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December 13

9 am - 2 pm
Bargain Book Sale

You'll find many wonderful books at our bargain sale in room E5 at Cubberley, which is quite near our main booksale room.  The room is so full with books that you'll find many more on tables in the covered walkways nearby.  See the map for the exact location of the room.  All children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers are $1.00.

2 pm - 4 pm
Bargain Room $5 a Bag Sale

After 2 pm, all bargain book books are sold by the bag at room E5.  You can fill as many grocery bags as you want at $5 each.  We supply the grocery bags.

11 am - 4 pm
Regular Sale

Find the perfect gifts among the 40,000 books in our regular book room, with prices way below what used book stores charge.  Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1.00 and up.  Featured sales books for December include: 

Large donations of military history, topographic maps, and 19th century plays, poetry, and philosophy




Art * Biography * Business
Computers * Cooking
Fiction * Gardening
Health * History * Humor
Medicine * Mysteries
Political Science
Science * Science Fiction
And much, much more!

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center

Room location

More information on the sales
Donate your old books

All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.

There will be no further sales at Terman.

Libraries Get a Promotion

The Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously in November to make the libraries a separate city department rather than part of the Community Services Department.  This means that the libraries now report directly to City Manager Frank Benest and are on an equal footing with other city departments, such as Fire, Police, and Public Works.  The Friends of the Palo Alto Library are "grateful, delighted, and enthusiastic" about the change.

Help Steer the Libraries
The City of Palo Alto is now accepting applications for the Library Advisory Commission for three 3-year terms ending January 31, 2007.  Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, December 12, 2003.  If any of the three incumbents holding these terms does not reapply, the deadline will be extended to Wednesday, December 17, 2003.  Applications are available online, at the City Clerk’s office at 250 Hamilton Avenue, or by calling 329-2571.

Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Selected for 2004 Reading 

The voting is over and the book selected by the community for the Silicon Valley Reads program in early 2004 is Ray Bradbury's classic tale of censorship, Fahrenheit 451.  Written 50 years ago, The Nation magazine calls the novel, "one of the most brilliant ever jobs of social satire."  To participate in the program, read the book this month or next and then join the community discussions in February 2004.  Learn more about the Silicon Valley Reads program.  Check out a copy of Fahrenheit 451 from the Palo Alto Library or purchase one from (by using this link, will donate to the Friends 15% of your discounted purchase price).

Libraries Closed during Holidays
All Palo Alto libraries will be closed December 22 to 26 (Monday through Friday of Christmas week).  The libraries will also be open only until 6 pm on December 31 and then be closed on January 1 for New Years Day.  Happy holidays to all!
"Take a Number" Eases Line Problems  

If you've ever come to the booksale before 11 am, you know how long the pre-opening line to our main booksale room gets.  Some people come hours early just to be sure to have a good spot.  To ease this problem, we're going to hand out numbers at the door to the sale room so that you can go off to the bargain book sale room or elsewhere and then return a little before 11 am to claim your place in line.  Numbers will be available beginning at 8 am on the morning of the sale.

Booksale Features Holiday Gift Items

There are many like-new books at our sale that make great holiday gifts, plus lots of games and puzzles.  Our $5 gift certificates are fast and easy stocking stuffers too.  If you aim to be one of the 11 pipers piping this season, we have a Bundy flute with case for just $150.  A  professional flute teacher has tested the flute and its pads are in good shape.

Book Donations Welcome

With all the great book bargains you'll find at our sale, you may need to clear off your shelves of other books you don't need anymore.  Please consider donating those books to us.  Not only will this help raise more money for improvements to our libraries, but the booksale puts approximately 200,000 books back into circulation each year, meaning someone else gets to read the books too.  You can easily donate books to us by dropping them off (one box/bag at a time) at any Palo Alto library or by bringing them with you to our book sale or to the sale room at other hours.  Your donations of used books are tax-deductible up to the full extent allowable by law.

Ye Olde Holiday Booke Sale Trivia Quizze

Here's a little holiday fun: see how many of the following facts about our book sale you get right:

1. When did the Friends' booksale start?
Thank goodness not at that crazy 8 am hour anymore

2. What's the name of our booksale manager?

3. Which of these sections are near each other in our main sale room?
TV and Archeology
TV and Classics
Classics and Archeology
Entrance and Cashiers

4. We stopped holding outside sales this year because:
Customers were getting sunstroke
We got another sales room
Books were getting wet
The great outdoors just isn't big enough to hold all of our books

5. Our bargain room is named:

6. The Cubberley Community Center is named for:
Sherman Cubberley, early city mayor
Mary Cubberley, first school teacher
Ellwood Cubberley, local educator
Hugh Center, local educator

7. Our cashiers sell you gift certificates for:
What's this? Gift certificates?

8. The most valuable book ever donated to us was worth:
Huh? I've never paid more than a couple of bucks for any book.

9. The number of volunteers who help with the sale is:
Are those the folks we mow down when we all rush in at 11?

10. Something that we haven't yet offered at our sale is:
A motorcycle
A wine rack
A popcorn maker
40,000 wonderful books at incredibly low prices (Marketing Dept. insisted we cram yet one more plug into this quiz)

Children's Library Fund Races Towards Year End 

The Children's Library Repair and Expansion project is getting closer and closer to reaching its 2003 target of raising a little over $2 million.  We still have another $115,000 to raise to qualify for all the matching funds.  Please help by making your tax-deductible donation now.  Donations of all sizes are very welcome.  For $250, you can honor or memorialize someone with an inscribed brick in the wall in the Secret Garden behind the library.  The bricks allow you to write two lines, each with up to 20 capital letters,  spaces, and punctuation.  Some sample inscriptions:



Fill in this form to see if your own inscription fits:

 How to make your donation and other naming opportunities.

Borel Bank Sponsors Library Fundraiser

If you donate money for an ornament from the "giving tree" in the lobby of Palo Alto's Borel Bank & Trust Co., the funds will go to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  "Each year we choose a non-profit organization to receive funds from our tree, and this year we selected the Friends of the Library," said Yohko Fick of Borel Bank.  The giving tree is a five-year tradition for the bank.  The $20 giving tree donations are tax-deductible.  Borel Bank is located in downtown Palo Alto at 245 Lytton Ave., Suite 175 and is open from 9 am to 4 pm Mondays through Fridays.

This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  While the Better Business Bureau recommends that no more than 35% of a charitable organization's expenses be for management and fundraising expenses, ours were only 2.4% for our 2002-2003 fiscal year.  In other words, about 98% of the money we raised went to help the Palo Alto libraries.  Visit our web site.  Become a member by joining online.

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