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Saturday, February 12
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, February 13
1 pm - 4 pm

Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7

February is the month for lovers, so we have plenty of books for book lovers.  Room K6 has 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 on Saturday and to just $5 for each grocery bag you fill (we supply the bags) at 2 pm.  These discounts also apply on Sunday.  Both rooms are in the K wing (see map).

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 February

$1 puzzles and games
$1 small cameras
(great for kids)
2000-2004 Hardbound Fiction
The Astrophysical Journal
Audio Tapes * Classics
Cooking * Dogs
Fine Woodworking Magazine
Modern Literature
Philosophy * Politics
Reader's Digest in German
Valentine's Day Poetry and Novels
Video Tapes
Lots of new Health and Cooking 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.

Library Closes for
The Palo Alto City Library will be closed on Monday, February 21 for President's Day.
Closure Update
The College Terrace branch remains closed on Tuesdays indefinitely due to a staff absence.  That closure began on October 15.

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.
heartDelightful Valentine's Day Gifts and More

Look for the special display of many wonderful Valentine's Day gift books in the Main Room at this weekend's booksale.  We've also received a number of exceptional new books from the Stanford University Press on subjects such as history and current events.

We can always use more grocery bags, and you can just hand these to us when you enter any of the sale rooms.

heartCelebrate Library Lovers Month
February is Library Lovers month!  In all of the Palo Alto library branches, you'll find free valentines to sign to thank the library staff and volunteers.  Please let them know how much you appreciate their help and our libraries.
heartHelp the Library Collection
In honor of Library Lovers month, please also help the library's collection of books and other material by your donation to the Library Lovers Fund.  Since it began in 1992, almost $200,000 has been raised for the collection through this fund.  Your tax-deductible contribution of $35 will purchase a new item for the library with a bookplate that gives your name or the name of whomever you wish to honor or memorialize.  Contribute online right now or by using one of the lime green coupon booklets in the libraries.
Final Saturday Bag Sale in February
This month's sale will be the final time you can buy bargain room books for $5 a month on Saturdays.  Beginning in March, you'll be able to buy a bag of bargain books for $5 only on Sundays, when the bargain room is open from 1 to 4 pm.  We're making this change to help reduce the crowding that occurs on Saturday afternoons in that room.  Bargain room books will still be sold for half-price beginning at 12:30 pm on Saturdays and at all times on Sundays.
New Library Catalog Up and Running
The library's brand new electronic catalog is now in place, featuring book covers, reviews, and tables of contents for many items in the collection.  You can use it from any branch of the library or over the Internet.  Try it right now from here to see the new look.  Just type in any book title or author.

Search the catalog:

Library Commission
Branch Supporter Not Reappointed
On January 24, the City Council appointed incumbents Sandra Hirsch, Lenore Jones, and Paula Skokowski and newcomer Valerie Stinger to three-year terms on the Library Advisory Commission.  However, Tom Wyman was not reappointed.  Tom and Lenore were the only two members who began serving six years ago when the commission was formed to advise the Council.  According to a recent Palo Alto Weekly article, Tom may have lost his seat due to his "strong advocacy" for branch libraries.  We want to thank all of the Commission members for their service and hope to see Tom helping the libraries in other ways soon.
Saturday Downtown Library Service Resumes
February 12
After a 19 month hiatus, the Downtown Library will resume Saturday service, beginning on February 12.  Saturday hours will be from 11 am to 6 pm, just as on the four weekdays that the branch is open.  It will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. 
Non-Profit Giveaway Extended
Non-profit organizations and schools will now be able to receive unsold books from our booksale on the Tuesday evening following the sale from 5:30 to 7:30.  This is in addition to the traditional 10 am to noon time on the Monday after the sale.  If you are associated with a non-profit organization or school that would like to receive books from us for free, please contact Maggie Anderson in advance by e-mail or at (650) 856-7741.  Several dozen organizations benefit from the monthly giveaways, including schools, hospitals, prisons, foreign literacy efforts, tribal libraries, and low-income support agencies.
Palo Alto Libraries Get High Marks
81% of Palo Altans rate our overall libraries as good or excellent, according to the 2004 City of Palo Alto Citizen Survey, while 74% feel the variety of library materials is good or excellent and 76% rated our neighborhood branch libraries as good or excellent too.  These statistics come from a study administered by the City Auditor's office, and are approximately the same as in 2003.

77% of survey participants used the library at least once in the last year, although fewer than half of those visited more than once a month.  By comparison, 85% of Palo Altans use the Internet at least twice a month.

Just 6% of those surveyed rated the neighborhood branch libraries as poor and only 4% said the overall libraries were poor.  However, other cities in the United States that use the same survey also found generally high praise for libraries.  As a result, Palo Alto's libraries high marks ranked only in the 40th percentile overall and in the 38th percentile for library materials, despite our very high library usage.

The City Auditor also compared our libraries to how they operated in years past.  For example, the libraries are open 17% fewer hours over the last five years, despite the fact that the library budget has grown 11% faster than inflation over that period and staffing has increased slightly as well.  Circulation has increased by 42% (partly due to a shorter lending period) and library visits by 26% over that same five year period.  For more information, see the Auditor's Report and the Survey Details.
Community-Wide Book Read
February is the time for the annual Santa Clara County-wide reading program, where everyone is encouraged to read and discuss a specific book.  This year's book is David Mas Masumoto's Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm, which chronicles a year in the author's quest to save the Sun Crest peaches grown on his family's farm.  However, this son of Japanese Americans interned during World War II is also working to preserve a way of life.  Interweaving his family's story through the four seasons, Matsumoto demonstrates the faith, patience, and determination required to run a family farm amid a world of large agricultural businesses.  The book won the San Francisco Review of Books Critics' Choice Award in 1995-1996.  There are many events around Santa Clara County in February about the book, including ones where you can meet the author.  Share comments about the book as well on the project website.

This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  This e-mail uses 100% recycled computer bytes.  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.

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