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November 8

9 am - 2 pm
Bargain Book Sale

Not everyone knows yet about our bargain book sale in room E5 at Cubberley, which is quite near our main booksale room.  The room literally overflows with bargain books, spilling out onto many 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

You'll find about 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 November include: 

* A beautiful collection of books on rugs, carpets, tapestries, and textiles

* California History Magazine, 1982-2000

* Chess magazines

* Fiction

* Games and puzzles

* Gourmet, Martha Stewart, and many other cooking magazines

* Holiday books

* Mysteries

* Stuffed Animals

* 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.

Booksale Aims to Expand Again

We're excited to report that our booksale will likely be growing again at Cubberley.  Early in 2004, we're hoping to move out of the E5 bargain room and into two new rooms and an enclosed patio area in the K wing just nearby.  The new rooms, in addition to our main booksale room, will bring our total square footage at Cubberley to about 5,300 square feet, although that's still not quite as much as we had last year at the Terman Library.  We'll keep you informed about all the plans for the new space in upcoming issues.

Annual Meeting Big Success

A near-capacity crowd of about 180 people attended our annual meeting on October 30 for a delightful mini-booksale and talk on Leonardo da Vinci.  At the meeting, our members ratified new bylaws and thanked retiring directors Shelby Valentine and John Burt for their many years of service.  Martha Schmidt, Joe Shakes, and Patricia Sohl were elected as new directors to two-year terms beginning in 2004.  Our officers in 2004 will be Jeff Levinsky (President), Wendy Akers-Ghose (Vice President), Martha Schmidt (Secretary), Joe Shakes (Treasurer), and Bob Otnes (Assistant Treasurer).  We thank all who attended and the many volunteers who planned and set up the meeting.

Volunteers Help Sales Sizzle

Last month's sale was the fifth in a row which brought in over $10,000!  Many Friends of the Library groups in cities of comparable size manage to only earn that much once a year.  We'd like to thank all of our customers, donors, and volunteers for making these spectacularly large sales possible.  This month, we'd also like to thank the young men and women from the Gunn High School Key Club who are assisting us with heavy lifting, pricing, sorting, box cutting, and more.  They've been a tremendous help and lots of fun to work with.

Children's Library Fund Closes in on Goal

With many donations from the community, the Children's Library Repair and Expansion project has been getting closer and closer to reaching its 2003 target of a little over $2 million.  We need to raise just another $175,000 by the end of this year to qualify for all the matching funds.  Please help the project by making your donation now as well.  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.  More about this and other donation and naming opportunities.

Bring Your Old Books to the Sale

Our book donation sorting area is on your right just as you enter the main booksale room at Cubberley.  We welcome you dropping donated books off as you enter and we have volunteers stationed there to assist you and provide you with tax receipts.  If you have more books to donate than you can carry, please ask our volunteers for assistance.  Or, bring your donations to the sale room throughout the month on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 pm, at other times by appointment via (650) 213-8755, or by dropping off one bag or box a day at any Palo Alto library.  Your donation to us is tax-deductible up to the full extent permitted by law.

Book Group Discusses Poet Laureate on November 13
Click to see more about Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy CollinsJoin our book group's discussion of 2001-2003 Poet Laureate Billy Collins's Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems.  "What Collins does best is turn an apparently simple phrase into a numinous moment," says The New Yorker.  A poem of his begins: "It is possible to be struck by a meteor/ or a single-engine plane/ while reading in a chair at home."  Our book group, which so far has avoided both disasters, meets on November 13 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Lucie Stern Community Center Fireside Room at 1305 Middlefield Road.  See the other books we'll be discussing in future months.

Libraries Closed for Veteran's and Thanksgiving Holidays
Palo Alto libraries will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 for Veteran's Day and on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving Day.  All libraries will also close at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 26.

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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