USED BOOK SALES
9 am - 2 pm
Bargain Book Sale
Our new bargain book sale room at Cubberley is a big hit.
In fact, we have so many bargain books that the sale spills out into
the covered walkways near the room. See the map
for the exact location.
All bargain paperbacks are just 50 cents each and all hardcovers are
2 pm - 4 pm
Bargain Room $5 a Bag Sale
After 2 pm, all bargain book 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
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 October include:
Brand new books from a local bookstore
Books on tape *
Children's Chinese Books
Collectible Children's Books
Fiction * Graphic Arts * Humor
India, the Orient, and
the Middle East
Modern Plays * Mysteries
Music * Songbooks
Videotapes and a few DVDs
And much, much more!
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center
information on the sales
your old books
All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.
There will be no Terman sale on this date.
Library Closed on October 13
Palo Alto libraries will be closed on Monday,
October 13 for the Columbus Day holiday.
Vote on Silicon Valley
You can vote later this month online or at any Palo Alto library for
the book you'd like the community to read next year in the Silicon Valley Reads
program. From over 1,400 nominations submitted in August and
September, the three finalists are Ray
Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Isabel Allende's The Daughter of
Fortune, and Yann Martel's The Life of Pi. The
winner will be announced in November and book discussions on it will
commence in February 2004. Over 300,000 people in the Santa Clara
County area participated in the previous Silicon Valley Reads program.
|Mini Booksale and da Vinci
Talk on October 30|
A mini-booksale with refreshments at 7 pm will mark
the start of our annual meeting on October 30, at the Palo Alto Art Center
at 1313 Newell Road. At 7:30 pm, physician Fernando Vescia will
speak about the artist/scientist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci in a talk entitled "In Search of Leonardo."
is a former Stanford lecturer on the history of medicine and his previous
talk to our group about the Alexandrian Library was very much enjoyed. The
event is free to the public. Members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library
may also participate
at this meeting in the election of board members and officers and in ratifying
our updated bylaws.
Council Candidates' Views on Library
Palo Alto libraries have been very much in the news
lately, given the recent proposals to close the Downtown Library (see item
below) and float a new bond measure. We polled all ten City Council candidates
for the upcoming November 4 City Council election for
their views on library issues, which are summarized here. Please
read the full
responses, which provide interesting and detailed insights as to how our libraries
How to Help
||Increase library budget
||Supported hiring new director
||Look for budget savings
||Have libraries be a priority
||Remodel and extend
||Pare planning department
to fund library services
||Hire visionary director;
initiate new bond measure
||Shift funding towards
||Build one new resource library
at Mitchell Park
- no response -
Gift Certificates Now Available at
With the holiday season only about ten weeks away,
consider giving gift certificates to our booksale as your presents this
year. The certificates come in denominations of $5 each and are
available from our booksale cashiers. With
more than 40,000 books available at Cubberley, a gift certificate
represents a whole world of exciting reading and adventure.
Booksale Has Wheels
You'll always find some some unusual donated items
at our "book" sale, such as puppets, cookware, and
computers. But this month has the most exotic ever: a Suzuki
lightweight K15 motorcycle. This is a genuine collector's item,
built around 1967-1968, with an engine capacity of 79cc. It weighs
75kg and needs some work. Bid on the cycle at a silent auction from
9 am to 4 pm at this month's sale. The proceeds will benefit the
Children's Library Fund. Perhaps it's a great way to zip around town when you're rushing to get to
a library before closing time.
Children's Library Fund Making Great
With September's fundraising kickoff party behind it (see
pictures), the Children's Library Repair and Expansion project is now
busily raising the funds it needs to begin the repairs and expansion of the
Children's Library. Already, the project has received over $1.8
million in donations and pledges of matching funds. Please help the
project qualify for all the matching funds by making your donation now as
well. For just $250, your can have a brick
inscribed that will be placed into a wall in the Secret Garden behind
the library. More
about this and other donation and naming opportunities.
Downtown Library Safe for Now
Overwhelming support for the Downtown Library,
including vows to keep it open from six of the nine City Council members,
suggest the branch will not be closing in the foreseeable future. See recent San Jose
Mercury and Palo Alto Weekly
articles and even a pro-Downtown library person among today's Palo
Alto Weekly street interviews. Our thanks to the neighborhood associations and numerous
individuals who worked with the Friends
of the Palo Alto Library to help town officials understand why the closure
would have harmed rather than helped the city.
Katy Obringer Retires
|As noted in our recent Foreword
edition, Katy Obringer has
retired after serving as Palo Alto's head children's librarian for 21
years. Katy has been extremely helpful in the effort to expand and
repair the Children's Library, as well as serving an entire generation of
Palo Alto children. In Katy's honor, the Friends of the Palo Alto Library
and city library staff have made contributions to the Children's Library Fund.
information about Katy's retirement. There will be a reception
for Katy later this fall as well.