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Saturday October 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm

Sunday October 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm


Holiday Books
Home & Crafts
Large Format


4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
(650) 213-8755

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More information on the sales
Donate your old books

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 cents.

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 number.

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 Columbus Day Holiday
All libraries will be closed on Sunday, October 12 and Monday, October 13 for the Columbus day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 14.

You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events on the Library's event calendar.
To the very generous people who donate books - and more - And to people who are thinking of doing so:

YOU ARE THE LIFELINE OF FOPAL and you have our unending thanks: we wouldn't exist without you! But we have a big favor to ask:
  • If possible, please hold large donations until after our Saturday and Sunday Sale Days.
  • Books brought in a day or two before the sale may not make it onto the shelves that month. (If you wish to see them on display, plan accordingly)
  • We're crowded. Please limit your Sale Day donations to a bag or two of books.
Right before and during the sale, our Sorting Room (where books arrive) is filled as high as it's safe to stack them. We don't have room to sort - let alone store new donations. We make these requests in the interest of efficiency and the safety of our loyal volunteers. We are anxious never to turn away donations and will work to accommodate your travel and schedules.

Regular donation times are Monday through Saturday, 2 to 4 pm. If these hours won't work for you, volunteers are often available at other times to welcome you; please call us at 650-213-8755 to be sure someone will be there.

We can also schedule local pick-ups if you are unable to bring your donation to the Main Book Room (Marty's Room). Call 650-308-4933 and leave a message for our pick-up team.

Your treasures are our treasures AND ALL BENEFIT THE PALO ALTO LIBRARY. AGAIN, OUR WARMEST THANKS TO YOU! -FOPAL Book Sale Committee
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.

Look for FOPAL high-value books on at competitive prices
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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 4pm to 6pm. 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 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 or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.

October 2014 FOPAL Book Sale

Donation volume has been steady. Thanks to all who have donated material for our sales. We still have a bit of a backlog and expect to have strong sales all through the winter months.... Speaking of which, you'll find Fall and Winter Holiday books, music, and more in the bookcases just outside the sorting room (opposite Travel). We will restock this area with new material through December. Art has a strong selection of material, much of it from the huge September donation. For October we've added an additional bay for books on Post Impression & Impressionism Art, this selection can also be found in the bookcases just outside the sorting room. Look for the overflow of Art books in the Bargain Room (Room H2) as well. Home & Crafts features knitting, needlepoint and even some sweet paper doll books...Princess Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis...this month. After a couple of slow months, the Large Format section has a lot of new material. A large donation of History books came in late last month, and now many have made it to the shelves. As always don't forget to check the Bargain Room and Outside Sale for great books priced at $1.00 or less and, there will be lots more next month.... These are just a few highlights; all of the shelves are full!

Preview Our Shelves

Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this weekend using our shelf preview photos.

Cubberley Maintenance and Parking at Weekend Sale

Watch out for a temporary closure of the rear vehicle access road to the parking area adjacent to the Main Room (along the tennis courts, leading to building K). There will also be a temporary closure of the parking stalls below the large overhang on the north side of Cubberley L wing (which houses the dance studios near the Main Room). Sorry for the inconvenience.


The section manager for Art has created a special Impressionism & Post-Impression. "Impressionism emerged in the mid-nineteenth century in opposition to the finished style of academic painting. It often depicted scenes of daily life, and used painterly strokes and shifting color areas to capture the effects of light and atmosphere. Post-Impressionism refers to a host of artists and styles that emerged after Impressionism in the late nineteenth century. Although diverse in style, they tend to share an emphasis on intense, sometimes arbitrary, colors, expressive forms, and painterly brushstrokes." (from Look for this October special in the bookcases just outside the sorting room (opposite Travel & next to Groovy Media/LPs).

Special November H1 Sale

FOPAL has reserved Cubberley Room H1 again for another special sale on Saturday November 8th, 10am-4pm! We have received many unique Ephemera items that we've been holding for just such a special sale. Look for these Ephemera items and a selection of better books that Jerry Stone collected and will be making ready for sale.

For more info on this special November Room H1 Sale please follow our Twitter feed @fopalbooks.

Mysteries & Curious Books for October-Oh My!

"Well, in addition to the usual huge array of Mysteries, I have lots of books on tape - in the Books on Tape section - next door to the DVD section. Also, lots of Games & Puzzles near the exit door. There is a particularly nice selection of wonderful puzzles.

Then the Curious Books section is packed with good little books - Pat (our regular Curious Books section manager) is away but will return for the next sale. Stop by and have a look - you're sure to find something - and it's not too early to think of Christmas stocking stuffers." -Judith Wagstrom

Eastern Religions

Eastern Religions has a larger than normal selection of books on Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism including many titles by and about the Dalai Lama. -Jerry Stone

Humor for October 2014

"...this is New Yorker month; we have 11 excellent, high quality books, cartoon collections and essays, top right shelf! All new arrivals and signed books are on the top two shelves. New titles include, The Quotable Women, The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everyone, The Encyclopedia of Immaturity and several books from one of the great cartoonists, George Booth.

For the Dave Barry fans, an autographed copy of Boogers Are My Beat? Top shelf! You will find many more Humor books, in particular a great selection of cartoons, over in the Bargain Room." -Nigel Jones


"Looking for the perfect addition to your medical reference library? We have the 2000 and 2009 editions of the well-respected CMDT- Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment/Lange. The CMDT includes summaries of the symptoms, causes and treatment options for more than 1,000 diseases and disorders, written by specialists in their fields. Nurses and the Law and Medical Errors are must-haves for those interested in legal nurse consulting. Do you enjoy reading about medical detectives? In our Scourges section read about ancient as well as newly emerging plagues, including a disease called Kuru with an unbelievable cause. All of our sections are packed with new arrivals at amazing FOPAL prices!" -Karen D.

Philosophy for October 2014

"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 in the right bookcase on the top 3 shelves. Titles of new arrivals include: Essays on Frege, The Way of the World, The Rediscovery of Mind, and New Philosophy for New Media, Practical Ethics and The Dream of Reason.

This month we also have an unusually large selection on Existentialism to be found on the 3rd shelf of the right bookcase. There is also a full bookcase of Philosophy over in the Bargain Room." -Nigel Jones

October Music

As usual we offer books on a wide variety of musical topics. This month look for: Nureyev - Photographic Essay; Mark Morris' i'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato - A Celebration; The Work of Hipgnosis 'Walk Away Rene'; Glyndebourne 2000; Talent is Overrated; Why We Like Music - Ear, Emotion, Evolution; Pete Seeger in his Own Words; Choreography Narrative - Ballets Staging of Story and Desire; Music at the White House - A History of the American Spirit; Ready to Die - The Story of Biggie Smalls; Girls Like Us; The Private World of Leonard Bernstein.

Also come to browse our wide selection of sheet music. -Charlotte Epstein

Children's Room - Arushi's Recommendations

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket is the first in a series of fabulously unique books about the three Baudelaire orphans. This first story starts off a, well, series of rather unfortunate events. After they are orphaned, the children go to live with a distant relative by the name of Count Olaf, where life is very bland and they are not treated well. Little do they know that the only reason Count Olaf took them in is because there is a plot to steal their family fortune...

Have you ever wanted to be told a story not only through words, but drawings as well? If so, Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is the perfect book for you! There are few words telling the captivating stories of a boy and girl set nearly fifty years apart. Beautiful drawings enrapture the reader, and while watching the stories intertwine over and over before finally merging into one, the reader becomes a part of the story as well. I love this book every time I read it because it reminds me that stories can be told in so many different ways, and Wonderstruck has the perfect mixture of words and images. -Arushi Sahai

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.
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