The Friends Have a Long-Standing Tradition of Giving.

Beginning with the first book drive in 1962, which became the nucleus of the library, to donating $60,000 to the 1984 library expansion, the Friends of the Troy Public Library have consistently delivered quality programming for over 55 years!

Friends funding keeps the library relevant in the digital age and enriches the Troy community. Participating in numerous partnerships and outreach projects sets the the Friends a leader amongst its peers.

Contribution Highlights

Programs for Children, Teens and Adults:

  • Summer Reading, year-round reading programs & book groups
  • Job Seekers Program & Computer Classes
  • E-Reader Program series
  • Cultural, educational, and enrichment programs

Technology Enhancements:

  • Tech Farm for Youth
  • Digital microfilm/microfiche scanner and printer
  • 3 Early Learning computer stations for Youth
  • 4 Computers for Youth Services
  • Book Talk Kiosk for Youth
  • State of the art Audio Visual system for the Library Meeting Room
  • Multi Disc Cleaning Machine
  • 3 Self check out DVD un-lockers

Special Collections:

  • Special Needs Collection
  • Agatha Christie Book Collection

Library Enhancements:

  • Fresh paint for the Meeting Room, Conference Room and Cafe
  • New tables and chairs for the Meeting Room
  • Lobby tables and chairs
  • Shelving for AV in Adult Services
  • Shelving and furniture for Teen area
  • Rug for Youth Services area
  • Craft Room makeover in Youth Services
  • A $60,000 donation to library expansion in 1984

Advocacy:

  • Instrumental in grassroots campaign to save the TPL from closure in 2010-11
  • Donation to Library Needs Assessment Survey funding
  • Provided input for the Needs Assessment report
  • Participated in the 2013-2015 TPL Strategic Plan development process

Partnerships:

  • FINRA – Scholarship
  • Meritor – Low Vision Collection
  • Troy Community Affairs Department and Troy Ethnic Issues Advisory Board – Great Michigan Book Read
  • Outreach via donating used books to:
    • Troy Community Center
    • Troy Boys & Girls Club
    • Teach For America – Michigan, Illinois and Texas
    • VA Hospitals in Michigan
    • Inner city schools in the Metro Detroit Area
    • Schools in Africa, China, India, Moldavia and Thailand

Special Needs Collection