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April 10

9 am
Ribbon-Cutting for New Rooms

Join Palo Alto Mayor Bern Beecham, Vice Mayor Jim Burch, and Library Director Paula Simpson at 9 am for the inauguration of our new K wing rooms.  See the map for the exact location of the K wing.

9 am - 4 pm
New Children's Book Sale in K6;
Bargain Room Sale in K7

All of our children's books are now in room K6, while bargain books are next door in room K7.  In the bargain book room, all children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers are $1.00.  As if that weren't low enough, bargain room books are half-priced after 12:30 pm, and then after 2 pm just $5 for each grocery bag you fill (we supply the bags).

11 am - 4 pm
Main Book Room Sale

You'll find books on every topic in the world among the 40,000 items we're offering, with prices way below what used book stores charge.  Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1.00 and up.  You can pick up a ticket as early as 8 am to reserve your place in the line that forms prior to opening, but no ticket is needed to get in.

Featured sales books for April include:

Books on Women
CDs * Fantasy
Large-format Books
Military History
Opera Librettos/Programs


Expanded Biography,
Computer, Fiction,
and Health Sections
And much, much more!

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

Room locations

More information on the sales
Donate your old books

All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.

We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our book sale.  Please email them to us at or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Cubberley Sale to be Largest Ever; Ribbon-Cutting at 9 am

April 10th's Cubberley sale will be bigger than any other, because we've expanded now into two rooms in the K wing.  Room K6 now holds all of our children's books, which were formerly in the southwest corner of our main booksale room.  K7 holds all of our bargain room books, which are priced at or below our usual low, low prices.  The K wing is near the tennis courts and just a short walk from our main booksale room (see map).

To celebrate the opening of the new K wing rooms, Mayor Bern Beecham, Vice Mayor Jim Burch, and Palo Alto's new library director Paula Simpson will be on hand to cut the ribbon at 9 am.  Be sure to meet them (or to rush right by) as you bargain hunt in these new rooms.

Moving the children's books out of the main sale room allowed us to expand some of our other sections.  Computer books have moved into a larger space where the children's books were formerly, and the biography, fiction, and health sections have grown as well.

April 29 Community Forum to Discuss Library Future
Paula Simpson, new Director of Libraries

Come meet Paula Simpson, Palo Alto's new Library Director, for a community meeting about how our libraries can be improved.  Paula will speak on "Taking Palo Alto's Library to the Next Level," and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and make suggestions.  The forum begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 29 at the Arts Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road. Admission and refreshments are all free and the entire public is invited.  Please come and help us welcome Paula and improve our libraries.

April 22 Downtown Branch Party
Be sure to stop in at the Downtown Library on Thursday, April 22 for a neighborhood open house from 2 pm to 5 pm.  There will be free refreshments.  It's also a great opportunity to check out the Friends of the Palo Alto Library mini-booksale shelf (right at the entrance).  Matt Watson, library associate at the branch, says, "A lot of people don't realize that there is a conveniently located library in the downtown district.  Spread the word about our neighborhood library and stop by to give us your thoughts and ideas."  Directions
April 24 College Terrace Library Open House

The College Terrace Library is hosting its own celebration from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, April 24.  There will be more free refreshments.  Library associate Sue Chang says, "College Terrace is an excellent neighborhood library just minutes away from California Avenue and Stanford.  Bring the family by during our open house and say hi."  Directions

PTA Wardrobe Receives Books from Friends
Since 1945, the Palo Alto PTA Council has operated the PTA Wardrobe, which distributes recycled children's clothing and books at no charge to families in the Palo Alto School District. The Wardrobe stocks items for pre-school and school-age children and also for toddlers in PACCC (Palo Alto Community Child Centers).  Marilyn Simbeck, a Friend of the Library volunteer, has been supervisor of the Wardrobe for the last five years and obtains children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction books for the Wardrobe from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library after-sale distribution to non-profits.  Every month, over 100  books from the Friends go home with families using the clothing service. "It's an invaluable part of the Wardrobe," says Marilyn.

The PTA Wardrobe is located at Jordan Middle School at 2263 Middlefield Road and is open Wednesdays from 2-5 and Saturdays from 10-1. Call (650) 858-0654 for more information.  Contributions to the Wardrobe are always welcome, appreciated, and tax-deductible.  Non-profits interested in the Friends' after-sale distribution program should contact Maggie Anderson by e-mail or at (650) 856-7741.

Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom of Night
Like the proverbial postal carrier, we do our utmost to get this e-mail newsletter to you each month in advance of our sales.  It's not always easy.  Some e-mail providers and programs block or challenge our e-mails.  In one case, filtering software spotted the words "free" and "Africa" within the newsletter, assumed it was a fraudulent request for money, and discarded it.  During some months, AOL blocks all of our messages, even to our own board members who have AOL accounts.  EarthLink sometimes requires us to add a personal message to the recipient in order to be put through, which we are happy to do.

If your e-mail provider or software filters e-mails, please be sure to ask that e-mail from be allowed to get through to you.  That way, you'll hear about all upcoming changes in booksale hours, locations, and offerings.


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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