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Friends Of The Palo Alto Public Library

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Libraries, Single Organization Support

Mission: Support the palo alto public library

Programs: Book sales that recycle over 100,000 books, magazines, videos,cds and more. These items are generally added to the library collection, sold or given to the public and/or donated to other non-profits

conduct projects that support the palo alto library, such as sponsoring children's programs, purchasing books,dvd's and audio books, funding the summer reading program, providing staff awards, subscribing to online databases, obtaining new patron computers and computer supplies, and renovation and construction of the children's library

provide information about the palo alto library to members and the general public through newsletters, emails, meetings, publications, and advertisements.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Scottie Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the Palo Alto Library (the CORRECT name of the nonprofit) has existed for 30 years. Starting small, FOPAL has grown to include approx. 150 volunteers. The objectives of FOPAL include receiving donated books, sorting for subject (biography, history, gardening, etc.), pricing, and shelving books for the MONTHLY used book sale. In the past 6 years FOPAL has raised well over $1 million. The average for the past 3 years ranges from $250,000 to $325,000. The money is used in various grants to the city public library system (5 separate locations in our city). FOPAL helps the library buy books, DVDs, and other media for its collection. FOPAL also provides funds to support library reading groups, summer reading projects for children, software applications such as LINK+, and more. FOPAL has one paid Book Sale Manager. I've volunteered at FOPAL for 5-6 years myself. Personally, one of the surprising benefits for me has been the amount I've learned about books, publishing, first editions, etc. FOPAL has a subcategory for "high-value" books ($20 and up) which we sell on Amazon. Most of the books in our monthly sales are priced quite reasonably: $1 to $4 for hardbacks, 50 cents to $2 for paperbacks (depending on condition).