USED BOOK SALES
9 am - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7
You'll find children's books and books on parenting in room K6,
where paperbacks start at 50 cents and hardcovers at $1.00. In
K7, which is the bargain room, children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers
are $1.00. Bargain room books drop to half-price at 12:30 pm, and then
to just $5 for each grocery
bag you fill (we supply the bags) at 2 pm. Both rooms are in the K wing
11 am - 4 pm
Main Book Room Sale
As usual, our main room is overflowing with books priced 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 for this room prior to opening, but no ticket is needed to get in.
Featured sales books for July include:
Audiobooks * Automobiles
Biography * CDs
Catholic Encyclopedia 18 volumes
Golf * Home Improvement
Large Print Books
Modern Literature * Nature
Puzzles * Railroads
Science Fiction * Videos
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.
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|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.
|So Many Books, Thanks to Incredible Donors!|
|Our volunteers report that
they've been happily working extra long hours to sort, price, and shelve all the new
donations flowing in. So, if our staff seems a bit groggy and confused
this time, you now know
why. The good news is that all these books are on the shelves, ready
for the sale.
people donate a single bag or box of books at a time at one of the Palo Alto library branches.
Meanwhile, over 1,000 separate individuals and
families have brought materials to donate in the last 12 months directly to
our book room. All of these supporters of
the library are real heroes, cleaning out their overstuffed shelves and
looming stacks of books to create new readers and help fund the library.
Members Get in Early at August Sale
Our annual event of opening the sale early to members of the
Friends of the Palo Alto Library is just one month away.
At our August 14th sale, life members will be admitted at 9 am and all other members
can enter at 10 am. That gives our members time in
advance to enjoy the booksale room and to shop in a less-crowded
fashion. The main booksale room will then open at 11 am
to everyone as usual. If you're not already a member of the Friends already,
you can join for $15 or less
online, by mail, or at the sale.
Enter Book Sorting Contest by
|More than 10,000 books are
donated to us each month, and we're not sure always which section to put
each book in. For example, should I, Claudius
go into the Biography section or into Classics? Or maybe it belongs
under Fiction or perhaps over in Television?
Even some of our expert book room sorters can't always decide.
So here's a
little contest to test your own book knowledge and sorting skills.
Choose which section you think each of the following books should go into.
We'll match your choices against those of Marty Paddock, our peerless booksale
If you can sort the most books correctly (or are chosen at random from among
those who do), we'll let you choose a free shopping bagful of
books from the bargain room. You must submit your answer by 5 pm on
Friday, July 9, to be eligible. The winner will be notified by email,
so be sure to include your correct address.
Library Forum at Mitchell Park on July 8
Share your ideas at a community gathering on Thursday, July 8 at
7:30 pm at the
Mitchell Park Library at 3700 Middlefield Road.
Library Director Paula Simpson will lead a dialogue about
enhancing Palo Alto’s public library, and she is keen to hear
your ideas on how library services can be improved. The
meeting is sponsored by the Library Advisory Commission and
refreshments will be served. For
contact Paula Simpson by
phone at 329-2403.
the May forum.
Saturday Library Hours May be Restored Downtown
The Friends of the Palo
Alto Library, the University South Neighborhood Association, and many local residents wrote
letters and spoke out in
support of restoring Saturday hours for the Downtown Library at the June 28
City Council meeting. The Downtown Library is the only branch in Palo
Alto without any weekend hours, and since it also closes at 6 pm on the four
weekdays when it is open, many working people and fulltime students can
never use it. Until June 2003, the branch was open on Saturdays and
Mondays as well, but it then lost both days while other branches lost only
one day or less or even gained hours. In adopting the budget on June
28, the Council allocated an extra
$35,000 and asked the Library Advisory Commission and the
library staff to consider using this to restore the Saturday hours.
The Commission is scheduled to discuss the issue during its July 22 meeting
and make a recommendation back to the Council by October. We'd like to thank the Council for their extraordinary support of the library
and hope to soon see the Downtown Library open again for Saturday users.
Palo Alto Daily News article and
Alto Weekly article.
Enjoy Reading with our Book
|The lively Friends
of the Palo Alto Library book group has been meeting for many years now to
discuss and enjoy a wide variety of contemporary books and occasional
classics too. Each month,
about a dozen people meet at 7:30 pm on the second Thursday of each month in the cheery
Fireside Room at the Lucie Stern Community Center to discuss a book chosen
by the group. Marilyn Williams, a retired social worker who attends almost every
month, says, "we are very welcoming to anyone new." Marilyn
has been part of the group for about 15 years and remembers back when it met
at the YWCA. She points out that it's much more fun to read a book
when you then get together with others to discuss it. She also finds
herself reading and enjoying books that she would never have encountered
herself, and appreciates how the other members help her discover new ways to
appreciate a book. In coming months, the book group will be discussing
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (August 12),
Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie (September 9), and
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong (December 9). See the
full list of books and