Library Funding into the Future

From Friends President Sue Matthews, as read into record at last night’s Troy City Council Study Session regarding TPL funding:

“Troy deserves to have a facility that matches the forward-thinking, well-educated, and technologically driven nature of our city and its residents.”

Do you agree? Please take some time to watch the attached video of last night’s meeting. The slideshow presentation of the current funding model vs. potential scenarios can be viewed from 17:30-47:00. The Q and A following the slideshow is also instructive.

Once you’ve seen the playback, consider telling Council and City Administration how you feel about funding the TPL going forward.

The Friends remain committed to supporting and promoting the best library in Michigan, and we are happy to answer questions regarding the upcoming vote to fund TPL.

READ with the FTPL…at home!

READ (read, eat, and drink) with local authors…at home!

We were disappointed to postpone our in-person READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) event last March, and we know our authors were as well. But we put our thinking caps on, and we’ve come up with what think is the next best thing!

Several of our scheduled participants have prepared videos profiling their work. We’ll be sharing them one at a time over the coming days, and we hope you’ll watch and consider supporting these local authors.

When the time is right, we’ll hold the event we intended. But for now, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, grab a snack, and meet a new author from the comfort of your safe homes!

Introducing…Veronica Dale!

READ with the FTPL…at home!

READ (read, eat, and drink) with local authors…at home!

We were disappointed to postpone our in-person READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) event last March, and we know our authors were as well. But we put our thinking caps on, and we’ve come up with what think is the next best thing!

Several of our scheduled participants have prepared videos profiling their work. We’ll be sharing them one at a time over the coming days, and we hope you’ll watch and consider supporting these local authors.

When the time is right, we’ll hold the event we intended. But for now, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, grab a snack, and meet a new author from the comfort of your safe homes!

Introducing…Danielle Bernock!

DONATIONS: THANKS, BUT NO THANKS…

We are so glad that so may library patrons are thinking of the Friends at this time, and we know that people have time to purge and clean their homes.

But we simply cannot accept any donations of books and other materials at this time. Until further notice, please remember the following:

– DO NOT bring donations to the TPL
– DO NOT call the TPL to ask about donating

We will update here, on social media, and anywhere else we can when the time is right to get back to our usual business. But for now, we cannot take any donations.

Thanks for your understanding!

READ with the Authors…at home!

We were disappointed to postpone our in-person READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) event last March, and we know our authors were as well. But we put our thinking caps on, and we’ve come up with what think is the next best thing!

Several of our scheduled participants have prepared videos profiling their work. We’ll be sharing them one at a time over the coming days, and we hope you’ll watch and consider supporting these local authors.

When the time is right, we’ll hold the event we intended. But for now, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, grab a snack, and meet a new author from the comfort of your safe homes!

Introducing…Tony Aued! (Click his name!)

Author Tony Aued

Library Funding into the Future

From Friends President Sue Matthews, as read into record at last night’s Troy City Council Study Session regarding TPL funding:

“Troy deserves to have a facility that matches the forward-thinking, well-educated, and technologically driven nature of our city and its residents.”

Do you agree? Please take some time to watch the attached video of last night’s meeting. The slideshow presentation of the current funding model vs. potential scenarios can be viewed from 17:30-47:00. The Q and A following the slideshow is also instructive.

Once you’ve seen the playback, consider telling Council and City Administration how you feel about funding the TPL going forward.

The Friends remain committed to supporting and promoting the best library in Michigan, and we are happy to answer questions regarding the upcoming vote to fund TPL.

The TPL Plans Re-Opening in Phases!

Good morning, all!


As our great state begins re-opening in many sectors, so too does the Troy Public Library!  You can read about it on the library website


As the TPL moves through its re-opening phases, the Friends will be watching closely and taking direction from Cathy Russ, the Library Director. We are as eager as you are to return to our beloved TPL and our Shops.  We miss all of our customers, Friends, and beloved volunteers. 
However, we are not quite ready yet. Therefore, please remember and share the following information:

– We cannot accept donations of any kind at this time.

– We will not be open until we are given permission from Cathy Russ.

– We cannot have any volunteers in the building at this time. 

– We are not currently able to fulfill any Outreach requests. 

We CAN share information and updates, and we will! 


Thank you for supporting the Friends and the TPL.   Until we can see you again, happy reading!

Opening the TPL: Celebration, Caution, and Patience!

Many of you have seen the new shared by Library Director Cathy Russ that the TPL will begin its process of re-opening – in phases. You can read Director Russ’s letter to patrons for full details.

However, the operations of the Friends are still in limbo. As such, we CANNOT accept any donations at this time. That’s where the patience comes in. As soon as we can take any materials, we will let you know.

For now, let us celebrate the eventual opening of the TPL with cautious steps aimed at keeping us all safe.

A Message from the Friends

Dear Friends,

It is National Library Week, but it’s been a sad and quiet time for libraries and their enthusiasts this year. We could not have imagined this disruption, and we are keenly aware of the impact literacy, books, libraries, technology, and eservices have on our lives.

Friends organizations all across the country are at a standstill, and the Friends of the Troy Public Library are no different. We find ourselves grieving the time away from each other, from our duties, from our Shops, and from you – the people who make it possible. We remain in contact frequently with Cathy Russ, our beloved Library Director, and we look forward to the day we can greet you all once again. We realize that operations will look different from what we have previously experienced, and we are working behind the scenes to prepare for a Friends Shop and a Book Shop that comply with any new TPL guidelines. Accepting donations of books, periodicals, AV materials, and more may change in some way as well, though we do still hope you are saving your gently used items for the time when we can accept them.

Until then, we hold all of you close to our hearts and wish you and your families well. We pray you are staying safe and healthy so we can see you once again when it is safe to be together.

With heartfelt appreciation,

The Board of the Friends of the Troy Public Library

READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) with the Friends!

We are delighted to invite you to our first-ever READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) with Michigan Authors event!  

When: Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 2-5 PM
Where: St. Julian Winery, 518 W. 14 Mile Road in Troy, MI
Cost: $15 Early Bird registration OR $20 at the door if space permits

Talented local authors who write in a variety of genres will be on site with their books for sale and signing while you enjoy food samples and wine pours from local businesses:

Nibble assorted pizzas from Crispelli’s Pizzeria

Crunch on some veggie trays from Nino Salvaggio

Wash it down with samples of St. Julian wine

End with a sweet indulgence from Ridley’s Bakery

Your registration fee includes the following:
– exclusive shopping with talented local authors; meet with them and purchase their books or have them sign ones you already own

– samples of delicious food from local Troy businesses
– three tickets for wine tasting (good for three separate tastings or one larger pour)

-one complimentary raffle ticket for our carefully curated baskets; items include books, select retail items from our FTPL Friends Shop, gift certificates from local businesses, and more.

This event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Public Library, and all proceeds help us support and promote the Troy Public Library and the programming available to all patrons.

REGISTER TODAY!

Register early to guarantee attendance, and get ready to READ with the Friends!

Total: $

Authors participating in our event include the following:

Thriller writer Tony Aued

Non-fiction author Danielle Bernock

Children’s author Scott Bosek

Science fiction/thriller author Nicholas Crivac

Troy resident and renowned author Rodney Curtis

Fantasy author Veronica Dale

Short story and Poetry writer Terry Hojnacki

Mystery/thriller author Stephen Mack Jones

Young adult author Annette Johnston

Horror/thriller author Brian W. Matthews

Poet Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan

Horror author Rick McQuiston

Children’s author Theresa Nielsen

Thriller/mystery/general fiction/children’s author Carol Ochadleus

Children’s author and anthologies by Carl Virgilio