'Friends' book sale returns to Main Room after fire

Five months after early-morning fire, revamped room has wider aisles and improvements

The "Main Room" for book sales at Cubberley Community Center will re-open this weekend at the Friends of the Palo Alto Library book sale.

"After nearly five long months, the Main Room is back in business," the group announced, adding that the tent sale has been canceled.

A pre-dawn fire in early August 2010 destroyed computers and equipment in the Friends' office trailer, but firefighters quelled it before it reached thousands of books in an adjacent area.

"After nearly five long months, the Main Room is back in business," the Friends announced Thursday. "We'll spare you all the gory bureaucratic details but we can tell you we are all VERY happy to have our room back and get back to a normal routine!" the announcement said.

"During the hiatus our dedicated volunteers have been processing books in about 1/4 of the space and we were fortunate in that a number of local residents came through in a big way helping us find space to store our books."

Some aisles have been widened, and several sections moved.

"Our amazing Section Managers have been hard at work filling the shelves with books we've been pricing and storing and it looks like a great sale, though the room won't be 100% filled," the announcement said.

On Saturday the Main Room sale will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Ephemera" will be on sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the bargain and children's rooms will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday all rooms will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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