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Saturday, June 11
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, June 12
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 June

Books on:
Alternative Medicine
Cookbooks * Garden Design
Investing * Jewelry
Judicial System
Junior/Senior High Textbooks
Mediterranean Cookbooks
Railroads * Science Fiction
Speech Therapy * Star Wars
Plus, a Wall Hanging
Car Magazines
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.

Summer Reading Program Begins for Kids and Teens
The library's summer reading program begins June 9 for kids and teens, and you can sign up online.  If you read your targeted number of books, and you get prizes, including a coupon from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  There's also a special program this year for teens called "Medieval Mondays."
Libraries Closed for July 4 Holiday
The libraries will all be closed on July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday, which conveniently falls on a Monday this year.

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.
50 Words for Overwhelmed
Just as Alaskan Natives proverbially have 50 words for snow,* our booksale manager has 50 words to describe how many donated books have come in since our last sale.  Manager Marty Paddock says she's amazed, astonished, astounded, awestruck, blown away, bowled over, dumbfounded, ecstatic, flabbergasted, floored, ... well, you get the idea.  Weeks before the sale, every section was already overflowing with new arrivals, and more keep coming in all the time.  Nevertheless, we're still encouraging more donations and planning already for how we'll be selling loads of books all summer.

*Yes, those 50 words are an urban myth.
Wessex Books Donates to Booksale

Our thanks to Tom Haydon of Wessex Books in Menlo Park for donating 700 books to our sale.   Wessex Books, which recently closed after 30 years of operation, had a fine reputation for high-quality used literature books.  The books we received are advanced copies of fiction works and are in fine condition.  You'll find them all at this weekend's sale in our fiction section.

Glimpse Our Shelves

One of our volunteers took digital camera pictures so you can preview the books and actual titles currently in our math/science and old book sections.  The pictures are too large to show in this newsletter, so click here to view them and get a head start on the sale.

Palo Alto Libraries Hold Onto #1 Slot

Palo Alto's libraries are again in first place among California cities of our size for both circulation and visits per capita.  State statistics for 2003-2004 show that Palo Altans checked out an average of 21.84 items each during the year, making ours the busiest library among cities with 60,000 to 100,000 residents.  Palo Altans checked out more items per capita than Menlo Park, Mountain View, and many other neighboring cities.

Palo Alto also again ranked first for a city of its size in annual visits to the library, with 14.67 per resident.  Congratulations to everyone: staff, library users, and City Council for a great and successful library system.

Source: California Library State Statistics 2003-2004.

Library Hours to Shift on July 5
Several branches are shifting hours beginning on July 5 to create more consistency across the city.  Each branch will still be open the same number of hours, but all libraries will be closed Thursday mornings to allow for staff meetings.  The new hours will be:
Mitchell Park
College Terrace
More New
Books Published Than Ever
195,000 new books and editions were published in 2004 in the United States, breaking all previous records.  This represents a 14% jump from just 2003, reports Bowker, the publisher of Books in Print.

Adult fiction rose an amazing 43% from the previous year to 25,184 new titles and editions.  This is also the largest category of books, followed by 21,516 new juvenile titles, 17,825 new sociology and economics books, and 13,177 new religious titles.

The Internet hasn't seemed to dampen book writing at all.  72% more new books were released last year than nine years ago, when far fewer people had access to the web.  The average novel published by large trade houses has also grown in length by 24 pages since 1995, reaching a hefty 359 pages.

Bowker reports that the average price of a new adult hardcover book in 2004 was $27.52.  Adult trade paperbacks averaged $15.76 while adult mass-market paperbacks were $7.35 on average.  Needless to say, our prices are a lot lower than that!  More information.
Friends Donate Books to Little League

The Palo Alto Little League recently received a donation of 200 copies of author Leonard Koppett's All About Baseball from the Friends.  Palo Alto-based Koppett was the first writer inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and died in 2003 at the age of 79.  These books came to us from his estate, and the Little League is thrilled to have so many copies to distribute to their coaches and families.

Library Budget Shapes up for 2005-2007
The Palo Alto city budget for the next two years will be finalized later this month.  As of now, it looks likely that the library budget will not be cut in major ways.  All branch hours and services will be maintained, with the only cuts being not filling one open librarian position and not purchasing some research materials that are available online anyway.  Meanwhile, a half-time volunteer coordinator position is likely to be created.  See the proposed library budget and the overall city budget.
Free Car Manuals
You can now access for free online illustrated car repair manuals and other information to help you understand and fix your car or truck.  Just go to the EBSCO Auto Repair Reference Center with your Palo Alto library card.  Modern vehicles are all covered, but the resource has older models too, going back as far as a 1945 Jeep.  You can use this resource from home at any time, including for those early morning car emergencies.  This online resource is funded by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library 9 Library Project and the Cable Co-op Legacy Grant.
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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