Friends News

Friends Book Shop Closed November 27 and 28th

The Friends Book Shop will be closed on November 27 and 28th to allow our wonderful volunteers to spend time this Thanksgiving with their families. Our normal shopping hours will resume on December 4. We are very grateful for our donors, volunteers, friends, and customers and we wish we a very happy Thanksgiving.

November News

It has been a very busy month for the Friends. In an effort to renew our presence in our community, we have posted an article/ad in the Troy Times. The article/ad was published in the November 11, 2021 Troy Times, and should have been in your mailbox on Friday, November 12. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find the ad on page 13 of the Troy Times. Since our reopening, we have resumed our outreach programs connecting with previous outreach partners and welcoming new outreach friends.  Earlier this month St. Vincent De Paul picked up more than 50 boxes books.  Just this past Saturday (November 13) we were able to give 30 boxes of kids books to the Oakland Academy of Media and…

Open for Business

The Friends Bookshop, located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library, has been open for business since mid August 2021. We have had a wonderful time seeing old customers and meeting some new ones. Please pass the word to all your friends and family that we are open. Our hours of operation are Saturday’s from 10 am – 1pm and Sunday’s from 1 pm -4 pm. For the months of October, we are having a special sale! All library discards are 1/2 off! This is the perfect opportunity to try out some new authors or reread an old favorite. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Friends Book Shop to Reopen August 14, 2021

The Library has reopened and the Friends have been given the “green light” to resume business. On Saturday, August 14, 2021 the Friends Book Shop located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library will re-open. Our hours are: Saturdays from 10am-1pm and Sunday from 1pm -4pm. The Friends Shop (locate in the library lobby) is dependent on the availability of volunteers to serve as cashiers and will be open intermittently during normal library hours when volunteers are available. We are also happy to report that we will once again be accepting donations beginning in August 2 with the following new procedures. Large donations (3 boxes or more) will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled through the Troy Public Library calendar.…

Why Isn’t TPL Open?

We know many of you have been missing our beloved library. And we have an update for you. First, following the initial lockdown due to Covid, the TPL staff was hit hard. Many employees could not return due to health concerns and/or had found other opportunities. So the hiring process had to unfold. That is handled by the City, and it involves a timely interview and training process. However, there have been several new hires who are now in place and ready to serve! But not so fast… Our beloved TPL is an aging building. The original wing which houses the Youth Services area, the public and youth bathrooms, Tech Services, and the Friends Book Shop has suffered a major failure of the sewage system.…

Friends in Action: Promoting and Supporting the TPL

Friends in Action: Promoting and Supporting the TPL

The mission of the Friends of the Troy Public Library has always been to promote and support the library, and that means even in the midst of a pandemic! While our shops have been closed and we cannot accept donations, we are still hard at work providing support for the programs and initiatives of the Library.  The Friends are proud to sponsor the new Storybook Trail to be installed at Raintree Park, and we cannot wait to travel the walk through the pages of an amazing children’s picture book. We are thrilled to be able to help bring the renowned author, Madeline Miller, to the homes of TPL patrons as she participates in a Conversations with Cathy Zoom presentation.  These activities are possible with the revenue we’ve made from our Shops,…

An Update from the Friends

Are you missing the TPL as much as we are? While the Library has been closed, so have our operations. That means we haven’t been able to see our wonderful volunteers or customers. We are in constant contact with Cathy Russ, Library Director, and as soon as we can return to any level of service, we will let our Friends know! If you are a member of the Friends, you should have received your invitation to our General Annual Meeting on Sept. 28. Via a virtual platform, we’ll highlight the year (such as it is!), inform you on the status of our financials and donations to the Library, and nominate the slate for our Board of Directors. If you’d like to be a part of…

Alert: the millage funding the Troy Public Library is up for renewal this November!

If it passes, service will only improve at the TPL with its normal operations (while not suffering pandemic problems). If it doesn’t pass, the funding will expire at the end of the fiscal year in July 2021. Under this scenario, plans to close the library would have to begin far sooner, however. We cannot let that happen! So be informed. Attend one of Troy’s virtual TPL Millage Town Hall Meetings to learn about the Troy Public Library millage question on the November 3, 2020 ballot. Town Hall Meetings will be hosted on Zoom. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 pm and Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm. Register here: https://troypl.librarycalendar.com/… Please Note: These Town Hall Meetings are intended for Troy residents and…

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

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…Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan!

READ with the FTPL…at home!

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!