Important Issues and the Friends

Perhaps you’ve heard of an item on our November 2017 ballot regarding the Troy City Charter. The measure asks residents to alter the Charter to require a vote of the electorate anytime a city parcel of two acres or more is to be used, leased, or sold.  This was purportedly initiated as a way to protest the development of the Civic Center campus.

However, an approval of this measure would have far-reaching consequences that would affect multiple organizations and services within the City of Troy.  The Friends of the Troy Public Library are among them. As you know, the Friends use portions of the Troy Public Library for our Book Shop and our lobby Friends ShopBecause the Library sits on a City parcel of more than two acres, and we are housed within, we fall under the rule of the ballot language.

Thus, if this measure passes, we would need to gain approval from residents of the city on a general election ballot to continue running our operations. Should our agreement expire before an election is scheduled, we would be required to immediately cease operations and wait until after approval on a ballot to continue.

There are over 200 similar contracts and agreements in the City that would be under the same requirements, and each face similar damaging consequences.  In our case, passage of this measure would have a devastating effect on our ability to raise funds to support the programs of the Library. We would also likely lose many of our dedicated volunteers. Effectively, our work would come to a standstill.

To provide you knowledge with which to make a decision at the ballot box, we are holding an informational session on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 2-4PM, in the Meeting Room of TPL. Doug Tietz, Oakland County Commissioner and former Troy City Councilman, will join us to offer insight and to answer your questions. Mr. Tietz was instrumental in creating the TPL Endowment Fund and is spearheading the “Vote NO” campaign.

We have worked tirelessly to preserve our beloved Library and to maintain the legacy of the Friends. Please consider attending and supporting the continued security of these precious institutions.

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 the difference between the Endowment and the money the Friends donate back to TPL? Continue reading “The Library Endowment Fund and the Friends: A Partnership in Action”

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!