Our Alley Has Come Alive!

Come see re-imagined public spaces this coming weekend in Palo Alto.

The City of Palo Alto is hosting an event designed to “…reframe the City as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking..,” and we at Bell’s are one of the participants.

The alley to the side of our store will light up with vibrant new art, and there are at least six other areas of participation. For more information, please see below:


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Mark Your Calendars!

Sunday, October 3rd, from 2 to 3 PM the Palo Alto Historical Association will be hosting a webinar entitled “Against the Odds: Palo Alto Businesses over 50 Years Old,” and our own Faith Bell will be participating to share some of the people and events that have shaped Bell’s Books and its relationship to Palo Alto’s rich heritage.

For more information, see


If you miss the program, it will be viewable in a few weeks through the Palo Alto Historical Association.

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Our Margo Davis photography event went splendidly. Congratulations to Margo for a sizable and enthusiastic turnout!

Margo (center), flanked by friends and family in front of Bell’s at the event on Sunday, September 19th. Professor Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, is on the far left, and Margo’s son Julian is immediately to the right of her.

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A Sidewalk Celebration with Margo Davis!

Our newest window display features the photography of Margo Davis! Margo is a specialist in black-and-white portrait photography, and we are delighted to present her striking images to you. We have copies of three of her books, UNDER ONE SKY, ANTIGUA, and ANTIGUA BLACK, for sale, as well as copies of the two large posters in the window.

Along with the window display, we invite you to join Margo in person at the bookstore on Sunday, September 19, from 2pm to 4pm. This is a special opportunity to meet the photographer and discuss her work. These photographs are best seen in person, so we hope you will stop by to take a look! The window will only be in place for a limited time, and Margo will only be here on Sunday.

(Please note: this gathering will take place outside of the bookstore. Masks are recommended at the gathering and required inside the bookstore. Drinks will not be permitted inside the bookstore. Please help us keep this event safe for everyone.)

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Caldecott Medal Winners in First Editions and Signed Copies

Excitement! We have recently received an extensive collection of collectible Caldecott Medal winners.

Established in 1938, the Caldecott Medal honors each year “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” We have a large number of these titles, many scarce in first editions, signed by the artists and/or authors.

Here are a few highlights:

A signed copy of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings

Leo and Diane Dillon’s Ashanti to Zulu, signed by both illustrators!

A signed First Edition of The Biggest Bear by Lyn Ward

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, signed First Edition

We are open from 11 to 5 every day of the week.

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Fully Vaccinated!

Our entire staff is fully vaccinated (i.e., they are all more than two weeks past their second Covid-19 vaccine doses). Nevertheless, we will all be wearing masks in the store for your safety and will ask you to do the same.

Thanks for keeping everyone safe!

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Closed on Memorial Day

This Monday, May 31st, we will be closed all day in recognition of Memorial Day.

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Stay Safe!

Currently, we still require you to be fully masked before coming in to browse, and to use our hand sanitizer upon entry. Thanks for keeping everyone safe!

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Hooray for Tärna!!

On Monday, May 3rd, our store was CLOSED to the public from 12:30 to 3:30 to honor our esteemed colleague Tärna. We are celebrating the anniversary of her 15th year here at Bell’s Books. Please congratulate her on this milestone the next time you stop by Bell’s. Here’s to her next 15 years (or more) here!

She is irrepressible, irreplaceable, and a complete delight!

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Bell’s Makes the Paper!

This past Sunday, Bell’s Books was featured in the “Today’s Economy” section of the San Jose Mercury News. Below is a link to the online version of the article:

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