USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Sunday January 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
Sports (Hunting & Fishing)
Psychology & Self-Help
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 and Openings for January and February
All libraries will be closed on Sunday, January 18, and Monday,
January 19, for the Martin Luther King holiday. Normal hours
will resume on Tuesday, January 20.
Last month we wrote that then-current expectations were that the
Temporary Main Library would close in early January. At the time
of writing, that will happen on January 7. By the time we get this
newsletter out, it will probably already be closed.
Current plans are that Rinconada Library will have its Grand
Opening on Saturday, Feburary 14, which is also the date of our
February book sale, so plan accordingly. It will also have a soft
opening on some earlier day. More details are available on
the City's web site.
All libraries will be closed on Sunday, February 15, and Monday,
February 16, for the President's Day holiday. Normal hours
will resume on Tuesday, February 17.
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
Friends Bookstores in Mitchell Park and Downtown
If you cannot attend the book sale, please drop by the Friends
Bookstore located inside the Mitchell Park Library and Downtown
Library and open during library hours. They are restocked regularly
with a unique selection of books for all ages and interests.
Look for FOPAL high-value books on Amazon.com at competitive prices
Book Sales on line at:
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 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.
Start a Family Library for 2015!
If you ask many book lovers, the most important piece of furniture
in a room is the bookcase. A home library doesn't have to be
elaborate or expensive to provide rich reading experiences. Many
children have their own bookcases in their bedrooms, and for many
homes books can be found displayed in almost every room of the house.
For these families reading materials are simply a part of everyday
family life. FOPAL can help you fill your family library with a
wonderful assortment of books and it won't cost you much at all.
With regular trips to our monthly sales and by visiting each of our
three sales rooms you can easily create a family library for 2015.
Remember, just about anything goes in a family library. Paperback
and hardcover books, a dictionary, an atlas, song books, magazines
for parents and kids, newspapers....
If you need suggestions for books while shopping FOPAL's book rooms
look for a volunteer floor person and ask for their advice. Most of
our volunteers are avid readers and would be eager to point you in
the direction of books perfect for you and your family.
If you're looking for books during the week or on non-sale weekends,
then you'll want to check out the Mitchell Park, Friends of the
Library Book Store or the Downtown FOPAL gondola. These sales areas
are open during library hours and restocked weekly with fresh
books on a variety of subjects.
Nature for January
"How would you like to be able to identify the birds in your yard
and on your walks around your neighborhood? Join the Great Backyard
Bird Count, gbbc.birdcount.org, Feb. 13-16, 2015. Information is posted
in our Nature section along with bargain-priced bird guides to get
you started. Birding not for you? We are also featuring a great
selection of local and regional trail guides to help you with your
New Year's resolution to get outside more often. Check out our
special on Golden Guides, three for a dollar - your kids will
enjoy collecting them." -Karen D
From Nature for January also check out the Wolves special.
Explore both the history of the conflict between humankind and the
wolf and the elaborate social behavior between these animals within
their packs. One title featured is Wolves, a photographic
portfolio combining the work of some of North America's leading
wildlife photographers and one of the world's leading nature writers,
Daniel Wood. Another book form this collection worth considering is
Secret Go the Wolves by R.D. Lawrence. "They were pathetic
bundles of fur when R.D. Lawrence pulled them from the gory sack
stowed in a Cree Indian's canoe. Wrapped in their dead mother's hide,
the two wolf pups were soaked in water and blood, barely ten inches
long, and quite blind. Striking a bargain on the spot, Lawrence paid
the Indian twenty-five dollars and a canoe paddle for the male and
female cubs, whom he dubbed Matta and Wa (after Ontario's Mattawa
River, from which they had been rescued). Thus began an amazing
adventure for Lawrence, his wife Joan, and the malamute dog Tundra
in raising and caring for animals that Lawrence vowed would someday
return to their wilderness habitat." -Book description 2014. There's
a special display of the Wolves books in the last set of
bookshelves near the check-out line.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview photos.
Business Section Selections
"This month we have a lot of fascinating volumes regarding economic
theory from authors such as Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point and
Thomas Friedman The Lexus and the Olive Tree; women in
management from Sheryl Sandberg Lean In, Women, Work and the Will
to Lead; general management theory by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha
and Chris Yeh The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age;
business biographies such as Leslie Berlin The Man Behind the Microchip,
Robert Noyce; insurance guides such as Harry W. Crosby Long Term
Care Insurance; on venture capitalism such as Simon Acland
Angels, Dragons & Vultures, How to Tame the Venture Capital Beasts;
and innovation by Ron Adner The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation.
We have many more at well below retail prices." -Peter & Rick
Bargain Room Business Section
Look for an abundance of business books in our Bargain Room in
Cubberley H2, on shelves other than in the usual section. The last
three months we've been storing boxes of business books when
the shelves overflowed. Last month we got some of them out
and we're going to see how many more we can get out for the
Sports/Hunting and Fishing
During a recent estate purchase FOPAL's on-line sale guru Jerry
Stone picked up a "lot" of books compiled by an avid sportsman. In
this unique collection we found dozens of books on hunting, fishing,
trapping.... If you've always wanted to know the best rod and reel
to use when bass fishing then come check out this sports special.
Althea Andersen has priced books from this collection at one to three
dollars each and put them on display in the first "specials" bookcase
on your right as you enter the Main Room.
Look for titles like, At Home In the Wilderness, by Sun Bear-
"Sun Bear, founder of the Bear Tribe, wrote this book several years
ago, and used it extensively in his retreat classes. All those who
plan a return to the land way of life, can learn many wilderness arts
and methods from this author, a Chippewa Indian, who spent years in
the wilderness learning the ancient survival techniques of his
ancestors. He includes some modern ones too." Also WhitetailX2,
by Norm Jollifee and Ben Lee- "This hunting book is written by two of
the most experienced deer hunters and articulate storytellers of
today. Maine's Jolliffe and Alabama's Lee have teamed up to recount,
each in his individual Yankee or Deep South fashion, all that they
know about the northern and southern whitetail species." And The
Habit of Rivers, by Ted Leeson- "There was a time that I didn't
fish," writes Ted Leeson in his introduction to this stunning first
book, "but I cannot remember it. Thirty-five years ago I toddled off
to Turtle Creek with a cane pole and worms and returned with a
six-inch smallmouth and a monkey on my back. I ate the bass and have
been feeding the monkey ever since." With wry humor and rare insight,
The Habit of Rivers tells the story of Leeson's passion for
rivers, trout, and fly fishing, and his experiences as a newcomer to
the Pacific Northwest.
Psychology and Self-Help
With every New Year comes a New Year's resolution: a vow of.... Look
to our Psychology self-help section to get you started on your New
Year's resolution. We have a terrific selection of some of the most
popular self-help books. Here are several titles for you to check out
as you look for inspiration for your 2015 resolutions: Playing Big:
Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message, by Tara Mohr- A
groundbreaking women's leadership expert and popular conference
speaker gives women the practical skills to voice and implement the
changes they want to see in themselves and in the world, The ONE
Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results,
by Gary Keller- In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to cut through
the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward
your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling,
revive your energy, stay on track, master what matters to you.
The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of
your life-work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT'S YOUR ONE THING?
Being in Love, by OSHO- Being in Love will inspire you to
welcome love into your life anew and experience the joy of being truly
alive by sharing it.
Modern Literature (20th Century Fiction)
"Several titles, all first editions, by Norman Mailer, an assortment
of books by S.J. Perelman and Calvin Trillin, both of whom have been
staff writers at The New Yorker, they are both noted for the wit and
humor of their writing. Quality stories that will make you laugh!
Found in Modern Literature, which is organized alphabetically by
author's last name." -Scottie Zimmerman
Philosophy for January 2015
"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. New arrivals in
the left bookcase include two books on Heidegger, one by Magda King,
the other by George Steiner; two books on Hegel, one by Loewenberg,
the other from Modern Library; and a very good edition on Nietzsche
also from the Modern Library. New arrivals in the right bookcase
include: Thinking and Destiny by Percival, Freedom by Rollo
May, On Tyranny by Strauss, Poetics of Space by Bachelard, An Ethical
Life by Singer, Doubt by Hecht and Antifragile by Taleb.
Don't forget to visit the Bargain Room for even more Philosophy books."
Humor for January 2015
"The highlight for Humor in January is a collection of National
Lampoon magazines. They are from April 1980 to December 1980,
inclusive and are in a bright yellow National Lampoon binder.
They are priced at $25 for the set. Other highlights include a
biography of Charles Addams by Linda Davis, Herblock's autobiography,
Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam, and Letters from a Nut by
Jed Nancy. We also have our largest selection of Presidential related
humor, 25 very bipartisan books for every taste.
There is even more Humor to be found in the Bargain Room,
especially cartoons" -Nigel Jones
Greetings from Cards
"Starting this month, all individual cards will be priced at 25 cents.
Boxed cards are available across from the cashiers in the main room,
just below the postcards." -Marda Buchholz
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.