USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for April:
Books on Tape
CDs • Chinese Art
Civil War • Classics
Posters • Videos
And over 50,000 other items
4000 Middlefield Road
Northwest corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.
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. Numbered
tickets for the main room are given out beginning at 8 am on Saturday.
These reserve your place in the line that forms before the 11 am opening.
Each person may pick up one or two tickets.
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. This room and the bargain room open at 10 am on
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.
Kepler's Helps Palo Alto Library
If you mention the Friends of the Palo Alto Library when you buy books at
Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, the store
will donate 5% of your purchase price to our organization. We appreciate
this generous support from Kepler's.
College Terrace Branch Closed on
Major upgrade work on the College Terrace Library's electrical system will close
the branch on Saturday, April 8. The
Friends of the Palo Alto Library 9 Library Project
is paying for $48,000 of these improvements through a
Cable Co-op Legacy Grant. Although this is the second time that this
electrical work has closed the branch on a Friends of the Library sale day, this
is merely a coincidence and not a plan to coerce College Terrace residents to go
to the sale! At least, that's our official position.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations and schools that need free books should come to the
Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, April 9.
|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.
|Special Collections Donated to Sale|
We've received some remarkable donations this past month, including a
stunning collection of about 400 books on
Chinese Art. These come from a Bay Area artist and are in
excellent condition. The incredible collection includes books on calligraphy, ancient masters, contemporary
artists, paintings of birds, beasts, flowers, and insects, and landscapes.
Another person contributed about 150 books on art and architecture,
including many on France, Japan, and art museums worldwide.
We also received a huge collection of about 500 Military History books,
including many on the Civil War and World
Wars I and II. Then, there is a set of about 100 like-new cookbooks,
mostly on American cuisine.
We are very grateful to our donors for providing us with these remarkable
collections. In fact, we received so many books this month that we have filled every shelf for Saturday's sale.
Peek at our Bookshelves
See some of the books we've recently received and get a head start on this weekend's booksale by clicking
Thursday, April 6 Meeting on Downtown Library Status
At its previous meeting, Palo Alto's Police Building Blue Ribbon Task Force
voted to consider the present Downtown Library site and parking lots behind
California Avenue as two possible sites for a new police station
headquarters. During previous site studies, the library location had
been dropped from consideration by the City Council due to citizen outcry.
If the library site were the final choice, the present building and
surrounding patios would be razed.
The Task Force has not yet
addressed whether there would be a replacement library, where it would be,
or what would happen during construction, which no doubt would take several
years. The Friends of the Palo Alto Library intends to raise these and
other concerns with the Task Force. The Task Force meets next on
Thursday, April 6, at 7 pm at the Cubberley Community Center in Room H5 (not
far from our booksale).
Palo Alto Weekly article.
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Meetings on Long-Term
Four meetings will be held in early May to gather public feedback on the
Library Advisory Commission's long-term library plan. The commission
was asked in December 2004 to develop a new plan for Palo Alto's libraries.
A draft of their plan will then be presented to the City Council in mid-May
and the final version will be ready in June.
The plan is expected to address the status of Palo Alto's five branches, how
the collection, hours, and other services can be improved, and whether the Mitchell Park
branch should be expanded. The City Council recently targetted June
2008 as the date for a possible ballot measure to fund the improvements.
Please attend one of the four community meetings to learn more about the recommendations and provide
Thursday, May 4, 7 pm at
Mitchell Park Library
Saturday, May 6, 2 pm at
Monday, May 8, 7 pm at
College Terrace Library
Wednesday, May 10, 7 pm at
Light refreshments will be provided in part by the Friends of the Palo Alto
If you can't attend any of these meetings, you may wish to come to or watch on cable the
April 13 and April 27 meetings of the Library Advisory Commission at 7 pm at
More information. Recent
Palo Alto Weekly article.
Book Auction Scheduled for May
Just a reminder that we'll be holding a special book auction on Sunday, May 13 alongside our
regular booksale. The auction will feature approximately 150
collector's items and special books of higher value than sell at our regular
sale. These books will be listed online and available for
viewing in advance. There will be lots of information in our May newsletter.
Get Help with the Library Catalog
|There is one more upcoming session of the library class on
how to use the library computer catalog system. You'll learn how to find books
and other items, place a hold, and review your account. You will need
to already know a little about using a computer. The class will be
held on Wednesday, April 19, at 10 am at the
and space is limited, so you must
pre-register online or call 329-2435 and press 2.|
Interesting Facts from the Library
With the release of additional data from the recent city-wide
library survey, some interesting insights have emerged.
Here are a few:
Overall, 87% of Palo Altans surveyed said they were somewhat or very
satisfied with the present libraries. The happiest residents are those between 18 to 29 years old, of whom all 100% were either somewhat
(25.2%) or very (74.8%) satisfied. The least happy were
over 64, of whom 27.4% were somewhat satisfied and 54.9% were
very satisfied with the library.
New residents in Palo Alto tended to be more satisfied
with the library. For instance, only 3.7% of those who have been here
fewer than 3 years were dissatisfied, compared to 15.5% of those who
have lived her over 20 years.
23% of those with a graduate or professional degree felt
the library no longer met their needs, but only 10% of those without college degrees
Of all who were asked why they were dissatisfied with the library, 30.6% who used
the Main Library said facilities were outdated or too cramped versus
27.7% of Mitchell Park users. When split by gender, 33% of women cited
these facility problems compared to 23% of men.
Among the most requested improvements were more children's programs.
Not surprisingly, this was judged important by 85.8% of those with children
versus 48.9% of those without children. Similarly, more programs for
teens were important to 81.1% of those with children versus 54.1% of those
Celebrity Book Picks
For a number of years, the Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, Maine
has been asking celebrities to name their favorite books. Here is just
a sampling of the list:
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy and
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Red and the Black by Marie Henri Beyle Stendhal
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Billie Jean King:
Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Man Who Stayed Behind by Sidney Rittenberg and