Let the Library Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Guest blogger Rhonda Hendrickson, President of the Friends of the Troy Public Library, discusses ways that the Troy Public Library can help you keep your New Year's Resolutions.

The Friends of the Troy Public library are excited about the many ways the library impacts us as individuals, families and as a community. We even believe that we can help you fulfill your New Year’s resolutions! See if the resolutions below may be on your list this year and learn how the Troy Public Library and the Friends of the Troy Public Library can help you reach your goals.

  • Get involved. If you resolved to give back to the community and volunteer for a good cause, the Friends would love to have you share your time and talents with us. We have volunteer opportunities in both our Friends Shop and Book Shop. It is only a few hours per month and it feels good to be part of an organization that turns that money directly back into the library by paying for programming, equipment, technology and more.
  • Learn something new. The Friends sponsor library programs for all ages: children, teens and adults. There are special speakers, music, movies and book clubs. Interested in a certain topic? Ask a reference librarian. They are a wealth of information and are ready to help you find what you are looking for. Check out the library website.
  • Get tech savvy. The library can do that in spades. The library is offering classes for computers and other digital devices. The Friends purchased e-readers and tablets for the library to provide instruction for library users to learn use their new e-readers and help to download books and music. The library also has e-resources that you can’t get at home or would be too expensive: resources such as Reference USA and Morningstar. There are databases to assist small business owners and genealogy researchers.
  • Learn a language. TPL is offering resources for learning a variety of languages. Plus, the library has a program called Talk Time for whom English is a second language and may wish to chat with others in a comfortable and fun place. 
  • Job searching. The Friends are proud to support the Job Seekers classes that help re-tune your skills and resume to help you find the job you want and need. Ask the technology desk to learn more.
  • Clear your clutter. Do you have an abundance of books, magazines, LP’s, VHS, DVD or CD’s you would like to clear out of the house? The Friends would be happy to take your donations. We accept donations in the lobby to the right of the circulation desk during regular library hours.
  • Save money. Shop the Friends Book Shop and Friends Shop. There are hundreds of things to choose from. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardcover books are $1 and up. There are many videos, children’s books and magazines. Find the Book Shop on the lower level of the library. The door is located just inside the youth department. Hours are Saturday 10am-1pm and Sunday 1-4pm.
  • Connect with others and make new friends. This is easy at the library. Come join a group, enjoy a program, have coffee in the café, schedule a meeting at the library, volunteer and you will surely find something to enrich your life.

See how easy it is to check the boxes of your resolutions. The Friends and the Troy Public Library are working together and working for the community. We know the library is the heartbeat of Troy and we are striving every day to provide the services, programs and materials that give residents the educational support, enrichment and access to information they expect.  Come check out your Troy Public Library and meet some Friends!

Visit the Friends at friendstpl.org and find us on Facebook.  Email us at friendsTPL@gmail.com.

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Cathy Russ January 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM
This blog post was written by Special Guest Blogger Rhonda Hendrickson, President of the Friends of the Troy Public Library.
Coffee Philosopher January 12, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Sounds like one of your messages is that we are all part of something much bigger than just ourselves. Focusing too much on just ourselves can feel isolating. Focusing on broadening our horizons and becoming part of a larger community can open new doors and create more meaning and opportunity in our lives. The only thing you left out is that while you're learning, connecting with others, and expanding your mind, make sure not to lose your sense of humor ! http://wheretobuycoffee.wordpress.com/
Weilou Gao January 16, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Thanks for posting this. Do you or Rhonda Hendrickson know of any Civil War experts who would be interested in being on our panel so everyone can learn more about Gettysburg, Lincoln etc. during the 150th anniversary year? We're thinking of holding our February USA Melting Pot meeting from 12:30-2:30 on Saturday, February 16 in the Meeting Room after the Talk Time which is Saturday mornings from 10:15-12:00. Maybe some people will stay for our Panel Discussion of the Civil War. Of course, everyone is welcome in our club, not just newcomers. Our next meeting is Thursday, January 17 from 7-9 p.m. on African-American culture (Mrs. Joya Shephard, Personell Director of GM's Orion Plant) and skiing. More details at http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/usa-melting-pot-january-meeting Please ask possible Civil War panelists to email me at weilou.gao@gmail.com or call at 248-978-7904. Thank you.


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