The Library's Summer Reading Program is happening! And it started
July 1st but you can still get involved. Find out more at the
Library's web site: <https://library.cityofpaloalto.org/srp/>
FOPAL grants help support the Palo Alto libraries and through the
libraries we are supporting communities beyond the boundaries of
Palo Alto. Anyone with a California address can get a library card.
Currently there is an online registration form to receive a
temporary card. A permanent card can be obtained at any Palo Alto
library branch when the libraries reopen. Find out more at the
Library's web site:
The Library has an overview of its online offerings at its eLibrary
Many of these offerings are available to Library card holders, and
the Library has also worked to make it easier for new card holders
to get access to some of these. Read about it on the Library's
In June, the Library opened up access to its collection by allowing
permanent cardholders to place holds on books and schedule a time
(weekdays between noon and 5pm at present) for sidewalk pickup at
Mitchell Park and Rinconada libraries. It is also now possible to
return books you have checked out. Find out more about the Library's
sidewalk service on the Library's web site:
On placing holds. It is apparently so popular that the
Library staff in both Mitchell Park and Rinconada have packed up our
in-library stores so they have a place for all the held books waiting
for pickup. We're not complaining, but please schedule times to
pick up your held books, and then go pick them up.
There are a lot of things on the event calendar for July, August and
September. They're mostly virtual events enabled by the Internet and
often require prior registration. Many are about the Summer Reading
Program referenced above. You can find Palo Alto Library events on
the Library's event calendar:
Under county regulations FOPAL was able to open to volunteers on June
26, 2020. A message to volunteers has explained all the scheduling,
health screening and contact tracing aspects of that opening. Steps
are being taken to limit the number of people in our rooms and to
clean and sanitize those areas.
We began receiving donations on July 7 and continue Tuesdays through
Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. Donations will be accepted outside the usual
donation door at the Main Room. Donors will be asked to place
donations in bankers boxes (available there) and put those boxes on
our electric cart. We will be quarantining donations for about two
days before returning them to our sorting room. There will be a limit
of 6 bags/boxes per donation. People with large donations need to
contact Janette Herceg at email@example.com or 650-494-1266 to make
arrangements to drop off the donations at a location where we have
space. No ephemera, electronics, art, records, or CDs will be
accepted. See the attached temporary list of what we do and do not
accept. We cannot pick up donations during this period. No donations
are accepted on sale days.
Our first sale since February will be August 8 and 9 for Members only
in the Main Room on Saturday from 9am to 4pm and in the Children's
Room from 10am to 4pm. There will be no membership renewals or
sign-ups at the sale. The Bargain Room will be closed on Saturday.
There will be no sales to other than members on Saturday. On Sunday
from 11am to 4pm there will be a bag sale for books as well as
individual sales of books and LPs in the Bargain Room for any
customers with advance sign-up as to a time. The Main, Bargain, and
Children's rooms will be open on Sunday from 11 to 4 for all
customers, also with advance time sign-up. There will be no outside
sales, thus no art, ephemera or dollar books at this sale.
In order to limit the number of people in the sale rooms, we will
require all customers to sign up in advance for a time slot.
Beginning on July 15 at 9am there will be a sign-up application
on our website for customers to pick a specified
time slot. There will be hour slots during the first two hours of
the Members sale in the Main Room for Life Members and Sponsors,
then half hour slots for other members for the remainder of the
sale on Saturday. The sign-ups will be closed on August 5 at 5pm to
give us time to check on membership status for Saturday slots and
prepare entry lists for the sale. FOPAL must receive a new membership
application or renewal by August 1; include email and phone number in
case of a question. If you want to hasten the membership application
process, you can use the online payment portal Network For Good to
Life Members and Sponsors may purchase up to 100 books. Other members
may purchase up to 25 books per membership except Family Members may
purchase up to 25 items for each of two adult members at a time.
Life and Sponsor members will be allowed to shop for 50 minutes during
the first two time slots for the Main room. Thereafter and in other
rooms customers will have about 25 minutes and then exit the building
to reach the cashiers For all buildings, customers will enter one
door and exit another.
Some antiseptic cleaning will be done inside the building before the
next tranche of customers will be admitted. We will also require
customers to review the health screening form before entering and to
fill in a contact tracing sheet upon entering.
The usual post-sale free nights in the Bargain Room - Sunday night
from 4pm to 6pm for nonprofits and Monday for all from 6pm to 8pm -
will take place. We will however be limiting numbers of people in the
room and length of time spent in the room to permit our customers to
keep some distance.
FOPAL looks forward to greeting its customers once again.