USED BOOK SALES
Saturday July 13
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday July 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JULY
Music & Dance
Movies, TV & Radio
Home & Crafts
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!
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 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.
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.
FOPAL Green tote bags are here
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 in early March to greatly expand the city's existing ban on
the notorious creek polluters. The new ban took effect on July 1 for
retail establishments and will take effect November 1 for
food-service establishments, charging 10 cents for a paper bag in
the first year and possibly increasing it to 25 cents.
Here at the Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL) 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 looked ahead we could see a day when we'll have
fewer and fewer paper bags to offer our customers.
In response FOPAL created our own reusable bag that is perfect for
carrying all your books from our monthly sale. FOPAL is offering to
our customers, for a mere $2, the hippest bag in town. Designed by
longtime volunteer Ann Justice and the FOPAL Book Sale Committee,
this sturdy reusable green bag helps you promote FOPAL, support the
Palo Alto Libraries while helping the environment. You can call this
the FOPAL win, win, win!
Look to purchase these tote bags at all cashiers tables and at our
FOPAL tote bag sale station outside the Main Room. Consider buying
several and using them when you're bringing contributions to the
next BBQ or social and leave it as a token gift for the host or
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Like the Friends of the Palo Alto Library on Facebook
Remember when you were a kid in school and you passed a note to a
girl or boy you had a crush on? And the note said, "Do you like me?
Check 'YES,' 'NO' or 'MAYBE'?" And then you watched that person open
up the note, read it laugh or giggle and then see the note get
crumpled it up and tossed it in the trash!?! ... No? That didn't
happen to everyone? Dang!
Luckily, Facebook doesn't have a 'NO' or a 'MAYBE' box -- and they
can't crumple up our website and throw it in the trash. But what
they do have is a LIKE button! And for FOPAL -- either as our
online business (at http://www.amazon.com/shops/grandmabetsybooks)
or as our traditional brick-and-mortar monthly book sale -- getting
you to LIKE our site is even better than traditional advertising.
It's free (and in this case the priceless kind of free)! Also,
chances are very good that the people who like our business page
have friends within the same demographic that will also like our
book sales.... And, it's exponential in that for every click to
like, it will be automatically seen by way more than the original
"liker". So, here's my once-a-month request to all FOPAL friends
to LIKE our page! Thanks!
Bounty of books in the Bargain Room
Reports this week from our Bargain Room volunteers express the
abundance of books in several sections. Former Bargain Room
manager Karen Bobonich wrote in an email recently "...in some
sections (psych, perhaps religion, political science, large
format (I think) and especially Reference, and paperback
Mysteries), we have way more than can fit on the shelves.
Even in literature (which has been meager recently), I have
started double-shelving; same with religion." In response to the
large number of books in the Bargain Room you'll find some section
have been shelved in two areas. Please look for signs indicating
where more books can be found for our overloaded sections.
With folks having finished their spring cleaning, our donations have
been larger than ever. Look for lots of treasure in our ephemera area
as well as full book shelves in the both the Main Room and Bargain
Room! And, check out the big selection of books in excellent
condition in the Children's Room too!
Children's Room filled to the brim with books
"Our children's room is for bursting with books - all types, picture,
nonfiction, parenting, and general fiction. We have a very nice set
of poetry books for young children." -Pat Worthington
While we sold over $500 worth of collectable children's books last
month is our Children's Vintage Book Sale (CVBS) Saturday June 8th,
we still have more to offer for sale in July. Look for additional
older children's books two places in the Children's Book room,
the Antiques & Collectables Corner and the Red Cart Collectables
area. The Children's Book Look-up Gang headed by retired children's
librarian Nancy Hurxthal and is gathering weekly to do online book
value look ups. This group of volunteers is keeping busy reviewing
and preparing our growing inventory of children's vintage books for
sale at 1/3 of the on-line price.
Donations, donations, donations!
Where do I take donations? Due to Palo Alto Library's temporary
branch closures, all donations are now welcome at the Friends of the
Palo Alto Library Main Room. Our Main Room is located at the north
entrance of the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd.
Donation hours are Monday through Saturday 2 to 4pm. Please know
this is the most convenient place for us to receive books....
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650/213-8755.
For pick-up service for large donations please call 650/308-4933
and leave a message. Whenever you make a donation, be sure to ask
for a copy of our receipt. See below for donation guidelines.
We gladly accept: Fiction and non-fiction books, textbooks
and computer books, intact children's items; commercially recorded
items: music on tapes or CDs, audio books on CD, movies on VHS, DVD,
or Blu-ray; software and manuals; records (45s, 78s, LPs); ephemera
(e.g. vintage poster, photos, postcards, travel brochures, etc.);
maps (folded or rolled) Puzzles, games and toys, sheet music and art.
Sorry, we cannot take: Popular press magazines or newspapers (except
items of exceptional historical value), Reader's Digest condensed
books, Encyclopedias; home copied/burned or non-commercially
recorded audio or video cassettes, CDs, or tapes. No large boxes
(copy paper boxes or banker's box are OK) as they are too heavy for
volunteers to lift. And please no soiled, moldy, water damaged or
partial books -- a general general guideline is that if you would
not give it to a friend, please do not give it to the Friends.
Section Managers "Representing Their Books"
Music & Dance
"Some interesting choices from the music section this month-
The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in
Nazi Germany by Martin Goldsmith combines history and a
demonstration into the power of music to give meaning to life. Making
an Archtop Guitar covers all aspects of construction and on to
marketing your finished product.
Preservation Hall by William Carter discusses the roots of New
Orleans Jazz and illustrates the story with many of his own
photographs. Mummenschanz is a lavishly illustrated book
celebrating the unique theatrical experience created by three
classically trained mimes.
A Hard Day's Write: The Stories behind Every Beatles Song is a
book where the title tells you what you need to know. Stephen
Sondheim discusses his personal life and remarkable productions as
well as providing a collection of his lyrics in Finishing the Hat:
Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles,
Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes.
The 1944 edition of G. I. Songs: Written Composed and/or Collected
by the Men in the Service includes illustrations, songs and written
music from the troops of WWII.
1000 Record Covers presents a selection of the best 60s to 90s
rock album covers." -Charlotte Epstein
"About 2500 years ago, in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the state of
what became Athens, a new form of entertainment was created - public
theatre. It is implied that prior to this time, no one had ever
assumed the resemblance of another person for the purpose of
storytelling. An actor named Thespis is the first known actor in
written plays. He may thus have had a substantial role in changing
the way stories were told and inventing theater as we know it today.
Among the authors of theatre from this time were several whose names
are still honored: Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Euripides,
and Sophocles. You can find good examples of theatre in the Drama
section." -Robert Jackson
"As we did in June due to an embarrassment of riches Philosophy has
expanded to two bookcases, each with a different focus, but
unfortunately not side by side.
Bookcase #1-Aisle 12 as usual-
This bookcase focuses on books by or about specific philosophers
although it also has many very interesting books on the general
topic. This month's theme is going on safari. When you go on safari
in Africa the idea is to make sure you see the Big 5: lions,
elephants, Cape buffalos, leopards and rhinoceros. For July the
featured Philosophy Big 5 is Aristotle (5), Kant (10),
Kierkegaard (10), Nietzsche (14) and Plato (22). As usual we have
a section dedicated to Chinese philosophy (18) on the bottom shelf
and one on humor (8) on top shelf.
Bookcases #2 -On the main aisle as you come in the door, 3rd
bookcase on your right-
This bookcase focuses on books about philosophy. This includes
dictionaries, encyclopedia sets, and single volumes from sets,
histories of philosophy or specific groups of philosophers or schools
of thought. Special note: Small box set of Great Books Foundation,
in 8 books.
Bargain Room: for all the books that have been well travelled don't
forget to visit the Bargain Room" -Nigel Jones
Psychology & Self Help
"Two local psychologists retired recently and the result was 87
boxes of books on every topic imaginable in the world of psychology,
theories and practices. As a result this section is full with all
new books for your buying pleasure. With help from two new
volunteers this section is ready to go, with 20 more boxes being
set aside for the August Sale. Look for all the greats, Sigmund
Freud, Carl Jung and Anna Freud as well as some of the best 20th
century self-help experts like Louise Hays, Scott Peck, Marianne
Williamson, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Gary Zukav... We have these authors
and much more." -Janette Herceg
Home & Crafts
"The end of another school year is the perfect time to organize
all those photos and mementoes into beautiful, keep forever
albums. The Home and Craft feature of the month shelf is loaded
with books on how to make your own books as well as ideas for
scrapbooking and multimedia techniques. And summer offers the
perfect time to learn a new craft, you won't believe the amazing
craft books we have this month. Think about making your own soap or
paper. Fun fun fun" -Nancy Welch
"Come check out our new CD Display Cases. Over 1,500 CDs available
for sale.\240This includes over 500 Classical CDs; 500 Rock Group CDs; and
100 each of Classic 60's Rock, Easy Listening (a new category),
International, Jazz and Movie Soundtracks. There is always a new
selection each month." -John Scheibe
Movies, TV, Radio
"Movies/TV/Entertainment: Two specials this month are on film
directors and on unusual books about movies. As always a lot of
biographies and many books associated with foreign films." -Dick Grote
Also, look for large vinyl movie banners donated recently. These are
used by movie houses and not usually for sale to the public. As well
as large assortment of paper movie posters located in ephemera.
"The West: A lot of books on San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Women of the West have a lot of new titles. We have more than the
usual number of books associated with Native Americans." -Dick Grote
History & Politics
"The History and the Politics section shelves are packed with
books this month. I'm sure our customers will find numerous books
they want to take home." -Suzanne Little
Ephemera / Cards
"In cards this month, many newly donated birthday cards. Especially
for 4-year-olds, are available as well as handmade blank cards, all
this in addition to the normal assortment of cards." -Marda Buchholz
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.
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.