Friends News

Basement Book Shop open this weekend, then closed for a few weeks for Library building maintenance

Dear Valued Customers, We are sorry to inform you that building repairs are affecting our Basement Book Shop. We will be closing after our regular hours this weekend for several weeks. We are OPEN on Saturday, February 24, 2024 10AM – 1PM EST and Sunday, February 25, 2024 1PM – 4PM EST. We will miss you for about eight (8) weeks. Please follow us on Facebook for additional updates. Our upstairs Friends Shop will be open as often as we may staff it during this period of Library building maintenance. Thank you for your patience and understanding! — The Friends of the Troy Public Library

Bailey G. – Testimonial – 2023-03-23

Our thanks to Bailey G. for this kind message: I’m 27 years old and ever since I was a kid I went to the library. Looking back at when I was a little boy, I would always read the Goosebumps Books by RL Stine and I would check out movies as well. The libraries have served a purpose for a very long time and they still do. Back in the day it was all about books, but now a days it’s not only about books/novels. The library also has magazines, a massive movie collection with new movies being added after the dvd and blu ray release dates and it also has video games and tv shows. The library is important for many people, and as…

March Madness!

March has been so busy we need two posts!  The Book Shop and Friends shop are celebrating March is Reading month with a 50% off all kids books and DVD’s all month long.  Friends shop Hours are during regular library hours when volunteers are available.  Book shop hours are Saturdays from 10am to 1 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Stop in and Stock up on your favorite books! The Friends recently participated in a Philanthropitch hosted by the Troy Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Network.  Although, Grace Centers of Hope ultimately won the contest, the exposure gleaned by the effort will bring in donations and hopefully some volunteer support.  Click the link to view a recording of the pitch presentation. Philanthropitch 3-9-2022…


April Church, President Friends of the Troy Public Library March is Reading Month! The renovation of the Friends Shop is complete just in time for March is Reading Month!  Book Shop and Friends Shop are offering a 50% off all kids and tweens books and DVD’s for the ENTIRE MONTH of MARCH!  Stop by to see our fabulous offerings.  The sale will run from March 1 until March 31. The book shop is open   Saturdays from 10am – 1 pm and Sundays from 1pm – 4 pm.  The Friends Shop is open during library hours when volunteers are available. 

Friends Follies

The Friends are hosting a Book Lovers, 50% off sale, on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday February 13.  The event will be in both the Friends Shop and the Book shop.  Stop by this weekend and find a gift for yourself or for your one true love.  Speaking of the Friends Shop….. We are pleased to announce that the Friends Shop has undergone a transformation.  While we continue to have merchandise available, the focus of the shop has shifted to books.  We have a large selection of new and popular adult fiction, teen fiction, kids and tween fiction and other literary features.    The Friends Shop hours vary depending on volunteer availability, but we are trying to be several times during the week.  Stop in…

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.…