumner County Middle College students. Thigpen Library is happy to see them on a daily basis! Although it may see like everything involving Vol State is virtual, these amazing students come to campus each day.

Middle College students have been a HUGE part of our Read Across America campaign. They've been collecting books on campus and are sharing some of those donated books for our virtual storytime. We hope you enjoy!