USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Opening
9 am for life members
10 am for other members
11 am for non-members
1 pm - 4 pm
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4000 Middlefield Road
Northwest corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
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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 10 am opening for members.
Children's Books in K6
Room K6 in the K wing (see
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
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.
Library Closed for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving
Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on November 11 and 12 (this Sunday and
Monday) for Veteran's Day and on November 22 and 23 (Thursday and Friday) for Thanksgiving. 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.
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, November 11.
Please bring grocery bags to put books into.
|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.
Members Early Sale This Saturday|
This month's booksale is the once-a-year chance for members of the
Friends of the Palo Alto Library to be admitted early to the Main Room and
enjoy some extra time to browse and shop. Life members
and their spouses get in at 9 am and can
purchase up to 50 books during that hour. At 10 am, the rest of our
members are admitted and everyone can buy the usual 12 books at a time.
At 11 am, non-members are admitted. The limit on purchasing 12 books at a time expires at noon.
Tickets for early arrivers
differently this month. The tickets given out are for the 10 am line
at the Main Room, since most people who come early are members of the Friends. Each member will get
just one ticket, although members at the $25 through $250 levels may bring in their families,
consisting of one or two adults and children. There are no tickets for the
11 am line.
All other hours at this weekend's sale are the same as usual: the Bargain and Children's Room
are open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and all rooms are
open on Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.
Regular membership in the Friends
is only $15 ($10 for students and seniors, $25 for families) and is tax-deductible.
Members also receive a discount coupon by mail for the sale, discounts at Books Inc.
at the Stanford Shopping Center,
and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union. If you're
not a member, avoid delay at the sale by joining
Sale Features More from Russia Collection
Thanks to the great generosity of Professor Ronald Hilton's
family, this sale features more from his extensive collection of Russian
literature, history, biography, government, and economics. Spanning
the 19th and 20th centuries, the books cover the tsars, communism, Eastern
Europe, and more. Look for the bulk of the collection on two large tables near
cooking and art in the Main Room while books written in Russian are in
the Main Room's foreign
See preview pictures of the books.
Holiday Season Begins
Yes, it's already time for Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa shopping.
We've put our collection of hundreds of Christmas books and other items on
the south wall in the Main Room (across from the cashiers) for this weekend's
sale. All of our Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and children's Christmas materials
are located in the Children's Room.
Window Shop on Your Computer
Preview many of the tens of thousands of books offered at this
weekend's sale by viewing our
November 8 Talk on Technology's Impact on Libraries
Library technologist, trainer, and author Michael Porter will speak November 8 from 7–9 pm on how public libraries use new digital
tools to build communities. His free presentation, entitled Your
Library’s Future Has Changed: Technology, Content and Community, will look
at the web sites of innovative libraries that are using social networking tools
and creative implementation to provide access to information and create
connections in their communities.
Michael Porter is Community Associate for
WebJunction, an organization funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to
assist libraries and cultural organizations in meeting their objectives through
the effective use of web-based technologies. His professional focus is on
technology, community, and training. He co-authors the "Internet Spotlight"
column in Public Libraries magazine and is writing a book about effective
Porter's talk will be at the City Council
chambers at 250 Hamilton Avenue. It is hosted by the Palo Alto City Library, which
is gearing up to develop a library technology plan by early 2008, and sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
See Porter's blog.
Library Use Climbs Again
Palo Alto libraries are more popular than ever. In the recent
2006-2007 fiscal year, over 1.4 million items were checked out from the four
open branches, up approximately 11% from the prior year.
Children's Library closed throughout the fiscal year, the other branches in
North Palo Alto saw considerable increases in circulation and visits.
The Downtown Library rose the most: 8% more visitors and 35% more items
checked out. The Main Library had 5% more visitors and checked out 29%
more items, while the College Terrace branch saw 8% more
visitors and 20% higher circulation. Least affected was the Mitchell Park
branch, with just 2% more visits and 15% higher circulation. Overall
visits were down by 3%, due no doubt to having one fewer library open.
Technology continues to impact the library. Remote catalog
searches rose 27% to approximately 1.3 million, or almost one per item checked
out. Patrons placed about 209,000 holds, up 15% from the year before.
Online database logins climbed 24%, while Internet sessions in the library
increased by 4%. Higher Internet usage may explain
the 6% drop in reference and where-do-I-find questions from patrons to about
The library added over 22,000 items during 2006-07 to its collection. After weeding older
the collection grew by about 4% to about 271,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other
items as of June 2007. The Mitchell Park and Main libraries saw
their collections grow 5% and 3% respectively, while the collections at the
smaller branches shrank slightly. DVDs, CDs, and other media items
represented about 27% of the year's acquisitions.
During the year,
the library hosted 580 programs, up 3% from the year before, with 52
attendees each on average. The number of people volunteering in the
libraries rose by 61% to 180,
while the total hours they volunteered held steady at about 5,900.
Palo Alto Reads for 2008
Join Palo Alto and all Silicon Valley
in reading and attending events surrounding Bo Caldwell's
bestselling first novel, The Distant Land of My Father.
The Washington Post Book World says, "This is a novel for old China hands, new China hands - and everyone who has ever felt himself in exile from any beloved place or time that can never return."
The many discussions and events will take place throughout February 2008.
Get a head start and
check out a copy of the novel from the Palo Alto Library.
This is the
sixth year of the Silicon Valley Reads program, which annually selects a book
for county-wide discussion.
Silicon Valley Reads website.
Palo Alto Reads website.