The Friends of the Troy Public Library host their first book drive, which would become the nucleus of Troy Public Library’s initial collection.
The Friends have continued to be TPL’s biggest supporter, including the funding of programming and investing in new technology, such as our Children’s Tech Farm.
About | The Beginning
Troy Public Library is founded. Children’s Librarian Marguerite Hart writes famous individuals, asking them to write the children of Troy on the importance of reading. Hart received 97 letters addressed to Troy’s young people from individuals who spanned the arts, sciences, and politics across the 50 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, the Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. Those writing included First Lady Pat Nixon; Michigan Governor William Milliken; then-Governor of California Ronald Reagan; Michigan State University President Clifton Wharton, Jr., the first African-American president of a major U.S. university; first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong; Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown; authors Isaac Asimov, Hardie Gramatky, Dr. Seuss, Dr. Ben Spock, and E.B. White; and actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Vincent Price, and Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
About | Expansion
Now the adult library area, an addition was built in 1984 after the original library’s walls had been outgrown.
A New Brand
Troy Public Library (TPL) today unveiled its first official logo since opening its doors in 1971. Known to many as TPL, the library’s new branding reflects the strong belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor.
The logo is simple, yet deep, featuring the acronym ‘TPL’ and the full library name. The orange node, located on the right-hand side of the logo, is a representation of the American Sign Language symbol for “learning”. With the noticeable absence of a book, TPL’s brand communicates that a library is far more than hard covers on a sea of shelves.
“Few places inspire a love of knowledge like a public library. The tagline ‘Never Stop Learning’ is a challenge; a call to action. We’ve been helping Troy’s residents, businesses, and visitors learn for over 43 years, which is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” says TPL Director Cathy Russ. “TPL has grown to become a valuable community resource and our patrons are more active than ever. The new TPL brand platform was created to respond to the evolving way people gather, consume, and communicate knowledge.”