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9 am - 11 am Life Members
10 am - 11 am All Members

11 am - 4 pm General Public
Main Book Room Sale

Members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library get in early to the main book sale room at this sale!  Life members have two extra hours to purchase books, while all other members get one extra hour.  If you're not a member, you can join at the door (please come a little early) or online.  Our main room is overflowing with books priced way below what used book stores charge.  Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1.00 and up.  You can pick up a ticket as early as 8 am to reserve your place in the lines for either the 10 am or 11 am openings, but no ticket is needed to get in at 11 am.

9 am - 4 pm
Children's Books in K6
Bargain Books in K7

Room K6 is filled with children's books, including picture books, school age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers, many for under $1.  Room K7 is the bargain room, where children's books are just 25 cents each, paperbacks are 50 cents, and hardcovers are $1.00.  Prices drop by half in the bargain room at 12:30 pm, and then to just $5 for each grocery bag you fill (we supply the bags) at 2 pm.  Both rooms are in the K wing (see map).

Featured sales books for August include:

Art Magazines
Books on Tape
Drama * Great Books
Harvard Classics
Large-Print Books
Medicine * Nutrition
Space Exploration

And much, much more!

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center

Room locations

More information on the sales
Donate your old books

All proceeds go to help Palo Alto libraries.

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.
Top Ten Reasons to Join the Friends Today
10.     Discount of 10% at Books Inc. at Stanford Shopping Center is really good excuse to stop at some chic boutiques too.
9.   Quarterly Foreword newsletter about the library and the booksale is convenient reminder that seasons change, even in California.
8.   Discount of 10% on paperbacks at Tower Books at San Antonio and El Camino, which not only has tons of books but (ahem) Britney Spears too.
7.   Makes you eligible for membership at Stanford Federal Credit Union, where you can get personal loans to help cover your book-buying addiction.
6.   If you join at the $100 level or more, endlessly impress friends with dazzling facts about local library history from the copy we'll send you of Tom Wyman's illustrated Palo Alto and Its Libraries.
5.   Helps us when we ask the City Council to sustain library funding and operations and (ok, this one is really important) booksale space!
4.   Gives you special entrance to our member-only annual sale, where you'll only be stepping on fellow members' toes.
3.   Gets you a coupon for free books at our sale, as if if they weren't cheap enough.
2.   Hey, come on, it's tax-deductible!
.. and the number one reason to join the Friends today ..
1.   For 66 years, the Friends have supported Palo Alto's libraries by providing items such as new books, DVDs, computers, children's programs, audio books, aids for people with disabilities, prizes for child and teen summer reading programs, community performances, speakers, grants, advocacy, staff appreciation gifts, building funds, publicity, fundraising, public parties, bookgroup sponsorship, microfilm readers, forums on library issues, and plain sheer love for all that our libraries do.  Heck, if that doesn't move you, what would?

Please join right now online, by mail, or at our booksales.  A regular membership is only $15, and just $10 for students and seniors.

Stanford Federal Credit Union Becomes Corporate Member
We're very proud to announce a new member of the Friends at the $1,000 corporate level: the Stanford Federal Credit Union.  The credit union, a nonprofit organization with 40,000 members, normally offers accounts and loans just to people affiliated with Stanford and certain employers.  However, all members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library are now eligible to join the credit union as well.  For more information or to join the credit union, please contact them at (650) 723-2509 or via their website.
Commission Unanimously Recommends Downtown Library Saturday Hours
When the City Council allocated $35,000 on June 28 to the library, with restoration of Saturday hours at the Downtown branch in mind, they asked the Library Advisory Commission to review the issue and make a recommendation back to the Council.  The Commission met on July 22 and discussed the issue at length, including how much the Saturday service would cost (the Council Budget Committee was told just $17,800 last year).  All seven commissioners then voted to recommend back to the Council that the monies be used to cover the Saturday hours.  The formal recommendation will be drafted and voted on at the next Commission meeting on September 30 at 7:30 pm and then sent on to the City Council.  We are very appreciative of the commissioners for their support on this issue, and are eager to have the Downtown Library reopen soon for Saturday customers.
Read the New York Times Edition for the Day You Were Born
Unless you are over 153 years old, the New York Times was being published on the day you were born.  Find out right now what was happening that day in the nation and in the world for free, using the Palo Alto Library's online archive of the entire newspaper.  You can read every article and ad that appeared in the paper.  All you need to do is have your library card ready and click here.  If you don't have a Palo Alto library card, any branch will issue you one as long as you're a resident of California. The online historical New York Times is made possible by a Cable Co-op Legacy Grant under the Friends of the Palo Alto Library 9 Libraries project.
Look up Product Reviews for Free in Consumer Reports
You don't need to pay $26 a year for online access to Consumer Reports, because the Palo Alto Library provides it for free.  You can look up product reviews right now from home or office.  All you need is to have your library card ready and click here.  If you don't have a Palo Alto library card, any branch will issue you one as long as you're a resident of California.
Next Library Forum on September 23
Help shape the future of our libraries at a community forum on September 23 from 7:30 to 9 pm at the College Terrace branch.  Library Director Paula Simpson will lead a discussion about cooperative programs, new and different services, civic involvement, and the vision for Palo Alto's library of the future. "In today's complex society, the library needs to be nimble and responsive to changing information needs, and deeply involved in community life," says Paula.  Refreshments will be served.  For additional information, please contact Paula at 329-2403 or  The forum is sponsored by the Library Advisory Commission.
16,039 Hours and Counting
Ever wondered what it takes to run our huge booksale and many other efforts on behalf of the libraries?  For the twelve months beginning July 2003, our 137 volunteers put in a total of approximately 16,039 hours.  That's the equivalent of about eight full-time workers, and shows how much the Palo Alto community truly cares about its libraries.  Be sure to treat our volunteers nicely as you rush by them at the sale.
Library Computers Are a Hit
Library computers for Internet access are extremely popular.  During the library's 2002-2003 fiscal year, there were 98,480 separate sessions on these computers, each typically lasting 30 minutes.  In other words, the library provided about 49,240 hours of free Internet time to the public, which was up about 20% from the previous year, and doesn't include wireless access for laptops.  Kinko's in Palo Alto charges $12 an hour for basic Internet computer usage; at that rate, the free library service generated benefits to the public alone worth $590,880, or more than 10% of the entire library operating budget!  The Friends of the Palo Alto recently provided the library with extensive funds for more computers, printers, and other equipment and wiring to help even more people use the Internet at the library, thanks to a Cable Co-op Legacy Grant.

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 only 2.4% for our 2002-2003 fiscal year.  In other words, about 98% of the money we raised went to help the Palo Alto libraries.  Visit our web site.  Become a member by joining online.

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