USED BOOK SALES
Saturday September 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Sunday September 11
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN SEPTEMBER
Religion & Spirituality
Home & Crafts - Business
Bargain Books - Children's Books
Science & Math
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!
Remodeled Downtown Library Now Open
The newly remodeled Downtown Branch Library is now open regular hours.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations, schools and teachers that need FREE books
can come to the Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday,
July 10. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
September Sale Notes
The end of summer is normally a strong month for us in terms of
donation volume and this year was no exception.... Thanks to a huge
gift from St. Patrick's Seminary we'll be featuring books on
Religion for the next couple of months. There is material
on all facets of religion and spirituality.... As promised in last
month's newsletter, we've processed the Winston Churchill
collection from former State Sen. Milton Marks. Some featured
material will be in the bookcases next to the office, as well as
the History aisle.... Our Home and Crafts manager
reports a nice selection of books on knitting, quilting and flower
arranging this month.... Science and Business sections
have a higher than normal volume of books.... Still more
Music CDs to choose from as we continue to work through the
backlog.... The Children's Room has also been blessed with a
large volume of donations and will have a rare outside sale in
addition to their normal sale. This special outdoor sale will be
Saturday only and all books outside will be priced at 50 cents each
and will be available for purchase 1/2 hour before the normal
Children's Room opening time of 10am. The regular Children's Room
sale will be open both days as usual.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Better Book Bonanza!
September means that it is time for another BETTER BOOK BONANZA!
We've accumulated about 500 books and other items for this special
sale including a special featured "Music of the 1960s" section of
books, music LPs, and Beatles material. These quarterly sales
feature some of our more collectible, higher value, fragile, and
unusual books that deserve "star" treatment. Not everything is
expensive so make plans to check it out!
If you can't make to the sale, we are trying an experiment this
month whereby you can make purchases online. The inventory is
available using either of the links below, and photos of most of the
inventory are viewable using the link above. If you are interested
in a particular book simply send an email to
internet orders, payment must be made via PayPal, although you don't
have to have a PayPal account to make a payment (you can just use
your credit card). Shipping charges will be added at our cost unless
you wish to pick up your purchase from us in person. Customers
shopping in person at our sale will have first priority, so no email
orders will be filled until after 1pm on Saturday although you may
submit your requests at any time.
Better Book Bonanza Inventory List (PDF)
Better Book Bonanza Inventory List (HTML)
Bargain Room Bounty Part Deux
In part due to the high volume of donations this summer, the Bargain
Room is so full we're going to have to use the back patio again this
month. Bargains galore! And don't forget the Bag Sale on Sunday. Buy
a big grocery bag for $5.00 and fill it up with anything in the room,
or if you don't want a bag, you can buy and 1/2 off Saturday's
already low prices.
FOPAL Book Sale Notices Now on Twitter
You can now follow us on Twitter @fopalbooks.
We'll post sale notices and will reveal the Sunday 50% off section
via our Twitter feed.
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 email@example.com
or call (650) 213-8755 for more information or to leave a message after hours.
We Need Volunteers!
We are looking for book-loving, community minded folks to work
with us. Think about volunteering a few hours a month. We are
especially in need of volunteers to help out at our monthly book
sales, held on the 2nd weekend of every month. You don't have to
be available every month and shifts run 1.5 to 2.5 hours long.
Call (650) 213-8755 and leave your contact info or email
for more information.
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.
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.
Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park 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.