Today is Troy Public Library’s 40th birthday!

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Troy Public Library on 510 W. Big Beaver, Troy MI-48084 opened its doors to the local residents’ today- May 16th, 1971.

To commemorate the 40 years of readership, Troy Public Library has displayed Letters to the Children of Troy in its lobby. Visit the Library and take a look at these pieces of Troy history.

The Letters to the Children of Troy is a precious 40 year old collection of over 90 letters written to the children of Troy by the learned individuals from the fields of art, science ,literature and politics from all over the world.The letters stress on the importance of reading and the significant role of libraries in a child's life.

In 1971 Troy Public Library's first librarian Marguerite Hart wrote to a number of actors, writers, artists, musicians, playrights and more to write to the children of Troy about the importance of a library. Suprisingly close to a hundred famous and intellectual personalities responded with encouraging and motivating letters. Some of the well known names include: Ben Spock, E B White, Neil Armstrong, Pat Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin and even Dr.Suess.In the picture is a letter from Dr. Suess. You may view all the letters at http://troylibrary.info/letterstothechildrenoftroy

The Troy Public library has made a journey and has been housed in many different locations around the city. It's original location was the Troy High School in the year 1962 with a modest collection of just 1,000 books. In 1965, the library moved to a store location on Square Lake and Livernois. As the city grew in numbers, so did the residents needs and demands.And, once again the Troy Public Library moved - this time to a bigger location on the Rochester Road.

By 1968 The library book collection swelled to 22,282 book.On May 16th, 1971 after a construction period of 16 months, Troy Public Library found a permanent home in its current location. Keeping up with the expanding population of the city, expansions to the site were made in 1982, bringing the building to its current size.

Troy Public Library plays a prominent part in the shaping the the lives of Troy children by providing them with unique, vast collection of books and audio-video resources. It also organizes numerous literary activities to keep both the young - adult minds stimulated.

Lately, Troy Library had also been in news for being forced to shut down by the city on Sunday, May 1
due to the lack of funds to sustain its maintenance. At the Troy City Council meeting on April 18 however, the Council decided that the Troy Public Library will not close to the public as earlier decided.

Happy Birthday Troy Public Library!

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