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Friends' Books for Schools fund supports underserved schools

Books for Schools is a designated fund established by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos to pay for the books teachers purchase for their classrooms at its used-book sales.

The fund enables Friends of the Library to invite teachers from public K-8 schools to attend the sales and purchase books without having to pay for them out of their own pocket.

Books for Schools was launched by an anonymous donor, and Friends of the Library members hope that donations from the public will support the fund for years to come.

To donate to the fund, mail checks to Friends of the Library of Los Altos, PO Box 212, Los Altos 94023-0212, and write “Books for Schools” on the memo line.

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Teacher sign-ups

Teachers who want to register for Books for Schools should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include name, email address, school name, grade level (K-8) and school principal’s name and email. Write “Books for Schools” or “B4S” in the subject line.

School principals will be asked to validate the information.

Teachers will be assigned a registration number and will notify Friends of the Library by email if they plan to attend an upcoming used-book sale.

Teachers should specify if they wish to come to the Friday “members-only” night so that membership can be arranged.

Depending on Books for Schools funding, Friends of the Library may find it necessary to set a dollar limit per teacher, based on expected turnout at a particular sale.

At the sales, teachers can select books for their classrooms, get a receipt and give the receipt with their registration number written on it to the cashier. Teachers will be asked for ID for verification purposes.

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