USED BOOK SALES
9 am - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7
It's hopeless! Every time we think we've cleared out
our inventory, more wonderful books arrive. Room K6 is filled anew with 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, 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
In our main room,
prices are 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 before opening, but no ticket is needed to get in. There
will not be any further discounting in the afternoon.
All rooms also open on Sunday, September 12 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Featured sales books for September include:
Asian Language Books
CDs * Cookbooks
The Great Books
Records * 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.
|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.
|Special Sunday Sale on September 12|
We've had requests over the years to hold sales on additional days, since
not everyone came come on Saturdays. So all three of
our rooms will also be open this Sunday, September 12 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
The bargain room will charge the same on Sunday as on Saturdays after 2 pm, namely 25 cents for
paperbacks, 50 cents for hardcovers, and $5 for a full grocery bag of books.
If you can't make it to the regular Saturday sale this time, we hope you'll
come on Sunday.
Incidentally, we last held a Sunday sale in April of 2003 when the
outdoor part of a Saturday sale was rained out. This time, we're just
looking to help more people get to the sale.
Helps Palo Alto Libraries
We'd like to thank Kepler's Books for their support of Palo Alto
libraries. Beginning on September 19, mention the "Friends
of the Palo Alto Library" when purchasing at Kepler's and 10% of
your purchase price will go to help the library. 5% of
your online purchases from Kepler's also goes to help the library
when you click
here or on the word Kepler's on our web site.
Kepler's has designated September 19 as a special Library
Benefit day for the Friends.
By the way, Kepler's opened in
1955 and is the largest independent bookstore in our area.
They're located at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Read about
Celebrate the Children's Library
Birthday on September 15
|Palo Alto's unique
Children's Library celebrates its 64th birthday on September
15. Attend a wonderful party at 7 pm, with a Beatles sing-along,
activities, and a birthday cake. As the song goes, "Who could ask for
more?" This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto
College Terrace Library Forum on September 23
|Help shape the future of our libraries at a community forum on September 23 from 7:30 to 9 pm at the
College Terrace branch.
This will be the final such forum this year, so if you haven't had a chance
to attend one, please do so. Library Director Paula Simpson will lead a discussion about cooperative programs, new and different services, civic involvement, and the vision for Palo Alto's library of the future. "In today's complex society, the library needs to be nimble and responsive to changing information needs, and deeply involved in community life," says
Paula. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, please contact
Paula at 329-2403 or
The forum is sponsored by the Library Advisory Commission.
Bargains, Bargains, On the Wall
|When you rush up to the cashiers in the main booksale room, be sure to
look at the special books for sale on the shelves opposite them.
You'll find autographed books, rare first editions, and other remarkable
finds. One book on the shelf this month is Writings and Drawings
by Bob Dylan, a 315+ page compendium of song lyrics and his own
illustrations. This is a first edition and sells for $20. You'll
also find a charming 1899 illustrated version of Joel Chandler
Harris's Uncle Remus for $15. What a great gift for a
child: a book from two centuries ago!
Main Library Homework Help
Begins September 8
|Palo Alto students in grades six to eight can get free afterschool tutoring
and refreshments on Wednesdays at the Main Library, beginning September 8. This is a new
service, launched by a grant to the Friends of the Palo Alto
Library from the Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund and with additional funds
supplied by the Friends. Two experienced homework helpers will be
available from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm to help with language arts, math, science,
social studies, and health homework. The experimental service will run
through June of 2005. For more information, contact Laurie Hastings,
Teen Services Librarian, at the Main Library at 329-2664 or by
more about library teen services in the
Palo Alto Weekly article.
Our Volunteers Have More Fun
|Lots of people came to our Friends volunteer party on Labor Day to
celebrate how much fun it is to help our libraries (see some
Among them was Ed Rice, who has assisted customers at the booksale for about
three years. Ed says he enjoys the contact with customers of all ages
and especially loves to see people buy books for their kids, perhaps ones
that they themselves enjoyed when they were young. Another partygoer was
Suzanne Little, who has been helping sort incoming books, which lets her
"see the great variety of books coming in, plus meet and talk to all the
other volunteers." Suzanne now helps price and organize the main sale
room History and Political Science sections. Her biggest surprise
there: English history books are very popular, in Palo Alto of all places.
If you are interested in volunteering
at the booksale or for
other activities of the Friends, please e-mail us at
email@example.com. There are always a lot of
fun projects going on, wonderful people to work with, and you'll be helping
to improve our libraries too.