Ethan Lazrado, of the Troy High School Zahara Dance Team, instructs teens and tweens on the steps of a Bollywood dance at the Troy Public Library last year. The program takes place Aug. 7 this year.

Ethan Lazrado, of the Troy High School Zahara Dance Team, instructs teens and tweens on the steps of a Bollywood dance at the Troy Public Library last year. The program takes place Aug. 7 this year.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


The universe awaits at the Troy library this summer

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 19, 2019

 Youth learn to dance like a Bollywood star at a new program offered at the Troy Public Library last summer.

Youth learn to dance like a Bollywood star at a new program offered at the Troy Public Library last summer.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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

The theme for this summer’s offerings is “A Universe of Stories.”

Youths can win a weekly prize by completing items from the Troy Public Library’s top 10 lineup: reading a book, reading a magazine, listening to an audiobook, listening to a music CD, downloading a digital title, attending a library program, learning a new fact about space, exploring the library’s website, adding their own planet to the library’s Galaxy Wall or checking out a new item.

Children can be a “Troy Tourist” by visiting the Troy Historic Village, the Troy Family Aquatic Center, the Stage Nature Center and the Troy Community Center to qualify for prizes.

Learning a new fact about space and adding a planet to the Galaxy Wall are new to the top 10 lineup this year, said Emily Hudek, the interim head of the youth services department.

“We’re really excited about ‘Wildlife Safari Company Presents: Animals from Around the World’ on June 27 and ‘Wild Swan Theater Presents Honey Pot of Winnie the Pooh Stories’ on July 22,” Hudek said.

The end-of-summer party was popular last summer, with over 400 children attending, Hudek added.

The final prize for this year will be a paperback book chosen from a selection. Magician Baffling Bill will be on hand for this year’s end-of-summer party Aug. 16. Registration for the party is due by Aug. 1. For information on all summer programs for youths, visit troypl.org/youth; check out the video at the bottom of the webpage.

Teens may participate in a young writers program in which local writers and poets coach the teens in creative writing skills. Other offerings include trivia and origami nights, and Troy Talks, similar to TED Talks, where various speakers share thoughts on something important to them. Topic proposals for Troy Talks should be submitted by Aug. 1.

Teens can earn points by attending events, volunteering, reading 50 pages and exercising for 30 minutes.

Every time a teen earns five points, he or she may stop by the library to collect a prize: movie tickets, zoo passes and food coupons.

Teens will be grouped into four teams: Martians, Kryptonians, Guardians and Jedi. Holly Osentoski, a teen librarian, explained that the team that scores the most points will win an additional prize.

A program that was popular last year, “High School Hacks,” in which high school students talk to middle school students entering high school about what to expect, will return. “It went over well last year; the Teen Advisory Board requested we do it again,” Osentoski said.

She added that the Teen Advisory Board helps to select and plan activities and will host the Troy Talks.

Adults can earn chances to win weekly prizes and the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite with an adapter and a cover.

The first prize is the book, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” signed by co-author Jeremy McCarter, plus a $50 Somerset Collection gift card. Second prize is “The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts, the Crimes of Grindelwald,” plus a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card.

Adults can earn chances at the prizes by reading books and logging three- to four-sentence reviews; downloading movies, TV shows, comic books and magazines; and attending library programs.

Wondering what to read this summer? Stop by the adult information desk or call (248) 524-3534 for more information and reading suggestions.

“We live to get the right book into someone’s hands,” said Connie Doherty, the head of adult information services. “Nothing makes us happier. We love it when people ask for suggestions.”

The summer reading program runs through Aug. 10.

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.

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

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