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May 12
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am

May 13
1 pm - 4 pm

Featured topics for May:

Brand New Cookbooks
Burke's Landed Gentry
Children's Books in Hebrew
Collectible Children's Books
Genealogy (in Reference)
Horses (in Nature)
Mother's Day Gift Books
Oxford English Dictionary (2 vols)
Vintage California
Wedding Planning
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, May 13.  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.
Prints and Videos Aplenty
People donate more than just books to our sale.  This month, look for dozens of beautiful framed prints being displayed outside the Main Room.  You can purchase these at the ephemera area, which returns this month as well.  Inside all three sale rooms are many hundreds of videos of films and documentaries, most of which are priced at $2 or less.
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.
Rules Change for Between-Sales
After the May sale, we will no longer allow visitors into the book room between sales.  We had previously permitted visitors to browse and purchase books at double price up to one week before each sale during limited hours, but we are ending that to assure the best selection for attendees of the regular once-a-month sales.  We apologize for the inconvenience to those who cannot come to Cubberley for the regular sales.
Free Books Cart
As you rush out of the Main Room with your purchases, be sure to take one of the free books on the cart by the door.  This month, the free books include The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, Dr. Bernie Siegal's Love, Medicine, and Miracles, and John Gray's Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
Use and Learn about eBooks
Palo Alto offers a large collection of eBooks, which are books that you can check out over the Internet and read on your computer.  You can check out eBooks at any time of day or night and then read them at your leisure.  With eBooks, there's never a late fee or a rush to return them because the books automatically "expire" on your computer when due.
Many titles are available as eBooks, including William Poundstone's How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and Stephen Leavitt's Freakonomics.  The library also offers eAudio books and music recordings that you check out over the Internet and listen to.
If you're not familiar with using these materials, attend a one-hour free demonstration that will walk you through all the steps on either June 6 at 10 am or June 20 at 6:30 pm at the Main Library at 1213 Newell Road.  To reserve a space, email, indicate which session you wish to attend, and provide your return email address.
Mayfield Reading Day on May 26
Come to the College Terrace Library at 2300 Wellesley Ave. on Saturday, May 26 from 1 to 5 pm to celebrate reading with an afternoon of stories, crafts, face painting, and a Scholastic book fair.  A magician will perform at 2:30 pm.  If you haven't visited lately, this is a great chance to enjoy this charming historic building and park that began life as the Mayfield Branch Library in 1936.  Mayfield was the town that encompassed College Terrace and the California Ave. district before being annexed into Palo Alto in the 1920s.  See historical information.
Children's Library Progress
Here's what the new wing of the Children's Library looks like from the Secret Garden.  See other recent pictures of the Children's Library renovation and expansion.  The branch is currently scheduled to reopen in September 2007.
Library Closed May 25 and 28
All Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on Friday May 25 for staff development and on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.  Even when the libraries are closed, you can still search the online catalog, submit reference desk questions, access many online resources, and get book recommendations.
Library Bond Measure Progress
On May 7, Palo Alto's City Council approved a $1,280,400 library design and construction cost estimation contract as the next step towards a possible June 2008 ballot measure.  The contract will have the Group 4 architectural firm develop further conceptual designs for a new Mitchell Park Library and possibly an attached new Community Center.  After public and governmental review, the Council will then decide in late summer whether to continue with the Community Center portion or pursue just the new library building.  Group 4 will then develop more detailed plans, estimate construction costs, and update an environmental review.
The Group 4 contract also includes planning a 1,800 to 5,300 square foot addition to the Main Library for a meeting space and group study area and how the Downtown Library could utilize reclaimed areas for the public should administrative staff move out.
Funds for this project came from capital improvement monies intended to improve the present Mitchell Park Library building.  See the City Manager's report, the contract with Group 4, and our previous coverage of the library ballot measure.
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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