USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 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. Numbered
tickets for the main room are given out beginning at 8 am on Saturday.
These reserve your place in the line that forms before the 11 am opening.
Each person may pick up one or two tickets.
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. This room and the bargain room open at 10 am.
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 subjects for December:
Bargain Christmas Books
Music • Nature
World War II
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.
The library will be closed from Saturday, December 24 through January 2 for the
holiday season. Check out all the books you'll need for those long winter
nights in advance!
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
We continue to give bargain room books after the sale to non-profit organizations and
schools, including organizations that supply books to hurricane Katrina victims.
Non-profits can come this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, December 11.
|Wonderful Gifts at Booksale|
this weekend's sale, tables and shelves are stuffed with holiday and gift
books. "We have more books than we've ever had," says Marty Paddock,
our booksale manager, thanks to a huge number of end-of-the-year donations.
The Children's Room is featuring autographed and inscribed children’s books
from the remarkable collection we received recently. You'll find books
written or illustrated by Steven Kellogg, Tomie dePaola, and Robert San
Souci, as well as Caldecott and Newbery winners, all in perfect condition.
That room also holds our usual fine selection of "I Can Read" books,
classics and award winners, books for parents and teachers, and a wide
variety of activity books for winter vacation.
If you can't decide
which book, CD, DVD, video, poster, record, or tape would make the perfect
present, consider our gift certificates, available at $5 each from any
Preview our Sale
for an advance look at what's on many of this sale's bookshelves. We appreciate all
the people who said they enjoyed these pictures in recent months.
Best Suggestion Contest
|We love to hear your ideas for how to improve our book sale. The best suggestion sent in by the end of Sunday, December 11 will receive a Hobee's Restaurant $25 gift certificate. The second best suggestion will win a free bag of
bargain room books.
Use the form below to enter as many times as you would like. Our judges will pick the winners and notify them by e-mail.
We'd like to thank Hobee's Restaurant for their generous support
of our sale.|
Thank our Book Rescuers
|It's not news when a Silicon Valley high-tech company goes bankrupt, but
our book team sees these as opportunities. When a prominent Sunnyvale
firm failed recently and vacated their facility, our alert volunteers
approached someone who in turn contacted the property manager and we ended
up with many boxes of great computer books. Our thanks to John Yegge
of Woodmont Real Estate Service, Stan Sieler, and Chuck Shimada for making
this donation possible, and to Frank McConnell, our vigilant computer book
Support the Libraries
by Holiday Shopping
If you can't find something at our booksale and end up buying it at Amazon.com,
you can still help our libraries. Just start your Amazon sessions by
clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top
right of any of our web pages at
Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to us, which we give to the library.
You pay no surcharge! It's a free way to help our libraries.
Yes, we're short on bags again. Please help by bringing spare grocery bags to the booksale.
You can hand these to the volunteers at the door as you enter. You're
also welcome to bring your own canvas and cloth bags.
Children's Library to Close for Two
|Palo Alto's Children's Library is 65 years old this year, but instead of
retiring, it's getting a total makeover. Beginning on December
18, the library will be closed for two years while the building is
seismically upgraded, made more accessible for people with disabilities, and
expanded by 2,600 square feet. The $2.6 million project was initiated
by a grant to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library and funded by a three-way
partnership between the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Library Foundation,
and the Friends.|
To celebrate the expansion, The Children's Library Fairy
play will be presented for kindergarten and older children on Thursday, December 8, at
3:30 and 7 pm. Following the 3:30 performance, children and parents
can join the Children's Red
Wagon Parade to transfer books to the nearby Main Library. The final
day to visit the "old" Children's Library is December 17.
Although the majority of books from the library will be in storage during the two year construction,
expanded collections and services for children will be located at Palo
Alto's other four branches.
Palo Alto is conducting a city-wide home phone survey of library users to
help determine what improvements to make. A community meeting held on
November 10 gave the Godbe survey team ideas about what to ask. Some concerns
were raised about the survey methodology,
which excludes people who have only cell
phones, aren't able to be reached by phone, or come from other cities and
use our libraries. The survey is intended to research general
possibilities and then a later poll may determine whether the required 2/3
of voters would support a bond measure to enlarge or replace branches, and
in particular the Mitchell