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

August 10
1 pm - 4 pm

Featured topics for August:

Antique Glass Collecting
Boating and Sailing
Christian Science / Mary Baker Eddy
Chinese Comic Books • Cookbooks
Framed Prints • Judaica
Mystery Novels for the Beach
And over 50,000 other items

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Northwest corner of the Cubberley Community Center

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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.  You may pick up a ticket for yourself and for one other person.
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.

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.
Sale Features Books of All Types

Approximately 20,000 more books pour into our sales rooms each month, covering topics from A to Z.  We recently received a huge collection of 1,000 Chinese comic books, translated from Japanese manga series, such as Bleach and Prince of Tennis.  These are 50 cents each.  If you're looking for something a tad less playful, this month the Main Room has several copies of the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, which uses smaller type to shrink the famous many-volume reference set of 100,000s of word definitions and millions of usage quotations down to just two volumes.  At least one of our sets includes the original magnifying glass that came with the compact edition (you'll need it!).

Preview Other Shelves

Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's saleTake a walk through our shelf preview pictures, giving you an advance peek at some of the tens of thousands of interesting books available in our Main Room at this weekend's sale.

Friends Donate $225,400 to Library
Thanks to our generous booksale customers, members, donors, and volunteers, we are contributing $225,400 to the Palo Alto library for the 2008-09 fiscal year.  $190,000 is targeted at improving the library's collections with new books and DVDs, subscriptions to online resources, and by enabling Palo Altans to borrow for free from the vast Link+ system of California and Nevada public and university libraries.  The summer reading programs for children and teens, along with other youth events, will receive $26,900, a 68% increase from the previous year.  The remaining $8,500 will fund library events for adults and staff appreciation.
Over the year, we'll give additional funds for new children's and audio books, electronic databases, printer supplies, and the like, thanks to many donors who make targeted contributions and our multi-year $422,000 Cable Co-op Legacy Grant.  Learn more about how you can add new materials to the library, perhaps as a memorial or to honor someone.
Particular thanks goes to our more than 160 hard-working volunteers, whose 24,029 hours of effort over the twelve months ending in June 2008 is the equivalent of a full-time staff of twelve!
Library Bond Measure Finalized

Artist's view of the proposed Mitchell Park Library
and Community Center
Palo Alto's City Council approved on Monday, August 4 the following ballot language for the November election:
LIBRARY FACILITIES, COLLECTIONS, SAFETY IMPROVEMENT BOND. To provide additional space to expand library collections, add new children's and group program areas, replace outdated lighting, provide modern ventilation and air conditioning systems, ensure seismic safety, and enhance disabled access, shall the City of Palo Alto issue bonds up to $76,000,000 to construct a new energy-efficient Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, expand and renovate Main Library, and renovate Downtown Library, with annual audits and independent citizen oversight?
Most of the bond monies will go to replace the existing Mitchell Park library and community center with a combined 51,000 square foot facility.  The new library will be about four times the size of the current one, alleviating the current crowded conditions and allowing for additional seating, study and children's areas.  The branch's collection capacity will almost double.
In addition to the $76 million, the city estimates that $4.3 million will be needed for items such as furniture that cannot be paid for by bond funds, plus $1 million more to purchase the new collection items.  Private donations may help with these.  The city also expects that operating the larger facilities will cost an additional $750,000 to $1.1 million annually, which is likely to come from the city's general fund.  The bond measure does not include either the recently-updated Children's Library or the College Terrace Library, which already has funds for a major upcoming renovation. 
See information from supporters of the bond measure, recent poll results and a Palo Alto Weekly editorial, the city's project website and discussion of the ballot measure, our quick views of the proposed designs, and previous coverage on our news pages.

Library to Close for Labor Day

Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday.  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, August 10.  Please bring grocery bags to put books into.  More information.

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 2006-2007 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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