USED BOOK SALES
Saturday April 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday April 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN APRIL
4000 Middlefield Road
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
Maps and Directions
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 is located in 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 green FOPAL reusable bags
from us for $2/ea (or bring your own grocery-size reusable bag) and
stuffing them with any items in the room for $5/bag. Fill four bags
at $5/bag and fill a fifth bag FREE! (We no longer receive sufficient
used paper grocery bags along with donations for this purpose.)
Library Closings for Easter Holiday
All libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 20 for the Easter
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Monday, April 21.
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.
True in 2004 and still true in 2014
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2014! 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 Main Room book sale customers are likely to see some
books priced higher than the Bargain Room prices of $1 for a hardback
and 50 cents for a paperback. A suggested pricing guideline for
pricing book using internet research is one-third to one-half 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 higher
prices, but are still a great deal to our "collecting and reader"
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 $40.00. 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 monthly sale, please drop by the Friends
Kiosk located in the Downtown library during library hours. Books
are priced $2 for hardbacks and $1 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.
A Reminder about the 12-Book Limit
Most people who come to our sales early on Saturday are enthusiastic,
cooperative, and they appreciate the reasons for our 12-book limit,
which is in force only until the Sale Manager announces that the
limit is lifted. This usually happens around noon; earlier when all
who are in line have been admitted, and when the Fire Department's
occupancy limit is no longer a problem.
Shoppers may not bring in more than one bag per customer, or any
oversize bags. Standard grocery-sized bags are okay - and of course
we encourage the use of our highly visible flashy green FOPAL bags,
for sale outside the entry ramp. Please remember that boxes and
large backpacks are a safety hazard, and we cannot allow them when
the book room is crowded.
We will remove shoppers from the sale if the they refuse to limit
the number of books in their possession to 12. A reminder: as
always, customers are welcome to choose 12 books, pay for them,
exit Marty's room and re-enter as many times as they wish, honoring
the waiting line if it is still in existence.
Our goal is to make our book sales as pleasant and rewarding as
possible, for as many customers as possible. We are grateful for
the support of most of our shoppers for shopping according to our
rules. We ask for the commitment of our "business clients" in
considering the rights of all of our customers and observing our
rules. -FOPAL Book Sale Committee
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.
Soviet & India Specials, Greeting Cards, LPs, Children's Room,
The Soviet Special was one of our featured subjects last month.
We've held over the unsold books from the last sale and added more
that we didn't have room for. There are lots of Fiction titles by
Soviet authors and stories set in Russia. Most are featured in the
center case outside the sorting room, others you'll find in the
appropriate sections.... Right next to the Soviet Special books
you'll find a collection of books on India, including some nice
Indian history books. There is a new assortment of LPs on offer
below the India Special as we had a large donation of vinyl last
month. Look for more LPs from this donation in the Bargain
Room/H2. There are more books in the Spring Holidays Special,
another one of last month's specials (more arrived this month)....
and added to this special you'll find dozens of new Greeting Cards,
both boxed and individual. A card loving collector bestowed upon us
10+ banker boxes all labeled "cards". Look for many more boxed cards
in the Outside Tent/Dollar sale. Also, large amount of "like new"
children's books/early readers came in during March. The shelves in
the Children's Room as well as the allotted space in the
Bargain Room are both overflowing. Looking for more Romance
in your life this April? It's easy to find in the Bargain Room/H2
this month and likely for several months to come. Look for packed
shelves and titles from all your favorite Romance writers.
In the Main Room a section switch was made to accommodate a
larger, more visible area for the Gardening section.
Gardening switched places with Reference which gives
Reference just the right amount of shelf room to accommodate
its current space needs. If you can't find your favorite section
please ask one of our friendly volunteers for help at the sale.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview photos.
The old shelf preview photos work too.
Section Managers' Mentions for April Sale
Each section's selection of books for each sale is determined by
the type of donations we've received. Here at FOPAL we lovingly call
all our generous donations "inventory." Here's what Section Managers
have to say about what's new in their areas!
Spring into Gardening for April
This month the Gardening section offers many intriguing,
inspirational, informative, and downright instructional volumes.
April is the prime month for planting veggies and herbs and to aid
your efforts there are books on organic gardening, growing more
vegetables than you ever thought possible, growing in California
conditions, growing your own salad, companion planting, designing
an edible landscape, and of course last but not least, two copies
of Rebugging Your Home and Garden, or how to ward off
insects that also wish to dine on your edibles. Given our current
drought, there is even the timely guide, Rainwater Harvesting
for Drylands and Beyond. -Ann Justice
Home & Craft Ideas for Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning and fix it up time--You know you have to do this--
don't procrastinate--just stop by Home & Craft to see this
month's featured books on this dirty subject. We can turn your spring
cleaning into a spring breeze. -Nancy Welch
Modern Literature: Books by John O'Hara
John O'Hara (1905-1970) was a best-selling and prolific writer. He
was also a famously difficult, self-promoting, insecure curmudgeon.
His first successful works of fiction were short stories, more than
200 of them published in The New Yorker. His first novel,
published in 1934--before he was 30--was Appointment in Samarra,
which received some critical acclaim and was a best seller. Other
novels include Butterfield 8, Pal Joey, and Ten North Frederick,
all of which were made into movies. In Modern Literature, Aisle 14,
we have a large selection of O'Hara's books, featured on a top shelf.
Spring Greeting Cards & More!
We have cards for special days--Passover, Easter, Administrative
Professionals Day, and Mothers Day - as well as regular greeting
cards, all for just 50 cents apiece. A tub of stationery items is
also on the card cart at various prices. -Marda Buchholz
Humor April 2014
Since the last sale we have had an avalanche of books for the Humor
section, 600 or more have been donated, and we only have space in the
Main Room for about 300. As a result, to clear the decks, the
Main Room is going to be an even better bargain than the Bargain
Room! All books in Humor in the Main Room, whether
great or small, hard or soft, will be only 50 cents for April. The
good books are priceless and even the others must be 50 cents worth
of funny. And if you don't like it, just donate it back; we will take
it. As for the Bargain Room, 600 - 300 means there are another
300 more books over there. -Nigel Jones
History and Politics for April
History and Politics are both filled with recently
published and/or unusual books this month. The shelves in the
Great Britain section are particularly notable. We have a large
collection on Iran in the International Politics and History
section. Serious history buffs and scholars will be delighted with
April's special on Historiography. The Political Theory section also
has an extensive selection this month. Liberal, conservative,
libertarian, internationalist, or isolationist; we have a full
spectrum of political positions and analysis represented in our
Politics inventory this month. Enjoy! -Suzanne Little
Prize Winners in Fiction
Readers of General Fiction: April is a great month to look for
books in the sections labeled "Award-Winning Authors." For example,
we have books by 11 Nobel winners including Yasunari Kawabata (1968)
and Alice Munro (2013). National Book Award, 18 authors. Man Booker
Award, 21 authors. Pulitzer Prize, 25 authors. International IMPAC
Dublin Literary Award, five authors. In addition, 39 authors are
represented in the section, "What Book Groups are Reading."
Philosophy for April
The two philosophy bookcases are arranged so that the left one is
primarily about specific philosophers, their works and commentaries
on their works, whereas the right is more to do with philosophical
topics, historical overviews and schools of thought. The selection
of books relating to ethics continues to grow and this month we have
a shelf and a half dedicated to it. Most new arrivals are in the top
two shelves of the right bookcase and include Utopias and Utopian
Thought, Manuel, Meaning and Existence, Blackstone,
Confessions of a Philosopher, Magee, Postmodernism, Ward
and Philosophy in the Flesh, Lakoff. New arrivals in the left
bookcase include The Essential Piaget, Heidegger's Basic
Writings, Martin Heidegger, George Steiner, and Hegel's
The Science of Logic. -Nigel Jones
Spring Selections from Music & Dance
This month's book selections in the Music & Dance section are
mainly from the classical genre. Composition for Computer Musicians
by Michael Hewitt, Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael
Hewitt, How to Make and Play the Dulcimore by Chet Hines,
Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary Life by Sabina Flanagan, The
Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard by Leonard Bernstein,
Guide to Pianist's Repertoire and Supplement by Maurice Hinson
(1979), Glenn Gould Variations - By Himself and His Friends by
John McGreevy, Andrew Lloyd Weber: His Life and Works by
Michael Walsh (shrink wrapped copy). Next to the music books you will
find a large collection of sheet music - study books for violin and
viola; all kinds of music for piano, percussion and drums, brass
instruments, harmonica and blues harp and many other choices.
Interesting Offerings of April in the Sets/Collections Area
Story of the Great War (WWI) 1916 - 8 volumes for $25,
Works of Theodore Roosevelt 1889 - 7 volumes for $35,
Smithsonian Series 1944 - 12 volumes for $40,
New Masters Pictorial Encyclopedia 1953 - 8 volumes for $20,
American Nation 1889 - 3 volumes for $25,
Ridpath History of the United States 1894 - 4 volumes for $25,
World's Best Orations from Earliest to Present 1900 - 10
volumes for $20, Memoirs of Jacques Casanova, Privately
Printed - 12 volumes for $30. -Charlotte Epstein
Red Dots in Health
The Health section has an exciting new feature we are sure you
will like: the "Red Dot". Each month we offer dozens of books still
sold in bookstores everywhere. Many are best sellers! To make them
easier for you to identify we have placed red dots on their spines...
and the savings are truly amazing. This month our shelves are packed
-- when you visit our section don't forget to read the article we
have posted about Kevin Trudeau, the popular but controversial
author of numerous self-help books. It appears he has 'helped'
himself to 10 years in federal prison for fraud. Take a look at his
books -- what is your opinion? Always interesting reading in the
Health section...we hope to see you there! -Karen & Verne
Children's Room - Arushi's Recommendations
The Secret School by Avi is an amazing tale of the determination
of a 14-year-old in the 1920s who desperately wants to go to high
school so she can earn her degree in teaching. Coming from a family
of sheep farmers in Western Colorado, Ida's dream is very ambitious,
and the only way for her to reach it is to pass her 8th grade finals.
However, the one and only school in the county unexpectedly closes
down in the middle of the year, and because of the shortage of funds,
they won't be getting another teacher, so Ida can't take her 8th
grade finals. Ida's dreams are crushed, until her best friend
suggests that she herself becomes the teacher of 1st through 8th
grade students. Can she do it, or will she have to give up her
dream of going to high school?
Shannon Hale, in The Princess Academy, tells another girl
empowering story. Miri, a small mountain girl, longs to work in
the quarry next to her village, like the other girls her age. She
dreams of being part of the quarry-speech, a kind of communication
that mountain-folk have that allows them to speak to each other
through their memories. When she is told that a prince will be
coming to the mountains to pick out a bride from their village,
and every girl of suitable age must attend a Princess Academy to
prepare them for society, Miri is incredulous. Nevertheless,
Miri is forced to leave her beloved mountain for this academy,
and she soon learns that the secrets of quarry-speech lie within
the walls of the school. When danger approaches the girls' new
home, Miri must use her wits and her new-found talents to rescue
herself and her friends.
For more mature children who are interested in futuristic
science-fiction, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a
thought-provoking story that has fascinated me ever since I first
read it. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is six years old when he is recruited
for Battle School, an academy designed to identify the brightest
young children in the world to command a fleet that will attack the
Buggers, an invading alien species nearly destroyed Earth less than
100 years ago. Though he's only six, Ender is put through the
toughest years of his life at Battle School, a school that orbits
Earth in space. Time is running out to find the perfect commander,
and Ender is the best chance Earth's got to protect the human
species. Ender's Game, now a movie, has a complicated plot
involving science, politics, and human psychology that has impacted
me so much. Whenever I read it, I find myself wondering if Ender is
ready to fight for humanity, or will this training crush him
forever? -Arushi Sinha
Tom Wyman, Library Champion and Activist, Dies at 86
Tom Wyman became active in the Friends of the Palo Alto Library in
the 1990s. Tom Wyman's mother was involved in forming the Friends
and was its membership chair. Wyman loved the city's libraries,
and in the decades between the 1990s until the end of his life, he
dedicated much of his time to enhancing them. He was especially
proud of his work with Friends of Palo Alto Library book sales. In
1999, Wyman wrote a book, Palo Alto and its Libraries, a Long
Time Love Affair. That year, he and Ellen were instrumental in
creating the city's library advisory commission. Tom Wyman became
its first chair. Tom Wyman currently held a position on the FOPAL
Board of Directors. Wyman is survived by his wife, Ellen, daughter
Susan, son Tom, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place April 18th at 11am, at Lucie
Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.
The family requests donations to FOPAL in lieu of flowers. For
those interested, there are instructions on our web site.