USED BOOK SALES
Saturday June 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm (weather permitting)
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Better Book Bonanza 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Sunday June 12
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JUNE
Cooking - Chess
More Music CDs!
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
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!
Downtown Library Re-Opens in July
There are no library holidays in June. The remodeled Downtown Library will
be back on-line in July. Check the Palo Alto Library web site for complete
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,
June 12. 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.
June Sale Notes
Despite a drop in donations in the latter part of May (which is normal
for us), we did end up with more books than time to sort them this
month. There was a wide range of subjects with a few highlights....
Part two of a massive Cooking collection goes on sale this
month. Mostly cook books, most of recent vintage, but also books about
food and food-related topics.... More Music CDs, including a
giant collection of 500 discs came in this month and will be sold over
the next few sales. As with last month these will be mostly fairly
common pop/rock tiles. Look for them on the tables next to the
cashiers, most priced at $2.... A small but interesting group of books
on Chess can be found in the Games & Puzzles section....
Our section manager for The West reports having a large amount
of Louis l'Amour titles this month.... The newly expanded
Home & Crafts section is featuring Woodworking, Interior
Design and Weddings.... Popular Science was once again a
popular donation in the past four weeks.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
Better Book Bonanza!
It's been three months and it is time once again for another
Better Book Bonanza where we feature, rare, unusual, high value,
and just plain interesting books in a special sale. The BBB is held in
the same building as the Children's Room. The entrance is from the ramp
to the right of the building. See the signs for directions. We have
over 300 books attractively displayed in a variety of subjects.
No line numbers will be issued for this sale, however we will impose a
limit of 20 people in the room at any time, due to the small size of
the sale room. For the convenience of our customers we provide a list
of the BBB inventory which can be downloaded from the links below.
Note that there may be a few late additions to the sale that may not
be on the list.
BBB Inventory List (PDF)
BBB Inventory List (HTML)
Children's Room Sale Keeps Getting Better
The popularity of our Children's Book Sale has grown since we moved to
the "Annex". Sales have been strong and the feedback from our customers
has been great. The stream of donated Children's Books has been very
strong all month and there is some great stuff to be had. Don't forget
to check the Children's Section in the Bargain Room too!
About Those Blue Book Donations Bins Around Town
Some of you may have noticed large blue metal bins at/near Safeway,
Whole Foods, and Peninsula Creamery seeking your book donations.
We feel you should know that the organization behind those bins is
NOT locally based and that many of the books place in these bins end
up being sold by one of the largest for-profit used book operations
in the world. Needless to say, neither the books nor the money
generated by those donations will do anything to help the Palo Alto
community. We may have more on this subject in the near future.
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.
VOLUNTEER! We are looking for book-loving, community minded
folks to work with us. Think about volunteering a few hours a month.
Call (650) 213-8755 and leave your contact info or email
for more information.... Look for some exciting changes to the FOPAL
web site in the near future.... The Outdoor Tent Sale is 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.
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 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 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.