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 Technology in Pontiac.

Van Full for Oakland Academy of Media and Technology

The Troy Public Library hosted a very successful open house on Sunday, November 14.  The Friends participated in this event too! We gave out bookmarks, fliers, chocolate and free coloring/activity books to people who stopped at our table.  We were able to introduce many people to the Friends Shop and the Bookshop and invited them to shop ‘til they dropped!

Noah Church helping to run our open house table.

We invite everyone come celebrate the holidays with us.  Visit our stores and find special unique gifts for the friends and family on your holiday list.  In this season of giving and giving thanks, please consider donating to the Friends of the Troy Public Library.  Every donation allows us to give back to our library and to our community. 

Happy Holidays to all. 

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.

Smaller donations (2 boxes or less) may be dropped in the lobby donation box during regular library hours with the following guidelines:

1. Materials donations must be securely bagged or boxed before being placed in the donation bin.

2. Donations should be in good condition and mold, smoke, and bug free.

3. Keep in mind that we do not accept encyclopedias, audio/VHS cassettes, or time sensitive materials older than 1 year.

Please see the Donate to the Friends page for more information.

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. Original piping developed cracks, leaked into the basement, and necessitated the closing of four of six bathrooms. The job had to be bid out, approved, and scheduled.

Just when there was the beginning of a plan to open, it had to be postponed to allow for repairs. Those repairs should happen this month.

Quite simply, the building is not currently safe or ready for patrons.

As soon as we hear that the TPL can open to in-person traffic, we will let you know. Until then, please remember that you can use the TPL in the following ways:

– browse the collection online, place holds, and schedule curbside pick-up

– attend programming safely from your own homes and in your pajamas!

-search the databases

Thanks to the majority of Troy voters, we now have a sustaining millage in place for the next ten years. This will allow for greater maintenance of the physical plant and other important facility upgrades as determined to be necessary.

Keep the faith, Troy! We will be back in our beloved library as soon as it is possible.

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!

Alert: the millage funding the Troy Public Library is up for renewal this November!

If it passes, service will only improve at the TPL with its normal operations (while not suffering pandemic problems).

If it doesn’t pass, the funding will expire at the end of the fiscal year in July 2021. Under this scenario, plans to close the library would have to begin far sooner, however.

We cannot let that happen! So be informed.

Attend one of Troy’s virtual TPL Millage Town Hall Meetings to learn about the Troy Public Library millage question on the November 3, 2020 ballot. Town Hall Meetings will be hosted on Zoom.

Meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 pm and Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm. Register here: https://troypl.librarycalendar.com/…

Please Note: These Town Hall Meetings are intended for Troy residents and both meetings will contain the same agenda items, so please only register for one meeting.

READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) with the Friends!

READ (read, eat, and drink) with local authors…at home!

We were disappointed to postpone our in-person READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) event last March, and we know our authors were as well. But we put our thinking caps on, and we’ve come up with what think is the next best thing!

Several of our scheduled participants have prepared videos profiling their work. We’ll be sharing them one at a time over the coming days, and we hope you’ll watch and consider supporting these local authors.

When the time is right, we’ll hold the event we intended. But for now, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, grab a snack, and meet a new author from the comfort of your safe homes!

Introducing…Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan!

READ with the FTPL…at home!

READ (read, eat, and drink) with local authors…at home!

We were disappointed to postpone our in-person READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) event last March, and we know our authors were as well. But we put our thinking caps on, and we’ve come up with what think is the next best thing!

Several of our scheduled participants have prepared videos profiling their work. We’ll be sharing them one at a time over the coming days, and we hope you’ll watch and consider supporting these local authors.

When the time is right, we’ll hold the event we intended. But for now, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, grab a snack, and meet a new author from the comfort of your safe homes!

Introducing…Veronica Dale!

READ with the FTPL…at home!

READ (read, eat, and drink) with local authors…at home!

We were disappointed to postpone our in-person READ (Read, Eat, and Drink) event last March, and we know our authors were as well. But we put our thinking caps on, and we’ve come up with what think is the next best thing!

Several of our scheduled participants have prepared videos profiling their work. We’ll be sharing them one at a time over the coming days, and we hope you’ll watch and consider supporting these local authors.

When the time is right, we’ll hold the event we intended. But for now, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, grab a snack, and meet a new author from the comfort of your safe homes!

Introducing…Danielle Bernock!