USED BOOK SALES
Saturday September 11
Main Sale 11am - 4pm
(will be held outside temporary
Mitchell Park Library Bldg O)
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Ephemera 9am - 4pm
Outdoor $1.00 Sale CANCELLED
Map of the sale
Sunday September 12
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN SEPTEMBER
History - Cooking
Fiction - SciFi - Classics
4000 Middlefield Road
NE 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) Room
*** NOTICE ***: Due to a fire in Marty's (Main) Book Room on the
morning of August 9 there will be no sale in this room until further
notice. The Main Sale for September will be held in the patio area
outside the Mitchell Park Library in Cubberley Building O
(auditorium) on the southeast corner of the campus, basically
opposite Marty's Room. (See sale map)
There will be NO EARLY ENTRY NUMBERS issued for this sale.
Children's Book Sale
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,
CDs and DVDs, 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-7 and K-6 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!|
The main book sale will be held
in the patio area outside the Library for this month.
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,
September 12. 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.
September Sale Notes
Our Main Room continues to be closed due to the August 9 fire.
No timetable has yet been set for when we will be able to get the
building back. We will have our sale in the patio area outside of
the new temporary Mitchell Park Library in Cubberley Building O
(see sale map).
Bargain Room and Children's Room are open as normal, and we'll be
accepting donations and selling Ephemera outside of the 'old' Main
Room.... The Main Sale books will be arranged on tables. Our
normal sale policies still apply:
- 12 book buying limit for the first hour or until the Sale
Manager removes the limit (you may re-enter the sale as
many times as you wish).
- No hoarding or stacking of books allowed (any unattended
books will be returned to the sale).
- Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.
- Scanning is allowed "in place" only - please help keep our
- We reserve the right to eject from the sale anyone who does
not comply with our policies.
Map of the Sale
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
Smoke Damaged Inventory
The inventory that was in the Main Room in August during the fire is
now available to be sold. We had hoped this process would not take as
long as it did, but with three insurance companies in the mix there
were some bureaucratic hassles we had to deal with. Offers are being
taken on all or part of the inventory with preference being given to
offers for the entirety. To make an appointment to view the inventory
or for more information on the offer process you can send and email to
or call (650) 213-8755 and leave your contact info. Offers will be
taken starting immediately.
Exceptional/Collectible Books Sale Last Month
We were very pleased with our "Better Book Bonanza" experiment in
August. The next similar sale will be in November. Thank you for your
comments and suggestions many of which will be incorporated at the
next sale. Books are already being collected for the next event.
We're Still Accepting Donations!
Donations are still being accepted in front of the 'old' Main Room.
There is usually a volunteer attending to the donation station every
afternoon or you may leave your donations on or behind the table.
Receipts are available on the table if no volunteer is present.
We'll also arrange pickup of large donations or if you are unable
to bring your books to us.
Bargain Room Bag Sale on Sunday
On Sunday the Bargain Room features a "bag sale". For $5.00 you
purchase a large shopping bag from our cashier and then you can fill
it up with anything inside the Bargain Room. We encourage creative
bag packing to maximize value. For every 4 bags you buy, you get an
additional bag FREE! If you don't want to buy a whole bag, all items
are 50% off our Saturday prices - so hardback books and media are
only 50 cents, softcover books only 25 cents.
The Annual Members-Early Sale has been set for Saturday,
November 13. Due to the fire, the location may change. Details
will be published in future newsletters and will also be available
on the web site.... Remember, we do accept donations during the sale -
drop off a few and pick up some new ones.... 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.
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.