USED BOOK SALES
Saturday September 8
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday September 9
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN SEPTEMBER
British Authors--Notable Women
Jane's World Railways
Music & Dance
FOPAL Goes to the B&W Ball!
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 Columbus Day
All libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday, October 7
and 8, for the Columbus Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday October 9.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
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.
Reading History and Historical Fiction can be fun and satisfying
It's fun to imagine the past, to walk through the ages in one's
mind. The more history you read, the more it can fill in the
blanks in the understanding and in the mental images of the
universe in which we live. Reading history can be fun and
One good reason to check out our History section is that you'll
be treated to a unique opportunity, to explore the vast
collection we have in every area. In particular "... we have a
very extensive collection of African-American books including
many 'classics' in the field" says Suzanne Little, our long
time History Section manager.
Another way to enjoy reading history is by reading Historical
Fiction. Historical fiction presents a story set in the past,
often during a significant time period. Historical fiction may
include fictional characters, well-known historical figures or a
mixture of the two. This month in our Historical Fiction section
we are featuring Gore Vidal's books in a memorial tribute. Eugene
Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known for his essays,
novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. Take a moment to see what
books we have by this author.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Mentioning the Many Modern Library Titles Available This Month
We are mentioning the Modern Library here because it had an
enormous impact on the American literary scene. The series was first
started in 1917 and at the time was the equivalent of the modern
paperback. The purpose of this series was to make available to the
ever increasing mass of readers good titles by famous authors in
cheap, attractive looking bindings. Those of you that collect Modern
Library titles are in luck this month! Scottie Zimmerman, our section
manager for Classics & Modern Literature, Short Stories, Rants & Raves
as well as 20th Century British Authors wrote "I have a LOT of Modern
Library titles with dust jackets...maybe 50+ Modern Literature books,
a few are duplicate titles, but still, 50+ is a lot."
British Authors--Notable Women
Scottie Zimmerman has created a "special" area on the top shelf of the
20th Century British Authors section in Modern Literature. She's
calling it British Authors--Notable Women. Included in this
special area you'll find authors Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, Muriel
Spark and more. While all these women are great writers, Doris Lessing
is a stand-out, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in
2007. Born 22 October 1919, a Zimbabwean-British novelist, poet,
playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer Doris Lessing
was the eleventh woman and the oldest ever person to receive the Nobel
Prize in Literature. Please plan on purchasing a book or two from this
section. We have more than the usual number of titles by these fine
female writers and after the London Olympics we are confident that
our patrons will want to pay more attention to these British authors.
One last mention from Scottie, she says "we have the usual Russian
authors, Chinese authors, Japanese authors, Indian authors, Hispanic
authors, and French authors. All are books from those countries and
translated into English." Thanks Scottie for mentioning these books
to our readers.
Railroad and Train Buffs
We received a donation of Jane's World Railways, 10 annuals,
1982-1992 series. Jane's World Railways is a directory of railway
activities worldwide. It is published annually. Half the book is
dedicated to manufacturers of railway equipment, and the other half
is dedicated to individual railways and metros. These ex-library
books are only $5.00 each.
Having just returned from an adventure on the California Zephyr
I'm now curious about all books on trains and train travel. As
many of you know the California Zephyr is a train journey from
San Francisco, California to Chicago and back. It is said that
is the most scenic route in the USA. A quick flip thru the
Jane's World Railways should give me even more information about
this historic train. If you too are interested in seeing these
large books look for them in on the one of the top shelves in our
Large Format section. They are huge, weighing five pounds each.
Makeover in the Music & Dance Section
Our longtime volunteer Paula Wirth was helping in the Main Room last
month and gave our Music & Dance section a makeover. There is more
space to view our vast collection of music and dance books as well as
much of the sheet music moved outside to the ephemera section so it
can be better viewed too. Charlotte Epstein, our section manager for
Music and Dance books says this to encourage you to visit her area:
"Come see the music and books that we have on the shelves in the Music
and Dance section. Half of the section is sheet music and the other
half is books. There is sheet music for a wide variety of instruments
and skill levels. This month there are quite a few books on jazz as
well as rock'n'roll. Also you can find books on how music affects
our brains and spirits." All our musical patrons will now be able to
really see the wonderful opportunity afforded you in the Music and
Dance section. In my humble option, this is the largest collection
of sheet music you'll find in Palo Alto and at very affordable prices.
Most sheet music is going for only 25 cents each!
Phonograph Records and VHS Tapes A-plenty
Record albums once offered in our High Value Vinyl Sale have made
it over to the Bargain Room. If you are a vinyl collector
this value is for you. We had wanted to offer these for the August
sale but didn't have the room for them. While there is probably not
much more space in the Bargain Room these LPs are now available for
you to add to your collection. If you see longtime volunteer Jim
Dean hovering in the Phonograph records section of the Bargain Room
Saturday morning, ask him to show you what he thinks are the best
deals we have. Jim's extensive knowledge will inspire you to pick up
an artist's LP you may not have heard of. And speaking of hearing,
if you do see Jim is around asks him to play one of his favorite LPs.
The Bargain Room has a record player available for listening to the
joy of music on vinyl.
Also in the Bargain Room we have a huge number of VHS tapes for you
to choose from. FOPAL was the lucky recipient of a large donation
from a video rental store that was going out of business. All VHS
tapes have the original covers, are in great condition and most
are priced at $1 each. These tapes are great for kids and all those
not interested in using a DVD player. If VHS is your chosen way to
view movies check back for more titles next month too, as we were
only able to pick up half the donation this month.
FOPAL Goes to the Palo Alto Black and White Ball
A touch of Vegas is headed to Palo Alto and FOPAL is jumping on this
wild ride. It's all part of the 2012 Black & White Ball, which will
take place on September 29, 2012. "This year's ball has the potential
of being one of the biggest ever," said Patricia Emslie, co-chairman.
"We're expecting more sponsors, more prizes and more attendees than
ever before," she said. For those of us past attendees, all the
traditional features will also be on hand, including a wide range of
entertainment, a huge selection of food and drinks from dozens of
local restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as a vibrant and
festive atmosphere in the beautiful outdoor setting of Lucie Stern
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, The Black & White
Ball is a longtime community event and is considered by many as the
party of the year. FOPAL has agreed to provide this newsletter
"shout out" in exchange for being part of their community outreach.
If you are attending the ball look for our logo and art work to be
displayed as well as our membership and book sale literature. Proceeds
from the evening benefit the Palo Alto community and a myriad of local
schools. Organizations that have received funds in the past from the
Ball include Youth Community Service, the Palo Alto Library Foundation,
Partners in Education, and Middle School Athletics.
Individual tickets: $150, $100 each for those 35 years old and younger,
or $100 each for groups of 10 or more, purchased at the same time.
For more information, please contact Patricia Emslie at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Black & White Ball's web site.
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.