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

February 11
1 pm - 4 pm

Featured topics for February:

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.
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 $1.00, 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.

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, February 11.  Please bring grocery bags to put books into.  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.
Lovely Valentine Day Gifts
You'll find some heart-warming Valentines Day gifts at this weekend's sale on a special table in the fiction area (southwest corner) of the Main room.  Among the books there on love and romance is a wonderful 1972 rare first-edition of Love a la Peanuts by Charles Schulz, priced at $35.  If you're not quite sure what kind of books your valentine will love, you can also buy gift certificates in denominations of $5 from the Main room cashiers.
Window Shop on Your Computer
Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale
Check out our popular shelf preview pictures to see some of the tens of thousands of books for sale this weekend.  This month's pictures include many of the featured topics.
Shopping Center Easier to Walk to
You'll be happy to know that a gate has been put into the new fence that separates the Cubberley Community Center from the Charleston Shopping Center just to the north of us.  The gate lets you walk conveniently from the booksale over to the shopping center for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or dessert.  Neighbors accustomed to walking in the area requested the gate's installation after the fence went up.
New Guide to Main Book Room
You'll find new green subject guides posted in our Main book room to explain where all 97 sections are throughout the room.  We updated the directory recently for the latest topics and locations.  You can also print out your own copy of the directory to carry with you.
Wonderful LPs in Bargain Room
Check out the many LPs on the west wall of the Bargain Room this month.  You'll find many complete opera records and albums dating from the 1950s.  The covers alone make wonderful gifts or decorations.  LPs are priced at $1 per disk until 12:30 on Saturdays, and after that for 50 cents each.  On Sundays, you can also fill an entire grocery bag full of records for $5.
Free Legal Expertise at your Fingertips
About 120 Nolo Press legal and business self-help titles are available via the Palo Alto Library as eBooks, which means you can check them out and read them instantly using your Palo Alto Library card.  Just go to the library's eBook resources page.  You can print entire forms, letters, and contractual language directly from the eBooks or copy them into your own documents.
Among the popular Nolo Press titles are:
  • Work Less, Live More: The New Way to Retire Early
  • Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business
  • Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California
  • Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement and Medical Benefits
  • How to Form Your Own California Corporation
  • Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes
Council Makes Libraries Again a Top Priority
Palo Alto's City Council recently made library improvements one of its top priorities for 2007, as in 2006.  The other priorities for this year are sustainable budgets, climate protection, emergency and disaster preparation, and a new public safety building.  See articles in the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Daily News.
Children's Library Progress

Framing is going quickly on the new wing of the Children's Library renovation and expansion.  See our month-by-month picture record of the project.  The branch is currently scheduled to reopen in September 2007.

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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