USED BOOK SALES
Saturday June 14
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday June 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JUNE
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 Independence Day Holiday
All libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4 for the Independence
Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, 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 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.
Members Early Sale Set for July 12th
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set a date for a Members Early sale
on Saturday July 12th. If you're a member of the Friends of the Palo
Alto Library, you'll be able to get in to the Main Room early at the
July 12th sale! Life Members are allowed to enter the sale at 9am and
can purchase up to 50 books. Members at all other levels can enter
the sale at 10am and purchase the normal 12 books at a time. Enjoy a
less crowded main book room and get first crack at our wonderful
collection of materials.
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members
Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9am and 10am lines at the
Main Room, since most people who come early are members of the
Friends. Each Member will get just one ticket, although members at
and above the $30 levels may bring in their families, consisting of
one or two adults and children. No tickets will be given out for the
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL that day. Renew, or
join now at www.fopal.org/join!
Better Than a Tie, Give Dad a Book for Father's Day - Sunday June 15th
Dads love mysteries, true crime and thrillers and we've got plenty of
nearly new hardbacks. For the June sale you'll find books from all
dad's favorite authors: Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Ian Rankin and
Jo Nesbo. Or, if you'd like to introduce dad to an author he's sure
to enjoy try picking up a book by Laurie King or from a relatively
new comer to the mystery book scene author Mark Gimenez. You'll find
these and more in our Mysteries & Thrillers section as well as a full
book case of vintage mysteries if you're looking for something really
original. With most priced under $2, you could afford to create a mini
collection for your dad this year.
Or, if antique cars are your dad's interest, then we've got a super
special for you. "See Antique Cars on entrance aisle...half price on
Sunday!" -Althea Andersen
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview photos.
Section Managers Representing Their Sections
Framed Art- "The book sale has a wide selection of framed art
which is displayed outside, we have art in sizes that will fit almost
any wall or space you might have. Our prices are very reasonable so
if you just need a frame come see if we have piece with a great frame
that you can use with your own work of art. On Sundays all framed art
is half price" -Charlotte Epstein
Greeting Cards- "In addition to regular greeting cards this
month are Father's Day cards and graduation cards, PLUS bookplates
and a replenished selection of stationery." -Marda Buchholz
History & Politics- "This month the History and Politics
sections received an extensive collection of books about John F.
Kennedy. Many of them are large format books that we have rarely
seen before in the book room. There is a special display of these
books in the last set of bookshelves near the check-out line. Our
other shelves are jam packed with many interesting and unusual
books." -Suzanne Little
Historical Fiction- "Historical Fiction is doing
something new this month by having three special areas featured.
One section has books dealing with African-American experiences.
The second special has books dealing with the Jewish experience.
The third special is a collection of books of biblical related
fiction (both Old and New Testament). You will find these books
in the center set of bookshelves of the Historical Fiction area.
For those of you interested in sea related stories we have many
books this month including a new donation of Dewey Lambdin sea
related adventures. These books are located on the tall shelves
between the two windows in the Historical Fiction section. Enjoy
history with that proverbial 'spoonful of sugar' when you read our
Historical Fiction." -Suzanne Little
Music & Dance- "Here are some of the interesting titles in the
Music and Dance section this month:
Prime Movers: The Makers of Modern Dance in America, That's
Dancing by Tony Thomas, The Role of Music in the Twenty-First
Century, Rolling Stones: An unauthorized biography in words,
photographs, and music, Musical Milestones: My Tale of Science and
Music, Heavy Metal Thunder: The Music Its History Its Heroes, Jazz by
Gary Giddins, Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones - 2 copies with
factory wrapping, Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Tour Program 2013, A
Celebration The Musical Theatre by Alan Lerner, Sondheim & Co by
Craig Zadan. -Charlotte Epstein
Sheet Music- Look for a large selection of sheet music being
offered in several different sale areas this month, Ephemera,
Bargain Room & Main Room. "Some of the better stuff was placed in
the sheet music boxes in the Music section. Four boxes are sorted
and labeled for Ephemera.... Four boxes are sorted, priced and
labeled for the June sale for the featured subjects table and are
stored...to be displayed on sale day. The remaining box or so was
sent to the Bargain Room...mostly songs and choral music
predominantly for church services." -Yelena Nazarova
Special in Science Fiction continues- "We have a special collection
of Science Fiction Book Club editions from across the six decades the
Club has been in existence. This includes great classic authors like
Clifford Simak, John Christopher, James Blish, Cyril Kornbluth,
Edgar Pangborn, and Wilson Tucker. Many haven't been reprinted in
some time, so this is a chance to pick up well-cared for books you
won't see other places. Here as well are many SFBC-only omnibus
editions -- complete multiple-book series in one or two fat volumes.
You can read the whole series for one low FOPAL price!"
Science Fiction Magazines in the Bargain Room-
"None in Ephemera this month, but there should be some
magazines from the 1990s in the Bargain Room this month."
Humor for June- "The top two shelves of both bookcases are
where you will find our new arrivals. This month look for
Dogfight, Trillin, Bill Maudlin's Army, My Crowd, Charles Addams,
This Book Will Change Your Life, Something I Said? Michael
Feldman, The Nasty Bit, Anthony Bourdain, Distory, The History
of Insults and The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde. As usual we also
have a diverse collection of humor, from presidents to pets and
Dave Barry to Robert Benchley. You will also find many more
Humor books, in particular a great selection of cartoons, over
in the Bargain Room."
Philosophy for June- 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. All recent arrivals are on the top
two shelves of the right bookcase. New titles include: Utopias
and Utopian Thought, Being Human, The Philosophy of Language,
Moral Ground, Human Cloning and Human Dignity, Shared Values for a
Troubled World, and The Lesser Evil. -Nigel Jones
Military History- Strategy & Tactics single issue magazines/war
games are for sale as one of FOPAL's June specials. Strategy &
Tactics is the longest running military history magazine, having
published over 250 issues in its 41 year history. Strategy &
Tactics was originally founded in 1966 by Christopher Wagner. In its
original format, it did not include a game in each issue but focused
on existing wargames, design material for games, and hobby news and
information. At issue #19, Jim Dunnigan acquired the magazine, formed
Simulations Publications, Inc. (SPI) and began putting games in the
magazine. The decade of the 1970's was dominated by SPI wargames and
Strategy & Tactics magazine became the wargame hobby flagship. Look
for the selection of Strategy & Tactics magazine displayed on
entrance aisle above the LPs.