2011 Baker and Taylor Award
ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards recognize Friends groups and library Foundations for outstanding efforts to support their library. The winners of ALTAFF’s 2011 Baker & Taylor Awards are the Batavia (Ill.) Public Library Foundation, the Friends of Hackley Public Library (Muskegon, Mich.) and the Friends of the Troy (Mich.) Public Library. Each group will receive a $1,000 check and a plaque to honor their achievements.
2011 Outstanding Friends of Michigan Library Winner
The Friends of the Troy Public Library are the proud recipients of the Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) prestigious 2011 Outstanding Friends of the Library Award. The Friends will be presented with a plaque designating the award and a check for $400 at the FOML annual membership meeting on April 20, 2012 at the Okemos Library.
The Friends of Michigan Libraries selected the Troy Friends over 16 other groups based on their application showing the organization, “carried out an outstanding project or activities that had significant impact on their library’s services to the community.” According to Charles D. Hanson, President of the Friends of Michigan Libraries, the committee was “impressed with the successful activities that the Friends carried out that saved the library from closing.”
2012 City of Troy Proclamation
Partner: Troy Public Library, Troy, MI
Troy Public Library will help high school students and their parents to establish a financial plan for college and beyond. The project addresses saving and investing to cover college expenses, as well as the skills and knowledge students need to manage their finances while in college and after they graduate. Sessions will begin with a focus on financial basics (banking, budgeting, etc.), moving on to college affordability, financial aid, investment considerations, and managing debt after graduation. Sessions will also reinforce parents’ role as the primary financial behavioral model for their students. The seminars will take place at the library’s technology center and at three area high schools. Nearby Oakland University, Walsh College, the local consumer credit counseling agency, and the City of Troy Finance Department will provide instructional support for the project. Grant amount: $65,175
Low Vision Special Needs Collection
Partner: Arvin Meritor
The Troy Public Library received a $2,300 donation from southeast Michigan businesswomen representing Meritor, Henry Ford Health Systems, GM and Inforum.
This donation will enhance the Library’s Special Needs collection, and be used for materials and equipment for children with reading disabilities associated with visual impairments such as albinism, dyslexia, ADHD, traveling eye, an inability to see color, and more.
The Library will purchase large print materials, with emphasis on novels for ages 8-12; non-fiction books on visual impairments; and magnifiers to assist in reading. The Friends of the Troy Public Library partnered with this group by contributing an additional $300 towards this project, to purchase kits with special reading materials and magnifiers that children can use at home.