USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for September:
Art Museum Books
Children's Newbery Award Winners
A Collection of Matchbooks
High School & College Yearbooks
Judaeica Special Collection
Sherlock Holmes Mysteries
Szechwan Cuisine • World War II
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 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.
Library Classes Help you Search
Find what you want on the Internet faster by taking the new "Search Like
a Pro" class at the Main Library. Sessions of the free
one-hour class will be held at 10 am on September 20, November 15, and
December 6. When you register
or via forms available at the libraries, please indicate what you want to
learn more about.
You can also learn how to use the library's
electronic catalog at a free class
on either October 4 and 18, also from 10 to 11 am at the Main Library.
Extra Costs for Main Library
The City has announced that the cost of physical remodeling the Main Library may be about $225,000 instead of the projected
$130,000. The funds will pay to
replace the large circulation desk by a small reference desk, relocate check-in activities into the rear of
the building, and create a periodical reading area behind the present video
section. The remodeling is expected to be completed by the end of the year.|
Slate for Upcoming Election
At our Annual Meeting on October 19 (see Palo Alto Reads article in this issue), the yearly election
of board members and officers will take place. The nominees for
2007-2008 board seats are Rudy Batties, John Burt, Gretchen Emmons, Jeff Levinsky,
Gerry Masteller, Enid Pearson, Gloria Reade, Steve Staiger, and Ellen Wyman.
The nominees for next year's officers are Betsy Allyn as President, Martha
Schmidt as Vice President, Margarita Quihuis as Secretary, Jeff Levinsky as
Treasurer, and John Burt as Assistant Treasurer.
A Chance to Catch Up?
Those who can never find time to read all the interesting books out there may
happy to hear that fewer books were published in the United States during 2005
than the preceding year. According to
from bibliographic information provider
Bowker, 172,000 new titles and editions came out last year, down
18,000 from the year before.
It's not that simple, however.
Across the Atlantic, publishers in Great Britain put out 206,000 new titles in 2005, an
astonishing 45,000 more than in 2004. So the total number of new English-language
titles actually rose.
Worse, 2004 was a record year for U.S. publishers, so 2005's lowered output is
still the second-best ever. You'll never catch up!
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, September 10.
Please bring grocery bags to put books into.
Recent visitors to our Main Room sale may have noticed that the two entrance
ramps had huge pieces of the surfaces chipped away. Although just a
few years old, the surface material was unable to take the heavy
load of countless cartloads of donated books hauled into the
room and disintegrated into dust. This month, you'll find both ramps looking new and pristine,
thanks to a recent major resurfacing. No bets on how long the new surface lasts - some of those donations are
Window Shop on Your Computer
If you haven't tried them yet, check out our shelf preview
pictures to see some of the books that will be at this weekend's sale.
These pictures were taken this Monday and Tuesday and most of the books will be in the same
shelf locations when you arrive at Saturday's sale.
Members' Early Sale Will be in October
Next month, on Saturday, October 14, members of the
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will be admitted early to the Main Room
sale. Life members will get in at 9 am and can
purchase up to 50 books during that hour. At 10 am, the rest of our
members will be admitted and everyone can buy the usual 12 books at a time.
At 11 am, the public will be admitted and the limit on 12 books at a time will
expire at noon.
The tickets given out that month will be for the 10 am line, since most
people who come early are members of the Friends. Each member will get
just one ticket, although members at the $25 through $250 levels get to
bring in their families.
Regular membership in the Friends
is only $15 ($10
for students and seniors, $25 for families) and is tax-deductible.
Members also receive a discount coupon for the sale, discounts at Books Inc.
at the Stanford Shopping Center,
and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union. If you're
not a member, avoid delay at the October sale by joining
Update on Library
The Library Advisory Commission is adding extra meetings to work on its
proposed library upgrades, which currently include a new or expanded
Mitchell Park library, longer hours at most branches, and an expanded
collection. The public is invited to attend the meetings, which are always
held at 7 pm at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave, or to email comments to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The upcoming meetings and
September 14 - partnerships between the library and Palo Alto schools
September 28 - library collection improvements
October 12 - new library technology
October 26 - the costs of the proposal
November 16 - final review before presentation to City Council
The City Council currently envisions that the public will be asked to vote on
the proposals in June of 2008. Because many of the improvements entail
ongoing operating expenses that a construction bond cannot pay for, a recent City
document instead projected using a library parcel tax to raise an estimated annual cost of
$3.8 million, which works out to approximately $196 per parcel owner. By contrast, the
library/community center bond measure known as Measure D that failed in 2002
would have cost the median homeowner $80 a year. Part of the difference
comes from switching to a parcel tax, which generally taxes expensive properties the same as less-expensive ones, rather than
using a construction bond, which taxes each property based on its value.
Palo Alto Reads
Make history this fall by joining the largest book club Palo Alto has ever
seen: Palo Alto Reads … Funny in Farsi. Everyone is invited to read
the same great book at
the same time -
in Farsi: A Memoir of
Growing Up Iranian in America by Palo Alto
resident, Firoozeh Dumas.
born in Abadan, Iran and
moved to Whittier,
California at the age of
seven. After a two-year
stay, she and her family
moved back to Iran and
lived in Ahvaz and
Tehran. Two years later,
they moved back to
Whittier, then to Newport
Beach. Firoozeh then
attended U.C. Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
Palo Alto Reads will kick off Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 pm with An Evening With Firoozeh Dumas at Palo Alto High School’s
is presented by the Palo Alto City
Library, the Friends of the Palo
Alto Library, the Palo Alto Unified
School District and the
Palo Alto High PTSA. Kepler’s Books
will sell copies at the event.
The Library will
subsequently host a
month-long series of free public events around themes in the book:
October 15 - Teen/Parent
book discussion on Funny
in Farsi. Persian treats
and tea served. 3:30 pm,
Mitchell Park Library.
October 19 - Friends of the Palo Alto Library Annual Meeting with guest
speaker Richard C. Paddock, an LA Times journalist who had
two recent Baghdad
assignments. 7:30 pm,
Palo Alto Art Center
October 20 - A Persian
Middle Eastern cultures
with poetry, dance and
refreshments served. 7:30 pm,
October 24 - Book
Group - Funny
in Farsi. Bring
your lunch. Persian treats
and tea. Noon,
October 25 - After
School Special: Tales
from the Arabian Nights for grades K-5. 3:30 pm,
November 1 - Starlight
Special: Roya Ansari
People and Culture for ages 4 & up.
7:00 pm, Mitchell Park Library.
November 4 - The
Future of US/Iran
Relations with Reza Aslan, NPR commentator and author of
God But God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. 7:00 pm,
November 8 - Book
Funny in Farsi. Persian
treats and tea served. 7:30 pm,
You can read comments on the book and add your
own at the
Palo Alto Reads Blog and find
more information at the
Palo Alto Reads website. Our thanks to the generous donors who
contributed to this project.
Cheap Child Chiller
under the floor of the remodeled Children's Library will be forty pipes, each
going forty stories underground and coming back up. On warm
days, water will be pumped down into the pipes, where it will be cooled by
the deep groundwater below and then brought back up to the surface.
There, it will enter heat exchangers that cool the air inside the library
and keep everyone comfortable.
According to City Project Engineer Debra Jacobs, this "ground source
heat pump system"
can reduce cooling costs by 25% to 30%, plus it is quieter, simpler, and more
compact than other cooling methods. Space was a special concern
because the historic building had no suitable location for conventional
equipment. The same system will also help heat the building on cold
days, since the underground water generally stays at about 55 degrees regardless of the season.
The Children's Library is scheduled to reopen in 2007. In the
meantime, see lots of other
photographs of the latest activity. Photo credit: Barbara Silberling.
|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.