USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
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.
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 areas for January:
• Asian Languages
Cookbooks • Egypt
LGBT • Science Fiction
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.
All Palo Alto public libraries will be closed on Monday, January 16 for the Martin Luther King, Jr.
holiday. Also, the College Terrace Library will be closed on Saturday,
January 14 for electrical panel work. Come to our booksale instead!
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
We continue to give bargain room books after the sale to non-profit organizations and
schools, including organizations that supply books to hurricane Katrina victims.
All non-profits are welcome and can come this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, January 15.
|Year-End Donations Pour In|
It happens every December. Carload upon carload, bin after bin, and
endless bags and boxes of donations stream in. Maybe people are
looking for end-of-the-year tax deductions, using vacation time to clean
house, or just short on shelf space for all the new books they received as
presents. But it means lots of new donations
for us. In fact, all three of our rooms are completely inundated with newly-arrived
|The totals are in for 2005: the booksale brought in an amazing $209,611
last year. This is certainly a record and is 26% more than the
$166,711 we grossed in 2004. Part of the increase is because we went
from two to three rooms and added Sunday hours in mid-2004. A huge thank-you goes to our many
customers, donors, volunteers, and supporters who make the sales
Free Items at Booksale
There are always some free items that you're welcome to at our sale.
These include empty cardboard boxes outside the north entrance to the Main room,
three-ring binders just inside that door, many free hardbound fiction and library postcards
at the Main room exit door, and encyclopedias (ask) at the Bargain Room.
Take as many of these items as you wish.
Best Suggestion Winners
|Thank you for all the suggestions that poured into our contest last
month. Joseph Lewis of Berkeley won a $25 gift certificate from
Hobee's Restaurant for suggesting a
very plausible change in our hours that we hope to put in effect.
Tanya Kucek of Palo Alto will receive a free bag of Bargain Room books for her ideas
about how we could arrange our sections better.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to
improve our book sale. Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
If you're interesting in joining our lively group of booksale volunteers, please
contact our manager Marty Paddock at 213-8755 or
email@example.com. You can volunteer on the day of
the sale or during the month between sales. There are many ways to
help, including picking up donations, sorting, pricing, and setting up books, and assisting customers.
Volunteers get to attend our annual potluck party and free monthly gourmet
Children's Programs Change Due to Closure
|Palo Alto's Children's Library is now closed and the reconstruction
should start soon. In the meantime, children's services are available at Palo Alto's four other branches.
See more information about the listings below at
Preschool Storytime, Wednesdays, 10 am
Family Storytime, January 26, 3:30 pm (and subsequent Thursdays)
Toddler Storytime, Mondays, 10 and 11 am
Preschool Storytime, Tuesdays, 10 am
Family Stories, January 11, 7 pm
Chinese Stories, January 18, 3:30 pm
Baby Storytime, January 24, 11 am (and subsequent Tuesdays)
Electrical Magic from MOAH, January 25, 3:30 pm
Special Family Storytime, February 8, 7 pm
Toddler Storytime, Fridays, 10 am
Preschool Storytime, Fridays, 11 am
Nature Stories, February 1, 7 pm
Library Survey Underway
Don't be surprised if the phone rings and someone asks you about libraries. The
City of Palo Alto is conducting a random telephone survey to determine how
residents use and feel about the libraries. About
600 people will be
called at random over the next weeks for an interview lasting about fifteen
minutes. The raw results of the survey should be available within
a few weeks and will be reported here.
Board Members for 2006
Here is the 2006 board of directors of the Friends of the Palo Alto
Library. Directors are elected
by our members to two-year terms at our annual meeting, and also by the
board when a vacancy arises. Officers are elected to one year terms.
Gretchen Emmons, President Emeritus
Jeff Levinsky, President
Bob Moss, Treasurer
Bob Otnes, Assistant Treasurer
Marty Paddock, Book Sale Manager
Margarita Quihuis, Secretary
Martha Schmidt, Vice President
Ellen Wyman, President Emeritus
We also want to thank Wendy Akers-Ghose for her two years as Vice
President and outgoing directors John
Burt, who remains as a major volunteer at our booksale, and Patricia Sohl,