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Saturday December 12
Marty's (Main) Room opening
9 am for life members
10 am for other members
11 am for non-members
Bargain and Children's Room Open 10 am - 4 pm
Outdoor $1.00 Sale opens at 9 am
Ephemera Opens 8 am
(weather permitting)
Sunday December 13
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


US and World History
Home and Crafts (Fiber Arts)
Earth and Animals
Large Format Books
Language and Writing
Christmas & Fall Holidays

Over 50,000 items available!

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
NW corner of the Cubberley Community Center
(650) 213-8755

More information on the sales
Donate your old books

Marty's (Main) Book Room
In our Main Room, prices are way below what used book stores charge. Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1 and up. Numbered tickets for the Main Room are given out beginning at 8 am on Saturday. The procedure for entry tickets is different this month due to the Members Early Sale. See the paragraph at right.
Children's Books in K-6
Room K-6 in the K wing (see map) is entirely filled with children's books and toys. You'll find picture books, school age fiction, award winners, non-English titles, and books for parents and teachers, many for under $1. This room and the Bargain Room open at 10 am on Saturday.
Bargain Books in K-7
Next door in K-7 is the Bargain Room, where paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers are $1, and children's books are just 25 cents each. The room also contains many LP records and 78s at $1 each. On Sunday, the room opens at 11 am and all prices are half off. Save even more on Sundays by buying grocery bags from us for $5 each and stuffing them with any items in the room. Buy 4 bags and get the 5th one FREE!

Library Closed for Christmas Holidays
All libraries will be closed Thursday, December 24th through Sunday, December 27, for the Christmas holidays.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations and schools that need FREE books should come to the Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, December 13. Please bring your own grocery bags to put books into. More information.

We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our book sale. Please email them to us at or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.

December Sale Highlights

We've finally had a chance to work on the backlog of donations we've had since the end of summer. Let's hope the weather cooperates. In the event of rain or high probability of rain on Saturday there will be NO Tent Sale outside the main entrance but many of the books slated for the Tent Sale will be on sale inside the Main Room. Other highlights: There are good "gift quality" books in all sections - Home and Crafts has a nice selection of books on Fiber Arts (sewing, crocheting, weaving, knitting, quilting, etc).... Large Format, also known as "coffee table" books has some really nice and interesting items, many at surprisingly low prices.... History is loaded once again with fresh stock on all topics.... Our Foreign Language section manager has a variety of fine books in all the usual languages and is featuring Polish and Danish this month, and right across the aisle is a bookcase full of Russian texts.... Whether you're a programmer or a hardware hacker there is bound to be something for you in Computers.... The Earth and Animals section covers a wide variety of topics from Geology and the Environment to Dogs and Cats (Horses too!). You'll also find bird books and hiking and climbing guides.... The Eastern Religion section received a unique array of books and booklets dealing with various Indian faiths and philosophies, mostly Hinduism, many printed in India.

Members Early Sale This Month
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set the annual Members-Early sale for Saturday December 12. If you're a Member of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, you'll be able to get in early to the Main Room at our December 12 sale. At this once-a-year event, Life Members are allowed to enter the sale at 9am and can purchase up to 50 books. Members at all other levels can enter the sale at 10am and purchase the normal 12 books at a time.

Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members-Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am lines at the Main Room, since most people who come early are Members of the Friends. Each Member will get just one ticket, although Members at and above the $25 levels may bring in their families, consisting of one or two adults and children, while Life Members may bring in their spouses. Tickets for the 11am line are one per person.

You can become a Member or renew your membership dues at door on the day of the sale. Regular Membership in the Friends is only $15 ($10 for students and seniors, $25 for families) and is tax-deductible. Members also receive a discount coupon by mail for the sale, a 10% discount at the Books Inc. at the Town and Country Village, and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union, which has a new convenient Downtown office.

Preview Our Shelves

Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale Check out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this weekend using our shelf preview pictures.

Exceptional/Collectible Books Display Case
The books in this case are offered to our regular customers for one month before they are listed online. The prices at the sale are significantly BELOW what they will be offered for sale online. On Saturday there will be a sign up sheet on the case for priority access. Due to the crowds in the room in the early part of the sale, no books will be sold from the cabinet until 1pm. On Sunday, access to the cabinet will be any time during the hours of the sale. See any FOPAL volunteer to unlock the case for you.

Click here to view the Exceptional Books inventory (HTML)

Click here to view the Exceptional Books inventory (PDF)

Foreign Language Texts Popular - Danish & Polish Featured This Month
We've always gotten a good number of donations of books in many different languages. We are getting regular donations of really nice books in French, German, Spanish, and Russian, but more and more we are seeing larger donations in other languages as well. Our selection of Russian books now resides in its own book case under the window in the Foreign Language section. We've also got a good selection of titles in Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Latin and much, much more.
Last Chance for Holiday Books, Music and Gifts
The last of our Christmas inventory is up for grabs. You'll find a nice selection of Christmas and Thanksgiving material on the Specials Table near the checkout tables, and more in the book case just inside the entrance. Don't forget to check out the Ephemera in front of the building for some non book and media Christmas items (weather permitting).
Sunday Fun Day - Mystery 50% Off Sale; Free Books for Sunday Shoppers
Sundays are a great time to shop the Book Sale. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful and there are still thousands of great books available. Each Sunday we have a 50% off sale on one category of books in the Main Room. The category will not be announced ahead of time, the only way you can find out which category is on sale is by attending the sale on Sunday. Signs will be posted on the doors and on the shelves of the section involved on the morning of the Sale. In addition, we will have a small selection of FREE books available to shoppers on Sunday. One free book per person, and you must purchase at least one item from the Sale. There are a limited number of free books and first-come, first-served. This applies to the Main Room only. Doors open at 11 am.
Think Ecologically! - Bring or Donate Your Own Bags

Due to the increasing reuse of grocery and other bags, we tend to run short at our sales and encourage you to bring your own cloth tote or paper bags to the sale. If you have any extra grocery bags in good condition please bring them for your purchases at the sale. We would also gladly accept any extra bags you wish to donate. NO BOXES are allowed in the sale, however.

Support Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and, a percentage of your purchase price can help the Palo Alto Libraries at no cost to you. At Kepler's, just mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends of the Palo Alto Library. For, always start your shopping session by clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top right of any of our web pages at Virtually all purchases you make at Amazon are eligible, not just books. Over the years, we've raised thousands of dollars to help our libraries through these programs.
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