USED BOOK SALES
Saturday June 9
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Better Book Bonanza 9am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday June 10
Better Book Bonanza SATURDAY ONLY
All Other Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JUNE
Better Book Bonanza
Mysteries & Thrillers
Science Fiction & Fantasy
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!
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations and schools are able to select books
from among the thousands of books available in the Bargain Room
on the Sunday evening following the sale from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
If you are associated with a non-profit organization or school
that would like to receive books from us for free or for
information on eligibility, hours, and the types of materials
available, please contact Norma Burchard in advance by e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (650) 494-1082.
Several dozen organizations benefit from the monthly giveaways,
including local hospitals, homeless programs, senior centers,
schools, and jails, as well as libraries in rural areas and on
reservations, and literacy projects in many other countries.
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.
Warehouse Clear Out - Big Savings on Stored Books
In August 2010 an early morning fire at Cubberley Community Center
damaged our Main Room, destroying computers and equipment, and
causing major damage to the modular building just days before our
monthly book sale. Donations didn't stop, though. As a result,
hundreds of books went into a warehouse space generously arranged
by one of our regular customers. Now we are in the process of
clearing out this storage space and bringing these books priced in
2010 to you. One special we found in storage was dozens of books
on Africa. Many of the books went to History, Politics, Nature or
Travel Narratives and also a number of books were shelved in Modern
Literature. Check out these sections for books on Africa as
these are previously priced and are just waiting to be purchased.
Better Book Bonanza
It's time again for our quarterly Better Book Bonanza, featuring
collectible books, ephemera, and vinyl - as well as tiny,
fragile, and just plain curious items. We offer our walk-in
customers a great discount on these items before we list them
The BBB will be open from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday only, in the
same building as the Children's Room. There is a separate line
for the BBB, no ticket is required. Remember, no tabs or credit
cards at the BBB, but we take cash and checks.
This month we have some great children's books, including a set
of Dr. Dolittle first editions, an unusual children's fable by
James Joyce, two of Patsey Gray's "pony books", and books by
illustrators like Tasha Tudor and Mary Blair.
In our literature section you’ll find several 20th century first
editions, including the "The Old Man and the Sea" and "The Sound
of Mountain Water". We also have a delightful two-volume set by
Mark Twain, "Extracts from Adam's Diary" and "Eve's Diary", as
well as the first 67 issues of McSweeney's magazine "Believer".
In our vinyl section we have a great selection of African titles,
both traditional and Afro-Pop, and a large collection of French
pop. We also have great classic rock titles on French labels and
some obscure gospel discs. All that plus a nice collection of
jazz and offbeat/eccentric/weird albums.
But that's not all...we have books on black magic, books on polar
exploration, WW I Army manuals, many fine books on antiques and
collectibles, and the John and Yoko issue of Rolling Stone -
something for everyone. And, we've slashed prices on our Jane's
Fighting Ships and All the World's Aircraft books!
No BBB inventory this month, and only a few photos. We're putting
all our effort into preparing books for the sale.
Better Than a Tie, Give Dad a Book for Father's Day - Sunday June 17th
Dads love mysteries, true crime and thrillers and we've got plenty
of nearly new hardbacks. A recent donation by a gentleman brought
us many books by authors like Jonathan Kellerman, Robert Parker
and John Sanford. You'll find these and more in our Mysteries
& Thrillers section as well as a full book case of vintage
mysteries if you're looking for something really original. With
most priced under $2, you could afford to create a mini collection
for your dad this year.
Or, for first-time dads, a book of tips could be the perfect
Father's Day gift. As June 17 approaches, here are some ideas:
Armin A. Brott's "The New Father", Bill Cosby's "Fatherhood"
and William Sears M.D.'s "Becoming a Father - How to Nurture and
Enjoy Your Family". All these and more are priced at $1 and under
and located in the Children's Room in the Parenting section.
Fantasy and Science Fiction, Analog, Galaxy, and Isaac Asimov Sci-Fi At This Month's Sale
Don't worry - we're just talking about the complete runs of
classic fantasy and science fiction magazines recently donated
by one of our longtime volunteers. Dating from the 1960s through
1980s, these offer outstanding short stories by award-winning
authors. Look for these in the Main Room in a back corner
labeled "Sci-fi Special Magazines." Please know we are selling
these in yearly sets only - we are not able to sell just one
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Oversized Book Section is Overflowing Again
Several Whole Earth catalogues were donated this month, one
nearly new! Consider adding some oversized books from our
Large Format section to your collection. Individually,
these books add visual interest with their beautiful pictures.
And a pile of oversized books draws the eye and makes a real
statement. If your shelves aren't high enough or deep enough
to accommodate oversized books, stack them on a flat surface,
such as a bench or an end table. Our oversized books are in
great shape, many look new and priced so well you could
purchase several. In this case bigger is better!
Calling All Lovers of Historiography
For those of us that didn't know, historiography is the writing
of history based on the critical examination of sources, the
selection of particulars from the authentic materials, and the
synthesis of particulars into a narrative that will stand the
test of critical methods. Suzanne Little, longtime volunteer and
section manager for History and Historical Fiction say we have
"a large number of interesting books in historiography this
month as well as more than the usual number of History
collections or sets."
Friends Bookstore in Downtown Library
If you cannot attend the book sale, please drop by the Friends
Bookstore located inside the Downtown Library and open during
library hours. It is restocked regularly with a unique selection
of books for all ages and interests.
FOPAL Volunteers Rock!
Here's a big THANK YOU to the dozens of FOPAL volunteers
who make this sale possible. It's in part because of our
amazing volunteers that the FOPAL book sales are a great
success. While attending the sale offer a "Thank You" to
the volunteers you see. If you'd like to become a FOPAL
volunteer please email
or call 650-494-1266.
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 Monday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (650) 213-8755 for more information or to leave a message after hours.
Special Handling for Special Donations
Got an unusual 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.