USED BOOK SALES
Saturday September 14
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday September 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN SEPTEMBER
Music & Dance
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
50 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 Holiday
All libraries will be closed Sunday, October 13 and Monday,
October 14 for the Columbus Day holiday. Normal hours will resume
on Tuesday, October 15.
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 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.
September Sale Notes
The end of summer is normally a strong month for us in terms of
donation volume and this year was no exception.... Thanks to a huge
donation of books on Religion look for full shelves again in the Main
Room and Bargain Room. There is material on all facets of religion and
spirituality.... Our Home & Crafts manager reports a nice selection
of books on woodworking, pottery and ceramics this month.... Business
and Humor sections have a higher than normal volume of books.... Still
more Music CDs to choose from as we continue to work through the
backlog.... The Music & Dance section manager has done a terrific
write up for you this month, sighting many examples of what's special
in this section for September. The Children's Room has also been
blessed with a large volume of donations and will have dozens of rare
and collectable books offered for September, reasonably priced by the
Children's room LOOK-UP gang. And, look for our new Tween
writer/contributor recommending books available in the Children's Room
for the September sale! Arushi Sahai's first article is a terrific one
entitled, Tween recommendations by Arushi, below.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
True in 2004 and still true in 2013
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2013! It's because of this truth that FOPAL
continues encouraging checking the value of uncommon books on the
internet so that they can be given a price which is fair to our
customers and high enough to ensure the Friends are maximizing
their sales revenue.
This is why our book sale customers are likely to see some books
priced higher than $1 for a hardback and 50 cents for a paperback.
A suggested pricing guideline for pricing book using internet
research is one third of the on-line asking prices given the
criteria of publisher, date, edition, signed copy, condition, and
availability. So, if you see a book priced for $10 at a monthly
sale, chances are this book would sell on-line for at least $30.
That being said some books warrant a fifty percent or more fraction
of the on-line prices. These higher value/priced books are still a
great deal to our "collecting and reader" customers.
One of FOPAL's challenges is to recognize those books that might be
even more out-of-ordinary and of unusually high value say...where
the Internet price is over $100.00. Now once these books have been
identified, FOPAL then looks for other markets for them where they
can be sold at prices well above what we might price and sell them
for our monthly sale. FOPAL not only sells at sells books at the
monthly sale but also at the Friends Kiosk (Downtown library) at
auction and on-line.
If you can't attend the September sale, please drop by the Friends
Kiosk located in the Downtown library during library hours. Books
are priced $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. The Friends
Kiosk is restocked regularly with books for all interests. Or, shop
our on-line book store http://www.amazon.com/shops/grandmabetsybooks.
All proceeds from book sales benefit the Palo Alto Libraries.
Section Managers representing their sections
Thanks to a very generous donation from a local business, we are able
to offer brand new, never read copies of Thinking Fast and Slow by
Daniel Kahneman for the low price of $5.00 a copy. These are first
edition hardbound editions of the major New York Times best seller
from 2011. Kahenman delves deeply into how the brain works by one of
the most psychologists in the country offering new perspectives on
decision making, intuition, and cognitive biases. Written for the
layperson, Thinking Fast and Slow is a great read and will change
the way you think about thinking. -Jerry Stone
"We are having too much fun again this month in Humor with books
spilling out in all directions.
Top shelves: Where you will find newest most recent books and four
books on the Marx Brothers.
Of special note: Two books by Flann O'Brien - At Swim Two Birds (a
favorite of James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges) and Best of Myles
(an O'Brien pseudonym).
We have a very broad selection of books this month, all the way from
Benchley (5), Keillor (8), Brombeck (6) to White (7).
Bottom Left Shelf: home to Barry (14), Sedaris (6) and Thurber (12).
Cartoons - left of the bottom left shelf...99% of cartoons fill the
lower left shelf - with 1% - New Yorker hardbacks on the top right.
Onions- 12 volumes of The Onion can be found over in the Bargain Room
(H2) - we ran out of room for them!" -Nigel Jones
Philosophy has expanded to two bookcases, each with a different focus
but unfortunately not side by side.
Main Room, 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. Noteworthy this month:
Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (2 volumes), Arlington
House Essays, Emerson (in slipcase) Library of Congress.
This month we have the largest selection ever either by or about
Thoreau - 13 books in all. Also, we have 10 books relating to
Chinese philosophy, located on the bottom right shelf.
Main Room, Bookcase #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, single
volumes from sets, histories of philosophy or specific groups of
philosophers or schools of thought.
Noteworthy this month: Treasury of Philosophy, 2 vols, Dagobet
Runes & Defense of Wonder, Raymond Tallis. First time this year:
Books by leading philosophers, Being and Event, Alain, Badiou, and
two from Robert Audi.
Bargain Room: for all the books that have been well traveled don't
forget to visit the Bargain Room! -Nigel Jones
Music & Dance
Some of this month's new selections in the Music and Dance section --
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Times by the Editors of Rolling Stone
From the Beatles Sgt. Peppers to Nirvana's Never mind, Ray Charles
The Birth of Soul to the White Stripes Elephant, this book is packed
with classics. Behind-the-scenes stories of the making of these albums
are included, as well as rare photos of legendary recording studios
including Abbey Road and Muscle Shoals.
The Jim Morrison Scrapbook
The Jim Morrison Scrapbook captures the wild life, mysterious
death, and enduring work of the Doors' legendary leader.
The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter (1984)
From "Begin the Beguine" to "It's Delovely" to "My Heart Belongs to
Daddy" and "I Get a Kick Out of You", here are the complete lyrics
to the much-loved songs of Cole Porter--800 songs meant to be hummed,
sung, danced to, and remembered.
Carmen by Davide Pizzigoni.
The artist Davide Pizzigoni has created a stage for the imagination
with vivid illustrations that capture the exotic spirit of the
Spanish setting for this well-known opera.
Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
The Fisk Jubilee Singers was a troupe of young ex-slaves and freedmen
who ended up changing the face of American music. Despite their
venues of small-town churches and train stations, and the hardships
of poverty and racism, the Jubilee Singers eventually became a
popular vocal group whose admirers included Ulysses S. Grant and
Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists.
This is a comprehensive study of the pioneers of electric blues
guitar - including the great Chicago, Mississippi Delta, Louisiana,
Texas and West Coast bluesmen.
Conversations with Glenn Gould by Jonathan Cott.
One of the most idiosyncratic and charismatic musicians of the
twentieth century, pianist Glenn Gould (1932-82) slouched at the
piano from a sawed-down wooden stool, interpreting Bach, Beethoven,
and Mozart at hastened tempos with pristine clarity. Cott spoke
with Gould in 1974 for Rolling Stone and published the transcripts
in two long articles; after Gould's death, Cott gathered these
interviews in Conversations with Glenn Gould, adding an
introduction, a selection of photographs, a list of Gould's
recorded repertoire, a filmography, and a listing of Gould's
programs on radio and TV.
The Concerto by Michael Steinberg
Steinberg discusses over 120 works, ranging from Johann Sebastian
Bach in the 1720s to John Adams in 1994. Readers will find here the
heart of the standard repertory, among them Bach's Brandenburg
Concertos, eighteen of Mozart's piano concertos, all the concertos
of Beethoven and Brahms, and major works by Mendelssohn, Schumann,
Liszt, Bruch, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius, Strauss,
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven,
Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken
from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study
ballet. He eventually defected to the United States where he became
one of the great dancers of the world.
Also remember that we have a selection of sheet music for many
instruments and a variety of song books. -Charlotte Epstein
Home & Crafts
Home & Crafts has a marvelous selection of Woodworking books
(two full shelves worth) and an overflowing shelf of Pottery/Ceramic
books. Isn't fall the perfect time to dust off the saws and fire up
the kiln? -Nancy Welch
"Check out the CD section. Over 1,500 CDs including Classical, Rock,
Rock Compilations, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Classic 60's Rock,
TV/Movie/Broadway Soundtracks, International Groups, Easy Listening
Favorites, Country/Western/Bluegrass, Folk, New Age and Celtic
categories" -John Scheibe
Religion in Bargain Room, once again this month the Bargain Room is
very full of all types of religion books. Go get the bargains.
Cards & Bookmarks
This month in cards there is a large collection of packaged blank
cards and invitations in addition to the regular single cards for
sale. Don't forget to check out the bookmarks as well.
"We have a lot of new books in the Health Section this month.
The Asian Medicine and Yoga shelf is bursting at the seams."
Children's Room new Tween recommendations
Welcome our newest contributor to the FOPAL monthly newsletter,
National Charity Leagues member Arushi Sahai. Arushi is a 12 year
old attending Girls Middle School; she loves books, volunteering,
and has a passion for writing and sharing her favorite titles
available for our September Sale. Please take the time to read
and then share Arushi's recommendations with your Tweens. If you
are interested in a book recommendation during or September Sale
look for Arushi volunteering Sunday 11am in the Children's Room.
Thanks Arushi and congratulations on your first submission to the
FOPAL monthly sale newsletter!
Tween recommendations by Arushi:
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham is about a boy named
Theo, who practically spends more time at the courthouse than at
home. Well, not really, but he wishes he could. Though only 13,
Theodore dreams of being a great trial lawyer or judge when he
grows up. He's already on the right track, because he knows so much
about law that his classmates ask him for advice on legal affairs.
The story gets really suspenseful when Theo finds himself applying
his knowledge much sooner than expected.
A citizen of Theo's town of Strattenburg has been charged with
committing murder. An unexpected person brings Theo news about an
even more unlikely witness, and Theo suddenly finds himself in the
middle of the biggest crime his town has seen in years--and in a
huge dilemma. A large number of people on both ends of the legal
spectrum would be affected if Theo doesn't succeed. While the jury
is leaning towards announcing that the cold-blooded murderer is
innocent, all of Theo's evidence points in another direction. The
most ironic part of Theo's fate is that he must make a sacrifice
in order to see justice served. How can Theodore Boone, only a
13-year-old boy, make sure the right person is convicted without
having to make an extremely difficult and personal decision?
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery depicts a spunky
redheaded orphan who finds herself shipped off to the beautiful and
heavenly Prince Edward Island in Canada. Anne Shirley is an
imaginative girl who has burst upon Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert
instead of the boy they were expecting to help Matthew with the farm
work. Despite a rough start to their relationship, Anne slowly
becomes part of the Cuthberts, and life without her is unthinkable.
Full of spirit, Anne has to learn to control her temper and live
with her ugly red hair--only two of Anne's tremendous list of
I know what you're thinking. Anne of Green Gables was published in
1908. Why should I read a book more than 100 years old? Here's the
reason: the story is poignant and funny at the same time. For
instance, Anne loses the friendship of her best friend in an
unfortunate incident, but gains it back in a truly heart-warming
manner. Another time, she accidentally jumps on top of a cranky
old lady when she is racing her friend to the bed. See what I
mean? Anne Shirley has a real knack for trouble, but I guess
that's what makes her such a lovable character, whose story has
left me laughing my head off plenty of times.
Flush by Carl Hiaasen is a funny book about a boy named Noah,
whose dad is in jail for sinking the Coral Queen, a gambling boat.
Noah's dad claims that the boat is dumping sewage from the gambling
nights into Florida's waters, turning the ocean into a "toilet bowl,"
as Carl Hiaasen says. All Noah wants to do is clear his dad's name,
so he sets out on a near-impossible mission to find evidence of the
Coral Queen's illegal dumping act. His younger sister, Abbey, is a
known childhood biter, and she assists him in keeping their mother
from divorcing their father. In addition to that, the pair meet Lice
Peeking, an ex-mate of the Coral Queen, and he shares a few secrets,
but for a hard bargain. Shelly, a bartender aboard the Coral Queen,
helps them with the craziest and most dangerous plan they could come
up with...and it has a pretty big chance of failing.
Noah is super busy proving his dad's claim and trying to keep a few
bullies off his back. But he has strange and sinister help with that
problem, too. An old guy with a gold coin hanging from a chain around
his neck shows up and puts the bullies in their place, but that
doesn't last very long. Who is he? And, what's the story with Shelly?
All these curious thoughts are running through his head when Noah's
team attempts their craziest feat yet. Will they succeed in flushing
the evidence right into the ocean for the whole world to see?
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.