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September 11

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 (see map).

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:

Art Magazines
Asian Language Books
CDs * Cookbooks
The Great Books
Harvard Classics
Health * History
Jigsaw Puzzles
Large-Print Books
Political Science
Records * Videos

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.
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.

Kepler's 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 their history and latest author events

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 Library.
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 e-mail.  Read 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 pictures).  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  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.


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 2.4% for our 2002-2003 fiscal year.  In other words, about 98% 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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