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Troy Election Information Available Online

Phillip Kwik - Posted on

VoteAre you registered to vote in Troy? If so, check out the League of Women Voters nonpartisan voter information guides. The guides have biographical information on the Mayor, City Council, and School Board candidates, as well as the candidates' answers to key questions facing the City and School District.

Need more information? View the League's Mayoral and City Council Candidates' Night, a one hour program available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on your computer. If you prefer to watch the Night on your television, Comcast and WOW channel 18 will air the program at 9pm, November 3; 5 pm, November 4 and 5; and 10 am, November 8.

The Troy School District Candidates' Night, a 1½ hour program, can also be viewed 24/7 on your computer, or on Comcast channel 19 and WOW channel 15 at 7:30, November 3; and 12:20 pm and 7:30 pm, November 4 through November 8.

Remember to vote on Election Day, November 8.

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Friends Book Store Re-opening Celebration

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Friends of the Troy Public Library Logo

The Friends of the Troy Public Library are excited to announce the three-day Grand Re-Opening of the Friends Book Shop on Thursday, September 8, from 4-7 pm; Friday, September 9, from 10 am-1 pm; and Sunday September 11, from 1-4 pm. The Book Shop, located in the Library's lower level, closed in April due to the impending Library closing, but with the passage of the August millage the Book Shop is back in business.

During the Re-Opening Celebration, Library visitors will receive discount coupons for the Book Shop. The Friends will also be holding a drawing of a nook eReader as a way to thank Library supporters. eReaders are a great way to use the Library's growing eBook collection. Stop by the Friends Gift Shop in the Library's lobby or the Book Shop to enter. (You must be 16 years old to enter and you need not be present to win.)

The Friends have supported library services in Troy for over 53 years. The Friends have funded the highly successful Job Seekers programs, children’s summer reading programs, the Special Needs collection, and many cultural and educational programs. In addition, the Friends provide tens of thousands of volunteer hours to the Library and offer a place for students to gain necessary community service hours.

Membership in the Friends is just $10 a year for an individual, and a great way to support this vital community library. Members receive updates on Friends' activities, and discounts on the shops. Information is available in the Gift Shop and Book Shop, and at the Friends website,  Join the Friends and continue the great community support for our nationally ranked public library.

MeLCat Interlibrary Loans Return August 23

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On Tuesday, August 23, Troy residents will again be able to request items from hundreds of public, academic and special libraries across Michigan with the Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat). You will be able to place requests directly through the Troy Library catalog, and track due dates and renew items right in your Troy Library account. MeLCat complements Troy's catalog and offers access to millions of titles we do not own.

A few things to keep in mind:

With MeLCat you do not place a hold on an item that is currently checked out. Instead, you request a print or audio-visual title currently available from one of the 375 participating libraries.

When searching for a title, always check the Troy Library catalog first to see if we own the item. You can only place MeLCat holds on items we do not own.

If you cannot find your item in our catalog, then choose MeLCat in the dropdown menu on the search screen. Use the Phrase search option and the Search by dropdown for either Title or Author. Searching other ways, like by Subject or Genre, will not produce the best results. Also make sure the Limit by dropdown is searching All Formats.

After you are done searching MeLCat, remember to turn your search database back to Troy Public Library.

We continue to look for ways to make searching more user-friendly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

A New Chapter for the Troy Library

Cathy Russ - Posted on

Dear Troy Residents,

Words alone cannot express the excitement that the Library staff and I feel about the Library's future. I hope you feel it, too! If you need a jolt of positive energy, please stop by the Library, because you can feel it in the air!

The library staff and I are working quickly on the following immediate priorities:

Establishing the Library's budget for the next three years,
Bringing new materials into the Library for your information and enjoyment, and
Restoring access to the MelCat system for interlibrary loans.

We also have several long-term priorities, including:

A strategic plan,
A re-organization of staffing to further increase efficiency, and
Improved communication with our Library users — and non-users!

Please check this website often for updates, as we will post them frequently. We have been working on restoring access to MelCat, and I hope to have more information for you next week on that subject.

The Library staff and I are committed to providing you with the service, collections, programs, and information that Troy residents deserve — no less than the very best! It is our privilege and pleasure to do so.


Cathy Russ, Library Director

Questions about the August 2 Library Millage? Here are Some Answers

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There has been a lot of discussion about the election on Tuesday, August 2, for a dedicated millage to fund the Troy Public Library. The amount requested of Troy voters is .7 mills for 5 years.

Troy residents have asked how the Library’s budget, staffing levels, and use compare with those of other area libraries. This chart provides that comparison in terms of budget, visits, circulation, number of employees, number of open hours, and director's salary.

In addition, there have been questions about the ballot language that mentions the City of Troy’s Local Development Finance Authority, Downtown Development Authority, and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

According to State law, if the Library millage passes on August 2, 100% of the money that Troy residents pay must go to support the Troy Public Library. The law also requires that the taxes paid by the businesses in the authorities listed above go to those authorities. This means that of the $3.1 million collected in the first year of the millage, all of it – except for approximately $53,500 – will go to the Library.

For details on how you can vote in the August 2 election, click here. To find out the cost of your taxes, with or without the Library millage, go to and enter your address. Your specific tax costs will be calculated.


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