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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


African-American History
Baseball - Trains
Chess - Jigsaw Puzzles
Mysteries and Thrillers
Buddhism - New Age


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
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, February 22.
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. 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.

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

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 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 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 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 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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