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.

Friends in Action: Promoting and Supporting the TPL

The mission of the Friends of the Troy Public Library has always been to promote and support the library, and that means even in the midst of a pandemic! While our shops have been closed and we cannot accept donations, we are still hard at work providing support for the programs and initiatives of the Library. 

The Friends are proud to sponsor the new Storybook Trail to be installed at Raintree Park, and we cannot wait to travel the walk through the pages of an amazing children’s picture book. We are thrilled to be able to help bring the renowned author, Madeline Miller, to the homes of TPL patrons as she participates in a Conversations with Cathy Zoom presentation. 

These activities are possible with the revenue we’ve made from our Shops, from memberships, and from donations. You can be a part of the legacy of the Friends and the TPL by joining us! Consider becoming a member or donating to our mission today!  We can never have too many Friends!

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!

READ with the 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…Tony Aued! (Click his name!)

Author Tony Aued

Library Funding into the Future

From Friends President Sue Matthews, as read into record at last night’s Troy City Council Study Session regarding TPL funding:

“Troy deserves to have a facility that matches the forward-thinking, well-educated, and technologically driven nature of our city and its residents.”

Do you agree? Please take some time to watch the attached video of last night’s meeting. The slideshow presentation of the current funding model vs. potential scenarios can be viewed from 17:30-47:00. The Q and A following the slideshow is also instructive.

Once you’ve seen the playback, consider telling Council and City Administration how you feel about funding the TPL going forward.

The Friends remain committed to supporting and promoting the best library in Michigan, and we are happy to answer questions regarding the upcoming vote to fund TPL.

Back in Business!

The Friends lower-level Book Shop and our lobby Friends Shop are both now open for business as usual. Visit either one today to find an array of high-quality items!

Our lobby Friends Shop offers retail items including greeting cards, home décor, office/study supplies, and a selection of quality used books and DVD’s.

Our lower-level Book Shop is the best used book shop in town! There you’ll find high-quality, gently-used books, DVD’s, CD’s, LP’s, audiobooks, and more! Most items are priced $1, and we restock weekly.

We accept your donations! Please check our guidelines for donating, then bring your items to the Donations Area in the lobby.

We always welcome new Friends! Join the Friends as a member or a volunteer…and join the fun of being a part of the best volunteer organization in the City of Troy.

Contact Us: friendstpl@gmail.com | 248-786-4580             Website: friendstpl.org 

Social Media: facebook.com/friendstpl | @friends_TPL | linkedin.com/in/ftpl

Board Member Profile of the Month: Lou Wassel, Member of Many Trades!

This month, we present Lou Wassel: Board Member, car aficionado, TPL lover! Read all about Lou here!

What is your role with the Friends? List all jobs that you perform for the FTPL and for how long you’ve been associated with the same.

I am a Lifetime Member of the FTPL. In 2015, I became a Board Member – At Large. I currently serve on the Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Social Media Committee.

Briefly describe who you are – married, single, family, kids, interests, etc.

I am married and the father of four adult children. I also have one grandson, one dog, and two cats.  As for my favorite local hangouts, they include the Troy Community Center, the Troy Public Library (especially the Friends Bookshop), and the Dream Cruise or local car cruise venues when in season.

What is your educational and/or professional background? Continue reading “Board Member Profile of the Month: Lou Wassel, Member of Many Trades!”

Board Member Profile of the Month: Jeff Marraccini, IT Chair

Jeff Marraccini has been a member of the Board of the FTPL since September 2016, but he’s been a TPL lover for much longer.  Read all about Jeff here!

What is your role with the Friends? List all jobs that you perform for the FTPL and for how long you’ve been associated with the same.

Board Member, focusing on IT and web site development. I joined in 2016.

Briefly describe who you are – married, single, family, kids, interests, etc.

I am single but have a wonderful relationship with my partner Allison, and we both enjoy TPL! I was involved early in helping spread the Internet back before it was commercialized, and thus have had a lot of exposure to many computing platforms thanks to my alma mater, Oakland University, consulting, and my full time work. I enjoy helping others with computing and network issues, and have helped people recover / convert older word processing documents from extinct platforms so that they may become current ebooks!

What is your educational and/or professional background?

Graduated from Oakland University in 1994, Economics, Computer Science, and Anthropology. I have been with Altair Engineering in Troy for 20 years working in IT management.

What makes you passionate about the library and/or the Friends?

Books made me what I am, and I have enjoyed TPL even before I moved to Troy. TPL’s generous access to those that work in Troy is a tremendous benefit, and spreading the word about what the Friends and the TPL both accomplish is very important. The Library and the people I have met through it have been there for me, good days and bad, and by reading, using the databases, and attending events, I have learned a great deal about many topics!

What are your favorite types of books/materials to read?

Science Fiction, Technology, and (gasp!) Economics

Who is your favorite author?

Arthur C. Clarke

What is your favorite book?

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Where do you see/hope to see the Friends in five years?

Online searchable Book Shop (don’t worry, I’ll help with it!), and helping TPL move to a larger, more current building.

What is the most valuable thing TPL offers the community?

Being open. I immediately feel brighter just walking into TPL and exploring. It was devastating when the Library was perhaps going to be closed for a while (during the millage decision issue), and I thank the entire community for coming together and helping ensure it remains in our community.

Winter Solstice & Holiday Weekend Schedule

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a book, game or CD from our Book Shop.  Most titles priced at $1 or less.

While you’re at it, finish last minute holiday shopping in our Gift Shop.

Both Shops are located inside the Troy Public Library

Holiday Weekend Schedule:

  • Saturday December 23 – Book Shop (10AM-1PM), Gift Shop (11AM-4PM)
  • Sunday December 24 – Troy Public Library Closed
  • Saturday December 30 – Book Shop (10AM-1PM), Gift Shop (11AM-4PM)
  • Sunday December 31 – Troy Public Library Closed

Winter Solstice sm Continue reading “Winter Solstice & Holiday Weekend Schedule”

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 our welfare. She dispenses thoughtful advice in
an encouraging way; she hopes for the best for all of us, and she makes it clear that she
really cares. We are honored every day to have Jan May in our circle of Friends.