USED BOOK SALES
Saturday February 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday February 12
All Rooms Open 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN FEBRUARY
Art Books & Framed Art
Baseball - Linguistics
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!
Libraries Closed February 19 & 20
All libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday, February 19th and 20th,
for the President's Day holiday. Regular hours resume Tuesday, February
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
One of the unique features of FOPAL Book Sales is that when the
sale ends on Sunday, we allow Schools, Teachers, and other
Non-Profit organizations to come to the Bargain Room between
the hours of 4pm and 6pm and take whatever is left for FREE.
Registration is simple and easy can be done on-site at the sale
if you have a copy of your school or teacher ID, copy of your IRS
non-profit status designation, or any other document to prove
your non-profit status. Please bring your own bags and boxes. See
the FOPAL web site for more information or email
or call (650) 213-8755.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email us at
email@example.com or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
February Sale Notes
February means two things. Valentine's Day is just around
the corner and Spring Training is about to begin. If you
just can't find the right words for your Valentine, check out our
Poetry section for some ideas. Of course you can't go
wrong with Shakespeare, you'll find the Bard's works across the
aisle in the Drama section. The Sports section has
many Baseball titles to help get you in the mood for the
upcoming season.... History continues to feature books on
European History as new titles have been added to those
left over from last month's special.... A lot of Art books
have come our way this month. Shop early for best selection. If
you need something to hang on the wall, we have several dozen
Framed Art pieces which will be available outside in the
Ephemera Sale.... Our Biography section manager is
having some fun this month, featuring a selection of memoirs
about animals.... A huge donation of books on Language and
Linguistics was made this month. The material is spread
out over several sections though most can be found in the
Language and Writing section across from Religion....
Now is the time to plan your Summer travel, we have our best
selection of Travel Guides in months. Though many are
ex-library the selection is quite extensive.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
A Big Thanks to YOU!
We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who supports our
book sales. Despite the economic downturn, the Book Sale
attendance has been strong, revenues have grown and donations
have never been better. FOPAL has been able to provide extra
financial support to the Palo Alto Libraries that is badly
needed when State funding is being cut. So from the
management and volunteers at FOPAL - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Better Book Sale Update - Next One In March
We are on track to hold our next Better Book Bonanza in March.
The last Better Book Bonanza was scheduled for December 2011
but we had to cancel it for lack of volunteer time available.
For the latest news regarding this sale please check the web
site or subscribe to our Twitter feed (below).
Quality Vinyl Sale at Audio High (Mtn View)
FOPAL is partnering with Audio High (a local high-end
audio equipment retailer) to present our first-ever Quality
Vinyl Sale. We'll have hundreds of vinyl LPs and 45s in all
genres from rock to jazz to classical to folk to just plain
weird. You'll find old favorites at low prices as well as
collectible titles such as an original pressing of Miles Davis'
"Kind of Blue." Prices start at $2.00 with some bargains at
even lower prices! Collectible titles are priced below what
you'll find online or in specialty shops.
The sale will be held at our normal Saturday Main Room sale
hours (11:00 to 4:00) on February 11th at the Audio High
showroom, 165 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043 (just
across Central Expressway from downtown Mountain View.)
Click here for directions.
Don't miss this opportunity to shop for records, benefit the
Palo Alto libraries, and experience the finest high-end
audio equipment available.
FOPAL Volunteer Recruiting Drive
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. We also can use sorters who can put in an hour or
two on Fridays and Saturdays. Students needing to fulfill
community service hours requirements for school can help us as
well. Call (650) 213-8755 and leave your contact info or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Special Handling for Special Donations
Got an usual donation? If there are things you'd like to donate to
us that are rare, fragile or unusual and require special attention
or call (650) 213-8755 and leave a message for Jerry Stone.
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 (small size Amazon boxes are great!),
bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and those bags of air and we'll reuse
them. We cannot use very 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 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.