Welcome to Our New Website!

Months in the making, hours of work and testing, and it’s finally time to welcome you to our new site!

Take a few moments and check it all out. Learn something new about the Friends, explore our Blog posts, and try all the menus.  If you like what you see, we’re happy!  If something isn’t working well, or if you have a suggestion for future content, let us know. We love to hear from our Friends, and we’re happy you’re here!

Putting Books in the Hands of Those in Need

Our Outreach program is a core part of our operations. Each week, boxes of books are packed and donated to several civic, charities, schools, shelters, or veterans/hospital groups. Some of the places we’ve supported include:

  • The Veterans Affairs hospitals
  • Local elementary, middle, and high schools and teachers
  • Haven House and Gilda’s Club
  • Troy Community Center
  • District Court Jury Waiting room
  • Gleaners Food Banks
  • Salvation Army
  • CareNet Pregnancy Centers
  • Encore Upscale Resale in support of local Christian schools

If you know of a local charity that would accept our donated materials, please contact us at friendstpl@gmail.com.

Support the Friends with a SMILE!

The Friends of the Troy Public Library are partners in a program through Amazon.  It’s called Amazon Smile, and a portion of every sale completed through that program comes right back to us.  Even better, once you set up your account to benefit the Friends, you never have to do anything again – it will automatically route your purchases through the Smile program!  Here’s how it works:

  • Go to Amazon Smile via this link: https://smile.amazon.com/
  • Choose Friends of the Troy Public Library as your charity of choice
  • Shop to your heart’s content!

This simple decision to support the Friends is a small way for individuals to help…and together it adds up to big things for the Troy Public Library!

Donate to the Friends

Comic-style bookshelf

Donate Materials to the Friends!

We accept your gently used materials in good condition for resale, and all proceeds are given back to the Troy Public Library for programs and other enhancements. Our Donations Area is in the Main Lobby; large donations can be accommodated during specific hours. All donations are tax deductible within the limits of the law (check with your tax advisor for specific details).

Please follow these guidelines when donating books, games, puzzles, and AV materials (DVD’s, CD-ROMs, audio books, etc.):

  • We only accept items that are smoke, mold, and bug free – we cannot take anything that has been previously wet or underwater
  • All items should be free of tears, dents, writing, or other damage
  • We do accept rare and collectible books and materials
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following:
    • encyclopedias
    • cassette tapes
    • time sensitive magazines/periodicals prior to 2016
    • medical/computer books older than five years
    • business books older than ten years
    • textbooks older than ten years

 

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Donate Your Time to the Friends!

We can never have too many Friends helping in our organization!  For as little as a few hours a month, you can join one of the most vibrant, dedicated, and fun-loving volunteer groups in Troy. We welcome volunteers of all ages and have many opportunities helping sort donations, cashiering in our Book Shop and Friends Shop, joining our Board, or sitting on a committee.

You may sign-up to volunteer with the Friends at our Volunteer Application.

 

Donate Financially to the Friends!

We gratefully accept monetary donations in the form of a membership, memorial donation, and/or general donations. 

You may become a member of the Friends using our Membership Application.

You may make a memorial or general donation through our online or printable Donation Form.

Additionally, you may designate the Friends of the Troy Public Library as a beneficiary in your estate. Planned giving to the Friends of the Troy Public Library leaves a legacy of programming and enrichment for the entire Troy Public Library community. If this is your desire, please check with your estate planning professional.