Lawmaker donates 50 books to Troy library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published April 19, 2017

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TROY — U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, surprised Troy Library Director Cathy Russ April 12 with 50 new books from the U.S. Library of Congress.

Trott presented the fiction and nonfiction books to the Troy Public Library to commemorate National Library Week April 9-15. He obtained the books through the Library of Congress’ surplus book program.

“National Library Week is a celebration of the vast intellectual and creative contributions of our communities’ libraries and all those who serve there, and I can think of no better place to celebrate this week than at one of the educational epicenters of our community — the Troy Public Library,” said Trott in a prepared statement. “Troy Public Library prides itself on transforming minds and promoting literacy, and is an unwavering influence in providing cultural enrichment and fostering diverse ideas throughout our community.”

The Library of Congress surplus book program allows members of Congress to select materials from the Library of Congress’ collection that are not needed for the library’s own uses and donate them to libraries in their communities. “The guiding principle of the program is to build library collections throughout the nation,” according to the Library of Congress website. 

Russ said the books are in “great condition, recently published and things the library can use. It’s a cross section for teens and adults, including a number with patriotic themes and Michigan-themed books, as well as reference and literature books,” she said. 

“The donation was a very nice surprise and very welcome,” Russ said. “We appreciate the support during National Library Week.” 

Russ said the books will be cataloged and placed on the shelves in the appropriate collections in the coming weeks. 

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