NEW TROY — Friends of New Troy (FONT) has launched a fundraising drive to renovate the New Troy Community Center’s library and meeting room.

While serving the community well for more than a decade, organizers say, the library’s offerings of donated computers and donated books have not kept pace with changing needs. FONT’s goal is to offer educational and engaging programming and technology for all ages in a bright, updated, welcoming space. Here, the community will be able to use or borrow computers, check out books from a curated collection, play games, socialize, and attend special programs.

Age-appropriate areas are planned for the library:

A preschool play area with childrens iPads, wall-mounted toys, and early childhood Legos;

A Story Hour/youth section with craft table and supplies;

And a youth to adult section with computer/gaming tables and multiple Chromebooks, a Macintosh computer for creative work, chess/checker table, Legos table, and puzzle table.

Kindergarten-size toilets and a decrepit sink will be replaced with secure storage and an efficient staff station. Mismatched, scavenged bookshelves will be replaced with new, movable units. Aged carpeting and curtains will be replaced with cleanable surfaces in both rooms, and all remaining fluorescent lights will be replaced with LEDs.

The projected cost of the renovation is $43,500 including labor. FONT plans to fund the Project through events, grants and donations. To date, $10,500 has been raised or committed. To contribute to the effort, please visit www.friendsofnewtroy.org/donate and use the link, or mail a check to Friends of New Troy, P.O. Box 125, New Troy, MI 49119. Be sure to specify that your donation is for the Library Renovation Fund.

For more information, contact FriendsOfNewTroy@yahoo.com or leave message for Lorraine Hanover at 269-405-6857.

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