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Saturday March 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm (weather permitting)
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm

Sunday March 13
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


India History & Culture
Flower Arranging
Nature & Animals
Large Format
Better Book Bonanza!


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.

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 March
There are no library holidays in March. All branches will be open normal hours all month.
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, March 14. 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.

March Sale Notes

Another strong sale in February, which was also a Members-Early Sale. A big thanks to all who attended and found some books to add to your own collections.... Also a strong month for donations, as donors sent a steady stream of new books to us which will be for sale this weekend.... India is the featured subject this month. We've got books on a wide range of subjects including Indian history, philosophy and religions, culture, cookbooks, novels, travel, art, non-fiction and more. Many are featured in the case outside the office, others you'll find in the appropriate sections.... Right next to the books on India you'll find a nice collection of books on Golf.... Our Home & Crafts section manager reports that she'll have a nice display of books on Needlepoint plus a nice selection of books on Flower Arranging.... The Computer section has been expanded this month due to a large volume of donations. The extra books are next to the business section (where they were pre-fire). There are signs pointing the way.... Our Nature section has undergone a makeover, check out the goods on the East Wall.... Large Format "coffee table" books were a popular donation this month, if you're in the market for a nice large picture book you'll have many nice ones to choose from.... And last but not least, March means it's time for this year's first Better Book Bonanza! See details below.

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.

Better Book Bonanza In Children's Room Annex
Our second Better Book Bonanza takes place this weekend where we feature some of the more interesting and unusual (and sometimes just large) items that used to be featured in our "Glass Case" sale. We have some rare books, and many unusual books, but not all are expensive. We have books for collectors (model railroads, handmade furniture, pop-up books). We have a large collection of beautiful art, architecture and photography books, many at surprisingly low prices. We have curious books (Chairman Mao's 4 Minute Physical Fitness Program, complete with appropriate music on LP) and even games (how about a nice game of Dodgers vs. Giants chess?). We have nice sets and partial sets of books. We have 20th century first editions, we have Folio Society Editions, and we even have some vintage Family Dog Productions Rock Concert postcards from the 1960s. In short, we have something for everyone.

Since we had a little bit of a crowding issue last time, we are going to limit the number of buyers in the room to 20-25 at a time. There will be an informal number system in place, numbers will be passed out just before we open the doors at 10am.

There will be no backpacks, bags or boxes allowed into the sale room. You will be able to check those items outside the door. Also, due to limited space, no strollers will be allowed until after noon.

Payment by cash or check only.

Better Book Bonanza Inventory - PDF Format

Better Book Bonanza Inventory - HTML Format

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.
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.
We will have an outdoor Tent Sale 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 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 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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