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Allegiant Pre-Release Party

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Allegiant book coverThe third book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series will be released in October, and we are ready to celebrate! On Saturday, October 19, from 6-8 pm, teens ages 13-18 are invited to join a faction and participate in an intense Divergent  trivia game. We'll also be decorating shirts with quotes from the books, so make sure to bring a plain white t-shirt if you want to participate!

Raffle winners will go home with Barnes and Noble gift cards, so if you win, your copy of Allegiant will be on us! 

Registration happens here

Write on the Edge: Scary Story Contest for Teens

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ghostsOctober is the time for truly terrifying tales. Share yours with us!

The Library is looking for your best original ghost story, dystopian thriller, or supernatural mystery. If it has suspense, send it to

Please only send original work appropriate for a teen audience, and no more than 10 pages per entry. Winners will receive a cash prize and publication in the Zine. All teens ages 13-18 are welcome to enter. 

Deadline: Midnight on Thursday, October 31.

Want to share your writing with other teens? The Teen Writers Group meets on Wednesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 23, from 6-7:30 pm, and all teens are invited. You'll get to talk about writing with other teens while enjoying snacks and becoming a better writer!

Celebrate National Reading Group Month

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book coverAs the days grow shorter, October brings us the colors of fall, apple cider, and National Reading Group Month. Consider extending your reading fun and enjoyment by taking part in one of the five adult book discussion groups hosted at the Troy Library. These groups began their 2013-14 season of lively discussions in early September, and welcome all fellow book enthusiasts to their meetings each month.

Read more about each group and its title selections on the Book Groups page of the Library website. All sessions are free and open to the public. Come prepared to meet fellow book lovers and exchange thoughts and opinions about a variety of titles.

Below you will find the October sessions and titles for each discussion group at the Library:

AS A MATTER OF FACT... (non-fiction)  Meets the third Wednesday, 7 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, October 16   President's Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

BOOKED FOR LUNCH  Meets the first Wednesday, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Wednesday, October 2   Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

DAN EWALD’S BOOK GROUP  Meets the second Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, October 8   Dracula by Bram Stoker

LIFE READERS  Meets the first Wednesday, 7 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, October 2   The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB  Meets the second Tuesday, 10:15 - 11:30 am
Tuesday, October 8   Broken Harbor by Tana French

All book discussion groups are coordinated and led by volunteers. Participants are welcome to purchase their own copies of discussion books, or check out copies from the Troy Library or other public libraries. The Friends’ Book Shop may also have copies available for sale.

Coming Soon: Diary of Wimpy Kid 8

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8: Hard LuckCalling all Wimpy Kid fans! The wait for the next book in this popular series is almost over. Hard Luck, the highly-anticipated eighth book is scheduled to be released November 5. Check out the official Wimpy Kid website for a cool preview.

Want to be among the first to read it? You can place this title on hold today through the Troy Public Library catalog. We will then notify you when your copy is available. If you would like help with placing a hold, email us or call 248.524.3541.

Not caught up with the rest of the series? Check out all the Wimpy Kid books available from the Library.

Everyone's Reading 2013

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Secrets of Happy Families coverFrom September 16 - October 20, the Troy Public Library will be participating in Everyone's Reading, a community-wide reading program involving several libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties. Participants will be invited to attend book discussions, author talks, and lectures to share in the experience of reading and thinking about the same book. 

This year's selection, The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler, is a nonfiction title that offers a look at how families can draw closer together through a variety of best practices. A limited number of tickets are available at the Adult Information desk for author appearances in Bloomfield Township and Canton.

More information can be found on the Everyone's Reading 2013 website.

Maintaining a Reading History List

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Wondering what you have already read? Forgot where you are in a series? You can keep a Reading History of all the items you have checked out My Recordwith your Troy Public Library card and never have to wonder about these things again.

First, log in to your Library account via our webpage, then follow these steps.

1. Click on My Account, located in the light blue bar across the top of the page.

2. Select My Record from the dropdown list.

3. Click on Contact Information and Preferences in the middle of the screen.

4. Scroll down to Preferences near the bottom and find Maintain reading list

sc5. Click on the box next to Maintain reading list to place a check there. You will get a pop-up warning saying that your reading list may be reviewed by law enforcement without your consent.

6. Click OK to continue

7. Click Submit Change Request at the bottom to save the change to your account. Don't forget to this step.

You will now have the option to select Reading History from the My Account dropdown list to display the items that you have checked out on your account since you initiated the list. This list is not retroactive. When you first make this change you will not have any titles listed. It may take 24 hours or so after making this change before the titles show up on your Reading History list.


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