USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for
Complete Star Trek Series 1-7
(on VHS tapes)
Biographies • Books on Tape
Classics • Health & Medicine
Fiction (trade paperbacks)
Science • Technology
And over 50,000 other items
4000 Middlefield Road
Northwest corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.
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 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
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
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.
Library Closed for Holidays
Palo Alto's libraries will be closed for five days for the Christmas and New
Years holidays: December 23 to 25, December 31, and January 1.
However, the College Terrace and Downtown branches will close for five
additional days from December 26 to 30. Even
when the libraries are closed, you can still
search the online
reference desk questions,
access many online resources, and
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations and schools that need free books should come to the
Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, December 10.
Please bring grocery bags to put books into.
|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.
Wonderful Gift and Seasonal Items|
Look for special tables of holiday and gift items in both the Main and
Children's rooms at this weekend's sale. You'll find lots of Christmas
and Hanukkah books of stories, tales, poetry, recipes, and crafts plus
holiday decorations, art, music, videos, and cards. The special items
are donated throughout the year but we save them up for our end-of-the-year
When you buy your gifts at the Friend's book sale, you are also giving a gift to the city's libraries.
That's because all the booksale funds we raise go to help the City's five
branches, adding new books, programs for children and the community, DVDs,
online resources, and much, much more.
Window Shop on Your Computer
Check out our shelf preview
pictures to see some of the tens of thousands of books for sale this weekend.
Great Donors Make Great Sales
We'd like to thank Faith Bell of Bell Books for helping us receive two
truckloads of very desirable books this past month from an estate in San Jose.
These books were originally in a San Carlos bookstore that closed several
decades ago. Dating as far back as the 1890s, the books include an
extraordinary number of first editions and also many signed copies from the
1930s and 1940s. Our super volunteers pitched in to help transport all
these books, which you'll find in our Main Room this weekend.
We also received a substantial collection of technical books via Stanford
School of Engineering professor Milton Van Dyke, including many classics in applied
sciences from the 1950's through 1970's. You'll find these books in the Science and Engineering section
in the Main Room.
Support the Libraries
with Your Holiday Shopping
If you can't find something at our booksale and end up buying it at Amazon.com,
you can still help our libraries. Just start your Amazon sessions by
clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top
right of any of our web pages at
Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to us, which we give to the library.
You pay no surcharge! It's a free way to help our libraries.
Council Considering Library Plan on December 11
After discussing the evolving library plan this past Monday, the
City Council is weighing whether to poll in early 2007 to determine Palo
Altans' willingness to pay for library building and service level improvements.
The Council expects to decide how to proceed at its meeting next Monday, December
At the December 4 meeting, many supporters spoke in favor of improving the Mitchell
Park Library. Several options ranging from expanding the branch to replacing
it have been created by the Group 4 architectural firm. While the exact
costs are still being worked out, council members noted that the vast majority of
any taxes raised for the library will go to the Mitchell Park branch, possibly creating a
north-vs.-south conflict. In other words, while many in South Palo Alto
would vote for the tax, people in North Palo Alto might not, jeopardizing
obtaining the 2/3 majority needed for passage. Council members were also
concerned that voters might feel pressed to choose between funding libraries,
schools, a public safety building, and various state measures, all scheduled for
You can learn more by reading the latest
version of the
library plan and
background documents, staff comments on the
architectural proposals, recent
Palo Alto Daily News and
Weekly coverage, an
on building costs, our
or by attending the December 11 Council meeting at 7 pm at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
You can also email comments to the
New Children's Library Wing Underway
One major component of the current reconstruction and expansion of the
Children's Library is the addition of a
new wing beyond where the fireplace is. Here you see the fireplace wall
from the outside and the slab
recently poured for the new wing.
The Children's Library is currently scheduled to reopen in September 2007. In the
meantime, see more
photographs of the latest activity. Photo credit: Barbara Silberling.
Dress Success Press
We're glad to hear that even a new Palo Alto boutique has benefited from our
booksale. According to a November 22
Alto Weekly story, local designer Lisa Vian Hunter got some of her
inspiration from "a recent $6 find -- a 1963 Vogue pattern book -- happily
discovered at the Friends of the Palo Alto Library used-book monthly sale."
Her store, named Vian Hunter, opened just last month at 520 Bryant Street in
downtown Palo Alto.