TROY (WWJ) – Concerned citizens in Troy are rallying Monday evening, demanding that their public library remain open.

Rally organizer and mother of three, Jennifer Hilzinger, said the library is a very important community resource.

library rally organizer jennifer hilziger holding one of her three children youngsters she hopes will be able to continue using the troy public library Residents Rally To Save Troy Library

Library rally organizer Jennifer Hilziger. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

“It’s the heart of a community. It sends a signal that we care about literacy, we care about learning,” Hilzinger told WWJ Newsradio 950.

“It’s a place for us to gather. It’s a place for kids to come together to study for exams. It’s a place for people who are underemployed or who need to be reemployed — it’s a place for them to look for work.  It’s a place to learn English,” she said. 

Hilzinger was joined by a number of other Troy residents who are hoping to convince City Council members to keep the library open through the summer months until a millage vote can be held.

The rally began at 5 p.m. in front of the library in the city complex on Big Beaver Road. City Council begins its public meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Meantime, in Romulus, officials plan to reopen the library for at least one day a week beginning May 18.  The Romulus library closed May 1st after voters overwhelmingly rejected a millage that would  have been used to fund the library, parks and several senior programs.


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