USED BOOK SALES
8 am - 2 pm
This will probably be the last month we can hold an outdoor
sale, so it will start earlier on Saturday, giving everyone a chance to
review and purchase these books before queuing up for the Indoor Sale.
2 pm - 4 pm
Outdoor $5 a Bag Sale
After 2 pm, all outdoor books
are sold by the bag. You can fill as many grocery bags as you want
at $5 each. We supply the
11 am - 4 pm
Regular Indoor Sale
You'll find tens of thousands of books inside, typically
priced 80% to 90% below what used book stores charge.
Cubberley sale books include:
Art books and paintings
Biography * Cooking
Classics * Crafts
Dolls and doll making
Drama * Encyclopedias
Fiction * History
Mysteries * Philosophy
Poetry * Religion
Southwestern tribal ephemera
Sailing * UFOs
large donation from The Center for Behavioral Sciences
(except for the bag sale)
Paperbacks are 50 cents and up
Hardcovers are $1.00 and up
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center
map to Cubberley Room
information on the sales
your old books
All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.
There will be no sale at Terman on this date.
Free Reminders of Due Dates and Holds
The library now offers a wonderful free way to
remind you of due dates and to notify you when items on hold are
available. If you provide them with your e-mail address, you'll
receive courtesy notices a few days before any checked-out items are
due. Another e-mail will come if you have items overdue by ten days
(ouch!). The same service sends you a notice when an item you've
requested becomes available for you to check out. It takes but a moment
up for this new service, and it beats having to keep track of all your
Labor Day Holiday
All Palo Alto Libraries will be closed on Monday,
September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday.
The Friends of the Palo Alto Library Annual Meeting
will take place on the evening of October 30 at the Arts Center.
More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters.
|Book Sales: They're Working!|
Behind the scenes of every book sale, our accounting
staff busily totals up the sales figures while we all eagerly await the news. For July 2003, which includes special sales
at Terman and the Children's Library, our book sales raised over
$13,600. This is our second best month ever (recall how happy we were to
raise $11,700 in June). Plus, the book sales raised over $120,000 in
our fiscal year that ended in June
2003, despite the move to Cubberley and the closing of Terman, which
continues to disrupt our operations. Our thanks to our thousands of
customers, our donors who provide us with tens of thousands of books a
month, and the 104 volunteers who put in close to 12,000 hours at the book
sales over this last year.
Although you may think of our book sales as the second
Saturday in every month, we've held nine additional special sales at other times
this past year too. The best way to learn of these special
sales is via this newsletter, as we cannot always advertise
in the local papers. If you're not receiving this free newsletter directly, e-mail
anyone else and will use it ourselves only for this newsletter.
New Booksale Space at Cubberley
As you know, our Cubberley sales room is completely overflowing with
books, so we've been looking for adjacent space as well. Even before
we moved into Cubberley, the city was aware that the space allocated to us
was insufficient. For the next six months, we've been granted an
extra 800 square foot space at Cubberley that's a relatively short walk
from our present room. After that, we're hopeful even more space at Cubberley will
become available for us. In the meantime, we'll let you know what
books you'll find in the new room in future editions of this
newsletter. Also, see today's Palo
Alto Weekly article.
Downtown Library Demise
The Downtown Library will cease operations soon if
the Palo Alto City Council decides to accept the recent proposal of the Library
Advisory Commission. We've carefully analyzed
the Commission's proposal and believe that closing the Downtown Library will hurt Palo Alto and its
libraries. Despite its limited hours, the Downtown Library is very
busy, with over 100,000 annual visits in each of the last two years.
The closure is not mandated by funding cuts, as the current library budget
has enough money to operate the branch four days a week. Rather, the
closure seeks to add a few hours to each of three other branches, but not
in a way that would offset the major impact on the Downtown
community. Indeed, since staffing at the Main Library would not be
increased despite the expected influx of Downtown users, service is likely
to deteriorate there as well.
The Library Advisory Commission has held no public
hearings on the proposed closure, conducted no surveys, and provided no
analysis of the closure's impact on the community, library use, library
staffing ratios, seating, parking, and traffic.
The Board of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library has
voted unanimously to oppose the closing and to work with others to keep the Downtown
Library open. Over 700
signatures have already been collected to present to the City Council. The City Council
will hold a special study session on the proposal on September 29 from 6
pm to 8 pm and we urge you to attend and learn more. There's much more
information at our web
site as well.
Want to be a Doctor? A Lawyer?
Using funds from the Friends of the Palo Alto
Library, the library now offers free online practice entrance exams that
you can take from home or at a library computer. This spectacular
set of tests covers everything from 4th grade academics though graduate school
admissions. It takes just a minute to register, using a Palo Alto
Library card, and then you can immediately start taking the exams.
Here's what's available:
Academic: 4th Grade, 8th Grade, Catholic High School, FCAT, NYC Specialized High School, TASP
Advanced Placement: Biology, Calculus, English Literature and Composition, U.S. History
Basic Skills Success: Grammar For Writing Skills, Practical Math Skills, Reading Comprehension Skills, Vocabulary And Spelling Skills
Civil Service: Civil Service Careers, Federal Clerical, Postal Worker
College Preparation: ACT, CUNY, SAT Practice Tests, SAT Exam Success Course Series
EMS: EMT - Basic, Paramedic
ESL (Spanish) Skills Improvement Courses: ESL Grammar For Writing, ESL Math, ESL Reading Comprehension, ESL Vocabulary And Spelling
GED: GED Preparation
Graduate School Entrance: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT
Law Enforcement: Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol, Corrections Officer, Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Treasury Enforcement Agent
Military: ASVAB Preparation
Nurse Aide: Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant
Real Estate: Broker, Sales Agent
Skills Improvement Courses: Grammar for Writing, Practical Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Spelling, SAT Exam Success Course Series
Teacher Certification: CBEST, PPST: Praxis 1
Technical And Career College: Math, Reading, Writing
TOEFL Exam Preparation: About the TOEFL Exam, TOEFL Exam Study Skills and Strategies, TOEFL Exam Listening Comprehension, TOEFL Exam Structure-Grammar and Style, TOEFL Exam Reading Comprehension Skills, TOEFL Exam Writing Skills
US Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship