Special Holiday Shopping Hours on Wednesday December 20

Special hours on Wednesday December 20 for last minute holiday shopping.  The Friends Book Shop will be open 3-7 PM.  Located on the lower level of Troy Public Library, 90% of the inventory is priced at $1 or less (and even some of those will be discounted!).  We’ll be giving away some special prizes to lucky shoppers, too. Our Friends Gift Shop will also be open until 7PM on Wednesday. Enjoy some great deals on used books, recorded media and memorable gifts while supporting the Troy Public Library.  

Recognizing the Value of our Wonderful Volunteers!

Every fall, it is our honor and privilege to recognize one of our volunteers for his/her outstanding performance and steadfast service at the Leadership Troy Annual Recognition Banquet. Janice May was the honoree for 2017. Janice exemplifies the best of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. For over twenty years, she has brought her sweet, cheerful smile and caring wisdom to our organization. An expert in all areas of the Book Shop, she happily greets and helps every individual in her midst. Her vast knowledge of books, authors, and sales trends helps make our Book Shop popular and profitable. In fact, we have an entire section dedicated to her hand-picked titles! But perhaps most importantly, Jan remembers details of all our families and asks after…

You’re Invited to the 5th Annual Winter Wonderland Festival on Friday December 8, 2017! Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Troy Public Library

You’re Invited to the 5th Annual Winter Wonderland Festival on Friday December 8, 2017!    Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Troy Public Library

This FREE event returns to the Troy Civic Center Campus with new special features! Start the night at the south entrance of City Hall along West Big Beaver Road for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 pm. Throughout the evening, move on to the Troy Public Library and Troy Community Center to participate in fun activities for the whole family. Special this year, activities geared for ages 5 and under will take place at the Library and activities for 5 and above will take place at the Community Center. Dress warmly and we’ll see you there !  

Giving Thanks

The Friends of the Troy Public Library are thankful to all of our Friends, our volunteers, our library patrons, and our customers.  Without the collective group, our work could not be done. In the last year, the Friends have donated the funding for the programming of the library, the lobby furniture, and other enhancements that benefit the entire library community. Our lobby Friends Shop is open daily, and our lower-level Book Shop operates every Sat./Sun. that the Library is open.  Visit us soon to see what we have to offer.  Additionally, watch this space for announcements of upcoming holiday events and special shopping experiences! Thanks for supporting the Friends!

Meet and Greet with Chris Bohjalian

It’s Time for Another Friends of the Troy Public Library Members Only Event! Join the Friends for an exclusive Members Only Meet and Greet with Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of over nineteen novels. A master of literary suspense, Mr. Bohjalian weaves stories that explore contemporary social issues and the ways they play out in the lives of ordinary people. His book titles include Midwives, The Night Strangers, and his latest, The Sleepwalkers. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with him in a small group setting on the evening of October 17, 2017. Be sure to also pre-register with the Troy Public Library for his 7PM speaking engagement and book signing with the general public. Not a member? Join us! Please visit our website at http://www.friendstpl.org/members or pick up a membership application…

The Library Endowment Fund and the Friends: A Partnership in Action

The Library Endowment Fund and the Friends: A Partnership in Action

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Troy Public Library Endowment Fund (http://troypl.org/endowment/) created for the benefit of the Troy Public Library.  Over the last year, nearly $60,000 has been raised to support the future of the Library and its operations. This money has come from public and private donors in the local community and beyond. The Friends have been raising money for over fifty years to promote and support the TPL as well. Our money comes from sales in our shops, membership dues, donations, bequests, and grants. In fact, the Friends were the impetus for first having a library in Troy! With one small book drive and sale in the 1960’s, the dedicated group of volunteers donated seed money to begin the collection. So what is…

Putting Books in the Hands of Those in Need

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.