USED BOOK SALES
Saturday March 10
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 March 11
Better Book Bonanza SATURDAY ONLY
All Other Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MARCH
Better Book Bonanza
Nature & Animals
Mysteries & Thrillers
Travel & Travel Guides
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Spring Forward This Sale Weekend
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, which means you'll want
to be sure to move your clock forward by one hour on Saturday
night. Otherwise, you'll arrive at our Sunday sale an hour late!
Incidentally, the correct term is daylight saving time, not
daylight savings time. If you had it wrong, don't feel bad. More
people Google the incorrect phrase than the correct one!
Better Book Bonanza
The Better Book Bonanza features collectible and rare books, in
all genres including children's books, as well as collectible
ephemera and collectible vinyl. These items will be sold online
after the sale, but at the BBB we offer them to our walk-in
customers first at 25%-33% off the online price.
Special items in this month's BBB include a large collection of
"Jane's All the World's Aircraft" and "Jane's All the World's
Fighting Ships". We have a complete run from the early 1990's
to the most recent editions, plus selected older volumes, all
at deeply discounted prices. Buy one for yourself, or buy one
We also have a second edition, second printing of "The Wizard
of Oz", and the last edition to include not only the color
plates but also Denslow's detailed two-color full-page
But wait, not everything is expensive! We also offer just
plain curious books ("The Complete Guide to Surfboard Repair"?),
better but affordable children's books, and lots of interesting
inexpensive records. This month we also have walls and walls of
framed art at bargain prices.
The BBB will be open from 9AM-4PM on Saturday only, in the
same building as the Children's Room, using the ramp and
entrance to the right of the building. There is a separate line
for the BBB, no ticket is required.
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)
Huge Collection of Religious Books
We received a large donation of books on religion, most related
to Roman Catholicism. The majority is in English but there are
many in French and some in Latin, German, Italian and Spanish.
You'll find these items for sale in the Main Room and the
Bargain Room. We would appreciate it if you would let those you
think might be interested in these books know about our sale.
The donation is large enough that we will be processing more
books next month and perhaps also in May.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Framed Prints and Photos For Sale
We have more of the wonderful art donation available this month.
You'll find a wide variety of large prints and posters (Folk Art,
French posters, botanical prints, impressionistic floral still
life, to name a few) as well as some photographs - most framed
and all for great prices. You'll find these items for sale in the
Better Book Bonanza, and at the Ephemera sale.
Missing the March Sale
If you cannot attend the March 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 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
email@example.com 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 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.