USED BOOK SALES
Saturday June 8
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Children's Vintage Book Sale 12pm - 3pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday June 9
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JUNE
Children's Vintage Book Sale
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!
Library Closings for Independence Day Holiday
All libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4, for the Independence
Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Friday, July 5.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
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.
Children's Vintage Book Sale: Saturday June 8th, 12pm - 3pm
"I do not know where to start", said Alice.
"Oh dear. Well, start at the beginning and when you get to the
--Alice in Wonderland
The world of collecting children's books is not a complicated one.
If you are reading this you are probably one of those lucky people
that have already discovered how books can enrich your life.
Collecting vintage children's books is a stimulating and addictive
hobby that can give great pleasure and satisfaction to collectors
of all ages and tastes. And, let's not forget from the outset that
for many collecting these childhood literary treasures is just
For well over a year several FOPAL high value book researchers have
been having fun too. They've been reviewing and preparing our
growing inventory of children's vintage books for this special sale.
As well as vintage books, you'll also find a nice selection of 20th
century jovial classics, some first editions, some first printings
and some with original dust jackets. These books will be priced
30%-50% of the retail sale value.
The Children's Vintage Book Sale (CVBS) will be Saturday June 8th,
12-3pm. Customers are asked to line up outside on the ramp at the
front door for the CVBS and at 12pm you'll be let into the Annex
VCBS Room. If you are there between 12-1:30pm and have any
questions, Gerry Masteller, CVBS organizer, will be available to
Also, helping manage this special sale is FOPAL Summer Intern
Charlotte Cutkosky. Charlotte is a Palo Alto resident; Senior at
Mills College with plans to be a librarian. Charlotte has been
honing her book value research skills with FOPAL for the past two
summers. We are extremely happy to have Charlotte's help again as
she brings a vibrant energy and strong work ethic to her position
as FOPAL Summer Intern.
We are encouraging Saturday sale goers to stop by to view this
collection, it's sure to bring back fond memories. Again, and this
is worth repeating, collecting children's books is Fun.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
The business section for FOPAL continues to be a leader in number
of books being donation monthly. We receive so many great books
that the section manager and FOPAL Board President Peter Dehlinger
has opted to give this section a new look. With the help of
longtime volunteer Frank McConnell, here's what is special for
Business. One full bay, closest to Law is going to be used
for the newest, nicest stuff and featured books.
The middle bay holds a good stock of nice condition and/or copies of
classics and good selling titles, books that don't necessarily go out
of style: Banking, Globalization, Careers, Economics, Finance,
Personal Investing, "Pop Business", E-Commerce, etc.
The bay closest to Reference look for Business biographies
(not recently issued), Management, HR, Systems, etc. things that are
trendier, also, old vintage stuff and textbooks.
Tyler Vinciguerra, section manager for Reference, wants you to check
out the shelf of genealogy books she's featuring this month. For
those that haven't heard of genealogy, it's the pursuit of family
history. Why would you want to know this? Well, there tend to be
several motivations behind the interest in knowing one's roots;
including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the
larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the
past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in
accurate storytelling. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical
records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information
about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its
members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as
narratives. Look for books on genealogy, census records as well as
the usual dictionaries and thesauruses in Reference this month.
Look for two book cases dedicated to Philosophy this month. Aisle 12,
as usual, focuses on books by or about specific philosophers,
although it also has many very interesting books on the general
topic. This month you will find authors such as Hume (5), and
Emerson (6), but also less frequent offerings such as Isaiah
Berlin (3), Sissela Bok (both Lying and Secrets) and Plotinus's
Special note: we have the three-volume hardback set of "The Essays
of Michel de Montaigne", Heritage Press; ex libris and in very good
condition. And, as a reminder continue to look for a several books
dedicated to Chinese philosophy (11) on the bottom shelf and one on
humor (8) on top shelf.
Philosophy's extra book case this month holds a special selection
of philosophy books and book sets. Look for this book case on the
main aisle as you come in the door, 3rd bookcase on your right.
Section manager Nigel Jones writes this about this additional
philosophy book case. "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. All books can be
The spiritual quest takes on an added meaning in June as our
in-house specialist is out of town. All three bookcases are filled
to bursting with a broad variety of books on the topic but are they
on the correct shelf? Probably not! You may be surprised by what
you find where and we are sure you will be surprised by the range
of high quality books on offer. Also, look for a huge number of
Religion books in the Bargain Room!
As you may know FOPAL regularly takes in donated magazines. This
month was no exception. Look for a large number of National
Geographics, Popular Science, Pacific Horticulture, Playboy,
Trailer Life, Popular Science, Wild Earth, The World of Interiors
and Home Mechanix, and a smaller number of these periodicals:
Knitters, Fiber Arts and Pottery Making. Most of these sell for
25 cents with a few exceptions. If you are looking for the best
pick of this ephemera come early (8am Saturday) and help Althea
put out the Ephemera carts.
Also look for greeting cards on their well-organized cart. Marda
Buchholz writes, "In cards this month we have graduation and father's
day cards in addition to our regular assortment of cards."
New Look for Fiction, Historical Fiction and CDs
Furniture donated from the Main Library was moved over to the
FOPAL Main Room this past month! When you are here next be sure
to check out this display furniture in Fiction, Historical
Fiction and CDs sections.
Thank you to Althea Anderson, Marian Knox and John Scheibe for
their input and extra work to accommodate these new to FOPAL
fixtures. Also, thank you to Nancy Cohen and Tyler Vinciguerra
for helping move boxes, books, CDs.... Together we shifted a mini
mountain of stuff to allow the new furniture. Additional thanks
to Senior Librarian Rose Sebastian for helping facilitate this
donation and to Shahzia Khan for managing the move from Main
Library to FOPAL.
Section Managers "Representing Their Books"
"Historical Fiction has received a very large collection of C.S.
Forester's historical adventure sea stories. Most are vintage
paperbacks with wonderful covers to entice the reader. We also
have smaller collections of Bernard Cornwall and Conn Iggulden's
historical adventures. These three authors are all located on
our new shelves which give us room to display more books."
"The Health section features a large collection of books by
OLIVER SACKS, a renowned neurologist who writes for us all. His vivid
descriptions of normal and abnormal brain, mind and body functions
link pure science with art, music, history and an enormous sense of
humanity. Many of his books have been made into hit movies: among
them Awakenings (starring Robin Williams), The Music Never Stopped,
At First Sight and, perhaps his most popular, The Man who Mistook his
Wife for a Hat. We have several of his less well known, but equally
enchanting, titles." -Verne & Ed Rice
"If you have an interest in the history of recorded music, there are
two books of interest - The Guinness Book of Recorded Sound, The
story of recordings from the wax cylinder to the laser disc and
A Voice in Time, The Gramophone of Fred Gaisberg 1873-1952.
Love the piano and piano music? Look for The Lives of the Piano,
A Consideration, A History, and A Genealogy of Pianos and Their
Friends. Another book Men, Women, and Pianos, A Social History
looks at how the piano served as a sign of 19th middle class
prosperity as well as a way to teach music to the young.
If you like opera and want to better understand how singers bring
drama and emotion to their art, look for Callas at Juilliard, The
The Tabulated Biographical History of Music by Oscar Thompson is
an interesting book from the way it is constructed. It consists
of 13 plates most of which fold out to show timelines of various
periods in musical history. This book from 1936 is an artifact
from a time when everything wasn't easily found on the internet.
Why is music even important? Read Daniel Levitin's The World in
Six Songs, How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature.
If you want to play more music, look through our sheet music
collection." -Charlotte Epstein
Home & Craft
"If there is a bathroom or kitchen remodel in your future, get thee
to the feature of the month in the home and craft section for
fabulous ideas on what you can accomplish.
"The 3rd international book arts show will be this weekend in E6.
This is a chance to see other kinds of books made by artists from
around the world." -Nancy Welch
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.