USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for
African American Studies
Diary of Samuel Pepys
Knitting and Stitching
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
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
Bargain Books in K7
Next door in K7 is the Bargain Room, where paperbacks
are 50 cents, hardcovers are $1, and children's books are just 25 cents each.
The room also contains many LP records and 78s at $1 each. All items are
half off 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.
Children's Library Progress
blue tarp in this picture is protecting the newly-constructed wing of the Children's Library
from rain damage. Here's other recent
pictures of the Children's Library renovation and expansion. The branch is currently scheduled to
reopen in September 2007.
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 15.
Please bring grocery bags to put books into.
|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.
Vintage California Collection|
This month's sale features a diverse set of Western Americana from the special
"Z Collection" of the Palo Alto Library and other sources. Z
Collection items generally date from the early 1900s, cover a wide range of California and regional subjects,
and were available to the public only on specific request. You'll find
these books on a table near the checkout area in the Main Room and nearby.
Los Angeles from the Mountains to the Sea, 3 volumes, John Mcgroarty, 1921
New Helvetia Diary, John
A Sutter, Grabhorn Press, Society of California Pioneers, 1939
History of Sacramento County, California,
Thomas Thompson, reproduction by Howell-North, 1960
Davis’ Commercial Encyclopedia of the Pacific Southwest – California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, 1915
Handbook of American Indians, 2 volumes,
Frederick Webb Hodge, Smithsonian Institution Bulletin 30, 1912
Yosemite and its High Sierra,
John H Williams, 1914
Window Shop on Your Computer
Check out our shelf preview
pictures to see some of the tens of thousands of books for sale this weekend.
Marty Paddock Says Thanks
Marty Paddock, our Book Sale Manager, says it was a real highlight of her
day to receive the get-well card signed by hundreds of customers and
volunteers last month, plus she appreciates the many birthday cards and
Easter cards people have sent her. We all wish her a
Palo Alto Among Top California Libraries
Even with one branch temporarily closed for construction, Palo Alto libraries
remain the busiest among comparably-sized California communities. According to
a draft of the annual State Librarian
during 2005-2006 Palo Alto circulated more items per capita than any of the
state's other 74 library systems serving populations of 25,000
Among the same libraries, only Cerritos
outranked Palo Alto in annual visits per capita, the other major metric of
library usage. Cerritos outspends Palo Alto on a per capita basis,
both overall and on library materials, according to the report.
Volunteers Make the Booksale Possible
About 150 active volunteers ran our booksale, publicity, membership, and
other operations during 2006. Together, they contributed 24,144 hours,
which is the equivalent of a full-time crew of 12 people. Everyone you
meet at the booksale is a volunteer, donating their time to sort and put
books on the shelves, assist customers, staff the checkout tables, and much
more. As one of our longtime volunteers says, "it's more fun than even
reading the books!" If you're interested in volunteering, see
Downtown Library Blossoms
This is a great time of year to visit the courtyards of the Downtown
Library, with azaleas and flowering trees in bloom. There are outdoors chairs and
tables to sit in and wireless access to the Internet.
Free National Library Week Events
library is sponsoring four free events to
celebrate National Library Week, which
is April 14 to 21:
One Library Project Moves Forward; Another Unclear
The City Council voted unanimously on Monday, April 9 to continue to seek voter approval to fund a new Mitchell Park Library
and Community Center, upgrades the Main and Downtown branches, and a new police
headquarters. However, no decision was taken on a related parcel tax proposal
to operate the expanded libraries and improve service.
difficulty all these efforts face is achieving the 67% supermajority required
for passage. A recent City-conducted poll showed that none of the
proposals currently drew that much support, but that a library construction bond measure
was just a few percentage points shy. Several Council members stated that
the police station project should take precedence but there is wide
acknowledgement that combining the library and police projects might
increase support for the latter.
The Council also aims to put
these issues on the June 2008 ballot, although the
polling firm advised that deferring until the November 2008 election would afford
additional time for public education. See the articles in the
Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Daily
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