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Saturday March 13
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 March 14
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


China (History/Politics/Culture)
Classic Mysteries
SAT Study Guides
Chinese American Experience
Deepak Chopra

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
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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, March 14. 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.

March Sale Highlights

As this is being written the weather outlook for the weekend looks good. March brings some changes to the FOPAL Book Sale including the first sale for our expanded Children's and Bargain Rooms (details below).... As for the Main Room, we've got an eclectic mix of featured items this month.... It's that time of year when High School Juniors and Seniors have to start thinking seriously about college. We have a rather large batch of SAT Study Guides which you'll find on the lower shelves of the Reference Section. In addition you'll find lots of other Study Guides for MCAT, LSAT, GRE, and much more.... As the Downtown Library prepares to close next month for renovations, we've been getting a lot of their culls, including a very large assortment of DVDs. Both Movies and TV are well represented.... March is a good time to plan summer travel, and we've got lots of Travel Guides for your perusal. And don't forget to check out the Travel Narratives section as well.... Books on China will again be featured on the Specials table by the check out tables. In addition to books on history and culture of China, there is a small but quality selection of books on the Chinese-American experience.... On the other side of the Specials table is a nice selection of Erotica (Adult Fiction) to that is a collection of books by self-help guru Deepak Chopra, who seemingly has something to say about everything from golf to the afterlife.... Last but not least, our section manager in Mysteries and Thrillers reports a large collection of Classic Mysteries available for your reading pleasure.... 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; Bargain Room Expanded
Our organization has taken over the former Jewish Community Center portable, near the soccer field, next to Greendell School. The added space has allowed us to move the Children's Room to this new building and give them much needed breathing room and expanded space for the Book Sales and Administration. March will be the first month the Children's Sale will be held in the new space. We're holding off on an official "grand opening" until April, and all the kinks are ironed out. We hope you'll enjoy shopping in the new room. The space formerly occupied by the Children's Room, will allow the Bargain Room to expand into that space. The rainy winter has caused many problems with the books in the "back yard" of the Bargain Room at risk of getting wet during the rain. Now, we'll be able to house most, if not all of the Bargain Room inventory indoors. The April Sale will see the Bargain Room with some much needed improvements in place.

This link will bring up a picture showing the location of the new Children's Room.

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
Our Foreign Language section keeps improving both in the quality of books offered there, and the wide variety of languages available. If you are looking for books in a specific language, or seeking books to learn a new language this is the place!
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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