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October 8
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
October 9
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.  Numbered tickets for the main room are given out beginning at 8 am on Saturday.  These reserve your place in the line that forms before the 11 am opening.  Each person may pick up one or two tickets.

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.  This room and the bargain room open at 10 am, an hour later than last month.

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 subjects for October:

Asian Language
Christmas/Hanukkah Gifts
The Civil War
French Novels (en franšais)
Political Science
Science Fiction (lots!)
Anthony Trollope
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.

Children's Library
The Children's Library is now scheduled to close in mid-December so that its renovation and expansion can begin.  A number of events at the library will be held around this time.
Columbus Day Holiday
The library will be closed on Monday, October 10 for the Columbus Day Holiday.
Find It! Faster at the Library
Until recently, you had to search among the many online resources at the Palo Alto library separately, which was time-consuming.  Now, most of these databases can be searched simultaneously using the Find It! page, covering:
  • The library's regular catalog
  • Palo Alto City Newspaper Index
  • Biography Resource Center
  • Business & Company Resource Center
  • Curriculum Resource Center
  • Electric Library
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • InfoTrac OneFile
  • Literature Resource Center (LitRC)
  • ProQuest Historical New York Times
  • Student General Resource Center Gold
  • World Book Online

For example, a single search for "arthritis" finds 49 books in the library on the topic, 46 mentions in the Health & Wellness Resource Center, 14,308 references to journal and newspaper articles in InfoTrac's OneFile, 55 items in the World Book Online encyclopedia, and even a reference to a 1991 Palo Alto Times Tribune article.  You can further restrict your search by date and to only full-text and/or peer-reviewed articles.  More information.

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.
Annual Meeting Features Google Talk

Learn more about Google searching at the Friends of the Palo Alto Library annual meeting on October 27, 2005.  Special guests from Google, Inc. will demonstrate ways to use Google search, including many special techniques to help find the precise information you need.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium at 1313 Newell Road (next to the Main Library).  It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Our election of directors and officers for our organization will also take place at the meeting.  The Board and its Nominating Committee have nominated Wendy Akers-Ghose, Betsy Allyn, Jeff Levinsky, Marty Paddock, Martha Schmidt, Barbara Silberling, and Bob Otnes for additional terms as directors.  Margarita Quihuis and Tom Wyman are being nominated to fill the seats of retiring directors John Burt and Patricia Sohl.  Nominees for officers are Jeff Levinsky for President, Martha Schmidt as Vice President, Margarita Quihuis as Secretary, Bob Moss as Treasurer, and Bob Otnes as Assistant Treasurer.
Another Peek at our Bookshelves
Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale
Here again are preview pictures of some of what's on our shelves.  We've organized the pictures by categories, since a number of people asked for that last time.  Click here to see the pictures and get a head start on your shopping at this weekend's sale.
Furthest Customer Contest Continues
LogoOur September "furthest" customer came from more than 350 miles away.  She's Jill Gold, a life member of ours originally named Jill Johnson.  She graduated from Cubberley High School in 1979 and moved to Altadena, which is near Pasadena.  Jill leads an interesting life as the stage manager for the touring company of the musical Wicked, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.  Last month, Jill found herself last back in Palo Alto and (natch) came to our booksale, thus winning her family a $25 gift certificate at Hobee's restaurant.

We're giving away another $25 Hobee's certificate this month to the customer who comes from furthest away.  To be eligible, you must live at least 200 miles from Palo Alto and have arrived in Palo Alto on October 1st or later.  Please bring your driver's license or equivalent ID as proof of your current residence.  Show these where you pick up your tickets at the Main booksale room between 8 and 10:30 am on the Saturday of the sale.  The judges' decision is final.

We want to again thank Hobee's for their generous support of our booksale.  They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner at several nearby locations, including one about a mile from our sale.
City Council Candidates Give Views on Library
In just one month, voters will choose five of the nine seats on the Palo Alto City Council.  Since the Council sets the library budget and policies, we asked the ten candidates for their views on the library, its budget, expanding the Mitchell Park library, and the space reduction at the Downtown branch.  Some brief quotes:
Candidate Quote
Peter Drekmeier I would support a new library bond measure to raise revenue for library improvements.
Victor Frost the librarys are clost to my hart, this is my home town.
Karen Holman First of all, I support the branch library system.
Yoriko Kishimoto Need to develop better inter-library loan system with neighboring cities, Stanford, and/or County so we can all have a broader, deeper collection at less cost.
Larry Klein My over-riding concern is that we get to an action plan that will work to improve our libraries.
Danielle Martell We should all have neighborhood libraries within walking distance.
Jack Morton It is timely to go back to the voters for a smaller bond measure to rebuild the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center

Read their full responses on our website.

Funds Offered to Help Library Space Crunch
The Friends of the Palo Alto Library recently offered the City of Palo Alto $100,000 to be used for a modular building to provide more space for the library, during the two-year closure of the Children's Library and possibly longer.  The building would have meant more space for children's services during the closure and also have prevented the Downtown Library from losing space.  The Friends originally suggested using a modular building back in February and indicated then it was interested in providing funding.  We are disappointed that the City opted to not consider the offer, although four council members did vote to do so.  If you would like more information, please contact Ellen Wyman, Immediate Past President, at 325-9483.
Bags for Books
Thank you to all who bring spare grocery bags to the booksale.  Please hand these to the volunteers at the door as you enter.
Marty Party
Marty Paddock, our booksale managerAll of our volunteers who work so hard were celebrated at a party last weekend outside the College Terrace Library.  The Booksale Singers perform "Workin' for the Liberry"Marty Paddock, who has managed the booksale now for five years, was the special honoree.  Marty has endless patience and endurance to assemble our vast team of volunteers and keep the sale humming along.  In her honor, the Booksale Singers performed the following song:

Workin' for the Li-berry
Lyrics by Jenise Fuess
To the tune of Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
by Irving Berlin

Verse 1
We've come here from far and near to raise a cheer for Marty,
She's a true celebrity, workin' fer the li-berry -
Workin' fer the li-berry.
She mastered Russian, raised four kids, earned a degree from Stanford.
Now no place she'd rather be than workin' fer the li-berry -
Workin' fer the li-berry.

She loves modern fiction and detective lore
and at "Texas Hold 'em Poker" she's superior.
For London drama off she gallivants
In her brighty colored Indonesian pants - Oh, those brilliant pants!
Marty's fancy pants.
A doting mom and grandma, she's often out her door;
First stop is San Francisco and then on to Singapore.

She's a sea of energy who never seems to tire.
We believe the secret's she loves workin' fer the li-berry -
Workin' fer the li-berry.
Verse 2
One of a kind, she masterminds our book sale operation,
The whole she-bang, from A to Z, workin' fer the li-berry -
Workin' fer the li-berry.
Marty ran the caravan that brought us here from Terman,
Planned it all efficiently, workin' fer the li-berry -
Workin' fer the li-berry.

She supervised packing and the moving vans,
Put quake-proof bookshelves in the building plans.
When rain came in she quickly found some pails
And flashlights for buyers when the power failed! - Yes the power failed.
Sale Day and the power out!

The folk in Palo Alto bring books of ev'ry size,
Then buy somebody else's in this fruitful enterprise.

Books and curiosities are always game for Marty.
Anything but pure debris - she markets for the li-berry.
All out for the li-berry!
Verse 3
Her impish grin is genuine, there's nobody quite like her.
Folks enjoy her repartee, workin' fer the li-berry -
Workin' fer the li-berry.
Our monthly take is truly great, and here's how Marty does it:
Grapes and drinks and biscotti on sale days at the li-berry.
Marty and her biscotti!

She's run the bus'ness now for five good years
With a hundred thirty faithful volunteers,
Who sort, price, carry, shelve and then cashier.
The money's doubled since she started here. We know who to thank!
Next, she'll break the bank!

A fine administrator, she lets us have our say.
We heed her sacred motto: "Don't throw anything away!"

We agree that for Marty, the sky's too low a limit.
We just hope she'll always be - workin' fer the li-berry;
The Palo Alto Librrrrrrrrrary!
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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