USED BOOK SALES
Saturday April 13
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday April 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN APRIL
Nature & Animals
Drama & Theater
Music & Dance
Home & Craft
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 is located in 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 H-2
The Bargain Room has moved to Rooms H-2 and H-3 of the Cubberley main
campus, between Marty's Room and Middlefield Road. 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!
Main Library Closing for Renovation
Main Library will be closing on Tuesday April 30. A temporary Main
Library will be opening on Friday May 3 in the Art Center Auditorium
at 1313 Newell Road. Downtown Library and College Terrace Library
will also be open for additional hours during Main Library's
The Library will be hosting an Aloha! party at Main Library on Tuesday
April 30, from 3 PM to 5 PM.
For more information on the renovation and the party, please see the
Library's news page.
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 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.
Earth Day is every day- Bring your own bag please!
As you may have heard the era of the plastic bag is almost over at
shops and restaurants throughout Palo Alto after city officials
decided March 11, to greatly expand the city's existing ban on the
notorious creek polluters. The new ban will take effect on July 1
for retail establishments and on November 1 for food-service
establishments, charging 10 cents for a paper bag in the first year
and possibly increasing it to 25 cents. The council decided to
leave it at 10 cents for at least 18 to 24 months, after which time
the city can reevaluate the pricing.
Here at the Friends of the Palo Alto Library we continue to do our
part by recycling all plastic bags we receive from those carrying in
book donations and by re-using all paper bags brought in for customer
purchases at our popular Sunday "Bargain Room Bag Sale." As FOPAL
looks ahead we can see a day when we'll have fewer and fewer paper
bags to offer our customers. We also envision the real possibility
that we too will need to charge 25 cents for paper bags. In honor of
Earth Day being every day we are asking you to bring your own bag
(BYOB) to the sale. Many of our customers already bring their own
bags and to you we say thank you very much!
FOPAL & PACL have gone to the dogs
Our Nature & Animals section in the Main Room and Bargain Room
is overflowing with books on dogs, dog breeding and dog training. A
recent donation from a retiring applied animal behaviorist and dog
trainer brought us dozens of boxes of books on our canine companions.
Irina Cross, section manager for Nature & Animals, has done a great
job of getting this large donation on the shelves and priced to sell.
If you are interested in seeing the majority of this collection,
you'll want to check out the Nature & Animals section in both
the Main Room and Bargain Room.
Dogs are making a positive impact in the Palo Alto Children's Library
too. Children can come to the library during "Paws to Read" and
select a book to read to a furry friend. All of the dogs and handlers
who participate have been certified as therapy dogs by an accredited
organization. For many children, this allows them a rare chance to
experience stress free reading. Once they are in this situation,
children find themselves relaxing and having fun while reading! They
come to think of themselves as good readers, which helps their
self-esteem and makes them eager to read. And eager readers practice
their reading more often, leading to improved reading skill. FOPAL
happily contributes to "Paws to Read" and to all other Palo Alto
Children's Library programming.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Drama & Theater we love at FOPAL
Our Drama & Theater section received many great books from the
soon-to-be-closing Main Library. Check out the entire collection of
the Best of Plays 1909-1932 by Burns Mantle; these are listed used
on Amazon for $8.50. Section manager Bob Jackson has our ex-library
copies priced for $2!
If you are looking for a great visual representation of Shakespeare's
works, look for Shakespeare's Genealogy, a full-color, fully
illustrated, 17-foot long, fold-out volume. Author Vanessa James
traces the genealogies of the more than 1,000 characters mentioned in
all thirty-nine of William Shakespeare's plays. Its thorough,
exhaustive, and inventive scholarship makes it a must-have for any
serious student of Shakespeare, as well as anyone who wants to gain a
greater appreciation and enjoyment of his timeless dramatic works.
A quick check on Amazon shows this publication selling used for $4.50
and Bob Jackson has two copies priced at a mere $2! Another great
find in this section for April are two nearly new copies of The
Producers, by Mel Books and Tom Meehan--Amazon priced used for $15,
and at FOPAL $5!
Now, if you're more interested in seeing professional theatre that is
uncommon, intimate, and accessible to its audiences, artists, and
community, look for FOPAL volunteer Lessa Bouchard as the courtesan
Emilie in Dragon Theater's performance of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
April 18-May 12. I'm looking forward to seeing FOPAL's newest
high-value book researcher in this highly anticipated performance.
For those needing more reasons to catch this play, it's a tale of
seduction set in France among aristocrats. This drama explores
decadent sexuality, morals and manipulation played as the ultimate
battle of the sexes between the rivals Marquise de Merteuil and the
Vicomte de Valmont. In this classic story of revenge, love, lust,
and betrayal, Les Liaisons Dangereuses shows us that "the only thing
which might surprise one is how little the world changes." I'll be
there for the opening night performance at Dragon Theater's new home
in Redwood City. Break a leg Lessa!
Music & Dance is in on the act too
FOPAL Board Secretary Charlotte Epstein writes this about her section
for April, "The Music & Dance section is an eclectic mix; in Dance
look for the books of ballet in photographs, the Rockettes, or the
story of Fred Astaire in Puttin' on the Ritz. Find out more about
Broadway in The Producers, The Book, Lyrics and Story behind the
Biggest Hit in Broadway History or in Wicked, The Life and Times of
the Wicked Witch of the West. If you are a Jimi Hendrix fan, check
out Jimi Hendrix, An Illustrated Experience which includes a 70
minute CD. Fans of opera and Amy Tan should look at Fate, Luck,
Chance describing the making of The Bonesetter's Daughter. If you
are homesick for New York, look at New York: Songs of the City,
which has wonderful illustrations of sheet music from the past.
Also browse our sheet music collection to add to your own musical
enjoyment." Thanks, Charlotte, for keeping us current on what's
special in the Music & Dance section.
European Language books get historical
A large number of books in Hungarian were donated by Paul Pigott,
Professor of Engineering (emeritus) in the Department of Aeronautics
and Astronautics (Chair 1990-2001) at Stanford University. During our
correspondence about this generous donation we learned that "Most of
the books deal with the history of the period from the Second World
War and the Cold War through the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The
books are all serious works aimed at the general public and are in
excellent shape." There are also some novels by well-known Hungarian
authors, too many to list. If you or someone you know is interested
in these books look for them in our European Languages section.
Thanks for helping us spread the word about these rare books.
Home & Craft April update
Section Manager Nancy Welch has this to offer for April in the Home
& Craft section: "It's not an April fool's joke: the Home and
Craft section has simply blossomed into a new space to better
accommodate the wonderful selection of books we have been receiving.
So be sure to stop by and check where your favorite section is now
located. Speaking of blossoms, dainty spring bulbs and branches are
greatly enhanced in Ikebana floral arrangements which happen to be our
feature of the month. And that's not all, the library sent an enormous
number of books to Home and Craft this month, which means you can
acquire an enormous amount of information for very little money. Look
for white stickers, often with an X on them, on the spine in all
categories for terrific bargains. Here's a thought for you, check your
bookshelves and bring in those books you no longer use, then purchase
a new spring wardrobe of books to perk up your own shelves." Thanks,
Nancy, for keeping our customers up to date on what's special in Home
& Craft for April. Be sure to stop by this section to see what's
sprung up in the new shelf space Home & Craft has acquired.
Ephemera's got greeting cards
Look for a large display of greeting cards in our Ephemera area. Marda
Buchholz, our greeting card goddess, wants to encourage you to take a
moment to look through the greeting cards available for the April
sale. "This month there are cards for Administrative Professionals
Day, Mother's Day, and Graduation, in addition to our regular
greeting cards for sale." Remember all our cards are 25 cents and
will surely make a thoughtful gesture if you are still open to
using snail-mail. I LOVE getting greeting cards in the mail; it's
still the best way to let someone know you are thinking about them
and taking time to write. Sincerely yours, Janette.
Philosophy for April
Nigel Jones wrote this about his section this month. Not just
quality but quantity is the hallmark of this month's Philosophy
section. The shelves are set to burst with 180 books, certainly a
recent record! This month many titles reflect a specific focus, such
as the philosophy of language, history, logic, morality, science or
literature, philosophers represented this month that we have not seen
for a while include Spinoza and Leibnitz.
Book of the month (actually 8 books):
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 1967, editor Paul Edwards,
Macmillan Company, in 8 volumes. This is the seminal text of the
period in the extended 8 volumes as opposed to the later condensed 4
volumes. Although ex libris, other than toning due to age, they
appear practically unused, these are sold as a set and found on the
The Chinese section grows each month with 18 books in April. Found in
a separate area on the bottom shelf. Bargain books, don't forget to
look for more options in the Bargain Room. Thanks Nigel!
Longtime volunteer, section manager Suzanne Little wants to mention
this about her section Historical Fiction. "Just to let you know that
this month in Historical Fiction in addition to our usual wide variety
of historical novels we have a very large collection of historical sea
adventures and stories. Our collection of historical thrillers and
swashbuckling historical adventures has also expanded." Not only does
Suzanne manage the Historical Fiction section but she also keeps the
sorting room stocked with yummy snacks. A huge thank you to Suzanne
FOPAL's queen of snacks!
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
Library (limit of one bag or box per day, please). 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.