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Saturday, November 13
9 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, November 14
1 pm - 4 pm

Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7

The books just keep flowing in.  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 (see map).

Main Book Room
In our main room, prices are very low.  Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1.00 and up.  This room opens at 11 am on Saturday (two hours after the other rooms), but you can reserve your place in the line that forms by picking up a ticket as early as 8 am.  No ticket is needed to get in.

Featured sales books for November include:

Civil War * History
Holiday Gift Books
Large-Print Books
Naval Military History
Needlework and Quilting
Political Science

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
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All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.

Library Closes for
The Palo Alto City Library will be closed on Thursday, November 11 due to the Veteran's Day holiday and then again on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.
Reserve Computer Time at the Library Starting November 22
A major change for the public computers in the Palo Alto Library starts this month.  Currently, you sign up to use the computers on a paper list and then are responsible for reminding the person before you when it's your turn.  With the new system, you'll reserve your time slot via a computer.  The session of the person before you will end automatically when your session is ready to start.  Lots of other libraries already use this approach, including all those in San Mateo County.  They've found it makes life easier for library users by enforcing fair time slots and allowing reservations in advance.  More information.
Temporary Closure Update
The temporary closure of the Downtown Library on Thursdays has ended (it will be closed on Thursday the 11th anyway for Veterans Day).  Meanwhile, the College Terrace branch will remain closed on Tuesdays indefinitely.
Downtown Library Chooses Mascot
The election to choose a mascot for the Downtown Library is over, and a clear winner has emerged.  The new mascot will be Professor Chimpson of the National Banana Party, who ran on a pro-literacy campaign.

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.
More Books Flooding In

"It is unbelievable how many books have come in during these past four weeks," says Marty Paddock, our booksale manager.  "Our section managers are all complaining that they don't have enough room on their shelves."  Among the new arrivals this month is an incredible collection of naval military history books that you'll find in our Military History section.  Be sure to check these out at the sale this Saturday and Sunday.

Bid on Inscribed Lemony Snicket Book
The Children's Room (K6) will hold a silent auction during the Saturday sale for The Slippery Slope, inscribed by beloved children's author Lemony Snicket when he was in Palo Alto last week.  The book, described by Snicket as "more chilling than winter, and almost as icy", is the tenth in his A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The inscription reads, "to the highest bidder from the lowest author".  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 payment.
Palo Alto Libraries Are #1
Not only do we Palo Altans love our libraries, we use them a lot too!  Among California libraries serving 60,000 to 100,000 people, Palo Alto ranked first during 2002-2003 in the number of times the average resident visited a library (15 times on average).  That's almost three times as often as the statewide average of about 5.7 visits per capita.

We also ranked first among the group by circulating 20.5 items annually per resident, which again is about three times as many as the state average of 7.3.  Palo Alto children earned the top slot too by checking out 60.7 items a year on average, whereas the state norm is just 19.

Incidentally, we also 4 books in our library per capita, coming in second to Newport Beach, which had 4.3.  Perhaps Palo Altans just like longer books?  Source: California Library Statistics 2004.

Directors and Officers Elected at Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting on October 27, Althea Andersen, Gretchen Emmons, Gerry Masteller, Bob Moss, Gloria Reade, Steve Staiger, and Ellen Wyman were reelected to serve as board members through December 2006, as were new directors Rudy Batties and Jim Schmidt.  Rudy, a Palo Alto resident since 1981, holds a Stanford MBA and works in strategic marketing for technology companies.  Jim is a professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at San Jose State University.  The following board officers were elected for 2005: Jeff Levinsky, President; Wendy Akers-Ghose, Vice-President; Martha Schmidt, Secretary; Bob Moss, Treasurer; and Bob Otnes, Assistant Treasurer.

Mountains, Maps, and Mangers on
Specials Wall
Among the autographed books, rare first editions, and other special books across from the cashiers in the main sale room, you'll find a 1923 first edition of The Southern Sierras of California by Charles Francis Saunders for just $20.  The hardcover volume is illustrated with 32 photographs by the author of various mountain and desert locales in Southern California.  Nearby is a 1911 fourth edition of Map Maneuvers and Tactical Rides by U.S. Major Farrand Sayre, which includes a fold-out map for use in war game practice.  Our price for this book is $8.  For a wonderful holiday gift, consider Christopher Radko: The First Decade (1986-1995), with over 200 pages of brilliant color photographs of the artist's Christmas decorationsThis first edition goes for $25.  All three books are tagged on the specials wall.
to Vote on Reopening Saturdays at Downtown Library
The City Council is scheduled to revote this November 22 on whether to restore Saturday hours at the Downtown Library.  In June, the Council allocated $35,000 for the library.  The Library Advisory Commission subsequently voted unanimously to have the funds applied to the Saturday hours.  We are very appreciative of the Council and Commission support for reopening the library on weekends, which will make it far more accessible to working people. See previous coverage by us.
Singers Entertain at Annual Meeting

The "Friends of the Palo Alto Library Singers" held their premier performance at the October 27 annual meeting, cheering the crowd with a rendition of "In Our Library" (to the tune of "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly" from My Fair Lady):

All I want is a place to read,
Lots of books for my every need,
With helpful staff indeed;
All these, are in our library.

Lots of videos for me to see,
Books on tape and now CD,
Newspapers and magazines;
All these, are in our library!

    Oh, just, think of all the wonders that our branches store,
    Filled with books from A to Z, plus, the Internet and more.

Storytime for each little one,
Summer reading lets teens have fun,
Fam’ly programs next to none;
All these, are in our library.

Archives filled with our history,
Going back for a century, plus
Modern data instantly;
All these, are in our library!

    Folks in other towns may smile at us but we don’t fear,
    We have higher circulation and annual visits here.
    (spoken) Per capita.

All of this is close to me,
At our five branch library,
Keep them going glowingly
And join .. the Friends .. of the Library.
    You will be
    Helping the

City Council Examines Library Alternatives
Lots of people attended the City Council library study session on Monday, November 8 to hear about many future possible directions for our library. Library Director Paula Simpson presented six options: continue with the present system, add funding, add branches, close smaller branches, affiliate with the county library system, and close the majority of branches but build a new central library. City Council members asked many questions and provided feedback, with the consensus being to avoid plans requiring new taxes and to retain the present branches. City staff will address Council concerns and make a specific proposal for a Council vote on December 13.  Read the San Jose Mercury and Palo Alto Weekly accounts of the Council's reactions.  Read earlier articles in the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily News (page 1), and San Jose Mercury News regarding the controversial central library concept.
Book Group Meets a Week Later
Our book group normally meets on the second Thursday of each month, but that happens to fall on Veterans' Day this month.  So, the group will meet a week later on November 18, but still in the usual Fireside Room in the Lucie Stern Community Center at 7:30 pm.  This month's book is Tobias Wolff's Old SchoolMore information on the book group.
Creative Uses for Books
If you're like many of our members and booksale customers, you may find yourself with (ahem) too many books on your hands at times.  Not to worry.  An MIT project recently demonstrated how you, with a little bit of creativity and glue, can turn all those books into reading lamps, picture frames, benches, bookcases, clocks, umbrella stands, nightstands, and rocking chairs.  See the pictures of how they did it.  IKEA, beware!

This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  No trees were felled in the making of this e-mail.  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 4.3% for our 2003-2004 fiscal year.  In other words, about 96% 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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