USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for
Classical Music CDs • Crafts
French Literature (in translation)
Historical Fiction •
McSweeney's (in Curious section)
Modern Fiction •
Opera CDs and LPs
Thackeray • Travel
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. On Sunday, you get a 20%
discount on all purchases of $5 or more.
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.
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, June 10.
Please bring grocery bags to put books into.
New Online Investment Information and Classes
The library now offers a free online information on stocks, bonds, funds,
industries, and the economy from Standard and Poor's. Called
NetAdvantage, it provides unbiased analysis on specific securities and
more general topics and can be accessed from your home and office, as well
at the office. The online materials includes the full text of Standard
and Poor's publications such as Outlook, Industry Survey, and Stock Reports. Just
click here to try it out
The library is hosting two free one-hour classes to show you how to use
NetAdvantage at the Main Library at 1213 Newell Road and to answer
questions. Reserve your spot for either the August 8 10 am or August
22 6:30 pm sessions by emailing
|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.
Stanford Bookstore Donates New Books|
The Stanford University Bookstore in downtown Palo Alto closed recently and donated
thousands of brand new books to our booksale. These include volumes on
computers, technology, both advanced and popular science, and literature.
Look for all these new items in our usual sections rather than in a special
area. We'd like to thank the Stanford Bookstore for their enormous
generosity and support of our sale.
Main Room Offers 20% Sunday Discount
Coming Sunday is already a great way to avoid the huge crowds at our sale.
This Sunday, you get an automatic 20% discount in our Main Room if your purchase $5 or more. Plus, you'll help create more shelf
space for the avalanche of donations we've been receiving recently.
Bargain Room also offers Sunday discounts: everything in that room is half-priced plus you
can fill large paper grocery bags for $5 each. Buy four bags and the fifth
Many Specials at the Sale
Many interesting books arrived in the Main Room this
month. In the
Old Book section, there's a rare 30-volume complete
set from 1896 of the Works of William Makepeace Thackeray. We
spotted only two other complete sets listed for sale among online booksellers -
one in France. Only 1000 of these sets were published by Estes & Lauriat
Boston; ours is number 411. A single volume sells online for $7 to $35 but
we're offering the entire set for $100. The spines show the effects of exposure to light
but all the volumes are in good condition, with some having names
(signed or on nameplates) of previous owners.
We've created an entire special table of photography
books, regular books, and magazines about
Native Americans between our cashier tables and the fiction corner. The
Historical Fiction section has an excellent and diverse selection this
month of both military-themed and general historical novels.
The special table near the Arts shelves is filled with
Judaeica books in
wonderful condition donated to us from a private collection. There are
many volumes on Jewish mysticism and history, Yiddish, philosophy, and a great
variety of other subjects.
Classics and Modern Literature has a remarkable collection of
French literature translated into English. Pre-twentieth century classics including
Candide, Les Miserables, The Three Musketeers, The Red and the Black,
and Nana. We also have modern authors such as Colette, Marcel Proust, Romain
Rolland, Margaret Yourcenar, and others. The first Nobel Prize
in Literature went to the French poet Sully Prudhomme in 1901 and twelve other French authors have since won the
prize. Of those, we have works by Romain Rolland, Anatole
France, Andre Gide, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Samuel Beckett (born in
In the History section, British History
has expanded and includes more biographies, the other Commonwealth countries, and a section on
On the Political Science shelves, "Domestic" and International Politics
have moved right next to each other.
We have a great selection of
classical music CDs and about 12 feet of opera CDs in the
The Bargain Room also has many wonderful opera LPs.
Our Crafts section now has a special shelf featuring new
arrivals and an "I shelf" with books on unusual and amazing crafts, such as
Drama has a great set of George Bernard Shaw's plays published by Brentano's in 1913
for just $16. The
leather-bound books are slightly worn but are in otherwise good condition and a pleasure to handle. The titles are
Doctor's Dilemma, Arms and the Man, You Never Can Tell, Candida,
John Bull's Other Island, Caesar and Cleopatra, Major Barbara,
and Captain Brassbound's Conversion. There's also a
four-volume set of Eugene's O'Neill's plays Strange Interlude, Marco Millions, Mourning Becomes Electra, and
Anna Christie for $15 published in the 1920's.
here for a guide
to all the Main Room sections.
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.
Library Hold Policy Changes
Palo Altans place a few hundred thousand holds on books and other library
items a year, but approximately one in six never get picked up. This
delays getting the item to other borrowers and adds work for library staff.
As of July 1, the library is now charging $1 for each hold you don't pick up
within one week. You can now also have up to ten holds at a time.
City Auditor Recommends 32 Library Improvements
Palo Alto's City Auditor Sharon Erickson, released a 51-page report last week on how to improve
the Palo Alto Library. Among her 32 recommendations were to
reduce crowding, improve lighting, replace outdated furniture and shelving, be
open more hours by rescheduling existing employees, have a list of substitutes who can
fill in during absences, and circulate items between branches on weekends.
Other recommendations were to establish
and track objectives for many library operations, simplify various procedures
and job titles, make more effort to collect overdue fines, reexamine how the
library prevents theft, use more volunteers, and consolidate many part-time positions.
Library Director Diane Jennings agreed with most of the recommendations in a response and gave
timeframes for implementing many of them. City Council discussion of the audit
was to have occurred this past Monday but was postponed until September 10. Read
full audit and response, a
Palo Alto Daily News editorial,
Palo Alto Weekly editorial.
Children's Library Progress
the inside of the new wing of the Children's Library almost ready to be painted,
carpeted, and furnished. The branch was built in the 1940s and closed last
year for a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion. See many more
pictures of the progress. The branch is scheduled to reopen this September.