Friends Volunteer Opportunities
The Friends of the Troy Public Library is an all-volunteer organization. Our mission is to promote and support the TPL, and we accomplish what we do because of our volunteers and the time they give in service of the Friends.
Book Shop Section Leader
We invite you to visit our shops to see our work in action and to review our volunteer opportunities below. Training is provided for every position, and your service can be a few hours each month or several hours weekly. Volunteers develop new friends, learn more about the library, and feel a great sense of accomplishment.
Adopt a section of the Book Shop and take ownership of the items on display for weekly sales. You’ll be shown how to price, stock, and organize your section. Check-in once a week to see how many items were sold, and fill it all back up again!
Friends Gift Shop Cashier and/or Assistant
Working in our lobby shop includes assisting customers with sales, light housekeeping, and simple opening and/or closing tasks. If you are a friendly person with a smiling face, the Friends Gifts Shop is waiting for you! We’re open daily as staffed, and shifts are typically three hours.
Sorting is one of the most fun and interesting jobs we have! Our sorters see the donations before anyone else, and then help organize them into clearly labeled shelves. Most sorters work just a few hours at a time. Caution: this job is addicting and friendships are formed weekly!
Book Shop Cashier and/or Assistant
We open up our well-stocked Book Shop every weekend the library is open, and that means we need 2-3 cashiers/baggers to help sell the books! Shifts are approx. 3.5 hours and include opening and closing duties, counting cash, and assisting customers. Want to feel the true energy of all the work we do? This is the place for you!
Helping the Board register new members is as simple as processing new members, updating an existing membership document, and sending out monthly reminders for renewals. Portions of this task can be done from home, and it requires just a few hours a month.
Special Events Team
A few times a year, we host special events like our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, guest lecturer or author presentations, or a themed event. Tasks include helping set up, clean up, acquire donations for prizes, and coordinating other details.
But Wait…There’s One More Opportunity! Become a Member.
This is the easiest job of all because the time commitment is this: none! But for as little as $15/year ($10 for student membership), you can help continue the legacy of the Friends. Your membership helps us fund the programs and extras that the Friends provide to the entire TPL community. Bonus: you also get first notice of special events and sales, and members receive annual discounts in our shops.
Don’t wait to become our Friend!
Simply fill out the form below, send it through the mail, or drop it off in our lobby shop.
You may also sign up to volunteer or become a member on our website at www.friendstpl.org/join.
The Friends lower-level Book Shop and our lobby Friends Shop are both now open for business as usual. Visit either one today to find an array of high-quality items!
Our lobby Friends Shop offers retail items including greeting cards, home décor, office/study supplies, and a selection of quality used books and DVD’s.
Our lower-level Book Shop is the best used book shop in town! There you’ll find high-quality, gently-used books, DVD’s, CD’s, LP’s, audiobooks, and more! Most items are priced $1, and we restock weekly.
We accept your donations! Please check our guidelines for donating, then bring your items to the Donations Area in the lobby.
We always welcome new Friends! Join the Friends as a member or a volunteer…and join the fun of being a part of the best volunteer organization in the City of Troy.
“How did you pay for the improvements?”
“Does this mean you’ll have less to give less to the Library?”
“Was it really necessary?”
These are some of the questions we’ve been asked lately as we worked through the renovations of our Friends Book Shop. So while we’ve been counting down the days to our Grand Re-Opening, we wanted to take today to count our blessings and explain how it all came about.
First, the renovation is fully paid for by the Friends of the Troy Public Library and was not financed or completed at the expense of any taxpayer. As a non-profit organization, we are not connected to the City or the City finances. None of the funding generated by our TPL millage is filtered through the Friends.
Moreover, deciding to spend money on ourselves was difficult. We typically only spend money to cover
Finally, while our “before” space certainly allowed us to conduct business, many of the shelves and display units – initially donated from the upstairs public spaces – were over thirty years old and becoming increasingly dilapidated and possibly dangerous. A broken bracket here, a rickety table there, and we knew we had to finally make some changes. When the Library announced a closure to replace carpeting, we seized the opportunity to update.
And here we are today, on the eve of our Grand Re-Opening. We are thrilled with how the Book Shop looks, and we look forward to many more years of providing quality materials to all our patrons.
See you at the Library!
If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen the complete clearing of materials in our Book Shop, then the demolition/removal of all old furniture and shelving. The next step called for bright coats of paint and snappy new carpeting!
We’re expecting the shelving and other furniture items to arrive within the next five to six weeks. And then we’ll begin the process of filling the space back up with books, DVD’s, CD’s, records, and other fun items we select for you.
We miss all of our customers and volunteers, but we’re thrilled to be able to bring our all-new Book Shop back to life very soon.
In the meantime, check our the progress in the pics below!
The basement Book Shop is now cleared and ready for remodeling! We’ll be sharing updates as we go along.
The first phase was packing away all the books and materials. Many faithful volunteers and the Book Shop management crew were on hand getting the books into boxes, shelves completely cleared, and details finalized for the renovation.
Soon we’ll have new carpet, new paint, all new shelving, a new sales area, and other adjustments to the shop in general. We can’t wait to show it off!
In the meantime, take a look at these photos. It’s the Book Shop like most of us have never seen it before!
Our shops may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean we’ve halted all our work! We’d like to gather some information from you about our lobby Friends Shop.
Did you know that the revenues from that shop – and the lower-level Book Shop – support the Library? That means the more we make, the more we give! And the happier our customers are, the better we’re able to give back to the entire library community. So we’ve created a survey to gather some data that will help us do our best.
Simply click this link, take the survey, and know that we thank you for your input. Your small investment of time could make a huge impact on our operations. Friends Shop Survey
Our Book Shop & Gift Shop are now temporarily closed for remodeling. We have also suspended accepting donations of books and other media for the time being. Stay tuned to this website as well as our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/friendstpl/) & Twitter (https://twitter.com/Friends_TPL/) pages for progress updates leading up to resumption of donations and the exciting Grand Re-Openings.
In the meantime …
The Friends Book Shop is now officially closed for remodeling. Please remember that we will not be accepting donations of used books and other materials during the interim. Check this website or our other social media platforms for updates as well as announcements about donation resumption and Shop reopening.
As a reminder, our Friends Shop will remain open through Sunday December 23 for your last minute gift and card shopping. That Shop will then close for new carpet installation until Monday January 21, 2019.