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Saturday, July 9
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, July 10
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.  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 July

Books on:
Ayn Rand * Ballet
Current Events
Harvard Classics
Math * Medieval Arts
Political Humor
Science Fiction
Sheet Music
Winston Churchill
Plus, a 17 volume
Beethoven LP set from
Deutsche Grammophon
And much, much more!

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center

Room locations

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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.
Record Year for Booksale
Annual book sale income has risen from $27,000 ten years ago to almost $200,000Thanks go to everyone for making this a record year for the booksale!  In our fiscal year which ended June 30, we sold an incredible $194,000 of books, up 33% from the previous year and 62% from just two years ago.  One big change this past year was adding Sunday hours, which attract lots of new customers and offer a more relaxed time to browse and shop.  We've also been handing out free tickets that reserve spots in the main sale room line for over a year now, and it is working out very well.
As the graph shows, our sales have climbed enormously over the last decade, thanks to our customers, donors, volunteers, members, and library staff.
Bring Your Grocery Bags

We have no shortage of books this month, but we do find ourselves low on paper grocery bags.  Please donate your spare bags to us so we'll have enough for your purchases when you check out.  You can hand empty bags to our volunteers right when you enter our main sales room.

Library Checkouts Now 4 Weeks

With the exception of DVDs, the library is now checking out items for four weeks at a time.  DVDs are so popular that they still are due in just one week.  The library hopes that the longer loan period will mean fewer items are checked out, but of course having an extra week to read a book might just encourage more people to use the library.  Read the press release.

New Hours for Non-Profits
Non-profit organizations are now welcome to take books from our bargain room at no cost immediately after the Sunday sale ends.  A number of libraries, schools, literacy projects, homeless shelters, prisons, and hospitals collect these books from us, ensuring that virtually all unsold books go to benefit others.
The non-profit giveaway used to be on the Monday morning following each month's booksale, but we've changed that to 4 to 6 pm on the Sunday of the sale, right after the rooms close to the public.  Interested non-profits should contact Maggie Anderson, our volunteer who manages this project, at (650) 856-7741.
Reading Trails Other Media Use
Each week, Americans watch 19 hours of television and listen for another 10.2 hours to the radio, but only read for 5.7 hours, according to a recent survey by the NOP World marketing firm.
The survey of more than 30,000 teenagers and adults in 30 countries finds the United States is slightly above the world norms of 16.6 hours a week of TV and 8 for radio, but below the global average of 6.5 hours of weekly reading.  People in India read the most, averaging 10.7 hours weekly, almost twice as much as in the U.S.  One of our booksale customers who was born in India commented on this, "In my family, a weekly outing always included a trip to the library or bookstore and all my birthday presents were books.  I never got anything but books for my birthday until I came to the United States."
The survey also reports that Americans who use the Internet outside of work do so for 8.8 hours a week, slightly below the world average of 8.9 hours.  Overall, these people in the U.S. use about eight hours of electronic media (TV, radio, and the Internet) for every hour spent reading.
Learn a Language Right Now for Free
Want to pick up some French, Japanese, or Hindi?  You can learn or brush up on these languages for free at home using the highly-regarded Rosetta Stone online language classes offered through the Palo Alto library.  Over 335 local library users have already started these lessons, saving themselves $50 each by not purchasing the courses as individuals.  The other languages offered are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, Dutch, English (UK or US), German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America or Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh.
To start or just take a look, just pull out your Palo Alto library card and go to the registration page, where you'll create your own account and password.  This online resource is funded by a Cable Co-op Legacy Grant under the Friends of the Palo Alto Library 9 Library Project.
Library "Medieval" Events Big Hit for Teenagers
Palo Alto teenagers are having a great time this summer with the library's Medieval Mondays, with 178 people attended the first launch event for the teen summer reading program.  There's a Medieval Mystery Party this coming Monday, July 11 at 7 pm at the Mitchell Park Library (you must pre-register by e-mail or by calling 329-2586).  Teens can also compete in an online Medieval Scavenger Hunt from August 8 through 12 using the web and the library's Internet databases, where the winner will get a terrific prize.  This month's booksale also features lots of books on medieval arts.
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.

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