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 that, please consider becoming a member of the Friends!

As for the Library, you can still access it in a few ways!

Although the TPL building is not open to the public, the Library is providing services via curbside pickup, with browsing assistance provided via phone from librarians, or via chat or email if you prefer.

TPL’s digital library is also open 24/7.

The Library building is not currently open because the Library is experiencing an unprecedented staff shortage (over 50% in circulation and 15% overall) and does not have the staffing levels adequate to provide curbside service and be open to the public. Curbside service takes priority as it is the only option available to those who cannot or do not wish to wear a mask.

They are working on filling the open positions, and as soon as they are in a position where they are able to open the building and provide curbside service, they will do so.

Please also remember that the Troy Public Library’s dedicated millage is up for renewal on the November ballot. The Friends encourage you to vote YES to support our precious Library for the next ten years. To estimate what the new millage will cost your household, please visit the Millage Estimator on the City website.

Thank you for supporting the Friends…and supporting the Troy Public Library!