USED BOOK SALES
Saturday July 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday July 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JULY
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 $2.00 and softcover books start at only $1.00.
NO NUMBERS WILL BE ISSUED FOR NON-MEMBERS FOR THIS SALE ONLY. IF YOU
ARE NOT A FOPAL MEMBER SIMPLY SHOW UP AT 11AM.
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 July and August
There are no closings scheduled at this time!
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
True in 2004 and still true in 2015
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2015! 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
Store located in the Mitchell Park Library, or the Friends Gondola
located in the Downtown and Rinconada libraries during library
hours. Books are priced $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks.
The Friends Store and Gondola are restocked regularly with books for
all interests. Or, shop our on-line book store at
All proceeds from book sales benefit the Palo Alto Libraries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
What's special for July 2015
The bi-annual Members Early Sale is scheduled for this Saturday July
11th! If you're a member of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library,
you'll be able to get in early to the Main Room at the July 11th 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
For members again special treats: Artisan roasted coffee will be
offered again by long-time volunteer and coffee connoisseur Dean
Ujihara. Here's a list of the coffee he will likely roast for this
Saturday's sale. As per our usual, Dean will be serving five coffees
from Sweet Maria's:
- Hawaii Kona Kowali Farm Typica: A nice mild Hawaiian cup, citric
acidity, base honey sweetness, white grape, cane sugar, light
- Rwanda Karongi Gitesi: Floral, fruited caramelized sugars, citrus
oils, and layered sweetness. Complex, bright, and clean, good for
- Mexico Organic Chiapas Jaltenango: A "coffee" coffee, low acidity
well balanced, brown sugar, roasted nuts, with hints of black tea.
- Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Dabub Matebya: A classic Yirga Cheffe,
bergamot citrus, raw honey, floral jasmine, stone fruit, black tea,
- Kenya Nyeri Kigwandi SWP Decaf: Toasted and rustic sugars, orange
oil, grapefruit skin and barley tea, structured and complex citric
acidity, good for Espresso.
Also, home baked cookies compliments of FOPAL Membership chair
Martha Schmidt & daughter!
LOOK for two check-in/ticket lines; one line for renewing members,
new members and those members without their membership card, and one
line for members with their cards. To speed your way through the
ticket line please find and bring your membership card!
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members
Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am 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
11 am line.
You may also renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day!
What's what in Psychology?
"Psychology, the study of mind and behavior, offers tools and
insight to help you learn about yourself and others, and create the
best possible life for yourself in whatever you do. Whether you're
more inclined toward research and theory or practical ideas, we have
it in our Psychology section.
A Guide To The Psychology Sections - How to find the right books for YOU!
Professional Psychology Section has manuals and clinical texts for
counselors/psychologists, books about (or by) Freud and Jung,
text-books for psychology students. Non-professionals also find
books here to deepen their knowledge.
Self Help Section has psychology books for the lay person
offering cutting edge ideas and tools to help you deal with difficult
issues and to make positive changes in your life. Each month at least
50% of the books are new and they are typically a third to half off
the Amazon price. Most books are only $2-$3, so if in doubt, why not
buy it, take it home, and try it out!
Books in the first two bays cover a wide and wonderful range of
topics, so browse through the shelves and see what speaks to you! The
next bay has labeled sub sections: Happiness, Love, Dreams,
Hypnosis/NLP, Emotions, Difficult Emotions and Diagnoses, Creativity,
Addictions. Depression, ADHD, Autism, Stress/Trauma, Mind/Brain.
Subsections in the last bay are: Inspirational/Spiritual psychology,
Career/Business Psychology, Midlife/Aging, Death/Dying, Grief/Loss,
and Communication, Relationships (couples, marriage, and
Sex and Gender Section is across the aisle from the Self Help
subsections. Here you will find books on: Women's Issues, Men's
Issues, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Feminism, Sex/Sexuality, and Erotica.
Of course some books can be put in more than one section, so if you're
looking for a specific book, you might want to check all the bays.
Next time I'll share with you some of our more popular books along
with my personal favorites. Happy Browsing." -Marnie S.
"Have you forgotten, or never known, just exactly why we haven't had
diplomatic relations with Cuba for over fifty years? Do you want to
refresh your memory or learn new facts about the issues which brought
the blockade about? Then come to the History section where we have
a very timely and varied selection of books about Cuba this month.
You will find the books in the "International Politics and History"
subsection of History. We've put them on the top shelf for ease
of viewing and buying. Of course, don't miss the rest of the
History shelves as they are crammed with books on all sorts of
topics including more books about Cuba. For instance, in the section
on Spain you will find books about Cuba as part of the Spanish empire
in the Americas. In the US History section you can read about Teddy
Roosevelt and the Rough Riders and Cuba's importance in the
Spanish-American War, etc, etc. Happy browsing!" -Suzanne & Irina
"Waterwise, Drought-Tolerant, Water-Conserving are the current
watchwords in making fresh landscape gardening choices. To help you
re-think that lawn, escape a heck of a lot of maintenance, and
create a garden that actually looks good on twice-a-week watering,
take a look at all the books we've got on the WATERWISE shelf. There
are many volumes this month about ornamental grasses, California
natives, wildflower cultivation, and plants for summer-dry climates
(that's us!) And don't forget to check out the shelf below for books
on HERBS - they're attractive, tough, smell nice, and are actually
useful. Last but not least, to cover your territory with the ultimate
un-thirsty element, consider Stone in the Garden and In the Company
of Stones!" -Ann Justice
Art, Architecture & Studio Art
"Due to an extraordinarily generous donation, the best used art
bookstore on the peninsula just got even better. Look for big and
little beautiful books on every artists, art style or art movement
imaginable. There's also a good selection of museum/exhibition
catalogs. If you missed getting a catalogs from an exhibition check
out what we have to offer, these catalogs were often published in
limited quantities and only available at the art gallery/museum. Per
usual, our studio art section is bursting with books on drawing,
watercolor and oil painting as well as books on the creative process.
Along with our usual great collection of modern and contemporary art
books, we have again a huge selection of books on Impressionism and
Art in the Bargain Room is full to the brim and you'll also find
two carts of $1 books in the outside $1 tent sale. Enjoy"
-FOPAL team ART!
Philosophy for July
"New arrivals in Philosophy includes Voltaire's Bastards, Cosmos
and Psyche, The Mind of Kierkegaard, The World's Will of
Schopenhauer, a very fine edition of Rousseau's Emile and an
introductory overview, The Philosophy Book. We also have four
unusual papers on Logico - Conceptual and Logico - Systematics. This
month we have two box sets, Jowett's classic 2-volume edition, The
Dialogues of Plato, and the 5-volume 1973 edition of the Dictionary
of the History of Ideas.
Over in the Bargain Room we have the largest collection of
philosophy ever with six packed shelves, including 19 books from
Copleston's highly regarded series, The History of Philosophy."
Music for July
"As usual we offer books on a wide variety of musical topics including
classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance. New this month:
additions to the Beatles shelf; death of a rebel: A Biography of
Phil Ochs; What the Songs Look Like; The Kiss Years;
British Beat; Eddie Van Halen: Know the Man, Play the Music;
Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar; The Rock'n'Roll Singers
Survival Handbook; The Glenn Gould Reader and Wagner books on
the Opera shelf.
Also come to browse our wide selection of sheet music." -Charlotte
"Come to the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion,
literature, Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel and other related
New this month - Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence program
that Brought Nazi Scientists to America; Jewish Wisdom by
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin; Mandarins, Jews and Missionaries: The Jewish
Experience in the Chinese Empire; Rashi's Daughters in a
three-volume paperback set; The Jews in the California Gold Rush;
Einstein on Israel and Zionism; Start-up Nation: The Story of
Israel's Economic Miracle; The Rise of American Jewish Literature;
Never Again: The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism." -Charlotte
Health for July
"Who'd have thought that a book about posture and physical therapy
could also be a top seller in Dance, Photography and Human Kinetics?
Check out Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, a beautiful
book, primarily about dance, in perfect condition. Also, continuing
the musical theme: The Roar of Silence: Healing Powers of Breath,
Tone and Music and Microtonal Healing: Spirit of the Healing Voice
(about singing and chanting, known worldwide as effective healing
rituals)" -Verne Rice
"The Nature section is overflowing with terrific summer reading this
month! In the New Arrivals Section - Bottled and Sold, The Beak of
the Finch, In the Company of Crows and Ravens, Inside of
a Dog, etc. New arrivals are not limited to one section
however...you will find all Nature sections bursting with great
new titles this month. Animal story lover, we have Dewy, Marley and
Me, Modoc and over fifty more. Be sure to check out
Nature's red cart in the tent sale. Each book there is one
dollar - real bargains we couldn't fit on our shelves inside. As
always, we have dozens of "Green Dot" books - these are books by
well-known authors, award winners, and/or bestsellers, at our usual
low FOPAL prices." -Karen D.
Humor July 2015
"New arrivals in the Humor section include books by Amy Sedaris,
Tina Fey, Chris Rock, and Jimmy Buffett. New titles include Spy -
The Funny Years, The Complete Peanuts 1955 - 1956 and The
Geography of Bliss. In the British section new arrivals include
five books by Wodehouse and an anthology of humor by Frank Muir, one
of the greats of the pre-Python era. Make sure to check out the
Bargain Room and look through the large collections of
cartoons." -Nigel Jones
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
The Navigator by Eoin McNamee
Owen is a young boy who does not understand why people regard him so
strangely. His father having disappeared (presumably committed
suicide), Owen lives with his sickly mother and suffers from
hydrophobia. One day, on a usual visit to the Den, a deserted room
that is Owen's secret hideout, he finds it teeming with activity.
The Resistors, a band of enigmatic warriors, have awoken from the
Sleep and have set up their base of operations there. Soon after,
a bizarre phenomenon occurs as time begins to move backwards, and
everything Owen had ever known vanishes before his eyes.
The Sub-Commandant, a Resistor leader, explains that the Harsh,
archaic haunting beings, have emerged and wish to purge the world
of all life by reverting time. To prevent this, Owen must join the
battle alongside the Resistors as the Navigator, his father having
played the same role before him. Can he prove his loyalty to the
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
For Milo, life is a dull experience devoid of excitement and
intrigue. One day, after returning home from school, Milo finds a
strange package in his bedroom. The parcel includes a miniature
tollbooth, a curious map of the "Lands Beyond", and a note addressed
"TO MILO, WHO HAS PLENTY OF TIME".
Upon driving past the tollbooth in his toy car, Milo suddenly finds
himself on a country highway in a magical land. He quickly befriends
Tock, a noble "watchdog" (quite literally), visits Dictionopolis
(the kingdom of words), and is given the impossible charge of
restoring Rhyme and Reason. The sheer vibrancy and peculiarity of
the foreign land soon convinces Milo of one astonishing truth:
life is not quite as boring as he thought it was.
The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams
Haven Hospital and Halls, a mysterious walled institution
established in 2020, incarcerates teenagers known as Terminals. Never
having known anything outside the hospital premises, every aspect of
the teens are strictly regulated by a watchful faculty, from their
education to their daily intake of food.
All such efforts are made to control the Disease the Terminals have:
one that displays no symptoms yet claims the victims' limbs, organs,
and memories. But as four Terminals: Shiloh, Gideon, Daniel, and
Abigail, become obsessed over the possibility of living amongst the
healthy, they secretly delve into the inner workings of the Haven.
Their search engenders nothing but more questions, and soon the teens
begin to have doubts about the hospital's true purpose. What if all
they've learned about their own conditions are fabricated? And what
if the Haven is not what it claims to be?