091613PALF Check A check for Main Library furniture, fixtures, and equipment, and to expand library collections, was presented to City Council at their meeting on September 16.

Main is the last of three Palo Alto libraries covered under Measure N, a $76 million library bond for design, renovation and construction of library facilities and a community center. Downtown Library opened in July 2011. Mitchell Park Library and Community Center is expected to open late 2013. And, Main Library is scheduled to re-open November 2014.

The “Launch Our Libraries” fundraising campaign will remain open through December 2013.

The city has just added a new page to their website which shows the new Mitchell Park Library's  green features .  Check it out!
Alison Cormack receives the Tall Tree Award Congratulations to Alison Cormack, Palo Alto Library Foundation board member and Co-Chair of the “Launch Our Libraries” fundraising campaign. Alison is the Tall Tree 2012 Honoree for Outstanding Citizen for her work on spearheading Measure N, the Library Bond passed in 2008, resulting in bringing our city libraries into the 21st century, and for her current effort to raise funds to furnish the city’s new and renovated libraries.

The foundation is currently raising $4 million to fill our libraries with furniture, fixtures, technology, books, and electronic resources not covered by the bond measure. To date we have raised $3.8 million with $200,000 left to fill the gap.

Please help us cross the finish line by making a gift today! Make your check payable to Palo Alto Library Foundation and mail to PO Box 181, Palo Alto, CA, 94302, or make a donation online at

The Palo Alto Library Foundation is pleased to announce that the “Launch our Libraries” campaign is 90 percent complete, with $3.6 million raised to date. The campaign is providing the funds for the city to purchase modern, accessible furniture, dozens of new computers and other technology, and thousands of new books and electronic materials for the three libraries covered under the Measure N bond of 2008.

Today, PALF is presenting the City Council with a check for $1.9 million to fully fund all the furniture, technology, and materials needed for the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center to reopen in 2012.

Library status

Children’s Renovated and expanded in 2007

College Terrace Renovated in 2010

Downtown Renovated in 2011

Mitchell Park Under construction will reopen fall 2012

Main Will close in 2012, when Mitchell Park opens, for renovation and expansion

The campaign has received more than 800 donations so far, ranging in size from $25 to $1.5 million. The Foundation is deeply grateful to our many donors for their generosity.

Campaign co-chairs Alison Cormack and Susie Thom are particularly pleased about the many Palo Alto families joining at the Leadership level. The Leadership level begins at $5,000 and includes recognition on the donor wall at each of the three library sites.

The “Launch our Libraries” campaign continues through December 2012 and gifts of all sizes are warmly welcomed.


Susie Thom, Campaign Co-chair, (650) 856-4305

Alison Cormack, Campaign Co-chair, (650) 796-8475

Watch for us in today's Palo Alto Weekly - a huge thank you to all our generous supporters! Be on the lookout for the PALF newsletter arriving in your mailbox.
The Palo Alto Library Foundation gratefully acknowledges over 750 donors for their generosity in the Launch Our Libraries fundraising campaign. So far, we have raised $3.5 million of our $4 million goal. These funds will be used for comfortable furniture, dozens of computers, state-of-the-art display and meeting technologies and thousands of new books and electronic resources not covered by the Measure N Library Bond. Please join us and help make a difference!
Grand Re-Opening Celebration Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. with Mayor Sid. Free refreshments and family entertainment all day.
Downtown Library Grand Re-Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, July 16. Free refreshments and family entertainment all day long beginning at 9:30 a.m.
This week shelving went in and furniture began to arrive for the Downtown Library. You can see the book shelving on the left and the computer stations area to the right. The coffee vending machine will be relocated and installed for library patrons enjoyment. 
We'll be at the PiE Fair following the May Fête Parade Saturday, May 7. We'll have furniture for the new Mitchell Park Library for kids and teens to try out. Look for us at the Group 4 Architecture and Palo Alto Library Foundation booth.