We'll begin by connecting Detroit Public Library (our last Discovering Libraries story) and Troy Public Library. We wonder what advice library champion, and former Director of DPL, Clara Stanton Jones would give Director Cathy Russ as she guides her precious library through tumultuous times. Oh, wait, we can imagine, because you see, Clara wrote a letter to Troy Library, to its children in particular:
To the Young People of Troy:
Congratulations on the opening of your new and beautiful library. You have the prospect before you of a lifetime friendship with books and libraries. The person who read need never be lonely. Through book travel and reading acquaintanceship with people of all counties of the globe, early in his life the reader becomes a "citizen of the world," at home on the earth.Someone said that he "graduated" from college, but he received his education from books. Education in the true sense never ceases, and books can play a very meaningful role in every person's growth and development.The best I can wish for you is that you will enjoy your library to the fullest!Sincerely,Clara S. Jones
"Enjoy your library to the fullest," Clara suggested. To do this Troy Public Library needs to have its doors open and that is what Cathy Russ, Phillip Kwik, Head of Public Services, and host of library champions have lined up to do. During our visit to Troy Public Library The Sisters met a soul mate, all Four of Us held a precious piece of history in our hands, and we learned that Troy Public Library is a treasure worth fighting for.
Phillip Kwik, Head of Public Services, and Cathy Russ, Library Director, took a moment away from the preparations for the evening's City Council Meeting. That City Council Meeting was reason there wasn't fanfare, cake, balloons, a celebration befitting a 40th anniversary. May 16, 2011 was not a day for celebrating, it was crunch time. Balloons, or no balloons, crunch time or not, with an "ahhhhh" The Big Sister inhaled "the smell of the library" we had arrived and there were librarians to interview and library to learn about, so learn we did!
Question #1: What is the most interesting item held in your libraries collection?
Phillip Kwick explained his favorite part, "To that we add that TPL is full of friendly faces of librarians, staff and volunteers, ready and waiting for you to ask for help!
Just one of those amazing "electronic resources" Phillip mentioned are the precious Letters to the Children of Troy, that thanks to Phillip are available online. The letters have spread like wildfire on the internet. The story has made its way across the Atlantic, The Guardian reported on June 10, 2011
with their new buddy, Cathy Russ, Director of Troy Public Library
--a day they will never forget!
Why do you think libraries are an important part of a community? Here is Phillips answer:
Phillip sharing a bit of history.
Question #3: How can children support the library? Phillip shared a simple answer, "c
lobby of Troy Public Library
This is not the end of our Troy Public Library story, it is just beginning. The Sisters, The Mom and The Dad voted unanimously to help save TPL and so we will! Join us through out the summer for "Save Troy Public Library Tuesdays", when we'll share more of the amazing Letters to the Children of Troy, give you updates on the millage election and support Troy Public Library. Use the form below and we'll send you emails of our posts!
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