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Saturday, August 13
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, August 14
1 pm - 4 pm

Main Book Room Sale
In our main room, prices are way below what used bookstores 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.

Children's Books in K6
Room K6 in the K wing (see map) is entirely filled with children's books and toys.  You'll find picture books, school age fiction, award winners, non-English titles, and books for parents and teachers, many for under $1.

Bargain Books in K7
Next door in K7 is the bargain room, where paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers are $1.00, and children's books are just 25 cents each.  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.

Featured items for August

Books on:
Art * Aviation
Charles Dickens
Classics * Communism
Cookbooks * Depression
House Repair
Knitting * Medieval Arts
Rock and Roll
Russian Literature (in Russian)
Sewing * Stitching
Autographed Books
Children's Book Posters
Collectible Children's Books
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.
Giveaways at the Sale
Not that our prices aren't already low, but there are often free books just inside the entrance and exit doors of the Main Room.  This month, we are giving away copies of Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, Eat More, Weigh Less by Dean Ornish, M.D., A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, Enter the Zone by Barry Sears, Ph.D., and Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.  There are boxes of free three-ring binders at the entrance to the Main Room and dozens of free four-inch wide magazine boxes in the Bargain Room patio.  All free items are in limited quantity and go to the first takers.
More Looks at Books

Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale
So many people enjoyed looking at preview pictures of our bookshelves that we've taken some new photographs.  Click here to glimpse many of our shelves and get a head start on what you'll find at this weekend's sale.

Members Get in Early in September

Here's an advanced notice for next month, when members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library will be admitted early to the Main Room sale.  On Saturday, September 10, life members will get in at 9 am and can purchase up to 50 books during that hour.  At 10 am, the rest of our members will be admitted and everyone can buy the usual 12 books at a time.  At 11 am, the public will be admitted.  The 12 books at a time limit will expire at noon.

The tickets given out in September will be for the 10 am line, since most people who come early are members of the Friends.  Each member will get just one ticket, although members at the $25 through $250 levels get to bring in their families.

Regular membership in the Friends is only $15 ($10 for students and seniors, $25 for families) and is tax-deductible.  Members also receive a discount coupon for the sale, discounts at local bookstores, and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union.  If you're not a member, avoid delay at the September sale by joining online right now.

Thanks for the Bags

Thanks to all who brought paper grocery bags to last month's sale, as we really need them.  Please keep bringing any spare bags you have.  Just hand them to us when you pick up your ticket at the Main Book room line or as you enter any booksale room.

$1 Million to Library
So where do all the proceeds from the booksale go?  On August 10, 2005, the Friends of the Palo Alto Library board voted to give the library $112,314 for over 3,000 new books, 1,400 new DVDs, numerous events for children and teens, online encyclopedias, staff appreciation gifts, and more.  The new books and DVDs will go to the College Terrace, Downtown, Main, and Mitchell Park branches, but not to the Children's Library, which is closing soon for two years of repairs and expansion.  Over a two-year period, our organization's grants and allocations to Palo Alto libraries total more than $1,072,600, with about half going to the Children's Library project.  We thank all of our wonderful customers, donors, and hard-working volunteers for making this possible.
Library to Survey Users
On Monday, August 1, the Palo Alto City Council approved spending up to $35,000 for a random survey of city residents about existing and potential library services.  The telephone survey will be conducted in the fall with results reported to the Council in March 2006.

Council members raised the concern that the survey might generate just a huge wish list of requests that would then prove unaffordable.  A $49.1 million library bond measure to expand the Children's Library and build a new library/community center at Mitchell Park failed in 2002, despite focus groups showing Palo Altans favored such improvements.  As a result, the council urged the Library Advisory Commission and Library Director to include survey questions to help gauge people's willingness to pay in general, although a separate poll will also be taken before any actual measure is placed on the ballot.  See the Palo Alto Weekly article.
See What's New at the Library
You can now see online lists of the latest books and DVDs added by the library on the catalog's Bestsellers & Other Lists tab.  For example, the library added 107 adult fiction and 342 adult non-fiction titles in July, plus 221 DVDs for both children and adults.  This same tab also gives the San Francisco Chronicle bestselling fiction and non-fiction lists.  In general, you can read reviews and even excerpts for all these books and instantly place a hold on items that aren't at your branch or are already checked out.

Check Out Old Magazines
Although the Palo Alto library offers back issues of over 10,000 different magazines online, you can now also check out back issues at the branches just like books and other items for the usual four weeks period.  You can also renew these items online.  See the library press release.

Library to Close for Labor Day Holiday

Palo Alto libraries will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day Holiday.  Of course, even when the library is closed, you can continue to use the online catalog and online magazine subscriptions, encyclopedias, and other databases.  Plus, people have also been spotted outside branches after hours using wireless laptops to connect to the Internet, since the radio signals go through the exterior walls.

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 Palo Alto Library users.  Visit our web site.  Become a member by joining online.

Be sure to receive your own free copy of this e-mail notice so that you'll know about all special upcoming books sales.  To sign up, just e-mail us.  We carefully protect the privacy of your e-mail address.  We will not share your e-mail address with any other organization and we will not use it for any purpose other than to send you these notices.  If you do not wish to receive these e-mail notices in the future, please reply with the words "Remove Me" in the subject line.