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.
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!