USED BOOK SALES
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
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 *
Cooking * Dogs
Fine Woodworking Magazine
Reader's Digest in German
Valentine's Day Poetry and Novels
Lots of new Health and Cooking books
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.
Library Closes for
|The Palo Alto City Library will be closed on Monday, February 21 for
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Delightful 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.
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.
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.
online right now or by using one of the lime green coupon booklets in
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.
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
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
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.
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
Report and the
Community-Wide Book Reading
|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
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