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August 11
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am

August 12
1 pm - 4 pm

Featured topics for August:

Antique Magazine (30 years)
Collecting and Collectables
Early 20th Century Engineering
Martial Arts • Sports
And over 50,000 other items

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Northwest corner of the Cubberley Community Center

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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.  On Sundays this summer, you get a 20% discount on all purchases of $5 or more.
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 Saturday.
Bargain Books in K7
Next door in K7 is the Bargain Room, where paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers are $1, and children's books are just 25 cents each.  The room also contains many LP records and 78s at $1 each.  All items are half off 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.

More New Books from the Stanford Bookstore
We're offering this month even more brand new hardcovers and paperbacks from the recently-closed Stanford University Bookstore in downtown Palo Alto.  You'll find most of these on a special table near the checkout area.  Topics include biographies, historical fiction, and sports.   Although the books are all new, they're offered at our usual very low prices.  We'd like to again thank the Stanford Bookstore for their enormous generosity and support of our sale.
Main Room Continues Special Summer 20% Sunday Discount
Not only can you avoid huge crowds by coming to the sale on Sundays, but you also get an automatic 20% discount on Sundays in our Main Room if your purchase $5 or more.  This special sale discount will continue throughout the summer.
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Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale
Check out our numerous shelf preview pictures to see some of the tens of thousands of books for sale this weekend.

Friends Give $163,000 to Library
Thanks to our many booksale customers, donors, volunteers, and members, we're giving $163,000 to the library this year for new books, DVDs, e-books, audio books, electronic databases, author events, children and teenager summer reading programs, performers at children's events, and staff appreciation.  In addition, we're providing new printers and network equipment for the Children's Library and eight new laptops for the College Terrace and Downtown branches as part of our 9 Libraries project, which is funded by a Cable Co-op Legacy Grant.  The laptops are already available for checkout at the College Terrace branch and will be soon at Downtown.
Library Director Diane Jennings says: "The ongoing support of the Friends has been tremendous.  Through our partnership and shared goal of improving the Library, we’ve been able to enhance our service in many ways.  The Friends not only provide funding to enrich the collection, but also support innovative pilot programs.  I am very appreciative of the hard work many Friends volunteers put in to raise money for the Library."  Read the full press release.
Children's Library Progress
The Children's Library is on target to reopen next month, with a big celebration and reopening party on September 29.  See many pictures of the branch's reconstruction.
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, August 12.  Please bring grocery bags to put books into.  More information.
Library Closed for Labor Day
All Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.  Even when the libraries are closed, you can still search the online catalog, submit reference desk questions, and access many online resources.

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.
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 under 1% for our 2005-2006 fiscal year.  In other words, over 99% 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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