USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Outdoor $1 Sale opens at 9 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Bargain Room opens at 11 am
Specials in November:
4000 Middlefield Road
Christmas Books and Ephemera
Guns and Weapons
Military and Military History
Photography • Psychology & Self-Help
Science Fiction Paperbacks & Magazines
Over 50,000 items altogether!
NW corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP PALO ALTO LIBRARIES
Marty's/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. You may pick up a ticket for yourself and
for one other person.
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. On Sunday, the
room opens at 11 am and all prices are half off. Save even more on Sundays by buying grocery bags
from us for $5 each and stuffing them with any items in the room.
Library to Close for Three Days in November
Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on
Tuesday, November 11 for the
Veteran's Day holiday and also for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28. Even
when the libraries are closed, you can still
search the online catalog,
submit reference desk questions,
access many online resources, and
get book recommendations.
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, November 9.
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.
With Tons of New Donations, Special Hours Continue
Our new expanded hours continue this month, with a Saturday outdoor
sale starting at 9 am (weather permitting) outside the Main Room and the Bargain Room opening
two hours earlier at 11 am on Sunday. We still close at 4 pm on
This will be a great sale for holiday gift shopping. Judy Wagstrom, one
of our many talented volunteers, created some wonderful whimsical quilt
collages (see examples on the right) for the sale. These collages will make you smile: each
one measures approximately 8 by 11 inches and features an image from a
vintage postcard set in a frame of unique fabrics. The craftsmanship is
beautiful - many of the pieces are appliquéd with beads, velvet leaves or
whimsical buttons. At just $5 each, these treasures make great inexpensive
gifts for friends and family and will be available in the Main Room.
Many other interesting items were donated this month too. We
received a large collection of science fiction books and magazines from an estate, including many classics
and magazines dating back to the 1960s. We also received a
unique collection of military and military history books, pamphlets,
magazines, paper memorabilia, and government-issued publications.
All these items will be in the Main Room.
Preview Our Shelves
out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this weekend
using our shelf preview
November 22 Memorial for Marty Paddock, Booksale Manager|
family of Marty Paddock invites the community to a celebration of her life
on Saturday, November 22 at 2 pm in the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305
Middlefield Road. Marty was manager of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library booksale
from 2000 to 2006 and passed away on October 1.
Library Bond Measure N Wins
Library bond Measure N garnered
69.5% of votes in yesterday's
election, surpassing the required 2/3 margin
to pass. With the victory, the
city will raise $76 million to build a new 50,000 square foot Mitchell Park Library
and Community Center, remodel and extend the Main Library, and renovate
the Downtown Library.
The projects are estimated to take six years to complete.
The Yes on N campaign raised approximately $120,000, including a $5,000 donation
from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, while opponents never officially
registered as a campaign and reportedly spent only small sums.
Back in 2002, library bond Measure D lost when only 61.5% of Palo Altans
supported it. That $49 million effort sought to build a larger
library and community center at Mitchell Park and to renovate and expand the
Children's Library, but did not include the smaller branches. Opponents of
that measure charged it could raise operating costs and lead to closure of the
Downtown and College Terrace libraries. The 2008 City Council instead
embraced those smaller branches by including $4 million for the Downtown Library
in the bond measure and funding improvements for the College Terrace branch in
advance. As a result, much of the criticism of this year's bond measure
came from those who wanted fewer branches or just
one library in the city.
Palo Alto Weekly article and
Genealogy Class on November 19
Find out more about your ancestors and long-lost relatives on
Wednesday, November 19 at the Main Library at 1213 Newell Road. Librarians
will show you how to use Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com, two vast
online genealogical databases. While Ancestry.com can only be used
for free at a library, your Palo Alto library card lets you access Heritage Quest
from anywhere over the Internet without cost. The free class will also cover the Palo Alto Historical
Association's collection of local photographs and news articles and runs from 10:30 am until noon.
click here and then on the course description in the calendar listing for
Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at
Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and Amazon.com, a percentage of
your purchase price can help the Palo Alto Libraries at no cost
to you. At Kepler's, just
mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends of the Palo Alto
Library. For Amazon.com, always start your shopping session by
clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top
right of any of our web pages at
Virtually all purchases you make at Amazon are eligible, not just books.
Over the years, we've raised thousands of dollars to help our libraries through these
Members-Early Sale on December 13
If you're a member of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, you'll
be able to get in early to the Main Room at our December 13 sale. At this
once-a-year-event, regular members are admitted one hour early and life members
get in two hours
before non-members. More information.