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BOOK NOOK: Friends of TPL give kids book ownership

Now that school is out for the summer, the “Friends of the Troy Public Library” are as busy as bumblebees keeping books, puzzles and grab bags on the Book Nook Shelves.

Juanita Rogers, “Friends” president, said the Book Nook is always a-buzz but especially in the summer when kids of all ages are eager to discover the treasures that are found between the covers of a book, to “puzzle” over a picture or discover the surprises hidden inside a grab bag.

“And, that’s the way we like it,” Rogers said. “We really enjoy having more time to spend with our young readers. They like to find a book they want to read and one that is their own.”

Rogers said taking ownership of a book is exciting and the books at “the Nook” are more than affordable.

“The hardcovers are usually $1.50 to $2.50 but many are lower priced,” Rogers said. “The paperbacks are 25 to 50 cents. Where else can you get hours of enjoyment for just a few pennies?”

The Book Nook has books for all ages and for all interests. Puzzles are popular items as are music CDs and videos and, a record or two might show up on the racks.

Rogers said visitors never know what treasures they might find on the shelves.

The Book Nook is supported by “book” sales, memberships, donations of books and other printed materials, and also monetary donations.

Annual “Friends of the Library” memberships are $25 for individuals and $35 for families. Business “Friends” and supporters choose a donation level, either bronze, silver or gold.

The “Friends of the Library” funds raised from donations and support are used to assist the Troy Public Library in different ways.

“‘Friends’ is a longtime support of the TPL Summer Reading Program,” Rogers said. “And, again this year, we are eager and excited to be involved with the outstanding summer program for children and young adults.”

Rogers said “Friends” also assists with funding for needs that are not budget items.

She expressed appreciation to all who support “Friends of the Library” in so many different ways, especially, the volunteers who donate their time and talents as shop keepers.

“We have a wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers,” she said. “The Book Nook is open during regular library hours and our volunteers are here to assist our ‘shoppers’ in any way possible.”

The Book Nook is a great place to volunteer and volunteers are always needed. For more information about “Friends” and the Book Nook, call 334-372-9590 or visit the Book Nook at the Troy Public Library at 500 E. Walnut Street in Troy.