Dear Friends,

It is National Library Week, but it’s been a sad and quiet time for libraries and their enthusiasts this year. We could not have imagined this disruption, and we are keenly aware of the impact literacy, books, libraries, technology, and eservices have on our lives.

Friends organizations all across the country are at a standstill, and the Friends of the Troy Public Library are no different. We find ourselves grieving the time away from each other, from our duties, from our Shops, and from you – the people who make it possible. We remain in contact frequently with Cathy Russ, our beloved Library Director, and we look forward to the day we can greet you all once again. We realize that operations will look different from what we have previously experienced, and we are working behind the scenes to prepare for a Friends Shop and a Book Shop that comply with any new TPL guidelines. Accepting donations of books, periodicals, AV materials, and more may change in some way as well, though we do still hope you are saving your gently used items for the time when we can accept them.

Until then, we hold all of you close to our hearts and wish you and your families well. We pray you are staying safe and healthy so we can see you once again when it is safe to be together.

With heartfelt appreciation,

The Board of the Friends of the Troy Public Library