‘Build a Better World’ at the library this summer

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 14, 2017

TROY — Prizes and programs abound for patrons of all ages at the Troy Public Library this summer. 

The theme for this summer’s offerings is “Build a Better World.” 

Youths can win weekly prizes by reading a book or magazine; listening to an audiobook; trying an e-resource; using a self-checkout machine, library computer or tech farm item; attending a library program; and watching DVDs or Blu-Ray movies. Children can also be a “Troy Tourist” and visit the Troy Historic Village, the Troy Family Aquatic Center, the Stage Nature Center and the Troy Community Center to qualify for prizes. 

If children complete and log one activity each week, they can go to the library to claim a variety of prizes, including food coupons. The program will run for eight weeks. Through a partnership with the Troy Family Aquatic Center, children who complete an activity during week seven of the program will win that week’s prize of a ticket to the Glo Party at the Troy Family Aquatic Center Aug. 19. 

Meaghan Battle, head of youth services for the Troy Public Library, said that about 1,500 youths participated in the Summer Youth Program last summer. 

This year’s programs feature a family concert with Randy Kaplan, shows with Zeemo the Yo-Yo Man, the Storytellers and various craft activities — folding paper toys, building pyramids, making straw rockets and creating foil art. Other offerings include the Summer Start-Up: Build a Better Business program, Joel Tacey’s Book Builder Magical Comedy Show, trivia games, chess lessons and a family movie. 

“The programs are fun and free,” Battle said. “The kids always have a great time. There seems to be something for everyone.” 

Battle said registration is required for the majority of the youth programs due to limited space; call the youth desk at (248) 524-3541 or visit troypl.org. 

Battle noted that the times for the lapsit programs for children ages 12-23 months on Tuesdays and children ages 2-3 years on Wednesdays have changed to 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. 

Teens may participate in a young writers program where local writers and poets coach the teens on creative writing skills. Offerings feature a trivia night and a video game tournament. Teens can earn points by attending the events, journaling, downloading music, reading books and exercising. Every time a teen earns five points, he or she may stop by the library to collect a prize, including coupons for Zoya Yogurt and Swirl’ndipity. The teens will qualify to win monthly gift baskets that include a one-year membership to the Detroit Zoo, Starbucks gift cards and MJR Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16 movie tickets. 

Teens can also play board games and participate in a talent contest. The final party will be a scavenger hunt. Registration is required for the teen programs. Call (248) 524-3538 or visit troypl.org to register. 

“The Teen Advisory Board plans all the activities with me,” said teen librarian Olivia Olson. “It’s a huge help.” 

Olson said about 200 teens participated in the summer program last year. 

Adults can earn chances to win weekly prizes, Amazon gift cards and a grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite by reading books and logging three- to four-sentence reviews, downloading music and magazines, and attending library programs. 

“The more you participate, the better chance you have of winning a prize,” said Connie Doherty, head of adult information services at the Troy Public Library.

“There’s something for everyone,” she said of the adult summer programs. “It’s a nice variety.” 

Adult programs, centered on the “Build a Better World” theme, run the gamut from building relationships and healing from the trauma of infidelity to building a business, a family tree, a better career, better memories and more. 

Registration is required for the adult programs. Call (248) 524-3534 or visit troypl.org to register. 

The summer reading program runs June 17-Aug. 12. 

Donors and the Friends of the Troy Public Library fund the prizes and programs. 

For a complete list of programs and times and to register, call (248) 524-3542 or visit www.troypl.org/calendar. Information is also in the city magazine, Troy Today.

The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.