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Libraries want businesses to hook up cardholders with discounts

By: Terry Oparka | C&G Newspapers | Published September 25, 2019

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TROY/MACOMB COUNTY — Libraries want to give their patrons discounts at local businesses — and they are asking local businesses to help.

In celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month in September, libraries in the Suburban Library Cooperative, which includes libraries throughout Macomb County as well as the Troy Public Library, want to help local businesses get their products and services in front of their customers.

The Suburban Library Cooperative was established in 1978. This is the first time all of the libraries in the cooperative have opted in to the Go Library Card discount program.

The member communities are Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Eastpointe, Fraser, Harper Woods, Harrison Township, Macomb Township, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, New Haven, Ray Township, Romeo, Roseville, Shelby Township, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Troy, Utica and Warren.

“It’s a great way to support our local businesses and promote library cards, the library and its services, and making people aware of what’s available in the whole area,” said Tammy Turgeon, the director of the Suburban Library Cooperative.

“It adds value to the library card and publicity to the business,”  said Cathy Russ, the director of the Troy Public Library.

She noted that, on average, 2,000 people per day visit the Troy library.

“That’s 14,000 to 15,000 people each week,” Russ said. “The library reaches people. For businesses who partner with us, it provides exposure and gives added value to the library card.

“We want to see it go beyond restaurants to whatever business wants to partner with us,” Russ added.

There is no charge to be a business partner.

Business owners who want to offer discounts should go to go and click on the “Add Your Business” tab. The requests are then reviewed.

Library cardholders may check out or their local library for updates on the program.