USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for March:
Classics • Cookbooks
Hymnals • Men's Health
Noise & Hearing
Romances • Sailing
The Story of Civilization
Who's Who in the World
Wine • Woodworking
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 $1.00 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 on
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.
Events for National Library Week
Elementary school families are invited to attend five author events in honor of
National Library Week:
Monday, April 3: Nixon School at 3:00 pm (especially for Nixon and Escondido families) Betsy Franco, Palo Alto author of over 50 books for children and young adults, including the popular
Tuesday, April 4: Hoover School at 2:30 pm (especially for Hoover and Palo Verde early dismissal families) Cynthia Chin-Lee, Palo Alto author of picture books including
Amelia to Zora and A Is for Asia.
Tuesday, April 4: Juana Briones at 3:00 pm (especially for Juana Briones, Barron Park and Ohlone families) Jane Wattenberg, author and illustrator of high-energy, hilarious picture books such as
Henny-Penny and Never Cry WOOF!
Wednesday, April 5: Addison at 1:30 pm (especially for Addison, Walter Hays and Duveneck families) Anne Isaacs, award-winning author of the entertaining original tall tale,
Swamp Angel, in addition to poetry books and novels for children.
Thursday, April 6: Fairmeadow at 3:00 pm (especially for Fairmeadow, El Carmelo and Palo Verde late dismissal families) Tim Myers, storyteller and picture book author of
Tanuki’s Gift and Basho and the River Stones.
The authors will be available to sign books. There will be only a small number of books for sale at the events, so please pre-order books through your school (at all elementary schools except for Hoover). Pre-orders and sales will be through
Linden Tree Children’s Recordings and Books.
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, March 12.
|Donated Books Flow In|
We recently put out the call for more donations, and hundreds of boxes
have been flowing in. Our volunteers made ten trips to pick up all the
books from just one donor in Menlo Park. Between monthly sales,
the incoming donated boxes of books pile up in our Main room until our
sorters can get to them. As you can see, it's rather overwhelming, but
exciting too, because each box can contain some remarkable finds.
Peek at our Bookshelves
Get a head start on this weekend's booksale by clicking
see pictures of over a hundred shelves. This is still only a fraction of
what we have, but we've included some different shelves this time to show the
Library Patrons Prefer to be
As you may recall, the library staff has switched to calling those who use
the library "customers," prompting recent letters to local papers
criticizing this as too business-like and impersonal. To see how
popular the name change is with actual library users, last month we asked
people to vote on what they prefer to be called. As the table below
shows, a majority opted to be called "patrons," with "user" being a strong
What People Prefer
to be Called
Although this was not a scientific survey, our thanks to all 64 people who voted and one non-local reader who instead said simply to call her,
"passionate, passionate about libraries in general."
Children's Library Construction to Begin
On Monday, March 6, the City Council unanimously approved the construction contracts for
the Children's Library, launching a two-year project to renovate and expand
the 66-year old structure. We'd like to thank all our members, donors,
volunteers, and booksale customers who helped make our $567,150
contribution to the project possible. The two other major funders are
the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Library Foundation.
More about the project.
Alto Weekly article.
Free Online Guides from the Library
The library's reference staff has created these helpful online
Protection Resources (covers scams, fraud, identify theft, etc.)
Recommended Online and Library Medical and Health Resources
Recommended Online Sites for New Parents
To view these tipsheets, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't
have this program already, you can get it for free by clicking on
Get Help with the Library Catalog
|The library is offering a free one-hour class on March 22, April 5, and
April 19 (all Wednesdays) on
how to use its computer catalog system. You'll learn how to find books
and other items, place a hold, and review your account. You will need
to already know a little about using a computer. The classes will be
held at 10 am at the
and space is limited, so you must
pre-register online or call 329-2435 and press 2.|
More Library Survey Results
Additional details are now available from the extensive Palo Alto
library survey recently completed by the Godbe research firm.
These include a 94 page detailed
report that interprets the survey results. Overall, "87 percent
were satisfied with the library (56% 'very satisfied' and 31% 'somewhat
satisfied')." There was a clear preference for keeping the current
distributed [library] system, according to the report. It includes
insights into which segments of the community responded more strongly about
certain library issues, finding that "a significantly greater percentage of
those with graduate or professional degrees (23.2%) replied that the
facilities no longer meet their needs than those with some college education
or below (14.4%)."
Book Auction Scheduled for May
We'll be holding a special book auction on Sunday, May 13 alongside our
regular booksale. The auction will feature approximately 150
collector's items and special books of higher value than sell at our regular
sale. However, these books will be listed online and available for
viewing in advance. We'll keep you
informed in future newsletters about the auction.
Used Books as Art
Artists don't always see books as just for reading. Using old,
unwanted books, Berkeley artist Jim Rosenau has created some humorous
and sculptures, while Czech artist Matej Kren has built an incredible
tower from thousands of titles as part of a museum exhibit on the beauty
Upcoming Library Meetings
You can learn more about the upcoming library proposals at the next
meeting of the
Library Advisory Commission on Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue.
The proposals will continue to be worked on over the next months, with a
final presentation to the City Council scheduled for June 26. We'll
bring you more news about the proposals as it becomes available.
|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.