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Saturday, October 9
9 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, October 10
1 pm - 4 pm

Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7

There were lots of empty shelves after last month's sale, but we've stuffed them all with more books for this month's sale.  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 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 (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 October include:

Black Studies * CDs
Coin Collecting
Fantasy * Gardening
Large-Print Books
Science Fiction
Spanish Language
Speech and Hearing Disabilities

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.
Two-Day Sale Broke Record; Sunday Hours Continue

Last month's Saturday plus Sunday sale broke all past records, earning over $15,200, so we're going to continue with Sunday sales for at least the rest of this year.  All three of our rooms will be open this Sunday, October 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Bargain room prices are the same on Sunday as they are after 2 pm on Saturdays, namely 25 cents for all paperbacks, 50 cents for all hardcovers, and $5 for a full grocery bag of books.  If you know someone who can't attend on Saturdays, please let them know about Sundays.

Annual Meeting and SuperLibrary Presentation on October 27 at 7:30 pm
Come hear Professor Jim Schmidt describe the extraordinary new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library in San Jose, which is the nation's first combined city/university library.  It serves both as San Jose's main public library and as the central library for San Jose State University.  Schmidt helped plan and inaugurate the library and is a professor of Library and Information Sciences at San Jose State, where he served as University Librarian for many years.  His talk, entitled Gown & Town: How to Build a SuperLibrary, begins right after our annual election at 7:30 pm on October 27 at the Palo Alto Arts Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road.  The meeting is free to the public and there will be free refreshments as well.

At the meeting, Althea Andersen, Gretchen Emmons, Gerry Masteller, Bob Moss, Gloria Reade, Steve Staiger, and Ellen Wyman will be nominated to continue as board members through December 2006.  Two new directors will also be nominated for similar terms: Rudy Batties, a Palo Alto resident since 1981 who holds a Stanford MBA and works in strategic marketing for technology companies, and Jim Schmidt.

Nominations for board officers for 2005 are Jeff Levinsky, President; Wendy Akers-Ghose, Vice-President; Martha Schmidt, Secretary; Bob Moss, Treasurer; and Bob Otnes, Assistant Treasurer.

Line Gets Easier

A customer recently suggested that we help our ticket holders know where to stand in the line for the opening of the main room on Saturdays.  So in September, we posted numbers on the wall that you can compare to the number on your ticket, which seemed to have worked well.  We'll continue that, so please look for the signs when you join the line.

Go, Ivan, and Journeys
on Specials Wall
We have many shelves of special books across from the cashiers in the main sale room.  Among the autographed books, rare first editions, and other finds, there's a 1972 second printing of The Master of Go by Nobel-prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata for just $6.  You'll also find a 1972 first English-language edition of Ivan Pavlov's Conditioned Reflexes and Psychiatry (volume two), containing his writings from 1928 to his death in 1936, for $25.  Then, there is an exquisite autographed and hand-colored volume called Little Journeys to the Homes of English Authors, which is one of a series authored by Elbert Hubbard.  Bound in an unusual suede leather and one of only 947 copies printed in 1899, our price is $28.  All three books are tagged on the specials wall.
Recommendation Being Prepared to Reopen Saturdays at Downtown Library
The Library Advisory Commission met on September 30 to work on their recommendation to the City Council that $35,000 be used to restore Saturday library hours at the Downtown Library. The commission will continue to work on the document at their October 28 meeting, with the matter expected to go to the council in November. The Council offered the funds back in June and the Commission voted unanimously in July to apply these to the Downtown Library.  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.
Coffee and Tea Now
Served in Main Library
The Friends of the Palo Alto Library is happy to sponsor coffee and tea service in the Main Library as an experiment in providing more creature comforts to library users.  The new machine was installed just last month and is across from the announcement bulletin board, near the south end of the checkout counter.
Children's Library Expansion May Expand
The expansion of the Children's Library got a boost from a proposal to add an additional 610 square feet on the side that faces the Lucie Stern theater (the left side as you approach the library from the street).  The estimated cost of this addition is $300,000, to be paid by funds from the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Library Foundation, and us.  The expansion should provide more room for the collection and for services and will be built at the same time as the new wing on the other side of the original library.  The new construction is expected to begin in 2005 and to take two years.  See the recent Palo Alto Weekly article.
Library Closes for Columbus Day
The library will be closed on Monday, October 11 due to the Columbus Day holiday.


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