Going Out of Business (Temporarily) Clearance Sale

OK, OK, we going out of business only until renovations are completed, but we’re still having a …

Clearance Sale

Everything will be 50% off marked price in the lower level Friends of the Troy Public Library used Book Shop … and we mean EVERYTHING.

Almost every item will cost you only 50 cents or less.

  • Wednesday December 12   3:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Saturday December 15     10AM – 1PM
  • Sunday December 16         1PM – 4PM

Our Book Shop is located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library.

Drop in for the best holiday shopping bargains in town, and also say good-bye to an old friend until you greet them again in March 2019.

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Visit the Friends Shop for Holiday Gifts

Now that the holidays are in full swing, make it a special point to visit the Friends of the Troy Public Library Gift Shop located on the main level of the Troy Public Library across from the Circulation Area.  There, you’ll find a great selection of unique Christmas and seasonal holiday items for those special folks on your shopping list … including you!

And don’t miss our new greeting card spinner containing over 500 beautiful selections for every special occasion.

We also carry a limited inventory of used books, music CDs, movies on Blu-Ray and DVD, jewelry, fashion accessories, gift bags, school and office supplies, toys and games along with “Emergency” items like batteries, umbrellas, sewing kits, ear buds and reading glasses.

The Friends Shop is open as staffed, so stop in and make someone’s spirit bright this holiday season.

Remember, all profits earned in both our Shops help pay for the many programs, events and enhancements that benefit all Library patrons.

Special Notice from Friends of the Troy Public Library

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HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?

The Friends of the Troy Public Library’s used Book Shop located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library is getting a face lift!  New carpeting, new paint, and ALL-NEW SHELVING are on the way!!!  Additionally, our Gift Shop located across from the Circulation Desk is also getting new carpeting.

In fact, the entire Troy Public Library will be closed from January 2-20, 2019 so new carpet can be installed in the Adult Services area, Technology Center, Circulation, Technical Services, main meeting room and conference room. Accordingly, the Friends Gift Shop will be closed from December 23, 2018 – January 20, 2019.

The Friends Book Shop will close after business on Sunday December 16th and won’t re-open again until late February or March.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and this Website to keep up-to-date with renovation progress.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES

  • Monday December 10 – Last day we are accepting public donations of used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc.  We will alert you when donations may resume.  Save your items since we will need them when it’s time to re-open.
  • Wednesday December 12 – Special Evening Sale in Book Shop from 3:30-7:30PM.
  • Saturday and Sunday December 15 / 16 – Final weekend that Book Shop will be open prior to renovation. You won’t want to miss this Special Sale.  Normal weekend hours will be in effect:  Sat 10AM-1PM and Sun 1-4PM.
  • Sunday December 23 – Last day of operations for Gift Shop until January 21, 2019

We are excited about the changes. The Book Shop will have a new layout as well as a fresh new décor for an improved shopping experience … and room for MORE BOOKS!  Please watch for news about our grand re-opening sale, featuring a completely new inventory, new look, and volunteers ready to help you find that perfect book.

Thanks for your support of both the Friends and the Library.

Help the Friends of the Troy Public Library to Help Others

The Friends are well known for promoting and supporting the Troy Public Library for over 55 years.

But our legacy is not limited to the walls of the Library, or the borders of Troy, Michigan.

Friends’ outreach efforts also help advance literacy, enrich quality of life, and improve learning in schools, assisted living centers and many other worthy organizations throughout Southeastern Michigan.  As recently as last week, the Friends donated 65 boxes of used books and other media to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Detroit for distribution to needy children.

On this Giving Tuesday – November 27, 2018 – please help continue our tradition of benefiting others by making a generous contribution in one of the following ways:

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Special Program – An Evening with Outlander

Thursday, November 15, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

The Kilgour Scottish Center, 2363 Rochester Road, Troy, MI 48083

Outlander is a television drama based on author Diana Gabaldon’s historical time travel book series of the same name.  The show premiered on August 9, 2014, and stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who in 1945 finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

Evening with Outlander will include:

  • Dinner of Shepherd’s Pie or Vegetarian Stir Fry with Rice, salad, rolls, coffee, tea, and shortbread
  • Cash Bar
  • Presentation on living in Scotland during the years 1743 – 1746
  • Outlander Trivia Game
  • Ticket Bag Auction
  • Presentations of Scottish Dancing and Bagpipe Playing

In addition, you will have an opportunity to have your picture taken with a life-size cut out of Jamie Fraser.

Tickets are $20 per person and available online at https://detroitscots.com.

Please designate that you are with the Friends of Troy Public library in drop-down for tickets.

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Colin Wright to Speak at Troy Community Center

Join the Friends of the Troy Public Library as we present best-selling author, speaker and podcast host, Colin Wright for a special talk on the topic of Living Intentionally.  It’ll be all about how we perceive the world around us, how we behave based on those perceptions, and how to become who we need to be to face the challenges of today and of tomorrow.

When:         Tuesday October 2, 2018

Time:          7:00 PM

Where:        Troy Community Center; 3179 Livernois Rd. Troy, MI 48083

This is a free event, but you must register in advance: http://mi.evanced.info/suburban/troy/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=31454

Become a member of the Friends and personally greet Colin at a members-only reception before the program.  Join here: https://wpc.friendstpl.org/members/membership-application/

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Board Member Profile of the Month: Lou Wassel, Member of Many Trades!

This month, we present Lou Wassel: Board Member, car aficionado, TPL lover! Read all about Lou here!

What is your role with the Friends? List all jobs that you perform for the FTPL and for how long you’ve been associated with the same.

I am a Lifetime Member of the FTPL. In 2015, I became a Board Member – At Large. I currently serve on the Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Social Media Committee.

Briefly describe who you are – married, single, family, kids, interests, etc.

I am married and the father of four adult children. I also have one grandson, one dog, and two cats.  As for my favorite local hangouts, they include the Troy Community Center, the Troy Public Library (especially the Friends Bookshop), and the Dream Cruise or local car cruise venues when in season.

What is your educational and/or professional background? Continue reading “Board Member Profile of the Month: Lou Wassel, Member of Many Trades!”

Board Member Profile of the Month: Jeff Marraccini, IT Chair

Jeff Marraccini has been a member of the Board of the FTPL since September 2016, but he’s been a TPL lover for much longer.  Read all about Jeff here!

What is your role with the Friends? List all jobs that you perform for the FTPL and for how long you’ve been associated with the same.

Board Member, focusing on IT and web site development. I joined in 2016.

Briefly describe who you are – married, single, family, kids, interests, etc.

I am single but have a wonderful relationship with my partner Allison, and we both enjoy TPL! I was involved early in helping spread the Internet back before it was commercialized, and thus have had a lot of exposure to many computing platforms thanks to my alma mater, Oakland University, consulting, and my full time work. I enjoy helping others with computing and network issues, and have helped people recover / convert older word processing documents from extinct platforms so that they may become current ebooks!

What is your educational and/or professional background?

Graduated from Oakland University in 1994, Economics, Computer Science, and Anthropology. I have been with Altair Engineering in Troy for 20 years working in IT management.

What makes you passionate about the library and/or the Friends?

Books made me what I am, and I have enjoyed TPL even before I moved to Troy. TPL’s generous access to those that work in Troy is a tremendous benefit, and spreading the word about what the Friends and the TPL both accomplish is very important. The Library and the people I have met through it have been there for me, good days and bad, and by reading, using the databases, and attending events, I have learned a great deal about many topics!

What are your favorite types of books/materials to read?

Science Fiction, Technology, and (gasp!) Economics

Who is your favorite author?

Arthur C. Clarke

What is your favorite book?

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Where do you see/hope to see the Friends in five years?

Online searchable Book Shop (don’t worry, I’ll help with it!), and helping TPL move to a larger, more current building.

What is the most valuable thing TPL offers the community?

Being open. I immediately feel brighter just walking into TPL and exploring. It was devastating when the Library was perhaps going to be closed for a while (during the millage decision issue), and I thank the entire community for coming together and helping ensure it remains in our community.

2018 New Year’s Resolutions

If you made New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, let the Friends of the Troy Public Library help you accomplish them.  We can help you to help us to help the Library.

New Year's Resolutions

If your resolution was to declutter around the house, you can donate any clean and gently used books or media items to the Friends.

https://wpc.friendstpl.org/2017/02/27/have-materials-you-wish-to-donate/

If your resolution was to help out in the community, you can apply to become a Friends volunteer.

https://wpc.friendstpl.org/volunteer/

If your resolution was to read more, you can find many interesting used volumes in our Book Shop and Gift Shop.  Remember, most books are priced at $1 or less.

https://wpc.friendstpl.org/2017/01/01/friends-shop/

If your resolution was to find a good use for a few of those extra bucks from last year’s Bonus or Bull Market, you can join the Friends as a member or simply make a small donation.

https://wpc.friendstpl.org/members/

https://wpc.friendstpl.org/join/donation-form/

Remember, the Friends are an all-volunteer organization and all proceeds are given back to the Troy Public Library for programs and other enhancements.