USED BOOK SALES
Saturday October 13
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday October 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN OCTOBER
Home & Crafts
Movies, TV & Radio
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 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.
It has been brought to our attention that the Great Books
discussion group hosted by Elsie Taboroff meets on
the second Wednesday of each month. This supersedes
information given in the Summer 2012 edition of our
Foreword member newsletter. For more information,
please call Elsie Taboroff at 493-8629.
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.
What do the CIA and Halloween have in common?
I know this might be a tough one but here's what I learned, they both
have spooks lurking about.
Did you know that the Webster's New World Dictionary defines spook as
an undercover agent or spy? That same dictionary indicates the root
word is Dutch (1801) spooc or German Spuk meaning ghost
or apparition. Now this makes sense, spies or undercover agents are
not supposed to found out while doing their mission. They are supposed
to be able to get into enemy territory unseen, do their mission, and
get out undetected like a ghost or remain undetected for years while
sending vital information to their home country while in enemy
territory. Super scary to be sure, but not to our long time section
manager Suzanne Little. Suzanne writes "Just in time for Halloween,
Political Science has a large number of books on spooks, spies,
disguise, deceit, and undercover operations by the CIA, FBI, NSA, KGB,
and MI6! Come check out our Political Science section and see what we
have to offer those of you willing to be scared by the other spooks
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
FOPAL is feeling a bit CRAFTIER this month- Kaffe Fasset
Regardless of whether you want to make zombie cupcakes from polymer
clay, or knit a pumpkin inspired hat, or string the perfect orange and
black beaded necklace, FOPAL's October sale has a craft book for you.
Home & Crafts section manager Nancy Welch wrote "I have a
wonderful collection of new books this time: knitting, jewelry,
quilting; but what I think we should feature is a Kaffe Fasset sub
section." Here's more information on Kaffe Fasset and why he merits a
sub section. Kaffe Fasset is an American-born artist who is best known
for his colorful designs in the decorative arts -- needlepoint,
patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics. "Color is his very medium,
whatever the substance he uses." Author of more than 30 books, Fasset
concentrates on teaching the color and design stages of craftwork
rather than the construction stage. In addition to books, he has hosted
craft-related television and radio programs, including his own show,
Glorious Color. He is also a fabric designer for Rowan
Patchwork and Quilting and the primary knitwear designer for Rowan
If textiles aren't your medium and you're interested in expanding your
craft book collection for inspiration, come check out the other sub
sections in Home & Crafts. Look for a new sub section for
jewelry; we've never had this sub section before. Many of these books
are new and filled with lots of projects to help you be even craftier
Ephemera Sale has posters and much more
While FOPAL focuses on selling gently used or new books, CDs, DVDs,
audio books, records and VHS tapes, we receive donations of many other
items. Our sorting volunteers often feel like they are on a treasure
hunt as they sort through the hundreds of boxes and bags we receive
monthly. Among the books our sorters will find money, letters from a
1965 civil rights volunteer, savings bonds, WWII correspondence letters,
African statues, a Beatles memorabilia head band, Indonesian masks,
photographs and much more. Most of these donations find their way to
our Ephemera section.
Althea Andersen, FOPAL's Empress of Ephemera offers a bounty of gems
including: vintage magazines, sheet music, maps, office supplies,
pamphlets, stationary, greeting cards and photo frames most priced
at 25 cents unless otherwise marked. This month Althea found dozens
of posters being donated, several from past museum exhibitions and
middle school class rooms. Some are inspirational posters and even
some great photographs of animals. You'll find these available in
the outside Ephemera Area. A reminder, our monthly sale begins at
8 AM with the Ephemera Sale. If you are here early this Saturday
you can help Althea move the ephemera sale carts outside including
at least one cart of framed art!
Large Judaica & Judaism donation
A local retiring rabbi donated his entire collection of books. Our
section on Judaica & Judaism can be found in the main room
next to the Religion section and our Education & Language section.
The books donated cover a wide range of subject matter and include
titles like: Jewish People, Jewish Thought, When They Came
to Take My Father, or Like Bread on the Sedar Plate.
Many books were donated new and will sell for $2 to $4 each. With
Hanukkah approaching you could find a fitting gift for the season.
Just to let you know, FOPAL often receives this type of generous
donation and when we do we'll let you know. Please pass the word
regarding this donation on to anyone you think may be interested.
Read more books on Movies, TV & Radio
I know, I know, there are only so many hours in a day, and I'm
suggesting you spend one of them with your nose in a book that has to
do with movies, TV or Radio. Well, yes, because if you're not
constantly challenging your mind it's going to get slack, dull and
inflexible. And what kind of book lover can live with a slack, dull,
inflexible brain? Don't answer that; instead consider reading a book
on about a famous actor, TV personality or voice on the radio. Our
Movies, TV & Radio section is full of books you may have thought
of reading and just didn't think it was worth your time or money to
purchase it. We've helped with lowering the cost of these books and we
are giving you permission to take time to read one from our great
selection. After perusing this section FOPAL is offering two books on
Gregory Peck, and four books on Greta Garbo, Cary Grant or Grace Kelly.
Any of these books feels worthwhile and probably fascinating. Now,
don't laugh, the one book that really caught my eye was...Sculpting
a Galaxy:Inside Star Wars Model Shop. This large format book was
nearly new and only $8. Now aren't you interested to check out
this section and possibly read a book from it? Do it!
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
in the coming months.
Audio High & FOPAL vinyl sale
After our very successful Quality Vinyl Sale earlier this year,
we are again partnering with Audio High in Mountain View in November
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.
- A nice collection of avant-garde albums by Fred Frith, John Zorn, and others.
- Lots of French, African, and Greek records
- A group of Frank Zappa and related albums
- A number of gospel albums by lesser-known artist
- Several albums of 78 rpm "party" records
Prices start at $2.00 for LPs with some bargains at even lower prices!
Collectible titles are priced well below what you'll find online or in
The sale will be held at 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.
Don't miss this opportunity to shop for records, benefit the Palo Alto
library, and experience the finest high-end audio equipment available.
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.