USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday January 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
Xerox PARC Library
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 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 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
All libraries will be closed on Sunday, January 19 and Monday,
January 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal hours
will resume on Tuesday, January 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 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 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 $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.
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.
What's special for January 2014?
January marks a new year and new beginnings.... Time to start
planning that spring garden, there are oodles of ideas to be had in
our Gardening special! Look for a large selection of gardening
books featuring the traditional "English" style both small and large
scale. If getting your hands dirty isn't your thing, then maybe
brushing up on your knowledge of military history, spy stories and
famous campaigns is the ticket? Books on military history and
espionage are prominently featured in the Military History
section this month. And, you'll find both the Gardening and
Military History January specials in the "Specials" bookcase
just outside the sorting room door.
Two more January specials worth mentioning are a unique collection
of books being offered from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Library/Technical Information Center and for DVD fans a large number
of new DVDs in multiple copies. Look for a featured selection of the
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center Library/Technical Information Center
books displayed on the end cap shelves near the front of the main
room by the check-out line and in several other sections like,
Science, Business, Psychology, Self-Help, and Computers. All these
books are stamped XEROX PARC IC and many are priced $2. The outside
tent/$1 sale is where you should find the new DVDs, these will be
offered for (you guessed it)...a mere $1 each.
And, to get you excited about our upcoming February sale...we'll be
adding another special we are calling the Soviet Super Sale! The
Soviet Super Sale in February will include books from several area
of interest including: History, Military History, and Philosophy and
Historical Fiction. So if you've always been interested in the Stalin
era or post-Stalinist power struggle and the Khrushchev Era...then
February at FOPAL is the month to shop and buy books from the
Soviet Super Sale!
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
The Gardening section has received a sizable donation from the
estate of an antiquarian book dealer who specialized in fine, older
books about landscape gardening. Therefore, the section is awash with
many books about English landscape gardening, outstanding landscape
gardens around the world, noted garden designers, etc. etc. These
books are very reasonably priced and are displayed in the first tall
bookcase on the right as you enter the Main Room, just past the
sorting room, as well as in the Gardening section.
Military History & More
For our January sale we'll be featuring a special from our Military
History section. We received a large donation of books on the
KGB, ULTRA and MAGIC, special operations, and Area 51 to
mention some of the subsections of military history from a father
(85) and son (55) over one recent weekend. There were 13+ banker
boxes with two boxes already dedicated to espionage/spying.... Our
volunteers have been busy checking out this wonderful collection,
looking for more unusual titles and subjects. After some internet
research on book value this "life time" collection has been priced
and will be displayed in two bookcases on the right as you enter the
Main Room, just past the sorting room, as well as in the Military
History section. Two titles to mention are: Violette Szabo: The
Life That I Have by Susan Ottaway and The Catcher Was a Spy:
The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff.
Bounty from the Legendary Xerox PARC Library
We received an incredible donation from the legendary Xerox Palo
Alto Research Center. Like most companies they are taking their
corporate library "all-digital". PARC has always been a huge
supporter of FOPAL and for the next three months we'll be offering
some great books on subjects such as Computers, Science,
Business, Psychology, Sociology, and Linguistics,
among others. The books feature many esoteric and obscure subjects
and can mostly be found in the individual Sections (look for the
"Xerox PARC Library" stamp on the page end). We'll also have a
specially curated "Featured" section in the book case next to the
DVD section. -Jerry Stone
Typically the outside $1 tent sale is reserved for better hardcover
books selected for sale by our section managers. But, for this month
we are adding new/never opened DVDs that we received, many titles
will have multiple copies available. Here are some of the movie
titles to give an idea of what you might find: The Great Debater,
starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker, City by the Sea,
featuring Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand and Palo Alto's very own
James Franco and...My Big Fat Greek Wedding starring Nia
Vardalos & John Corbett. All these DVDs are worth purchasing and
watching for $1/ea.
Half-price sale in Home & Craft
It's SALE time in the Home & Craft section. Most of last
year's Better Books are now 1/2 price- They are a whole year older
and maybe that makes them an even better bargain so grab them fast
for pleasure, investment or resale. -Nancy Welch
Highlights in the Music and Dance Section
Cuban Ballet by Octavio Roca, Dance 2wice by Patsy Tarr
and Abbott Miller, and American Mavericks: Musical Visionaries,
Pioneers, Iconoclasts, Leonard Bernstein: American Original by
Lennon Revealed by Larry Kane, The Kennedy Chronicles: The
Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses by Kennedy,
Situating Salsa edited by Lise Waxer, Air Guitar by
Dave Hickey, The Barbed Wire Waltz by Robert & Einzi Stolz,
Piano - The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand by James Barron
and The Queen's Throat - Opera, Homosexuality and the Mystery of
Desire by Wayne Koestenbaum. -Charlotte Epstein
Greeting cards in ALL categories including Valentines can be found
outside the main room at bargain prices. A selection of Valentines
cards will be offered in the January sale since the February sale
will be after Valentine's Day. Greeting card price will increase to
50 cents per card in 2014. Get your cards this month at this still
unbelievable price. -Marda Buchholz
Philosophy for January
The Philosophy section is in the main aisle in two adjacent
Left Bookcase, This bookcase focuses on books by or about specific
philosophers. Many of the old favorites are here again this month
such as Aristotle (12), Plato (15), Russell (5), Seneca (2) and
Chinese, we have 10 books relating to Chinese philosophy, located
on the bottom shelf.
Right Bookcase, 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.
You will find some of our recent arrivals on the top shelf, including:
Hamerton-The Intellectual Life, 1911, Highet-Man's Unconquerable
Mind, 1954, Fillingham-Foucault for Beginners, Kohanski-The
Philosophical Programmer, signed, Moore-Ethics, Pears-
The Nature of Metaphysics, 1957, Safranski-Martin
Heidegger: Between Good and Evil, Santayana-Persons and Places,
Wellmuth-The Nature and Origins of Scientism, Aquinas Lecture
1944 and Zizek-Looking Awry, Lacan.
Noteworthy: Henri Bergson-Matter & Memory, Elizabeth Kamarck
Minnich-Transforming Knowledge, an analysis of our educational
systems by a noted professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies. Marcus
Aurelius-The Dialogue, Alan Stedall reimagines Meditations
as conversations with Galen and others.
Ethics and Morality- On the second shelf are 35 books related to
Ethics and Morality. -Nigel Jones
Health & Medicine- CALLING DOCTOR-READERS!
Do you miss Dr. Kildare, Chicago Hope and ER, and is Grey's Anatomy
keeping you alive by easing your thirst for Medical Fiction and Drama?
The Health Section has an enormous, heartwarming and often
gut-wrenching collection of books written by doctors (and patients),
about doctors and patients, their personalities and problems, and
the ailments and disabilities that beset all of us. The writing is
challenging, hypnotic, educational, fun to read and engrossing: Is
there anyone among us who doesn't often focus, willingly or not,
on what's hurting -- and on the medical professionals who care for
us? (Or we wish they did.)
This is Medical Literature: Mostly fiction and memoirs, but filled
with facts, a prescription for broad spectrum treatment of the Wider
World of Medicine. Also contains Complications, Confessions and
"Death of the Good Doctor." Highly Effective in treating Curiosity
and possible Deficiency of Really Good Reading. -Karen D &
Humor Section Continues to Spread
Usually 2 bookcases with 10 shelves this month we have 3 bookcases
with 13 shelves. For convenience they are described as Right Wing,
Left Wing and Ultra Left Wing.
Right Wing- upper shelves / Wet Weather = Dry Humor.
This month, for no apparent reason, we have our largest selection
ever of humor from the British Isles.
Wodehouse: a bio by McCrum, the complete Mulliner, and five
novels including Thank You, Jeeves, the first Jeeves novel,
Spike Milligan: Spike was many things, one of which was a founding
member of the Goon Show, (the essential precursor to Monty Python,
who were his devoted fans).
Dawn French, Mr. Bean, Times Humor, 1956, Frank Muir: the stylistic
opposite to Spike, Brit Think. Grossmiths-Diary of a Nobody,
(first appeared in Punch 1892), a nondescript Penguin paperback in
which the nondescript Mr. Pooter invites you to visit his family.
Jerome-Three Men in a Boat (surely a masterpiece of its
Two collections of Irish Humor, Two collections of Limericks
Autographed Books: does anybody care? Apparently you do and I can
think of three reasons: you thought giving an autographed book was a
neat gift idea, you have always wanted an autographed book (who cares
who it's by), or you are a dealer and I accidentally made your day.
This month we have the following: Dave Barry-In Cyberspace, Dr.
Science's Big Book, Jean Humburg-Honk If You Like Canada
Geese, Jeffrey Shaffer-I'm Right Here, Fish-Cake. (This
may be no more than an optimistic guess but it does seem to say Jeff,
or John or something like that)
Left Wing- Top shelf- The Marx Brothers, Woody Allen and a raft of
people you have probably seen on TV, also a full shelf covering the
classic era from Robert Benchley up through the 40s, 50s and 60s, and
of course our old favorites including, Dave Barry (12), James Thurber
(10), Garrison Keillor (15) and O'Rourke (8).
Ultra Left Wing- lower 3 shelves - Basically an assortment of great
books I could not get into the other 2 bookcases, or duplicates or
Cartoons- 99% of our cartoon collection is in the Bargain Room,
and 99% of them will be only 50 cents!
More Milligan: Spike won an award and Prince Charles sent a
congratulatory message to which Spike said, "Well, he's a groveling
little bastard!" The next day he faxed HRH saying, "I suppose a
knighthood is out of the question?" He ended up with a CBE and KBE.
Children's Room Recommendations from Arushi
In Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, he describes how people who
are not considered normal deal with life at Mica High School. It
tells the story of Stargirl, a most unusual young lady, through the
eyes of Leo Borlock. Leo, as is clear from the very beginning of the
book, is attracted to the unusual in life, such as porcupine
neckties. From the moment Stargirl appears at Mica High, Leo can
sense that underneath all her abnormal portrayal of herself, she is
actually a very nice person. The students at Mica High are unable to
trust the conflicting personality that she projects. They don't
understand her wacky behavior or the wacky clothes she wears.
Stargirl is a beautiful tale depicting the wonderful act
of finally belonging.
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements is probably one of most
fun books I've ever read. The story starts off with a bang when Bobby
wakes up one fine morning and looks in the mirror. That's when he
discovers that he has turned invisible overnight...and he has
absolutely no idea how to turn back to normal. Full of quirks and
sudden twists and turns, the story moves forward, showing how Bobby
struggles with invisibility before he learns how to deal with it,
actually, Bobby even finds a few things that are great about being
invisible. But until Bobby meets Alicia, a blind girl who doesn't
care if Bobby is visible or not, Bobby starts to lose hope that he
will ever lead a normal life again. When Alicia and Bobby start
becoming friends, she shows Bobby that there can be a way through
every situation, whether permanent or not. Things Not Seen is an
amazing book whose story continues in an equally thrilling novel,
Things Hoped For.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a beautiful story of the
four March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, whose family has recently
lost its fortune. This is a lovely classic that tells the tale of how
each one of the sisters must deal with their own problems as well as
dealing with the little money they have. For Meg, it is sacrificing
her love of beautiful and fine things in order to follow her heart.
Jo, an ambitious budding writer, must learn to control her temper and
become more ladylike, but she realizes that she doesn't have to lose
her fiery spirit to do it. Beth, by far the most sweet and bashful
of the sisters, must conquer her many fears in order to shine. Amy,
the youngest, must let go of her childish pride to turn into a proper
young lady. In the midst of all of this, the four sisters befriend
wealthy Theodore Laurence, the boy who lives next door. Full of
adventure, romance, and tragedy, Little Women is a book that
explores the life of the four March sisters during the Civil War.