USED BOOK SALES
Saturday, July 9
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, July 10
1 pm - 4 pm
Main Book Room Sale
In our main room, prices are 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 (one hour after the other rooms), but you can
reserve your place in the line that forms by picking up one or two tickets as early as 8 am.
No ticket is needed to get in.
Children's Books in K6
Room K6 in the K wing (see
map) is entirely filled with children's books
and toys. You'll find picture books,
school age fiction, award winners, non-English titles, and books for parents and teachers,
many for under $1.
Bargain Books in K7
Next door in K7 is the bargain room, where paperbacks
are 50 cents, hardcovers
are $1.00, and children's books are just 25 cents each. Pay just half of that in the bargain room after 12:30 pm on
Saturday and all day on Sunday. On Sunday, you can also buy grocery
bags in the bargain room for $5 and fill them with books.
Featured items for July
Ayn Rand * Ballet
Plus, a 17 volume
Beethoven LP set from
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 email@example.com
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
|Record Year for Booksale|
Thanks go to everyone for making this a record year for the booksale!
fiscal year which ended June 30, we sold an incredible
$194,000 of books, up 33% from the previous year and 62% from just two years ago. One big change this past year was adding Sunday hours, which attract lots of new
customers and offer a more relaxed time to browse and shop. We've also
been handing out free tickets that reserve spots in the main sale room line
for over a year now, and it is working out very well.
graph shows, our
sales have climbed enormously over the last decade, thanks to our customers, donors,
volunteers, members, and library staff.
Bring Your Grocery Bags
We have no shortage of books this month, but we do find ourselves low on
paper grocery bags. Please donate your spare bags to us so we'll have
enough for your purchases when you check out. You can hand empty bags
to our volunteers right when you enter our main sales room.
Library Checkouts Now 4 Weeks
With the exception of DVDs, the library is now checking out items for
four weeks at a time. DVDs are so popular that they still are due in
just one week. The library hopes that the longer loan period will mean
fewer items are checked out, but of course having an extra week to read a
book might just encourage more people to use the library. Read the
New Hours for Non-Profits
|Non-profit organizations are now welcome to take books from our bargain
room at no cost immediately after the Sunday sale ends. A number of
libraries, schools, literacy projects, homeless shelters, prisons, and
hospitals collect these books from us, ensuring that virtually all unsold books go to benefit others.
The non-profit giveaway used to be on the Monday morning following each
month's booksale, but we've changed that to 4 to 6 pm on the Sunday of the
sale, right after the rooms close to the public. Interested
non-profits should contact Maggie Anderson, our volunteer who manages this
project, at (650) 856-7741.
Reading Trails Other Media Use
Each week, Americans watch
19 hours of television and listen for another 10.2 hours to the radio, but only
read for 5.7 hours, according to a recent
by the NOP World marketing firm.
The survey of more than 30,000 teenagers and adults in 30 countries finds the United States
is slightly above the world norms of 16.6 hours a week of TV and
8 for radio, but below the global average of 6.5 hours of weekly reading.
People in India read the most, averaging 10.7 hours weekly, almost twice as much
as in the U.S. One of our
booksale customers who was born in India commented on this, "In my family, a
weekly outing always included a trip to the library or bookstore and all my
birthday presents were books. I never got anything but books for my
birthday until I came to the United States."
The survey also reports that Americans who use the Internet outside of work do
so for 8.8
hours a week, slightly below the world average of 8.9 hours. Overall,
these people in the U.S. use about eight hours of electronic media (TV, radio,
and the Internet) for every hour spent reading.
Learn a Language Right Now for Free
|Want to pick up some French, Japanese, or Hindi? You can learn or
brush up on these languages for free at home using the highly-regarded
Rosetta Stone online language classes offered through the Palo Alto library.
Over 335 local library users have already started these lessons, saving
themselves $50 each by not purchasing the courses as individuals. The other languages offered are
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, Dutch, English (UK or US), German, Greek,
Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil),
Russian, Spanish (Latin America or Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish,
Vietnamese, and Welsh.|
To start or just take a look, just pull
out your Palo Alto library card and go to the
registration page, where you'll create your own account and password. This online resource is funded by a Cable Co-op Legacy Grant
Friends of the Palo Alto Library 9 Library Project.
Library "Medieval" Events Big Hit
|Palo Alto teenagers are having a great time this summer with the
Medieval Mondays, with 178 people attended the first launch event for
the teen summer reading program. There's a Medieval Mystery Party this
coming Monday, July 11 at 7 pm at the Mitchell Park Library (you must
pre-register by e-mail
or by calling
329-2586). Teens can also compete in an online
Medieval Scavenger Hunt from August 8 through 12 using the web and the
library's Internet databases, where the winner will get a terrific prize.
This month's booksale also features lots of books on medieval arts.