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Saturday, May 11
11 - 4 pm

Over 40,000 books - most under $2.00

661 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
West of El Camino, next to Terman Library

All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.

Sale books include:

Art  Business & Economics

Children's Computers
Facts on File -1970's to present

History & Biography

Latin America

Native Americans
Natural History

Spanish Textbooks
Thomas Register - 2001


Library Expansion Planning Continues

Here's where to find out more about the proposed expansion of Palo Alto's libraries:

Upcoming Meetings

June 3 at 7 pm: City Council meeting regarding the completed EIR for the Main Library / Art Center site and approval of Children's Library Conceptual designs

June 10 at 7 pm: City Council meeting for approval of the Mitchell Park Public Library and Community Center Conceptual Design

June 24 at 7 pm: City Council meeting for approval of the Mainly Library and Art Center Conceptual Designs and EIR

July 8 at 7 pm: City Council meeting regarding the bond measure

Online Documents

Children's Library Improvements

Main Library Improvements

Mitchell Park Library Improvements

Mitchell Park Community Center Improvements


Libraries Now!

NeighborSpace Library Forum

Only Five More Book Sales at Terman

Because the Palo Alto School District will begin remodeling the Terman site in September, in preparation for a middle school in Fall 2003, there will be only five more monthly sales in our present book sale space.  We hope to find another suitable site so that we can continue our tradition of holding the sales and using the proceeds to help the Palo Alto libraries.

The size of the book sale space determines how many books we can stock and thus the revenue from our monthly sales.  Because of increases in space, donations, and volunteers over the last years, the sales have steadily raised more each year, as this graph shows:

Graph showing the growth in book sales income to about $110,000 last year

We presently have about 2/3 of a mile of bookshelves at Terman, holding over 40,000 volumes.  The 1,900 square foot portable at the Cubberley Community Center we have been offered is much smaller than the 5,000 square feet we use at Terman.  If you know of other space, please contact us at or call our book room at (650) 493-7432.

Book Group Picks Next Titles
Join our book group on the second Thursday of each month for a lively discussion at the Lucie Stern Community Center Fireside Room from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  Here are the books for upcoming meetings (the links are to, which donates 5% of your purchase price back to the Friends):
May 9Puddnhead Wilson by Mark Twain
June 13Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
July 11The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
August 8Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabakov
September 12The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
October 10East of Eden by John Steinbeck
November 14About a Boy by Nick Horby
December 12Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
January 9Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
February 13Desert Queen by Janet Wallach
March 13Stacking in Rivertown by Barbara Bell

Palo Alto Celebrates the Library's 100th Birthday
Palo Alto Library - Our 100th year - 1902-2002

The Palo Alto City Library is officially 100 years old this year.  We hope you were among the over 300 people who attended the recent celebration hosted by the Palo Alto's Woman's Club and the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  We're proud to have provided over $100,000 in 2001 to help Palo Alto public libraries.  Visit our web site.  Become a member.

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