USED BOOK SALES
9 am - 11 am Life
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
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
Featured sales books for August include:
Books on Tape
Drama * Great Books
Medicine * Nutrition
And much, much more!
4000 Middlefield Road
Near the northwest end of the Cubberley Community Center
information on the sales
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
|Top Ten Reasons to Join the Friends Today|
Books Inc. at Stanford Shopping Center is really good excuse
to stop at some chic boutiques too.
newsletter about the library and
the booksale is convenient reminder that seasons change, even in
||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.
||Makes you eligible for membership at
Federal Credit Union, where you can get personal loans
to help cover your book-buying addiction.
||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.
||Helps us when we ask the City Council to sustain
library funding and operations and (ok, this one is really
important) booksale space!
||Gives you special entrance to our member-only
annual sale, where you'll only be stepping on fellow members' toes.
you a coupon for free books at our sale, as if if they
weren't cheap enough.
||Hey, come on, it's tax-deductible!
.. and the number one reason to join the Friends
||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
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
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
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
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.