USED BOOK SALES
Saturday, March 12
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
Sunday, March 13
1 pm - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7
Room K6 in the K wing (see
map) has children's books, including picture books,
school age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers,
many for under $1. Room K7 next door is the bargain room, where children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers
are $1.00. 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.
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 March
with Irish Literature
Business * Classics
Drama * Health
Philosophy * Psychology
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 Sunday, March 27 for
the Easter holiday.
to Reopen on Tuesdays
|The College Terrace branch will reopen on Tuesdays, beginning on March 22. 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 email@example.com
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
|The March of Books|
We are truly overflowing with books this month. In just one
recent day, we received a donation of 170 boxes of books (that's not a
misprint) from an estate in Portola Valley. Two volunteers had to make six
separate car trips just to pick up all the boxes. So please come and help us
empty some of our shelves by shopping for books, books, and more books.
Bag Sale On Sundays Only
|Starting this month, the bargain room's $5 bag sale will be only on
Sundays, when the room is open from 1 to 4 pm. If you haven't tried
the bag sale yet, it's a great way to get lots of books for pennies each.
You begin by purchasing a grocery bag from the cashier for $5 and then
filling it to the brim with any books, records, magazines, videos, games,
and other items in the bargain room. If you put 40 paperbacks in a
bag, for instance, you're paying less than 13 cents a book. You can
buy and fill as many bags as you want. We're holding bag sales just on
Sundays to help reduce the crowding in the bargain room on Saturdays.
Book Sale Continues to Grow
|Since July of last year, our books sales have averaged over $15,600 a
month. That's up more than 50% from just two years ago, when we
were so proud to earn about $10,000 a month. Thanks go to all
the thousands of donors and customers who keep helping out, as well as our
hard-working crew of volunteers.
Public Not Apprised of Major Library
|On Monday, March 7, the City Council allocated about $352,000 to rearrange
the Main and Downtown libraries in ways that could have significant
long-term impacts on library users. However, no plans for these
changes have been released to the public, the Library Advisory Commission
has not reviewed the project, and many important questions remain unanswered. In response, the Board of the Friends
of the Palo Alto Library will formally request that the City first provide
for adequate public review and input.
The most controversial change is likely to be closing off almost all of the west
the Downtown Library from the public and moving in administrative staff from
the Main Library. Based on information from previous floor
plans and library proposals, it appears that this may actually reduce
the net library space for the public between the two buildings.
Other changes are likely to be less controversial, such as creating temporary
space at the Main Library to house part of the staff, books, and programs
from the Children's Library, which itself will be undergoing a two year
renovation and expansion. The funds will also reconfigure the
circulation desks at the Main and Downtown libraries to improve
efficiencies and adjust the teen service area at Main.
None of the changes will
occur for at least several months,
which should leave time to post and distribute plans and hold public hearings. Please
see further editions of this newsletter or check our website at
Library Hold Policies Change
|Placing holds on popular library materials via the Internet is so
widespread that the library has decided to make some adjustments.
Normally, you have eight days to pick up an item that's on hold for you.
Because DVDs are in such high demand, the library now requires you to pick
up DVDs on hold within just five days. You can also place holds on
just three DVDs and check out only two at a time. Meanwhile, the maximum number
of holds you can place on all items combined has risen to fifteen.
Electronic Books Available via
|You can now download 616 electronic books and 366 audio books into your laptop, home computer, or even
some PDAs and audio players (but not Palms or iPods) from the Palo Alto library. The collection includes mysteries, science fiction, thrillers,
health, business, and computer titles. Click
here to begin, using your Palo
Alto library card. You can check out up to five items, each for three weeks.
More information in Word format. You can also use more than 4,466 online electronic books
via the San Mateo County library system
if you have their card, which you can get at no cost at the East Palo Alto
or Menlo Park branches.
Tom Wyman Receives Council Thanks
|Departing Library Advisory Commissioner Tom Wyman was presented a resolution of
appreciation on February 14 by Palo Alto's City Council. In response, Tom said:
Thank you for this Resolution.
Let me just simply say that
libraries are all about serving people. Neighborhood libraries have long
been an important part of the fabric of our community. They’re a part of
what makes Palo Alto truly different and special.
We need to take care that we not lose our neighborhood branches in
exchange for a less accessible so-called "state-of-the-art-library" which
may actually serve fewer people than today’s combination library
system. If we were to lose our branch libraries, Palo Alto would lose a
special part of our community fabric and become like so many other
municipalities that have little more than a single central library.
One additional point, as we move ahead to bring our library vision to
reality, it is imperative that library users and the public be an INTEGRAL
PART of the planning process. History tells us -- time and again -- that
when a project does not have the buy-in and support of the community, it
will founder at the polls when it comes time to seek public funding.
As we look ahead, folks, let us meet our library challenges together
as a team.
Thank you for hearing me out.
New Gold Cards for Life Members
|When you sign up for life membership in the Friends, you receive a
special gold-colored Palo Alto library card. The gold cards issued in
the past will not work with the new self-check machines, so we've paid for
new gold cards in the correct format. If you have one of the older
cards, you can get one in the new format by visiting any library branch.