USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
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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.
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, May 13.
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.
Prints and Videos Aplenty|
People donate more than just books to our sale. This month, look for
dozens of beautiful framed prints being displayed outside the Main Room.
You can purchase these at the ephemera area, which returns this month as well.
Inside all three sale rooms are many hundreds of videos of films and
documentaries, most of which are priced at $2 or less.
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.
Rules Change for Between-Sales
After the May sale, we will no longer allow visitors into the book room
between sales. We had previously permitted visitors to browse and
purchase books at double price up to one week before each sale during
limited hours, but we are ending that to assure the best selection for
attendees of the regular once-a-month sales. We apologize for the
inconvenience to those who cannot come to Cubberley for the regular sales.
Free Books Cart
As you rush out of the Main Room with your purchases, be sure to take one of
the free books on the cart by the door. This month, the free books
include The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, Dr. Bernie Siegal's
Love, Medicine, and Miracles, and John Gray's Men are from Mars, Women are
Use and Learn about eBooks
Palo Alto offers a large collection of eBooks, which are books that you can
check out over the Internet and read on your computer. You can check out
eBooks at any time of day or night and then read them at your leisure.
With eBooks, there's never a late fee or a rush to return them because the books
automatically "expire" on your computer when due.
Many titles are available as eBooks, including William Poundstone's How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and Stephen Leavitt's
The library also offers eAudio books and music recordings that you check out over the Internet and listen to.
If you're not familiar with using these materials, attend a one-hour
free demonstration that will walk you through all the steps on either June 6 at 10 am or June 20 at 6:30 pm at
the Main Library
at 1213 Newell Road. To reserve a space, email
email@example.com, indicate which session you wish to
attend, and provide your return email address.
Mayfield Reading Day on May 26
Come to the
College Terrace Library at 2300 Wellesley Ave. on Saturday, May 26 from 1 to
5 pm to celebrate reading with an afternoon of stories, crafts, face painting, and a Scholastic book
fair. A magician will perform at 2:30 pm. If you haven't visited
lately, this is a great chance to enjoy this charming historic building and park
that began life as the Mayfield Branch Library in 1936. Mayfield was the
town that encompassed College Terrace and the California Ave. district before being
annexed into Palo Alto in the 1920s. See
Children's Library Progress
what the new wing of the Children's Library
looks like from the Secret Garden. See other recent
pictures of the Children's Library renovation and expansion. The branch is currently scheduled to
reopen in September 2007.
Library Closed May 25 and 28
Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on Friday May 25 for staff development and
on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. Even
when the libraries are closed, you can still
search the online
reference desk questions,
access many online resources, and
Library Bond Measure Progress
On May 7, Palo Alto's City Council approved a $1,280,400 library
design and construction cost estimation contract as the next step towards a
possible June 2008 ballot measure. The contract will have the Group 4
architectural firm develop further conceptual designs for a new Mitchell Park Library
and possibly an attached new Community
Center. After public and governmental review, the Council will then decide
in late summer whether to continue with the Community Center portion or pursue
just the new library building. Group 4 will then develop more detailed
plans, estimate construction costs, and update an environmental review.|
Group 4 contract also includes planning a
1,800 to 5,300 square foot addition to the Main Library for a meeting space and
group study area and how the Downtown Library could utilize reclaimed areas for
the public should administrative staff move out.
Funds for this project came from capital improvement monies intended to improve the present Mitchell Park Library building. See the
City Manager's report, the
contract with Group 4, and our
of the library ballot measure.