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June 9
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am

June 10
1 pm - 4 pm

Featured topics for June:

Aviation (of all types)
Books in Chinese
Leather-bound books
Posters (outside)
Popular Science
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.
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.

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, June 10.  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.
Dad Will be Walking on Air
Father's Day is coming - so pick up gifts for Dad and everyone else interested in planes, helicopters, soaring, and spacecraft on the special Aviation table near the Science shelves in the Main Room.  You'll find there both modern and collectible books and magazines on Aeronautics, Aircraft Design, Gliders, Kites, Model Airplanes, Paper Airplanes, Rockets, and Space Flight.   See a sample of the table contents.
Window Shop on Your Computer
Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale
Check out our shelf preview pictures to see some of the tens of thousands of books for sale this weekend.
Free Boxes, Binders, and Books
Please help yourself to all the free packing boxes and binders at the entrance (north) door to our Main Room.  The boxes are on the right, between the building and the entrance ramp.  The binders are at the top of the ramp.  Because our Main Room gets crowded, please don't bring boxes inside.  This month, the free books on the book cart by the Main Room exit door include Paul Kennedy's Preparing for the Twenty-First Century and Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County.
Book Group Chooses Next Year of Reading
Here's what the Friends of the Palo Alto Library book group will be reading over the coming year.  The group meets from 7:30 to 9 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the Lucie Stern Community Center Fireside Room at 1305 Middlefield Road.  Click on any title to learn more it:
Date   Title and Author
June 14, 2007   The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
July 12   Blindness by Jose Saramago
August 9   On Beauty by Zadie Smith
September 13   The Angel of Galilea by Laura Restrepo
October 11   The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
November 8   Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
December 13   The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
January 10, 2008   Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
February 14   Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
March 13   Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
April 10   Choose the next eleven books
Children's Library Progress
The Children's Library is looking more and more complete, as you can see in this picture of the new wing!  See many more pictures of the renovation of the original building and construction of the new areas.  The branch is currently scheduled to reopen in September 2007.
So Much to Read
Are you up for reading 800 books a day?  That's how many new titles and editions were released each day of 2006, according to preliminary data from R.R. Bowker, compiler of Books in Print.  It totals 291,920 books for the entire year, which is up more than 3% from 2005 and close to the all-time high of 295,523 new titles published in 2004.
Year-to-year changes in specific categories sometime indicate trends in reading tastes or at least suggest areas publishers think are hot.  For instance, 10% fewer juvenile and cooking titles were released in 2006 than in 2005.  Computer books were down by 11%, while 17% more adult fiction titles were released than in 2005, biographies were up 15%, and business titles rose 12%.  More information.
Exciting Summer Reading Programs for Youth
The library is again holding two summer reading programs this year.  Children up through the fifth grade can join Get A Clue @ Your Library.  At the start, you set a goal for how many books you'll read over the summer.  Once you get to your goal, you receive a certificate, a free paperback book, a coupon for a free pizza at Round Table, and other surprises.  You can also attend a series of Wacky Wednesday summer events each week at 3:30 pm.
Sixth through twelfth graders can set a similar summer reading goal in the YNK @ Your Library teen program.  Reaching that goal not only gives you a certificate, free paperback book, coupon for a free Round Table pizza, and other surprises, but also makes you eligible to win a $100 iTunes gift certificate and other cool prizes such as ice cream coupons and movie passes.  You'll also want to attend five evening events, including a presentation by Dr. Uwe Bergmann of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Sign up for these programs from June 14 through July 31 at any Palo Alto branch library or online.  Prizes will be awarded August 1 through August 27.  The programs are sponsored by local merchants and the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
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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