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
9 am for
1 pm - 4 pm
Bargain Room opens at 11 am
Specials in December:
4000 Middlefield Road
Animal Rights • Astrology
Dolls and Teddy Bears
Fine Art and Art Techniques
Japanese Language Books & Graphic Novels
Large/Coffee Table Books
Military History and Other Topics
Mysteries & Thrillers
Science & Mathematics
Science Fiction • Western Religions
Over 50,000 items altogether!
NW corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP PALO ALTO LIBRARIES
Marty's/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 to members of the Friends. These reserve your place in the lines
for the 9 am (life member) and 10 am (other member) openings. Only one
ticket is given out per person this month. Non-members get in on Saturday at 11 am.
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. On Sunday, the
room opens at 11 am and all prices are half off. Save even more on Sundays by buying grocery bags
from us for $5 each and stuffing them with any items in the room.
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, December 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 email@example.com
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 get in early to the Main Room and
enjoy extra time to browse and shop. Life members
and their spouses enter 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
lasts until there is no longer a line waiting to enter.
Tickets for early arrivers
differently this month. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am lines
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 and above the $25 levels may bring in their families,
consisting of one or two adults and children, while life members may bring in
their spouses. No tickets will be given out for the
11 am line.
Other rooms will be open the same hours as in recent months. On
Saturday, the Bargain and Children's Room open at 10 am, while on Sunday,
the Bargain Room opens at 11 am and the other two rooms at 1 pm. All
rooms close at 4 pm on both days.
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, a 10% discount at
at the Town and Country Village,
and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union,
which has a new convenient Downtown office. If you're
not already a paid-up member, avoid delay at the sale by joining
One additional note: to help keep our sales rooms accessible for all, we ask that you leave baby strollers outside during busy hours. Please ask a volunteer if you need assistance.
Preview Our Shelves
out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this weekend
using our shelf preview
Libraries Close for Holiday Season
Palo Alto's Main, Mitchell Park, and Children's libraries will be closed on
December 24-26 and January 1 for the holiday season, and will close early on
December 31 at 6 pm. Meanwhile, the Downtown and
College Terrace libraries will be closed during all nine days of December 24
through January 1. 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.
Take the Library Satisfaction Survey
Let the Palo Alto library know what you think of its services and possible
offerings by taking the
quick online survey. You can skip over portions that don't apply
Library Gets New Laptops and Looks at Technology
Fourteen brand-new laptops are arriving for patrons to use in
the Main and Mitchell Park libraries this month, replacing models purchased back
in 2005 that were checked out on average more than 2,200 times. The new laptops offer faster
processing and slightly wider screens. The laptops help when other computers
for the public are all in use and allow patrons to work
throughout the library buildings and patios. The new laptops, plus the
older ones and others
at the College Terrace and Downtown libraries, are provided by the
Cable Co-op Legacy Grant
made in 2003 to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
The library is also developing a technology plan for the next two to three years in
conjunction with consultant Lucien Kress of Kress Consulting. He is
currently collecting suggestions and ideas from library staff and
administration, city information technology employees, and the city at large. At a December 3 community forum
attended by about a dozen members of the public and library staff, suggestions
- Provide space,
technology, and facilitation to community groups working on projects.
- Provide image scanners for patron use.
- Provide more laptop-friendly seating (with power and Internet
- Rotate collections between branches (especially DVDs and CDs).
- Expedite LINK+ so you can get a book from any Bay Area library within 24
hours. (LINK+ is a free inter-library loan program that Palo Alto will be
- Equip meeting rooms with computers and multimedia equipment such as projectors and interactive
- Show LINK+ offerings automatically in catalog searches.
Other ideas from library staff and advisors include allowing patrons to
submit reference questions via texting, a next-generation catalog combining
features of Google and Amazon, and a "floating collection" that leaves items at
the branch they're returned to. Read more and submit comments at Kress's blog for the
Give the Gift that Costs Nothing
One last reminder during this shopping season: at
both Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and Amazon.com, a percentage of
your purchase price can help the Palo Alto Libraries at no cost
to you. At Kepler's, just
mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends of the Palo Alto
Library. For Amazon.com, always start your shopping session by
clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top
right of any of our web pages at
Virtually all purchases you make at Amazon are eligible, not just books.
Over the years, we've raised thousands of dollars to help our libraries
thanks to shoppers at Amazon and Kepler's.
Library Events Calendar Online
Palo Alto's libraries offer hundreds of events every year for
children and adults. Now you can review them all quickly in a
online event calendar. The calendar also helps you make reservations
for events requiring sign-up and offers alerts of upcoming events as they are announced.