USED BOOK SALES
Saturday, October 9
9 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, October 10
1 pm - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7
There were lots of empty shelves after last month's sale, but we've
stuffed them all with more books for this month's sale. Room K6 has children's books, including picture books,
school age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers,
many for under $1. Room
K7 is the bargain room, where children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers
are $1.00. Prices drop by half in the bargain room at 12:30 pm on
Saturday and to just $5 for each grocery
bag you fill (we supply the bags) at 2 pm. These discounts also
apply on Sunday. Both rooms are in the K wing
Main Book Room Sale
In our main room,
prices are also way below what used book stores charge.
Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1.00 and up. This
room opens at 11 am on Saturday (two hours after the other rooms), but you can
reserve your place in the line that forms by picking up a ticket as early as 8 am.
No ticket is needed to get in.
Featured sales books for October include:
Black Studies *
Fantasy * Gardening
Speech and Hearing Disabilities
And much, much more!
4000 Middlefield Road
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center
information on the sales
your old books
All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.
|We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to
improve our book sale. Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
|Two-Day Sale Broke Record;
Sunday Hours Continue|
Last month's Saturday plus Sunday sale broke all past records, earning
over $15,200, so we're going to continue with Sunday sales for at least the
rest of this year. All three of
our rooms will be open this Sunday, October 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Bargain room prices are the same on Sunday as they are after 2 pm on Saturdays, namely 25 cents for
all paperbacks, 50 cents for all hardcovers, and $5 for a full grocery bag of books.
If you know someone who can't attend on Saturdays, please let them know
Annual Meeting and SuperLibrary Presentation on October 27 at 7:30 pm
|Come hear Professor Jim Schmidt describe the extraordinary new Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. library in San Jose, which is the nation's first combined city/university
library. It serves both as San Jose's main public library and as the central library for San Jose State University. Schmidt
helped plan and inaugurate the library and is a professor of Library and Information Sciences
at San Jose State, where he served as University
Librarian for many years. His talk, entitled Gown & Town:
How to Build a SuperLibrary, begins right after our annual
election at 7:30 pm on October 27 at
the Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road. The meeting
is free to the public and there will be free
refreshments as well.
At the meeting, Althea Andersen, Gretchen Emmons, Gerry
Masteller, Bob Moss, Gloria Reade, Steve Staiger, and Ellen Wyman will be
nominated to continue as board members through December 2006. Two new
directors will also be nominated for similar terms: Rudy Batties, a Palo
Alto resident since 1981 who holds a Stanford MBA and works in strategic
marketing for technology companies, and Jim Schmidt.
Nominations for board
officers for 2005 are Jeff Levinsky, President; Wendy Akers-Ghose,
Vice-President; Martha Schmidt, Secretary; Bob Moss, Treasurer; and Bob
Otnes, Assistant Treasurer.
Line Gets Easier
A customer recently suggested that we help our ticket holders know where to
stand in the line for the opening
of the main room on Saturdays. So in September, we posted numbers on the wall that you can compare
to the number on your
ticket, which seemed to have worked well. We'll continue that,
so please look for the signs when you join the line.
Go, Ivan, and Journeys
|We have many shelves of special books across from the cashiers in the main sale room. Among the autographed books,
rare first editions, and other finds, there's a 1972 second printing of
The Master of Go by Nobel-prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata for
just $6. You'll also find a 1972 first English-language edition of Ivan
Pavlov's Conditioned Reflexes and Psychiatry (volume two), containing
his writings from 1928 to his death in 1936, for $25. Then, there is
an exquisite autographed and hand-colored volume called Little Journeys
to the Homes of English Authors, which is one of a series authored by
Elbert Hubbard. Bound in an unusual suede leather and one of only 947
copies printed in 1899, our price is $28. All three books are tagged
on the specials wall.
Recommendation Being Prepared to Reopen Saturdays at Downtown Library
|The Library Advisory Commission met on September 30 to work on their
recommendation to the City Council that $35,000 be used to restore Saturday
library hours at the Downtown Library. The commission will continue to work
on the document at their October 28 meeting, with the matter expected to go
to the council in November. The Council offered the funds back in June and
the Commission voted unanimously in July to apply these to the Downtown
Library. We are very appreciative of the Council and Commission support for
reopening the library on weekends, which will make it far more accessible to
working people. See
previous coverage by us.
Coffee and Tea Now
Served in Main Library
|The Friends of the Palo Alto Library is happy to sponsor coffee and
tea service in the Main Library as an experiment in providing more creature
comforts to library users. The new machine was installed just last month
and is across from the announcement bulletin board, near the south end of the checkout
Children's Library Expansion May
|The expansion of the Children's Library got a boost from a proposal to
add an additional 610 square feet on the side that faces the Lucie Stern
theater (the left side as you approach the library from the street).
The estimated cost of this addition is $300,000, to be paid by funds from
the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Library Foundation, and us. The
expansion should provide more room for the collection and for services and
will be built at the same time as the new wing on the other side of the
original library. The new
construction is expected to begin in 2005 and to take two years.
See the recent
Palo Alto Weekly article.
Library Closes for Columbus Day
|The library will be closed on Monday, October 11 due to the Columbus