USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for
Boating, Sailing, & Yachting
Fantasy: Dragons and Vampires
Framed prints and wall hangings
Local Book Club selections
Selections on Russia/USSR
(from the Hilton Collection)
And over 50,000 other items
4000 Middlefield Road
Northwest corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
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
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.
Books - New Art
Here's one more use for used books: see how artist Brian Dettmer transforms them
into intricate works
examples. Our thanks to Nancy Welch for this recommendation.
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, October 14.
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.
Booksale Offers Professor's Russia/Soviet Collection|
This weekend's sale features an extraordinary collection of Russian
and Soviet histories, biographies, travel guides and other books.
These items come from the estate of emeritus Stanford professor Ronald
Hilton, who died this year at age 95. His daughter reported that he taught
himself Russian so well that he was once scolded for eating in the foreigner's
section of a Soviet restaurant. You'll find these books in our Main Room
on a specials table close to the cashiers and the south wall. Our thanks
go to Professor Hilton's family for this very generous donation to the Friends.
Annual Meeting on October 18
Please attend our
annual meeting on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm at the Palo Alto Art Center
Auditorium, located at 1313 Newell Road next to the Main Library. Our
special guest speaker will be
Nancy Cassidy, a local singer and songwriter who has delighted
audiences of all ages over the past 30 years with her warm and engaging voice
and wide variety of songs. Nancy will talk about how she became interested in
her craft and more and more involved with singing, songwriting and performing.
The annual meeting will also feature the yearly election of our board members
and officers. The nominees for 2008-2009 board seats are Betsy Allyn, Bob Otnes,
Margarita Quihuis, Jim Schmidt, Martha Schmidt, Barbara Silberling, Caroline
Spitz, and Tom Wyman. The nominees for next year's officers are
Betsy Allyn as President, Martha Schmidt as Vice President, Margarita Quihuis as
Secretary, Enid Pearson as Treasurer, and John Burt as Assistant Treasurer.
meeting includes refreshments and is free to the public.
Volunteers Set up Tens of Thousands of Books
Our volunteers have been feverishly busy sorting, pricing,
shelving, and cleaning up to get ready for this month's sale. Over just
the past three months, they've put in 5,883 hours (we counted!). Check out right now some of the tens of thousands of books being readied for this
weekend's sale by viewing our
Members-Early Sale in November
Here's another reminder that this year's special early admission for members of the Friends will
be at our November 10 booksale. This annual event lets lifetime members
enter our Main Room at 9 am and other members in at 10 am. Non-members then
can enter the Main Room at the usual 11 am. There will be more information
in our November issue. Please note that members only get in early once a year.
Council Simplifies Plans for New Library
Palo Alto's City Council voted on October 1 to focus on just one proposed
configuration for a new Mitchell Park library and community center, thereby
reducing architectural costs and simplifying planning.
For the last year, the city has
considered various design options for the site, which houses both a 9,500 sq
ft. library and an 10,000 sq. ft. community center. One possibility was to build
a new library first and replace the community center later.
This would have placed the library closer to the park, which is less desirable
than having it alongside Middlefield Road.
The council instead opted to replace
both structures simultaneously, creating a single 51,000 square foot building
with the library portion closer to Middlefield. The facility will also house the
library’s technical services department, which processes new and damaged items,
moving it from the Downtown Library to free up more space at that branch for the public.
Plans are also being developed to remodel the Main Library and add
group study rooms and a small auditorium. The new Mitchell Park library and
community center plus the Main and Downtown branch improvements were estimated
last year to cost $45 million. The council is considering both a bond measure
and seeking donors to raise the funds.
The council heard earlier that evening from a
pair of political consultants who have studied the likelihood of passing a bond
measure. Based upon a poll of 600 residents in February and 21 likely
voters who served on focus groups in late August, Jessica Reynolds of the Lew Edwards
Group and Richard Bernard of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates concluded that
support for the project likely falls short of the 2/3 supermajority required for a construction bond.
The poll showed that 62% of voters favored or leaned in favor of the project
when given the total cost, pros, and cons, while 51% supported it when told how
it might affect their property taxes. A majority of focus group
participants also supported the project. Their top priority was
additional space for collections and youth services, while "completing a series
of improvements to all of Palo Alto's branch libraries" ranked highest among a
series of 21 choices. Reynolds and Bernard also found that "participants had a
significant level of concern about what they perceived as inefficiency,
division, and a lack of responsiveness in City government" and stressed that
providing detailed information and further engaging the public over a 12 to 18
month period could increase support.
Complicating the issue are new
city public safety (police) building and Palo Alto Unified School District
ballot measures also likely in 2008. The consultants recommended that the city consider
putting the library/community center measure on a separate ballot from the public
online video of the Council discussion and read the
Alto Daily and
Library Audit Presented to Council
Palo Alto City Auditor Sharon Erickson's report on the libraries
was praised at the September 10 City Council meeting and Library Director Diane
Jennings said her staff expressed agreement with most of the recommendations.
For example, Cornelia van Aken, Palo Alto's new Assistant Library Director, will
be looking at the auditor's proposal to try rescheduling staff to provide more open hours
for the public. The library has already implemented other
recommendations to improve cash handling and is working on ways to reduce the
number of checked-out items that aren't returned.
Jennings pointed out that the recently-completed Children's Library and planned
improvements at the College Terrace branch were steps toward meeting the audit's
finding that facilities needed improvement. Moreover, the proposed ballot
measure would address the three other city libraries. One aim of the audit
was to assure voters that all appropriate efficiencies were in place prior to
Erickson noted that her office did not come to a firm conclusion that Palo
Alto's libraries were either under- or over-staffed. Rather, she
recommends annual staffing evaluations, as library services are changing
dramatically faster than any other city department's.
of the Council discussion and read the
and library staff response.