USED BOOK SALES
10 am - 4 pm
Main Room opens at 11 am
1 pm - 4 pm
Featured topics for
African American / Black Studies
Gift Books for your Valentine
James Michener Fiction
Travels in Spain
Web Design * Weddings
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. 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
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 President's Day
Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the
President's 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.
Books Inc. Moves Palo Alto Store
Members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library receive a 10%
discount at the bookstore
Books Inc., which has just moved from Stanford
Shopping Center to a 4000 square-foot store in Town and Country Village at El Camino and
Books Inc. originally opened at Stanford back in 1957, so they're the oldest
general-interest bookstore in Palo Alto!
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, February 10.
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.
Thousands of Music CDs at Weekend Sale|
This weekend's sale features all kinds of wonderful music CDs,
thanks to one of our prized donors. Mostly in their original cases, the
CDs range from chamber music to soul, from Windham Hill to reggae, from popular
rock to political satire. Our favorite group name spotted so far in the
collection: "The Pet Shop Boys." This extraordinary collection of CDs
is too big for one room, so
look in the music sections in both the Main and Bargain rooms.
Important Changes at Main Room
Because of our severe space limitations and compelling issues of
health and safety, we will only allow 185 customers into the Main Room at a time.
On Saturday, February 9, customers will be originally admitted in the order of
their numbered tickets that are given out from 8 to 11 am. Once inside,
customers may take only 12 books off of shelves, after which they
should purchase these and exit via the east door. They may then join at
the end of any remaining line at the north door and reenter in that order.
The limitation of 12 books at a time will continue past noon if a line remains
When picking up numbered tickets, please note that you can take one for yourself
and one other person.
We regret any inconvenience that may be caused by adjusting to these changes.
We hope you will understand it is for everyone's safety. We'll have extra
volunteers to monitor and help and wish to thank everyone
for their patience.
Preview our Shelves
Get a head start on this weekend's sale with our
pictures from many different
sections of our Main Room.
Library Bond Price Rises, Aims for November Ballot
Seeking more time to educate the public about library needs, a
split City Council
decided on Monday, February 4 to shift a potential $80 million Palo Alto library bond measure from a
June 2008 date to the November 2008 election.
The Council unanimously confirmed that the bond would still cover replacing the existing Mitchell Park Library and
Community Center with a single 51,000 square foot building at the same site,
remodeling and somewhat enlarging the Main Library, and reconfiguring and updating the Downtown Library.
designs on our website. Palo Alto's other two branch facilities will
affected by the bond measure, as the Children's Library was updated last year and
major repairs for the College Terrace branch are already being planned.
One reason councilmembers favored the later election date was that
polling in early 2007 found that fewer than the necessary 2/3 of voters support
the library/community center project. Since then, the estimated cost of
the project has risen from $45 million to approximately $80 million, partly
because more costs were included. Councilmembers discussed possible ways
to lower the amount voters would need to approve, such as seeking $4 million
from donors for the buildings' furniture, fixtures and equipment, as was done on
a smaller scale for the Children's Library. A more controversial option is
to dedicate new city revenue over a number of years to repay some of the library
and community center construction costs, which would in turn reduce the
available funding for a new public safety building or other city services and be
more expensive, according to city staff. The four councilmembers at the
subsequent Finance Committee meeting on February 5 split over whether to
single ballot measure to raise $110 million for both the library/community
center and public safety building projects that would require $41 million to
come from other new city revenues.
The November 2008 date will also give the city more time to run a second poll to understand public reaction
to the new cost estimates and funding alternatives. Opinions on the
council varied as to how much in new taxes voters are likely to approve and whether substantial city revenue should be
locked into paying for a public safety building without voter approval.
The council is expected to discuss the funding issues more on February 11.
four articles in local papers about the cost increases and ballot issues:
PA library cost estimates soar to $80 million
New price of renovations: $80 million
Funding public-safety building splits committee
Three libraries forwarded to November ballot
Palo Altans Rate Library Highly
81% of Palo Altans rate our overall libraries as good or excellent,
according to the recently-released
2006-2007 City of Palo Alto Citizen Survey. This annual survey of opinions about the city, conducted by Palo
Alto's City Auditor, also found that 75% of residents feel the variety of library materials is good or
excellent and 75% rate our neighborhood branch libraries as good or
excellent. All three of these numbers are up from the previous year.
Other cities in the United States that use
the same survey also found generally high praise for
libraries. As a result, Palo Alto's high marks for its
overall libraries ranked only in the 54th percentile. However, these
rankings are extremely volatile, since Palo Alto last year ranked higher
even though its ratings were lower.
33% of survey respondents reported using the library or its
services more than 12 times last year, while 79% did so at least once during the
The study indicates that library usage in Palo Alto is evolving. Over the
last 5 years, circulation has risen 14%, reference questions declined 35%,
Internet sessions increased 52%, and online database searches rose by 192%.
In-library volunteers donated over 5,800 hours this past year,
45% more than five years ago.
Palo Alto Reads Events in February
Join Palo Alto and all Silicon Valley
in reading Bo Caldwell's
bestselling first novel,
The Distant Land of My Father,
and then visit the library's blog
and attend the following free local events sponsored by the Friends of the Palo
February 11: The Distant Land of My Father book
discussion, Mitchell Park Library, 3800 Middlefield Road, 7 pm
February 12: The Distant Land of My Father book discussion, Downtown
Library, 270 Forest Avenue, noon
February 13: The Distant Land of
My Father book discussion, College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley Avenue, 7
February 17: Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra, Mitchell
Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, 7 pm
In Conversation with Bo Caldwell, author of The Distant Land of My Father,
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, 3 pm
New Ways to Get Information
Discover new ways to find useful information through library and
other resources at free presentations over the next months. All talks will
be held from 10:30 am to noon at the Main Library, 1213 Newell Road.
You can reserve a spot
online. Upcoming topics are:
February 13: How to Help Your Child Succeed in School Using Library Tools
March 12: The Historic New York Times: Searching a Century of News
April 9: Health Matters: Online Tools for Medical Information
May 14: Genealogy Resources @ The Library (back by popular demand)
June 11: Traveling? Learn the Secrets of Researching Your Destination