USED BOOK SALES
Saturday July 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
Sunday July 11
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JULY
"For Dummies" Books (many subjects)
Buddhism - DVD Movies
Popular Science and Math
Over 50,000 items available!
4000 Middlefield Road
NW corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP PALO ALTO LIBRARIES
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.
Due to the popularity of our sale and the fact that we can only have
185 customers in the room at any time a numbered ticket system (Main
Room only) is in place and numbers are given out beginning at 8am on
Saturday. Be sure to be in line in order of your number before the
11am opening. If you miss the time when your number is allowed to
enter the Main Room you will forfeit your place in line.
NOTE: If you plan on arriving to the sale
after 11am you do NOT need to get a number.
Please note that due to crowding during the first two hours of the
Book Sale, no strollers, rolling carts, etc. can be brought into the
Main Room. This is for the safety of shoppers and volunteers alike.
By 12:30 or so, the crowd thins out and shoppers are welcome to bring
these items into the sale.
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 and non-fiction, award winners, non-English titles,
and books for parents and teachers, most for 50 cents or $1. This
room and the Bargain Room open at 10 am on Saturday. Strollers are
welcome in the Children's Room at any time.
Bargain Books in K-7
The Bargain Room is located in Rooms K 6-7 of the Cubberley main
campus, right next to the tennis courts. 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!
Temporary Library Now Open at Cubberley
The Mitchell Park and Downtown library operations have been moved to
the Cubberley Community Center Auditorium and are now open and will
remain open while the new Mitchell Park Library/Youth Center is built,
and the Downtown Library is renovated. Now you can visit the library
and our booksales all in one stop!
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations, schools and teachers that need FREE books
should come to the Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday,
July 11. Please bring your own grocery bags to put books into.
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.
July Sale Highlights
A strong month for donations with lots of
quality. Highlights...Our History section manager
reports a nice selection of books on Historiography. No idea
what that means but she said if you're interested, you'll
know.... Former Apple software evangelist Guy Kawasaki donated a
wonderful lot of business books, some he's written as well as many
others, including many recent titles (some inscribed to him). You'll
find these in the White Specials case inside the entrance door
as well as in the Business section.... The last round of DVD
Movies from the huge donation we received two months ago is
offered. Not as many as the past two months but there will be a lot of
new titles available and most of these are in superb condition.... An
online dealer recently donated a large amount of "For Dummies"
titles, most in like new condition, mostly Computer titles but
you'll find the familiar black and yellow covers all over the Book
Room on Sale Day.... Buddhism is prominently represented with
three shelves of books and magazines in the Religion
Section.... A late rush of Science Fiction book donations meant an
overflow for our section manager there, so she's expanded to the new
set of shelves across from the normal Sci-Fi and Fantasy
section.... Ever heard of the genre Paranormal Romance? Then
you'll find those shelved on the West Wall between Fiction and
Law.... Popular Science is well represented again this month with
a new and eclectic assortment of subjects... Our Home & Crafts
manager reports a nice selection of Fine Homebuilding and Fine
Woodworking magazines as well as not-often-seen Selvedge Magazine from
the UK.... The CD shelves have been restocked this month
in Music.... Don't forget, if you come early we have a Tent
Sale (weather permitting) right outside the Main Room entrance. It
opens at 9am and everything there is only $1.00 each!
VHS Tapes and Books on Tape Now Exclusively in Bargain Room
We have moved all VHS Tapes and Books on Cassette Tape permanently to
the Bargain Room. Books on CD will still be sold in the Main Room
first. We get hundreds of VHS movies every month so a great selection
is assured. We still have many nice Books on Tape from the Library
donation. All are priced at $1.00 each.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
Exceptional/Collectible Books Sale Update
In AUGUST we will have a special High Value and Collectibles Sale in
our new building which we call "The Annex". The front of the building
contains our wonderful new Children's Room, the HV & C Sale will be
held in a room in the back, using the side entrance to the
building. More details will follow in next month's newsletter.
Some Policy Changes Now and Forthcoming
There will be two changes in place for the numbering system for Early
Birds. Every number ticket will be coded with a different color each
month. It has become obvious that many are abusing our "two ticket"
policy and simply saving numbers for the following month or using the
extra ticket to jump to the front of the line after having been
through the sale once already. In addition, if you are not in line
when your number is allowed through the door your number is
expired. You will not be allowed to jump the line if you come late.
Despite our best efforts, a small minority of our customers are taking
advantage of our current policies to serve their own
self-interests. An even smaller minority are outright stealing from
us. In order to protect our interests we are considering several
changes to current policies some of which will be instituted for the
August Sale. We reserve the right to remove any person from the sale
who does not abide by our policies. In addition any person caught
shoplifting or erasing/removing price stickers will be reported to
local law enforcement. We apologize to our many wonderful regular
customers for any inconveniences, which we will try to keep to a
Sunday! Sunday! - 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.
The Annual Members-Early Sale has been set for Saturday,
November 13. Details will be published in future newsletters and
will also be available on the web site.... The Bargain Room is
once again filled to capacity and beyond.... Remember, we do accept
donations during the sale - drop off a few and pick up some new
ones.... Binders and boxes are always available for free outside the
Main Room door.... Coming Soon - sell your stuff on eBay and donate a
portion of the proceeds to FOPAL!
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.
Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com, always start your shopping
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.