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Saturday December 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm

Sunday December 11
All Rooms Open 11am - 4pm


Science & Math
Cooking - Foreign Languages
Ancient Greeks & Romans
Japanese Crafts & Style
Business - Mozart


4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
(650) 213-8755

More information on the sales
Donate your old books

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 cents.


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 Closings for Christmas, New Year's Holidays
All libraries will be closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday, December 24 - 26, for the Christmas holiday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, December 27, through December 30. All libraries will also be closed Saturday December 31, and Sunday and Monday January 1 - 2, for the New Year's holiday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, January 3.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
One of the unique features of FOPAL Book Sales is that when the sale ends on Sunday, we allow Schools, Teachers, and other non-profit organizations to come to the Bargain Room between the hours of 4pm and 6pm and take whatever is left for FREE. Registration is simple and can easily be done on-site at the sale if you have a copy of your school or teacher ID, copy of your IRS non-profit status designation, or any other document to prove your non-profit status. Please bring your own bags and boxes. See the FOPAL web site for more information or email or call (650) 213-8755.

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.

December Sale Notes

December is a time for giving and we at FOPAL are giving our Members another Members-Early Sale. All FOPAL paid Members can get in earlier than the normal 11am start time. Because of this the normal Main Room entry procedure is changed. See the paragraph below pertaining to the Members-Early Sale.

Christmas is nearly here and we've got plenty of Christmas books, music and more. Look for the Holiday display just a few steps from the entry door on the right wall.... Our Home and Crafts section manager is featuring "All Things Japanese" this month.... The Music CDs have been completely restocked including many Classical CDs - including about 3 dozen works of Mozart.... The Science and Math section has had a strong month of new donations. Both classics and popular science are well represented.... Cooking has another nice batch of nice cookbooks, including a nice selection of Vegetarian cook books.... Ancient Greeks and Romans are the feature in the History aisle this month.... Our European Languages manager is also featuring Greek and classic languages as well.... We received a huge donation of Business and Computer books, both sections are well-represented in the Main and Bargain Rooms.

Preview Our Shelves

Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this weekend using our shelf preview pictures.

Members-Early Sale Set for Saturday December 10 - Main Room Procedures

This month's book sale is the chance for Members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library to be admitted early to the Main Room and enjoy some extra time to browse and shop. Life Members and their spouses get in at 9am and can purchase up to 50 books during that hour. At 10am, the rest of our members are admitted and everyone can buy the usual 12 books at a time. At 11am, non-members are admitted and regular sale rules apply.

Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently this month. The tickets given out are for the 10am line at the Main Room, since most people who come early are members of the Friends. Each member will get just one ticket, although members at the $25 through $250 levels may bring in their families, consisting of one or two adults and children.

There are no tickets for the 11 am line. If you are not a FOPAL member you can simply get in line at 11am.

All other hours at this weekend's sale are the same as usual: the Bargain and Children's Room are open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and all rooms are open on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

You can become a member or renew your membership at door on the day of the sale. Regular Membership in the Friends is only $15 ($10 for students and seniors, $25 for families) and is tax-deductible. Members also receive a discount coupon by mail for the sale, a 10% discount at the Books Inc. at the Town and Country Village, and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union, which has a convenient Downtown office.

December Better Book Bonanza Postponed
The next Better Book Bonanza was tentatively scheduled for December. Due to lack of volunteer time available the sale for December is canceled as we just could not bring it together in time. We will continue to collect material and look for an announcement here in the monthly newsletter, web site, or Twitter.
Special Thanks To The Following

All of the volunteers at FOPAL are very grateful to all the members of the community and fans of the book sale for the support that allows us to keep doing our work to repurpose books and support the Libraries. We would like to give special thanks to the following for exceptional gifts given to us during the past year and a half:

McCarthy Engineering
The Estate of Henry Ponleithner
HP Labs, a division of Hewlett-Packard (special thanks to Jeff A.)
St. Patrick's Seminary
Ecumenical Hunger Project
Unexpected Treasures
Elephant Books

FOPAL Volunteer Recruiting Drive
We are looking for book-loving, community minded folks to work with us. Think about volunteering a few hours a month. We are especially in need of volunteers to help out at our monthly book sales, held on the second weekend of every month. You don't have to be available every month and shifts run 1.5 to 2.5 hours long. We also can use sorters who can put in an hour or two on Fridays and Saturdays. Students needing to fulfill community service hours requirements for school can help us as well. Call (650) 213-8755 and leave your contact info or email for more information.

FOPAL Book Sale Notices Now on Twitter
You can now follow us on Twitter @fopalbooks. We'll post Sale notices and will reveal the Sunday 50% off section via our Twitter feed.

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. Please email or call (650) 213-8755 for more information or to leave a message after hours.
Are you well organized and like working with people? We're seeking a Volunteer Coordinator who can help organize, train and otherwise wrangle the dozens of volunteers we have. Contact Jerry Stone for information.... Got an unusual donation? If there are things you'd like to donate to us that are rare, fragile or unusual and require special attention contact or call (650) 213-8755 and leave a message for Jerry.... 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 (small size Amazon boxes are great!), bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and those bags of air and we'll reuse them. We cannot use very large boxes or styrofoam blocks.

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 donate.

Support Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park 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.
This notice comes to you from the non-profit organization Friends of the Palo Alto Library. No trees were felled in the making of this e-mail. While the Better Business Bureau recommends that no more than 35% of a charitable organization's expenses be for management and fundraising expenses, ours were under 1% for our 2007-2008 fiscal year. In other words, over 99% of the money we raised went to help Palo Alto Library users. Visit our web site. Become a member by joining online.

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