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Saturday January 10
Bargain and Children's Room Open 10 am - 4 pm
Marty's (Main) Room open 11 am - 4pm
Outdoor $1.00 Sale opens at 9 am
Ephemera Opens 8am
(weather permitting)
Sunday January 11
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


Political Studies
Military History
Science Fiction
Science and Math
Foreign Language
Over 50,000 items available!

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

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Marty's (Main) Book Room Sale
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.  These reserve your place in the line that forms before the 11 am opening.  You may pick up a ticket for yourself and for one other person.
Children's Books in K6
Room K6 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 K7
Next door in K7 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.

Libraries Closed January 19 for MLK

Palo Alto's libraries will be closed on Monday January 19 in observance of the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.  Even when the libraries are closed, you can still search the online catalog, submit reference desk questions, access many online resources, and get book recommendations.

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, January 11.  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.

A New Year Brings Some Changes in Book Sale

The success of the Book Sale continues. Our new outdoor sale has been popular with regulars and introduced us to some of our neighbors who didn't even know who we were! The outdoor sale is now a permanent Book Sale fixture unless bad weather prevents it. We have also had inquiries from numerous customers as to why we were not open longer hours on Sunday. The main reason was that we simply did not have enough volunteer manpower to manage it. But now, thanks to the cooperation of our outstanding volunteers, including some brand new ones, we can proudly annouce that starting this month Sunday hours will be 11am to 4pm in ALL rooms. Saturday hours remain unchanged.

Preview Our Shelves

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

Outdoor Sales A Big Hit

With donations coming in at record numbers our three selling rooms fill up quickly. The Friends expanded to a new sales area outside of the entrance to Marty's (Main) Room on an experimental basis. All items offered in this area are only $1.00 each and we have a great selection of books, movies, music and games. There are great bargains to be had. Popular items here have been hardback novels, cooking, science, military, reference (get a nice old dictionary for only $1.00!), travel guides, and VHS movies. This part of the sale opens at 9am under the big green tents.

Great Book in Foreign Languages

Two months in a row we have received large donations of books in Chinese and Japanese. There is something for every taste from romance novels to computer programming books. There are graphic novels (manga) in both languages. Prices start at only 50 cents. We also have an extensive selection of books in other languages including French, Spanish, Russian and German. The latter section includes an interesting vintage set of books pertaining to the Battle of Stalingrad from the German historical perspective.

Free Stuff!

Not everything that comes into our operation goes up for sale. We receive a lot of things that are not marketable but still useful. These things we offer to the public free of charge. For example, binders and file folders are put outside the entrance door to Marty's (Main) Room and are free for the taking. To the right of the door there is often a pile of cardboard boxes. If you are moving or just need some boxes, this is a great resource. Help yourself, please. Outside of the Bargain Room (K7) we put free books out on a regular basis, including encyclopedias that are too old to sell but still useful.

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.

December Sale Friends Members Get Early Start

Members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library got a chance to shop early in the Main Room at our December 13 sale.  At this once-a-year-event, regular members are admitted one hour early and Life members get in two hours before non-members.  More information.

This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  No trees were felled in the making of this e-mail.  While the Better Business Bureau recommends that no more than 35% of a charitable organization's expenses be for management and fundraising expenses, ours were under 1% for our 2007-2008 fiscal year.  In other words, over 99% of the money we raised went to help Palo Alto Library users.  Visit our web site.  Become a member by joining online.

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