USED BOOK SALES
Saturday, December 11
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, December 12
1 pm - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7
We seem to have more books than ever. Room K6 has children's books, including picture books,
school age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers,
many for under $1. Room
K7 is the bargain room, where children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers
are $1.00. Prices drop by half in the bargain room at 12:30 pm on
Saturday and to just $5 for each grocery
bag you fill (we supply the bags) at 2 pm. These discounts also
apply on Sunday. Both rooms are in the K wing
Main Book Room Sale
In our main room,
prices are also way below what used book stores charge.
Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1.00 and up. This
room opens at 11 am on Saturday (one hour after the other rooms), but you can
reserve your place in the line that forms by picking up one or two tickets as early as 8 am.
No ticket is needed to get in.
Featured items for December
Art * Ethnic Studies
Music * Needlework
Plays * Westerns
Great Gift Books
Large Print Books
And much, much more!
4000 Middlefield Road
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center
information on the sales
your old books
All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.
Library Closes for
|The Palo Alto City Library will be closed from Monday, December 20
through Sunday, December 26 for Christmas and again from Friday, December 31
through Sunday, January 2 for New Year's.
Computer Reservations Now Running
|The new software that allows your to reserve time on the public Internet
stations is now running, after some initial technical difficulties.
Temporary Closure Update
|The College Terrace branch will remain closed on Tuesdays indefinitely
due to a staff absence. The
closure began on October 15. Meanwhile, the branch is looking for
volunteer to conduct storytimes.
Library Annual Report
|Read the library's new
Report for the fiscal year from July 2003 to June 2004. The report
gives information about the overall library system, the individual branches,
and the budget.
|We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to
improve our book sale. Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
|Children's and Bargain Rooms to Open at 10 am|
The elves who operate our Children's and Bargain Rooms (K6 and K7) have
decided to open from now on at 10 am on Saturday (it used to be 9 am). Given how hard all the elves work, we couldn't say no.
Both rooms are open until 4 pm on Saturday and then again from
1 to 4 pm on Sunday.
Bid on Another Inscribed Lemony Snicket Book
|The Children's Room (K6) is holding a silent auction on Saturday, this time
for The Grim Grotto ("more mysterious than the ocean and almost as
deep"), the eleventh and latest in author Lemony Snicket's wonderful A Series
of Unfortunate Events. The book's inscription reads, "With all due
respect." The auction will end at 2 pm on Saturday, at which
time the highest bidder can either pick up the book or receive it by mail after
Great Gift Ideas for the Holiday
Be sure to look at all the tables of wonderful Hanukkah and Christmas gift books in the Main Booksale and
Children's Rooms. You can also purchase $5 gift
certificates from any cashier to put in holiday cards or Christmas stockings for your book-loving friends and family.
A Free Way to Help the Libraries
|Whenever you shop online for anything at Amazon.com or at Keplers (our
largest local independent book seller), a percentage of your purchases will
be donated to us if you start your shopping trip on our web pages.
Just click on the Amazon or Keplers links on the top
right of any of our web pages, which are at
All the proceeds raised in this way go to help the library, and it costs you
Several Branches Threatened
|For the fourth time in five years, the City is again considering closing
library branches. This time, as many as four branches could be affected.
In short, the City Manager will propose to the City Council on Monday,
December 13, that the College Terrace and Downtown branches be closed no
later than June 2007. Meanwhile, he proposes to begin to plan and find
funding for a "full-service" library somewhere in Palo Alto. If that
library were located at Mitchell Park, the Main Library would be closed as
well, leaving no library facilities for adults in North Palo Alto
whatsoever. If instead the Main Library were the site for the
"full-service" library, then the Mitchell Park branch would lose significant
staff and other resources. The result will be a two or three library
system very different from the present set of five libraries spread across
Branch closure has resurfaced this year
because city finances are under pressure. However, the Downtown and
College Terrace branches
actually cost very little to operate and are used a lot.
While the city has still not detailed the operating costs of the individual
branches, only about 7% of the library's staff (and no higher-paid degreed
librarians) work at these branches, which at the same time generated 10% of
circulations and 16% of visits in the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Closing
branches that cost less than the usage they generate is not an efficient way
to save money. Furthermore, once these branches are shut down, it is
extremely unlikely they would ever be opened again.
Other California cities affected by budget shortfalls have opted instead to
reduce library hours or to cut extra services, or even to use volunteers to
fill in. With the exception of Salinas (which may have to shut down
its entire library system), Palo Alto will apparently be the only city in
California to have branch closures. That will be quite a comedown for
our city's prized college-town reputation.
Palo Alto also emphasizes walkable neighborhoods, which impart a
small-town flavor while reducing car traffic and encouraging healthy biking and walking. Our present
library branch structure supports this
concept, making it possible to visit and use a library without a
trip across town. Indeed, technology and interlibrary loans increasingly bring
more resources to these branches, such that many residents find no need to visit
a large, central facility at all.
The City's own Library Advisory Commission, which is separate from the
City Manager, has opted to oppose the branch closure proposal, as has our
own organization's board
of directors. Indeed, we are actively working with community groups and numerous
residents to save the threatened libraries.
With the exception of the Terman Park branch, which was reclaimed by the
school district, Palo Altans have successfully defeated all past attempts to close branches,
dating back to the 1960s. You can help keep the College Terrace and
Downtown libraries open by e-mailing the
City Council with your support
for the branches. Your e-mail will go to all nine City Council members, so
it's an easy way to convey your opinion to them. You can also attend the
City Council meeting on Monday at 7 pm at City Hall (250 Hamilton Avenue).
For some background about the branch controversy, see these recent items
from the December 8, 2004 Palo Alto Weekly:
Cover story: Out on a Limb?
Branch Comparison Chart [note:
the College Terrace branch's hours were slightly longer when the data was
Previous Attempts to Close the Branches
Editorial: End the Deadlock in Library Debate
Guest Opinion: Another Approach to Library Organization
Letter to the Editor: Why Branches Make Sense
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the Gift That Keeps on
|We are running short this month on paper grocery bags and would very much appreciate
extras you would like to donate. Please just bring the bags
to the sale and
give them to our volunteers at the entrance.
Have a Glorious Holiday Season
|If we don't get a chance to say it to you personally at the sale this
weekend, all of
us at the Friends wish you a very joyous holiday season and New Year.
We hope you'll have some time during the holidays to actually read a few of
the books you purchase from us and get good and rested in time for the
January 2005 sale!
It has been a glorious year for us as well.
November's sale earned $19,151 overall, which is an incredible achievement
for us. Our sales over the last five months have averaged $15,400
each. We wish to thank all of our wonderful customers, donors,
volunteers, members, and supporters who together make our book sales