USED BOOK SALES
Saturday, April 9
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, April 10
1 pm - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7
Room K6 in the K wing (see
map) has children's books, including picture books,
school age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers,
many for under $1. Room K7 next door is the bargain room, where children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers
are $1.00. Pay just half of that in the bargain room after 12:30 pm on
Saturday and all day on Sunday. On Sunday, you can also buy grocery
bags in the bargain room for $5 and fill them with books.
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 (one hour after the other rooms), but you can
reserve your place in the line that forms by picking up one or two tickets as early as 8 am.
No ticket is needed to get in.
Featured items for April
running & hiking
Cars, boats & planes
Ephemera (maps and pamphlets)
Gardening & Landscaping
Poetry, including Anthologies
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.
Holds Book Drive
|The College Terrace neighborhood is holding a book drive at its
Saturday, April 23 picnic to help raise funds for the library while
celebrating Earth Day. The picnic runs from 3:30 pm to dusk at the
College Terrace branch. Bring your used books to donate to the Friends
of the Palo Alto Library and get a donation receipt.
Group Picks Next Year of Books
|The Friends' book group meets on the second Thursday of every month in
the Lucie Stern Community Center Fireside Room at 1305 Middlefield Road for
an exciting evening of friendly conversation. This month's meeting on
April 14 at 7:30 pm will pick the books to be read and discussed for the
next year. It's a great chance to meet others in the group and hear about the upcoming books.
Libraries Display Student Art
|Palo Alto's Main and Children's libraries are displaying artwork from
St. Elizabeth Seton students through April 24. Volunteers from the
non-profit Art in Action helped students create works for this show. Kindergarten through third grade works are on display
at the Children's Library, while art from fourth through eighth graders are at the
|We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to
improve our book sale. Please email them to us at email@example.com
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
|Hidden Treasures in the Old Book Corner |
|Do you know about our "old book corner," located in
the northeast corner of our main sale room? You'll find there a 1910
Baedeker travel guide for Great Britain for $10, complete with foldout maps.
Old hardbound Shakespeare plays are $2 each. There's a $20
three-volume reprint of the first Encyclopedia Britannica edition (from
1771) that simulates the bindings and aged paper of the original.
Surprisingly, the first of the three volumes covers only A to B, so perhaps
the editors pared down their ambitions after discovering how much work an
Andersen is the volunteer in charge of the corner, and she loves the smell
of the old bindings. So
many old books have come in recently that Althea has filled up an
extra cartful, which you'll find to your left as you enter the
main sale room. It includes a 1918 book by Nobel Prize-winner John
Galsworthy about his spaniel, complete with sentimental black-and-white and
color illustrations. It's entitled Memoirs, and our price is
Book Sale Springing Along
2005 is off to a great start for our book sale. For the first three
months of the year, our sales totaled $48,500. Even though our Cubberley sale is open just one weekend each month,
we sell and donate about 275,000 books a year, more than the average Palo Alto Library branch
Thank you all for helping make our sales so successful.
Volunteers Make it Happen
|Over 130 volunteers helped run our booksales and other activities during
2004, contributing an amazing 19,189 hours of their time. That's the
equivalent of almost ten fulltime people. You've probably met many of
the volunteers who cashier and assist customers at the sales, but many
others sort, shelve, price, organize, and help promote the sale.
Volunteers also handle our accounting, membership, events, news, and
advocacy activities. We're all united by a love of libraries and a
strong belief in helping our community. If you are interested in
volunteering at the booksale or in other ways, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 213-8755.
Update on Library Reorganization
|Palo Alto's library is continuing with its plan to shrink the Downtown
Library's public space, despite outcry from many community members.
Although no formal plans have yet been made public, we now estimate that
administrative offices will take over about 2,600 square feet of Downtown
Library space that would otherwise be for the public. Meanwhile, only
about 800 square feet of public space will be freed up at the Main Library
by the staff relocation. In other words, the move will generate a net
loss of about 1,800 square feet of public library space.
The Board of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library questions whether the
tradeoff makes sense. Building new libraries costs around $500 a square foot,
so the public library
space lost by this reorganization is worth almost a million dollars.
In a town struggling with cramped libraries, why give up library space?
Meanwhile, the City Council recently asked the Library Advisory Commission
to create a modern plan for Palo Alto's library branches. The
Commission may well recommend an entirely different way to use space at
Downtown or Main, meaning that the two buildings will have to be modified a
second time. Just as streets in Palo Alto get dug up over and over
again due to bad coordination, these extra modifications will be costly and
The library needs some extra space while the Children's
Library is being rebuilt, but there is no reason why that should cause a
permanent loss of public space at the Downtown
Library. Instead, a temporary
building can house the Children's Library collection and programs for the
two years or so and avoid disruption to the Downtown Library altogether.
Write the City Council at
and express your opinion about the reorganization. See also a
of how the proposed changes will affect the Downtown Library and a
recent letter by Ellen Wyman in the Palo Alto Weekly.
April 21 Benefit for
|Hear noted local authors Harold McGee and John Winthrop Haeger speak
about food and wine, while sampling pinot noir, goat cheese crostini, and
truffles. Admission is $50 per person for the April 21 7:30 pm event
at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road. McGee is
author of On Food & Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen,
while Haeger has written North American Pinot Noir. The authors
will sign copies of books that you bring. KQED Radio host Penny Nelson
will participate as well. This event is sponsored by the Palo Alto
Library Foundation and the proceeds will benefit the Children's Library
are Palo Altans Reading?
|Are Palo Alto readers different from the rest of the country?
Below are the ten top-selling titles for Palo Alto and also for all of
Amazon.com, as of Wednesday,
2005. Click on any book title to learn more about it from Amazon.
If you opt to purchase the book from Amazon, the library gets about 5% as a donation
through the Friends. If you would rather check the book out, the codes under each book tell you which local libraries have it (PA for Palo
Alto, MV for Mountain View, LA for Los Altos, MP for Menlo Park, and L+ for LinkPlus).
Click on a specific code to see whether that library has copies available.|
|Palo Alto Best-Sellers
||Amazon.com Overall Best-Sellers|