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.

January Clearance Sale!

Did you spend some time after the flurry of the holidays cleaning up and clearing out?  Well, so have we!  And now that we’ve sorted all the year-end rush of donations that we received, we need to clear even more.

So…have we got a sale for you! This weekend, enjoy HALF OFF every item in the downstairs Book Shop (excluding Collector’s Corner items), and HALF OFF every book or DVD in the upstairs Friends Shop (excluding Collector’s Corner items)! Most of our items are priced $1 or less, so HALF OFF lets you fill your bag with quality used books with no guilt.

Even better – there will be bargain priced retail items in the lobby shop!

Find everything for everyone in you home, from children’s titles to academic references, from cookbooks from every culture to travel guides to every land. Our Shops will be stocked and ready – DON’T MISS OUT! This only happens once a year.

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.

You’re Invited to the 5th Annual Winter Wonderland Festival on Friday December 8, 2017! Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Troy Public Library

This FREE event returns to the Troy Civic Center Campus with new special features!

Start the night at the south entrance of City Hall along West Big Beaver Road for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 pm.

Throughout the evening, move on to the Troy Public Library and Troy Community Center to participate in fun activities for the whole family.

Special this year, activities geared for ages 5 and under will take place at the Library and activities for 5 and above will take place at the Community Center.

Dress warmly and we’ll see you there !

 

Giving Thanks

The Friends of the Troy Public Library are thankful to all of our Friends, our volunteers, our library patrons, and our customers.  Without the collective group, our work could not be done.

In the last year, the Friends have donated the funding for the programming of the library, the lobby furniture, and other enhancements that benefit the entire library community.

Our lobby Friends Shop is open daily, and our lower-level Book Shop operates every Sat./Sun. that the Library is open.  Visit us soon to see what we have to offer.  Additionally, watch this space for announcements of upcoming holiday events and special shopping experiences!

Thanks for supporting the Friends!