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


Science Fiction/Fantasy
Travel Guides
Mysteries & Thrillers
Home & Crafts (DIY)
Science & Mathematics

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.
Children's Book Sale in New Location
The Children's Room has moved to the portable formerly occupied by the Jewish Community Center next to the soccer field. It 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!

Downtown Library Closing in April
The Downtown Library will be closing temporarily in late April for renovations. Check with the Library for actual dates of closing and reopening.
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, April 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.

April Sale Highlights

April marks the official Grand Opening of our new, expanded Children's Room (see below).... As was the case last month we received an eclectic mix of donations this month. Donations ranged in a wide variety of subjects so there's surely something for every taste.... Speaking of taste, some nice looking Cookbooks are there to be had in the Cooking Section.... Both Mysteries & Thrillers and Science Fiction and Fantasy sections received big donations this month, the shelves are stocked full.... Religion is well represented. Both Western and Eastern Traditions are well represented. In the same aisle you'll find Astrology, New Age, and books on other alternative spiritual thought.... The Science and Mathematics section has a good stock of texts for all disciplines.... Planning summer travel? We've got a full stock of Travel Guides for just about anywhere you're thinking of going. Don't forget to check out the Travel Narratives section for some stories from those who've "already been there".... Spring is the time for getting the house and garden in shape. You'll find lots of remodeling and redecorating ideas in the Home & Crafts section, including many guides for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) set. Located right behind the H & C section is the Gardening section for those who like getting down and dirty.... Don't forget, if you come early we have a Tent Sale right outside the Main Room entrance. It opens at 9am and everything there is only $1.00 each!

Children's Room Moved - Grand Opening Festivities Planned Saturday
Our organization has taken over the former Jewish Community Center portable, near the soccer field, next to Greendell School. After a trial run (to mostly rave reviews too!) in March we're ready for an official Grand Opening party! The room opens for the book sale at 10am and will be open until 4pm. The first two hours are pretty busy but once the crowd thins out we'll have some very special activities and FREE stuff! At 1pm FOPAL's own Katy Obringer will host Story Time followed by some incredible balloon twisting by Memo the Clown. All day long we'll have free balloons, posters, and bookmarks for all kids who show up. Don't miss out!

For those who can't make it on Saturday the Children's Room will also be open as usual on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Map showing location of the new Children's Room

Click here to see the Children's Room Grand Opening Flyer (PDF).

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 Exceptional Books case has been put on hiatus this month. We're investigating better ways to display and sell our old and more valuable books. Stay tuned for more news on this in the coming months.
Bargain Room Due For Makeover
The Bargain Room will soon be undergoing a makeover. With the move of the Children's Room to the new building, the Bargain Room has expanded to two rooms, mostly eliminating the need to put our books outside. After the April sale, the Bargain Room will get a makeover, including some new shelving and a little spiffing up. More details to follow in next month's newsletter.
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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