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March 8
11 am - 4 pm

Regular book sale, with books 50 cents and up

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.


Effort to Save Terman Branch

The City is considering completely closing the Terman Park Library to alleviate the budget shortfall.  The Friends of the Palo Alto Library believe that that there are many compelling reasons to keep the branch open, and that the budgetary savings would be very small.   In particular, we would no longer be able to host a book sale at that site and use it for sorting, which would then substantially reduce the funds that we provide to the libraries.  We will be sending a letter to the city and other government agencies urging that the Terman Park Library be retained and posting this on our website.  Also, please e-mail Palo Alto's City Council yourself on this issue.

Reduced Library Hours
As a reminder, please note that two Palo Alto Library branches are now on reduced hours.

The College Terrace Library is now closed on Thursdays, as well as Sundays.

The Downtown Library is now closed on Mondays, as well as Sundays.

Cubberley Book Sale is a Huge Success

How many bookstores have people lined up "around the block" at opening time?  That's what happened minutes before our doors opened at our February sale.

Line of people awaiting opening of February 8, 2003 Cubberley book sale

If you don't like crowds, we recommend that you come an hour or two later after the sale begins.  We're open this March 8 from 11 am to 4 pm.[ Yahoo! Maps ]Road map to Cubberley Where our room is at Cubberley

Another great way to get bargains early is to visit our Bargain Room sale at the Terman library, also open from 11 am to 4 pm on March 8.  We have thousands of books for sale here, with many paperbacks just 25 cents each.  You'll find many great fiction titles, cookbooks, travel books, and lots of other topics. [ Yahoo! Maps ]Road map to Terman

More information on the sales

Children's Library Community Campaign
We're extremely pleased to announce a major fundraising drive to expand and repair the Children's Library.  It began with a recent donation of $150,000 from an anonymous donor to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, with an additional $200,000 to come this year if we can raise an additional $300,000 from other sources.  That alone will represent $650,000 towards the several million needed.

Already, others have donated money to help with this.  Katy Obringer, head of the Children's Library, recently donated $10,000 to help her branch.  The federal government has announced that it will provide $90,000.  And the City of Palo Alto has pledged itself to help provide substantial funds if the Friends can raise enough from other sources.

The campaign is being sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library and other community organizations. 

Children's Library Seeks Book

The Children's Library needs some new books for its collection.  The library is hoping you'll "adopt" a book by either donating a new copy to the library or donating the cost of the book.  Your donation is tax-deductible and an inscription plate will be placed in each adopted book to thank you and/or someone you designate.  If you’d like to adopt one of the books below, please click on that book to send us an e-mail and we’ll reply with full instructions, or e-mail us at

The books up for "adoption" are:

Play more Book Games


People have told us how much they enjoyed our book games, so we've added many new categories, including mysteries, classic American novels, non-English books, and science fiction.  If you haven't had a chance to play one of these games, you're only one mouse click away from a lot of fun.  Just go to our book games.

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.

To receive your own copy of this e-mail notice, please e-mail us.  If you do not want to receive these e-mail notices in the future, please reply with the words "Remove Me" in the subject line.