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April 12
11 am - 4 pm


Cubberley Outdoor Sale at 10 am
(weather permitting)

Regular book sale, with books 50 cents and up

Sale books include:
Art * Business * Children's
Computers * Cookbooks
Graphic Arts
Large Print

Military History
Mysteries * Photography
Science Fiction * Videos

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
At the Cubberley
Community Center


Bargain book sale, with books 25 cents and up

661 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto
At the Terman

All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.


Libraries Partially Closed This Friday 

Palo Alto libraries will not open until 2 pm on Friday, April 11 so that the staff may attend a special development program.  All other library hours will be normal this month.  You can always find the latest library hours via the Internet.

Book Sale Starts One Hour Earlier!

When we moved most of our book sale over to Cubberley, we initially saw a dip in donations of books for the sale.  But now that more people know of our new location, donations have surged and our shelves are literally overflowing with books.  So, we're moving outdoors at Cubberley and will start this Saturday's sale an hour earlier at 10 am (weather permitting - please check our website on the day of the sale for an update).  Then, both the Cubberley and Terman book sale rooms will be open as usual from 11 am to 4 pm.

[ Yahoo! Maps ]Road map to Cubberley Room location

[ Yahoo! Maps ]Road map to Terman

More information on the sales  Donate your old books

Extra Book Sale in May for Members Only
On the evening before our regular book sales in May, we're holding a special sale at our Cubberley book sale room just for members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  This will give our members an extra opportunity to purchase the latest books in our growing collection. 

This special book sale will run from 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday, May 9.  If you are already a member, please bring the proof of membership from the Foreword issue that you will receive in the mail during April.  If you are not a member yet, you may join online or at the sale itself.  Our regular book sales will still take place at Cubberley and Terman on Saturday, May 10.

Library Budget Cut Update; TV Show Tonight

Palo Alto's city government faces massive budget cuts, and the libraries have been asked to find ways to reduce expenses accordingly.  The Friends of the Palo Alto Library are opposed to two proposed library budget cuts.  First, we have pointed out that closing the Terman library would save very little money, especially since one of our book sales is held at that site, and the funds raised there go to the libraries.  Second, we believe that it's important to fill the vacant Library Director position to ensure that strong leadership represents the library's perspective within the city government.

If you are interested in the Palo Alto city budget crisis, join Mayor Dena Mossar and City Manager Frank Benest for a live TV show about the budget on Wednesday, April 9 (tonight!) on cable Channel 27 at 9 pm.  You can call in your questions at 856-1491 during the show, or e-mail them in ahead of time to

March Book Sale Earns Over $10,000
Thanks to the extraordinary popularity of our sales and the hard work of our Book Sale Manager, Marty Paddock, and our many other volunteers, we earned over $10,000 at our March book sales.  With books costing as little as 25 cents each, this represents a lot of books.  All of the funds we raise from the book sales go to support the Palo Alto libraries.

Library Among Top Requested City Services
Two recent surveys of Palo Alto residents show strong support for many aspects of our local libraries.  To help identify areas for possible budget cuts, the City asked a sampling of residents via e-mail to rate the importance of 50 specific city services.  The Palo Alto Daily News obtained the survey questions and asked all readers to respond as well.  The two surveys obtained generally the same results.  Virtually all of the top requested services were either for public safety (fire, emergency response, and police) or maintenance.  The one exception was acquisition and lending of books and media for the library (#7 on the City's survey and #11 on the Palo Alto Daily News survey).  Neighborhood library branches ranked #15 and #31, respectively.  Having computers and Internet access at libraries ranked #23 and #39, while foreign language materials at the libraries ranked #47 and #45.  One explanation for these rankings is that virtually all library users benefit directly from lending and an expanded collection, while only some use the neighborhood branches, library Internet computers, and foreign language materials.  Many library services, such as maintaining hours and reference librarians, were not on the survey.  Read the full survey results from the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Daily News.

Many Non-Profits Benefit from Book Sale
For a number of years, the Friends of the Palo Alto Library have provided free used books to non-profit organizations and public agencies.  Eligible organizations come to our Terman Library book sale room on the Monday morning after each book sale and select the books from among the thousands available.  This program has distributed vast numbers of books to local hospitals, senior centers, schools, and jails, as well as to libraries in rural areas and on reservations, and to literacy projects in many other countries.  For more information on eligibility, hours, and the types of materials available, please contact Maggie Anderson.

This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  We're proud to have provided approximately $200,000 in our 2001/2002 fiscal year to help Palo Alto public libraries.  Visit our web site.  Become a member by joining online.

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