News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Library Friends Group Makes Generous Donation
Contact : Diane Jennings, Library Director, City of Palo Alto, Library Department    650-329-2403
Palo Alto, CA – At the Friends of the Palo Alto Library (Friends) July board meeting, the Library’s grant requests for this fiscal year were approved for a total of $95,500.  The money will be used to pay for library programs and events, and purchase books, ebooks and DVDs for the collection.  These grants are in addition to the $67,000 the Friends previously approved towards a partnership with the City to add $167,000 to the collection budget this year.  

"The ongoing support of the Friends has been tremendous," says Library Director Diane Jennings.  "Through our partnership and shared goal of improving the Library, we’ve been able to enhance our service in many ways.  The Friends not only provide funding to enrich the collection, but also support innovative pilot programs.  I am very appreciative of the hard work many Friends volunteers put in to raise money for the Library."

The Friends of the Palo Alto Library is a non-profit organization that raises much of its funds by selling thousands of used books, magazines and more at their popular monthly book sales.  Most of the material is donated from individuals, estates and companies. 

"It’s a win-win situation when people can buy books at remarkably low prices and then the money goes to support the Library," says Friends President Martha Schmidt.

Book sales are scheduled on the second weekend of the month at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road.  The next sale will be held the weekend of August 11-12.  For more information, visit the Friends’ website at