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.

Winter Solstice & Holiday Weekend Schedule

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a book, game or CD from our Book Shop.  Most titles priced at $1 or less.

While you’re at it, finish last minute holiday shopping in our Gift Shop.

Both Shops are located inside the Troy Public Library

Holiday Weekend Schedule:

  • Saturday December 23 – Book Shop (10AM-1PM), Gift Shop (11AM-4PM)
  • Sunday December 24 – Troy Public Library Closed
  • Saturday December 30 – Book Shop (10AM-1PM), Gift Shop (11AM-4PM)
  • Sunday December 31 – Troy Public Library Closed

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Special Holiday Shopping Hours on Wednesday December 20

Special hours on Wednesday December 20 for last minute holiday shopping.  The Friends Book Shop will be open 3-7 PM.  Located on the lower level of Troy Public Library, 90% of the inventory is priced at $1 or less (and even some of those will be discounted!).  We’ll be giving away some special prizes to lucky shoppers, too.

Our Friends Gift Shop will also be open until 7PM on Wednesday.

Enjoy some great deals on used books, recorded media and memorable gifts while supporting the Troy Public Library.

 

Recognizing the Value of our Wonderful Volunteers!

Every fall, it is our honor and privilege to recognize one of our volunteers for his/her outstanding performance and steadfast service at the Leadership Troy Annual Recognition Banquet.

Janice May was the honoree for 2017.

Janice exemplifies the best of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. For over
twenty years, she has brought her sweet, cheerful smile and caring wisdom to our
organization. An expert in all areas of the Book Shop, she happily greets and helps
every individual in her midst. Her vast knowledge of books, authors, and sales trends
helps make our Book Shop popular and profitable. In fact, we have an entire section
dedicated to her hand-picked titles! But perhaps most importantly, Jan remembers
details of all our families and asks after our welfare. She dispenses thoughtful advice in
an encouraging way; she hopes for the best for all of us, and she makes it clear that she
really cares. We are honored every day to have Jan May in our circle of Friends.