USED BOOK SALES
Saturday April 9
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm (weather permitting)
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Sunday April 10
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN APRIL
India History & Culture (Part II)
Fishing and Hunting
Drama & Theatre
4000 Middlefield Road
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
information on the sales
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP PALO ALTO LIBRARIES
Marty's (Main) Room
In our Main Room, prices are way below what used book stores charge.
Hardcover books start at $1.00 and softcover books start at only 50
Due to the popularity of our sale and the fact that we can only have
160 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
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
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. 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. On Saturday, 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. Or, save even more
on Sunday 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!
Library Holidays In April
All libraries will be closed Sunday, April 24th for Easter. Regular
hours will resume Monday, April 25th.|
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,
April 10. 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.
April Sale Notes
India was one of our featured subjects last month. We've held
over the unsold books from the last sale and added many more that we
didn't have room for. There are lots of Fiction titles by Indian
authors and stories set in India. Most are featured in the case
outside the sorting room, others you'll find in the appropriate
sections.... Right next to the books on India you'll find a nice
collection of books on Hunting and Fishing, including some
nice vintage books on both subjects. There are also more books on
Golf, one of last month's specials (more arrived this
month).... There is a nice assortment of books on Dogs in the
Nature section.... Computers again will
span two sections due to a large volume of donations. The extra
books are next to the business section (where they were pre-fire)....
An abnormally large amount of Psychology and Self-Help books
came in this month. The shelves in the Main Room as well as the
allotted space in the Bargain Room are both overflowing....
We've finally made a dent in the backlog of Music CDs. Look
for them on the tables next to the cashiers most priced at $2.
In the "new" Main Room some changes had to be made to accommodate
building codes resulting in some aisles being widened, and several
sections moved around. If you can't find your favorite section
please ask one of our friendly volunteers for help at the sale.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Notes From The History Section
Our Section Manager for History reports that African-American History
and Culture has a new home in the History aisle. It was previously
in the now-retired "General Non-Fiction" section. She also notes that
there is a "bonanza" of WORLD AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION TEXTBOOKS
(paperback) and teacher's guides for high school teachers available this
month. For fans of Historical Fiction the works of Patrick
O'Brian, Dorothy Dunnett, and Philippa Gregory are prominently featured.
Special Price on Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) 2011
We have several BRAND NEW copies of the most recent 2011 Physician's
Desk Reference (PDR) still in their original shipping containers. The
retail price of this massive volume is $96.95. We're offering them for
a limited time at the special price of only $15.00 while they last.
Better Book Bonanza Was A Success
Our second Better Book Bonanza was a success, with new homes found for
many wonderful books. We'll do it again in June with all new stock.
Details will follow in a future Newsletter update.
Bring Your Donations!
Donations are accepted in the Main Room during our normal hours of
2pm - 4pm Tuesday through Saturday. Use the door on the right side
of the building, next to the fire lane. If you need to bring books
to us outside of those hours just call (650) 213-8755 and see if
anyone is working in the book room and can accept your donation.
We also accept donations during the Book Sale hours as well. Book
and media donations can also be dropped off at the Mitchell Park
and Main Libraries (limit of one bag or box per day, please).
Note that the new College Terrace Library does not have the space
to store donations so they ask that you please do not drop
donations off there. Pickups can be arranged for large donations
or if you are physically unable to bring your books to us.
or call (650) 213-8755 for more information or to leave a message after hours.
Bargain Room Bag Sale on Sunday
On Sunday the Bargain Room features our popular "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.
Look for some exciting changes to the FOPAL web site in the near
future.... The Outdoor Tent Sale in ON this month, weather
permitting.... Remember, we do accept donations during the sale - drop
off a few and pick up some new ones.... Thank you to all who have
brought shipping materials to us!.... If you sell on eBay
you can donate a portion of your sale to FOPAL! We're now listed as one
of the charities under "eBay Giving Works". Please contact us if you
need more information.
Recycle Your Used Packing Materials At FOPAL
Looking for a place to recycle those packing materials? FOPAL can use
them! As our online sales have grown we would be happy to accept your
used bubble mailers, small boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and
those bags of air and we'll reuse them. We cannot use large boxes or
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 or department
store bags in good condition please bring them for your purchases at
the sale. We would also gladly accept any extra bags you wish to
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.