USED BOOK SALES
Saturday February 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
(Members Only Before 11am)
Tent Sale ** CANCELLED **
Sunday February 13
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN FEBRUARY
Baseball - Trains
Chess - Jigsaw Puzzles
Mysteries and Thrillers
Buddhism - New Age
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
We're Back! Our Main Book Sale Room is once again open for business.
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.
(See Main Room Entry Procedures in the main section of the newsletter)
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 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
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 February
All libraries will be closed Sunday & Monday, February 20th and 21st,
for the President's Day Holiday. Regular hours will resume Tuesday,
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,
February 13. 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.
February Sale Notes
January was our first full sale since the August fire. Many thanks
for those of you who turned out and made the Sale a rousing success.
Our volunteers also appreciated the kind words and gratitude that
many of you expressed. "Glad to have you back!" was a common
sentiment and indeed we are glad to be back.... From the day we
opened the doors to the "new" building donations have been steadily
pouring in. We're almost filled to capacity and will have to store
some things for next month, ensuring another full sale in March....
Lots of nice books in the Fiction aisles. We've expanded the
section a bit and you'll also find Large Print titles
(fiction and non-fiction) there as well.... February is Black
History Month and you'll find a nice collection of books on the
African-American experience. Look in the History and
Sociology aisles.... Baseball Spring Training season
is just around the corner and Giants fans still in the throes of a
World Series hangover will find many books in the Sports section to
get them in the mood.... Fans of the Mystery and Thrillers
genre will have much to choose from in that aisle.... We have the
Games & Puzzles section fully stocked this month with a huge
selection of jigsaw puzzles and a nice collection of books on
Chess featured this month.... Religion has a good
selection of titles on Buddhism including several from the
Dalai Lama.... Transportation features a really nice
collection of books and magazines on Trains.... Most
sections are full, you're bound to find something no matter where
your interest lies!
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
Members Early Sale Set for February 12 - Main Room Procedures
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set the annual Members-Early sale for
Saturday February 12. If you are a paid-up MEMBER of the Friends of the
Palo Alto Library, you'll be able to get in early to the Main Room at
our February 12 sale. At this event, Life Members are allowed to
enter the sale at 9am and can purchase up to 50 books. Members
at all other levels can enter the sale at 10am and purchase the normal
12 books at a time.
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the
Members-Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am
lines 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 and above the $25 levels may bring in their families, consisting of
one or two adults and children, while Life Members may bring in their
spouses. No tickets will be given out for the 11 am line.
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 new convenient Downtown office.
Bring Your Donations!
Donations are now being accepted in the Main Room again, and we're still
keeping our normal hours of 2pm - 4pm Tuesday through Saturday. We also
accept donations during the Book Sale hours as well. Pickups can be
arranged for large donations or if you are physically unable to bring
your books to us. Please 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.
Our next Better Book Bonanza will be held during the March sale.
Details will be published in the next newsletter and will also be
available on the web site. We are hoping to make this a quarterly
event... We may resume our outdoor Tent Sale next month, weather and
volunteer availability permitting.... Remember, we do accept donations
during the sale - drop off a few and pick up some new ones.... 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.
NEW! 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 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.