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Saturday January 8
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Tent Sale ** CANCELLED **
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm

Sunday January 9
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


Fiction - Classics
History - Art
Psychology and Self Help
Mysteries and Thrillers
Earth and Animals


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 will once again be 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.

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 January
All libraries will be closed Sunday & Monday, January 16th and 17th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 18th.
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, January 9. 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.

January Sale Notes

THE MAIN ROOM IS BACK! After nearly five long months, the Main Room is back in business. We'll spare you all the gory bureaucratic details but we can tell you we are all VERY happy to have our room back and get back to a normal routine! During the hiatus our dedicated volunteers have been processing books in about 1/4 of the space and we were fortunate in that a number of local residents came through in a big way helping us find space to store our books.

Some changes had to be made to accommodate building codes resulting in some aisles being widened, and several sections being moved. If you can't find your favorite section please ask one of our friendly volunteers for help at the sale. Our amazing Section Managers have been hard at work filling the shelves with books we've been pricing and storing and it looks like a great sale, though the room won't be 100% filled.

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.

Saturday Main Room Procedures
Due to the popularity of our sale and the fact that we can only have 160 customers in the Main Room at any time a numbered ticket system (Main Room only) is in place and numbers are given out beginning at 8am on Saturday. We allow two tickets per person, one for you and one for another person. You MUST 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: Getting two numbers for just yourself will NOT allow you to jump to the head of the line on the second trip into the room.

Tickets are NOT REQUIRED to enter the sale. This system is only for helping us keep an orderly entry for the first hour or so of the sale. Frankly, we usually get through all the numbers within 30 minutes so if you arrive to the sale at 11:30 often you can go right into the room, or have only a short wait in line.

EARLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT - For the first hour of the sale OR at the discretion of the Sale Manager, there is a buying limit of 12 books PER PERSON per trip through the Main Room. You can purchase your 12 books then get back in line and re-enter the sale. Again, this policy is to provide fair access to the books for all of our patrons. We do not allow "stashing" or "hoarding" books anywhere in the Main Room and unattended piles books will be reshelved.
Members-Early Sale Now Set For February
The annual Members-Early sale, which was to be held in November 2010, had been postponed and is now set for February 12. Full details will be in our next newsletter.
We're Still Accepting 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 boos 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.
The Annual Members-Early Sale has now been set for February 12. Details will be published in future newsletters and will also be available on the web site.... The next "Better Book Bonanza" has been rescheduled for March..... 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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