Friends of the Library

Be a Friend!

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From the Newsletter to the BookCellar, the Friends contribute in many ways to the library. We invite you to join the Friends by printing-out and completing the Friends of TPL application form.

The Friends of Troy Public Library meet the second Monday of every month (except for July and August) at 5:30 p.m.




Understanding Shakespeare – Othello


Thursdays, May 28th to July 2nd at 6:30 pm
Main Library

This will be a six­ session program on reading Shakespeare’s great tragic play, Othello. Week one, we will discuss some important keys to reading Shakespeare’s plays and to the specific play under scrutiny. Then in the following five weeks, we will discuss Shakespeare’s great tragedy Othello, one act at a time.

This program will allow the participants to put Othello in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other tragedies and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and professor at Siena College will lead this workshop.

Copies of Othello are available at the circulation desk.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or register online.


Teens Reading it Forward!

Looking for a great summer read?

The library has free copies of Jeff Strand’s I Have A Bad Feeling About This. After June 21st, pick one up in the Young People’s Department at Main or at Teen Gaming at the Lansingburgh branch.

bad feelingThe Deal:
Read it.  Tell us what you think, and pass it on to another teen.  Details are inside the books.  In the spirit of sharing, there are no due dates, no late fees, no lost-book charges—only the pleasure of reading a good book and passing it on.

The Book:
Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors – but that doesn’t make him a wuss. Skinny nerd? Fine. But wuss is a little harsh. Sadly, his dad doesn’t agree. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn’t exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry’s sure he saw a sign written in blood….

For grades 7 and up. You can also borrow a copy from the library or from overdrive.


Author Visit: Courtney Maum

Saturday, June 6th at 9:00 am
Lansingburgh Branch

having fun Courtney Maum will discuss her debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. The New York Times describes Maum as funny: “the kind of funny that is mean and dirty, with some good bad words thrown in. And she has a satiric eye for artsy pretension.” Maum will be discussing her novel, her process and what she has in store for us next.

Come join us for a program that is sure to be a fun time! This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register call the library at 235-5310 or register online.


Book Discussion Group: Main Library

booksMondays at 6:30 pm
Main Library

  • June 1st: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • July 6th: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
  • August 10th: Redeployment by Phil Kay
  • September 14th: Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • October 5th:  The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo
  • November 2nd:  The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • December 7th: Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Ask for a copy at the desk.