Library introduces community engagement plan

TROY — The Troy-Miami County Public Library will be teaming with many community organizations over the next year to provide the community with the opportunity to learn more about the good work being done by area nonprofits. With the theme, “Teamwork Makes Dreams Work,” the library will partner with nonprofit organizations including, Lincoln Community Center, Edison State Community College, Partners in Hope, Troy Main Street, WACO, and others to showcase programs, activities, and volunteer opportunities. There will be different partners highlighted each month with various programs and activities available. Support for this year-long initiative is provided by The Troy Foundation.

“We are very excited to roll out “Teamwork Makes Dreams Work” because we want to provide area nonprofits another avenue for reaching the community,” said Rachelle Miller, executive director of the library. “We already have several great programs lined up and are planning many more.”

“New Year, New You, New Possibilities” is the theme for the month of January 2016. The library is working with Partners in Hope and Edison State Community College to provide a class on interviewing skills at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Troy library. The program is free and open to all. Additional programs include:

• Homework, Tests … How May I help — An interactive program for parents that will offer ways parents can help their child learn study skills at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12, at the Troy library.

• Color and Coffee — Adults can take a break from the stress of the day for some coloring and coffee, at the Troy library, every Tuesday, beginning Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

• New Beginnings Pennant — Teens can stop by the Troy or Pleasant Hill libraries (or bookmobile) to write and illustrate a New Year’s Resolution on a pennant any time Jan. 4-10. These will be displayed at the Troy library.

• Partners in Hope will display, at the Troy library, a traveling art exhibit the last two weeks of January.

• Chill Out with a Good Book — Winter reading program for all ages. Read or listen to books to be entered into prize drawings from Jan. 11-March 18.

Several more events are scheduled as well. Find program information on the library’s website at, and on the library’s Facebook page at Check out our Pinterest Boards for “Hints for Job Seekers” and “Healthy Recipe Ideas” at

The bookmobile will highlight books for children and adults on exercising, job hunting, becoming a better you, and eating heathy. View the bookmobile’s schedule at to find out when it will be near you.

Team up with the staff at the Local History Library to discover new family members in the New Year! The staff will help you begin — or continue — your genealogical research.

Visit the Pleasant Hill Library at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 for an immersive travel program to Italy. Try some Italian treats and learn more about the culture and sights at this program in Pleasant Hill.

For more information, you can contact the library at 339-0502. The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 W. Main St., Troy.