TROY — The subjects are varied and the prices are right.
The Friends Book Shop at the Troy Public Library reopened to the public April 6 after being closed for several months.
Each book and DVD donated to the bookshop is scrutinized by a bookshop volunteer, many of whom are former teachers and are experts in various subjects — gardening, sports, medicine, science fiction, mysteries, romances and thrillers, to name a few — before the materials go onto the shelves, said Lynda Belian, a Friends of the Troy Public Library board member and the co-manager of the bookshop.
Items not deemed to be a good fit are recycled or discarded.
The Friends have operated their bookshop in the lower level of the library for over 30 years, said Library Director Cathy Russ.
She noted that the Friends fund 99% of all library programs.
The Friends Book Shop, together with the Friends Gift Shop on the upper level of the library, net about $60,000 each year, said Sue Matthews, president of the Friends.
The bookshop closed down in mid-December for improvements, and the library was closed for three weeks in the beginning of January so workers could install new carpet in the adult services and technology rooms.
The Friends Book Shop also got new carpeting. The cost to purchase and install the approximately 35,000 square feet of carpet was $298,862; $300,000 had been set aside in the library’s capital improvements budget, which is funded by a voter-approved library millage.
The Friends funded the $45,000 cost of the other improvements to the Friends Book Shop: the installation of new shelving, a new children’s book tin, a new sales desk, stools for patrons and paint.
“It was a true labor of love,” Matthews said at a bookshop soft opening April 4. “They have worked so hard on this.”
The Friends Book Shop, located in the lower level of the Troy Public Library, is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Most items are priced under $1.
New fiction — within a year of publication — is priced slightly higher. Items in the collectibles section are assessed and priced at about half the market value.
The Troy Public Library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.
For more information on the Friends of the Troy Public Library, visit wpc.friendstpl.org.