A New Chapter in the Book Shop: Grand Re-Opening!

 “How did you pay for the improvements?”

“Does this mean you’ll have less to give less to the Library?”

“Was it really necessary?”

These are some of the questions we’ve been asked lately as we worked through the renovations of our Friends Book Shop. So while we’ve been counting down the days to our Grand Re-Opening, we wanted to take today to count our blessings and explain how it all came about.

First, the renovation is fully paid for by the Friends of the Troy Public Library and was not financed or completed at the expense of any taxpayer. As a non-profit organization, we are not connected to the City or the City finances. None of the funding generated by our TPL millage is filtered through the Friends.

Moreover, deciding to spend money on ourselves was difficult. We typically only spend money to cover costs of our website, our phone service, necessary supplies to run our Book Shop and Gift Shop, and modest marketing/membership materials. The rest of what we earn is donated to the TPL. However, the Friends received a generous gift a few years back from the estate of a member and Library patron that allowed us to complete our renovation while continuing to give the majority of our revenues back to the Library. To be clear, we don’t have enough to fund an extra day of service as some have jokingly suggested we do, but we are happy to provide the programming and other enhancements the TPL community deserves and loves!

Finally, while our “before” space certainly allowed us to conduct business, many of the shelves and display units – initially donated from the upstairs public spaces – were over thirty years old and becoming increasingly dilapidated and possibly dangerous. A broken bracket here, a rickety table there, and we knew we had to finally make some changes. When the Library announced a closure to replace carpeting, we seized the opportunity to update.

And here we are today, on the eve of our Grand Re-Opening. We are thrilled with how the Book Shop looks, and we look forward to many more years of providing quality materials to all our patrons.

See you at the Library!

Donate Books and Other Items Now!

As of March 2, the Friends happily began receiving donations of gently-used books and AV materials again!  Please follow these guidelines when donating books, games, puzzles, and AV materials (Blu Ray’s, 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 one year prior to the current year
    • medical/computer books older than five years
    • business books older than ten years
    • textbooks older than ten years

All donations are tax-deductible within the limits of the law (please check with your tax advisor for specific details).  

Phase Three: Paint and Carpet

If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen the complete clearing of materials in our Book Shop, then the demolition/removal of all old furniture and shelving. The next step called for bright coats of paint and snappy new carpeting!

We’re expecting the shelving and other furniture items to arrive within the next five to six weeks. And then we’ll begin the process of filling the space back up with books, DVD’s, CD’s, records, and other fun items we select for you.

We miss all of our customers and volunteers, but we’re thrilled to be able to bring our all-new Book Shop back to life very soon.

In the meantime, check our the progress in the pics below!

The view looking toward the Children’s Section corner
How great is that carpeting? We love how all the colors come together.
Elevator lobby with signage. Even the elevator doors were refreshed.
Looking toward the entry doors and stairwell.

Ready for Remodeling

The basement Book Shop is now cleared and ready for remodeling! We’ll be sharing updates as we go along.

The first phase was packing away all the books and materials. Many faithful volunteers and the Book Shop management crew were on hand getting the books into boxes, shelves completely cleared, and details finalized for the renovation.

Soon we’ll have new carpet, new paint, all new shelving, a new sales area, and other adjustments to the shop in general. We can’t wait to show it off!

In the meantime, take a look at these photos. It’s the Book Shop like most of us have never seen it before!

The view from the former sales desk area
The Children’s section, ready for remodeling
No more mysteries here…just a space ready for a facelift
The newsstand is closed…for now!

Tell Us About Our Shop!

Our shops may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean we’ve halted all our work! We’d like to gather some information from you about our lobby Friends Shop.

Did you know that the revenues from that shop – and the lower-level Book Shop – support the Library? That means the more we make, the more we give! And the happier our customers are, the better we’re able to give back to the entire library community. So we’ve created a survey to gather some data that will help us do our best.

Simply click this link, take the survey, and know that we thank you for your input. Your small investment of time could make a huge impact on our operations. Friends Shop Survey

Thank you!

Season’s Greetings

Our Book Shop & Gift Shop are now temporarily closed for remodeling.  We have also suspended accepting donations of books and other media for the time being.  Stay tuned to this website as well as our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/friendstpl/) & Twitter (https://twitter.com/Friends_TPL/) pages for progress updates leading up to resumption of donations and the exciting Grand Re-Openings.

In the meantime …

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That’s a Wrap for Now

The Friends Book Shop is now officially closed for remodeling.   Please remember that we will not be accepting donations of used books and other materials during the interim. Check this website or our other social media platforms for updates as well as announcements about donation resumption and Shop reopening.

As a reminder, our Friends Shop will remain open through Sunday December 23 for your last minute gift and card shopping.  That Shop will then close for new carpet installation until Monday January 21, 2019.

 

 

Going Out of Business (Temporarily) Clearance Sale

OK, OK, we going out of business only until renovations are completed, but we’re still having a …

Clearance Sale

Everything will be 50% off marked price in the lower level Friends of the Troy Public Library used Book Shop … and we mean EVERYTHING.

Almost every item will cost you only 50 cents or less.

  • Wednesday December 12   3:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Saturday December 15     10AM – 1PM
  • Sunday December 16         1PM – 4PM

Our Book Shop is located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library.

Drop in for the best holiday shopping bargains in town, and also say good-bye to an old friend until you greet them again in March 2019.

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Visit the Friends Shop for Holiday Gifts

Now that the holidays are in full swing, make it a special point to visit the Friends of the Troy Public Library Gift Shop located on the main level of the Troy Public Library across from the Circulation Area.  There, you’ll find a great selection of unique Christmas and seasonal holiday items for those special folks on your shopping list … including you!

And don’t miss our new greeting card spinner containing over 500 beautiful selections for every special occasion.

We also carry a limited inventory of used books, music CDs, movies on Blu-Ray and DVD, jewelry, fashion accessories, gift bags, school and office supplies, toys and games along with “Emergency” items like batteries, umbrellas, sewing kits, ear buds and reading glasses.

The Friends Shop is open as staffed, so stop in and make someone’s spirit bright this holiday season.

Remember, all profits earned in both our Shops help pay for the many programs, events and enhancements that benefit all Library patrons.

Special Notice from Friends of the Troy Public Library

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HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?

The Friends of the Troy Public Library’s used Book Shop located on the lower level of the Troy Public Library is getting a face lift!  New carpeting, new paint, and ALL-NEW SHELVING are on the way!!!  Additionally, our Gift Shop located across from the Circulation Desk is also getting new carpeting.

In fact, the entire Troy Public Library will be closed from January 2-20, 2019 so new carpet can be installed in the Adult Services area, Technology Center, Circulation, Technical Services, main meeting room and conference room. Accordingly, the Friends Gift Shop will be closed from December 23, 2018 – January 20, 2019.

The Friends Book Shop will close after business on Sunday December 16th and won’t re-open again until late February or March.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and this Website to keep up-to-date with renovation progress.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES

  • Monday December 10 – Last day we are accepting public donations of used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc.  We will alert you when donations may resume.  Save your items since we will need them when it’s time to re-open.
  • Wednesday December 12 – Special Evening Sale in Book Shop from 3:30-7:30PM.
  • Saturday and Sunday December 15 / 16 – Final weekend that Book Shop will be open prior to renovation. You won’t want to miss this Special Sale.  Normal weekend hours will be in effect:  Sat 10AM-1PM and Sun 1-4PM.
  • Sunday December 23 – Last day of operations for Gift Shop until January 21, 2019

We are excited about the changes. The Book Shop will have a new layout as well as a fresh new décor for an improved shopping experience … and room for MORE BOOKS!  Please watch for news about our grand re-opening sale, featuring a completely new inventory, new look, and volunteers ready to help you find that perfect book.

Thanks for your support of both the Friends and the Library.