USED BOOK SALES
Saturday November 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday November 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN NOVEMBER
Music & Dance
Movies, TV & Entertainment
Biography & Memoirs
Classics & Modern Literature
Nature & Animals
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!
Library Closings for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving
All libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday, November 11
and 12, for the Veterans Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday November 13.
All libraries will also be close at 6PM on Wednesday, November 21,
and remain closed through Friday November 23 for the Thanksgiving
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday November 24.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
If you're looking for a book on Sunday November 11, we will be open.
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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Members-Early Sale Set for December 8
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set the annual Members-Early sale
for Saturday December 8. If you're a member of the Friends of the
Palo Alto Library, you'll be able to get in early to the Main Room
at the December 8 Sale! At this once-a-year event, Life Members are
allowed to enter the sale at 9am and can purchase up to 50 books.
Members at all other levels can enter the sale at 10am and purchase
the normal 12 books at a time. Enjoy a less crowded main book room
and get first crack at our wonderful collection of materials. Books
are always a welcome Christmas treat!
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the
Members-Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am
lines at the Main Room, since most people who come early are Members
of the Friends. Each Member will get just one ticket, although
Members at and above the $25 levels may bring in their families,
consisting of one or two adults and children, while Life Members
may bring in their spouses. No tickets will be given out for the
11 am line.
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or
join now! Our membership rates are scheduled to increase on
January 1, 2013.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Special Record Sale On Saturday November 10th
This month, in addition to our usual sale at Cubberley, we're
holding a special record sale in Mountain View. We are partnering
with Audio High to offer hundreds of LPs, 45s, and 78s in all
genres from rock to jazz to international to classical to
indescribable. You'll find an assortment of old favorites at low
prices as well as collectible titles and rarities.
- Lots of avant-garde albums by Fred Frith, John Zorn, and others.
- A large number of international titles, including French, African,
Israeli, and Greek records.
- A nice selection of Frank Zappa and Zappa-related albums.
- A collection of older classical albums in great condition.
- A really interesting group of oddball items, such as industrial
recordings, sound effects, political recordings, and so on.
- 78s, including several albums of naughty "party" records.
Prices start at $2.00 for LPs! Collectible titles are priced well
below what you'll find online or in specialty shops.
The sale will be held during our normal Saturday Main Room sale hours
(11:00 to 4:00) on November 10th at the Audio High showroom, 165
Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043 (just across Central Expressway
from downtown Mountain View.) Click here for directions.
Bargain room making a move from K7 to H2 / H3
The plans have been in the works for months now and FOPAL is in the
midst of signing a new lease to move the beloved Bargain room from
K7 to H2 / H3. As I type floor plans are being reviewed and permits
being filed. We hope to begin work this week and be up and running
for the December Sale. Why the move you ask? This new space offers
us: on-site storage, internet access for book research and best of
all...a bathroom just down the hall for our dedicated volunteers.
We'll be sure keep you updated on our progress and we'll find several
ways to help our customers find the new rooms. Look for more
information in the December newsletter, fliers posted around the
Cubberley Community Center and balloons to guide you to the new
H2 / H3 entrance.
Railfan or foamer, are you one? If so we've got books for you!
I'm going to admit it, I love trains. Wikipedia describes
train lovers as railfans or foamers. "Excessively enthusiastic
railfans are sometimes referred to pejoratively as foamers,
especially by American rail workers, in reference to the joking
notion that they foam at the mouth in their excitement over train
operations." I imagine this must have been the case of one of our
recent donors. Only a true railway enthusiast would have been able
to collect such a vast number of books and magazines on trains and
railroads. Transportation Section Manager and Empress of Ephemera
Althea Andersen has dedicated one bay for most of these books but
many can also be found in the Large Format section. Also, part of
this donation included dozens of train periodicals like Rail Fan,
Passenger Train Journal and Locomotive & Railway Preservation.
These magazines can be found in our Ephemera sale for a mere 25
cents each. All aboard!
Special Seasonal Selections
One of our newer section managers, Camille Sorrant, has been working
hard with long time section manager Althea Andersen to bring out all
the seasonal Winter Holidays books and CDs we've been collecting
these many months. You'll find a large selection for Halloween,
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. If you are looking for great
ideas on how to liven up your holidays, look no further. You are sure
to find something you'll be excited to read, listen to or share with
loved ones during this upcoming holiday season. Look for the festive
red and green display as you enter the Main Room on the right. Also,
because we have even more Hanukkah and Christmas stuff still packed
away in storage, look for more of our collection to be put on sale
Music & Dance - FOPAL Has Beatlemania
The phenomenon known as Beatlemania originated in the United Kingdom,
birthplace of The Beatles, when the band first realized enormous
popularity there in 1963. Section manager and soon to be FOPAL
secretary Charlotte Epstein writes this about her area Music &
Dance, "The Beatles are back together. You can find them on the
shelves in the Music and Dance section along with books on the
Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones and a selection of magazines
featuring Jimi Hendrix. If you have more classical interests, you
can find books on the opera or you can be inspired by the writings
of Leonard Bernstein. Or if you loved Frank Sinatra look for our
small section devoted to this artist. We also feature books about
dancing and the lives of dancers." Music and dance lovers, consider
checking out this section for some great reads and great values.
And for our Beatle aficionados here's an opportunity to add many
reasonably priced books your collection without having to head to
Question: The West and Movies/TV/Entertainment sections have what in common?
For FOPAL they are both sections being managed by longtime volunteer
Dick Grote. Dick writes this about what's special in his areas:
The West: We received a wonderful donation this month that
included a large number of vintage, relatively rare books on the
West, some signed by their author. There is a large collection of
Palo Alto Historical Society publications as well.
Movies, TV, Entertainment: For the second month running we have
a record number of books in this section. We have a very nice
collection of film personalities' biographies--so many that we ran
out of space in the section and the overflow can be found in several
boxes outside in the $1 book sale area.
New subsections added in - Biography & Memoirs / Classics & Modern Literature
When one of our section managers receives a large number of books
on a specific topic or from a famous author he or she may choose to
create one or more new subsections. This was the case for section
managers Ann Justice for Biography & Memoirs and Scottie Zimmerman
for Classics & Modern Literature.
Section manager and FOPAL's publicity person Ann Justice has
created several new subsections to help you pick your perfect read
in Biography & Memoirs. You can now choose from these books based
on subsections like, Happy Childhood, Surviving Childhood,
Dysfunctional, Adventures, Serious Illness / Injury or Loss of a
Loved One, to name several. So, if you are looking for a hard copy
of Walter Isaacson's 656-page biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs
or, A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonnano, you are
in luck. You'll find both for sale this month in my favorite new
subsection Ann has cleverly named...Notable & Notorious!
In Classics & Modern Literature look for the subsection
African American literature. Long time FOPAL volunteer and community
activist Scottie Zimmerman writes "I've got about 60+ books by African
American authors. Some quite famous (Tony Morrison, Alice Walker),
some from the Harlem Renaissance (Dorothy West, Langston Hughes,
Zora Neale Hurston), some from the mid to late 20th century (Richard
Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Ishmael Reed--who lives in
Oakland, Charles R. Johnson, Zadie Smith)."
Great buys from Nature & Animals section
We always have many generous donations of books that make it to
our Nature & Animals section. This section's manager,
Irina Cross, wrote this about what she's seen come in recently.
"We have lots of books about horses and how to ride them, cats
and dogs and how to train them (or let them train you), beautiful
books about birds. Want to feel good? Pick up a book of animal
stories. Thought provoking books about ecology and climate
change which Sandy reminded us is quite real. Going to tropical
seas? Check the selection about snorkeling and tropical fish.
New subsection of beautiful old (some antique) hand illustrated
books on different topics - they really don't make them like this
anymore." Also check out this section if you have an interest in
book about camping, hiking or rock-climbing.
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 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 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.
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.