Friends of the Palo Alto Public Library
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Location: PO Box 41 Palo Alto CA 94302 USA
Programs: MAJOR OPERATING PROGRAMS: 1. Grants to enlarge and improve Library collections. 2. Grants for children's programs and services at the libraries. 3. Collecting and disbursing restricted gifts for individual libraries. 4. Advocacy to keep all our libraries open and well-funded. 5. Recycling over a quarter-million books and other items each year 6. Quarterly and monthly newsletters, an annual meeting with guest speaker, and a bookgroup.
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In 2013 FOPAL is going to be celebrating 75 years of supporting the Palo Alto Community Libraries. With non-profit status for 30+ years this amazing organization is the best example of book recycling in the peninsula. FOPAL receives and process 40 thousand donated books, holds a book sale the every 2nd weekend and generates approximately $20,000- in sales each month. The majority of this money goes directly to the Palo Alto Community Libraries, the annual donation is over $200,000- FOPAL is a great place to volunteer, while getting a first look at all the great books. My experience is that the volunteers here are smart, passionate and involved. The Friday lunch before the monthly sale is a great indication of the groups commitment. 40+ volunteers show up to help get the sales rooms in tip top shape, do an inventory of each book and enjoy a yummy lunch with lively conversation. Big FUN!
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