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Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness

ShelfAwarenessGet to know your shelf! Try out this fun book subscription service at the Troy Public Library. Fill out the form below, and every other month our librarians will put together a box with a library book and some surprise goodies inside! 

Because this is all about trying something new, each box will have a different theme, and the book will be a total surprise. If you get a book you’ve read before, or if you get one you just don’t love, don’t worry! You can email us at or use our Next Three Books service to get a personalized recommendation from one of our librarians. 

Shelf Awareness boxes can be picked up during the dates listed below). Boxes/books can be returned at our return drop boxes.

2021 Shelf Awareness Schedule & Themes

Sign-up By: JAN 6
Pickup Dates:
JAN 20–27
Home Sweet Home

Books about homecoming, family stories, revisiting roots
Sign-up By: FEB 3
Pickup Dates: FEB 17–24
Friendship Stories

Famous friendships, unusual friendships, new friendships

Sign-up By: MAR 3
Pickup Dates: MAR 17–24
Adventure & Excitement
Travel stories, survival stories, odysseys
Sign-up By: APR 7
Pickup Dates: APR 21–28
April Fools
Funny books! 
Sign-up By: MAY 5
Pickup Dates: MAY 19–26
Get Graphic

Adult graphic novels
Sign-up By: JUN 2
Pickup Dates: JUN 16–23
Pride Month

LGBTQ+ stories
Sign-up By: JUL 7
Pickup Dates: JUL 21–28
Private Eye July
Thrillers & Mysteries
Sign-up By: AUG 4
Pickup Dates: AUG 18–25
Somewhere in Time
Time travel, historical fiction, non-fiction 
Sign-up By: SEP 1
Pickup Dates: SEP 15–22
Around the World
Books featuring travel, other countries
Sign-up By: OCT 6
Pickup Dates: OCT 20–27
Page Turners
Thriller, scary stories, horror, dystopian
Sign-up By: NOV 3
Pickup Dates: NOV 17–24
Breaking Bread
Cookbooks, books about food, books with recipes
Sign-up By: DEC 1
Pickup Dates: DEC 15–22
Other Worlds
Fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal

Please fill out the below form before the 1st Wednesday of the month to be included in that month's box. 



TPL Card # (currently, this service is available only to patrons with a resident, work, school, or teacher card beginning with 21273-):

Which box are you interested in?

Check this box to give library staff permission to access your account to place holds on subscription box books until January 2022. 

Check this box to acknowledge that subscription boxes must be picked up between the third and fourth Wednesday of the month (January/March/May/July/September/November for Adult boxes and February/April/June/August/October/December for YA boxes). After two unclaimed boxes, a subscription will be cancelled. 

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