USED BOOK SALES
Saturday October 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday October 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN OCTOBER
4000 Middlefield Road
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
Maps and Directions
More information on the sales
Donate your used books, CDs, DVDs, &c
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.
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 October and November
Rinconada Library will be closed on Friday October 9 for pest
All Library branches will be closed on Monday October 12 for the
Columbus Day holiday. Regular hours resume on Tuesday October 13.
All Library branches will be closed on Wednesday November 11 for the
Veterans' Day holiday. Regular hours resume on Thursday November 12.
All Library branches will be closed at 6:00 PM on Wednesday November
25 for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will remain closed through
Friday 27 November. Regular hours resume on Saturday November 28.
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, Downtown, and Rinconada
If you cannot attend the book sale, please drop by the Friends
Bookstore located inside the Mitchell Park Library, Downtown
Library, and Rinconada 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 October 2015?
To say our donation volume has been steady would be an
understatement. Here's a big THANK YOU to all who have donated
material for our sales! We still have quite a backlog and expect
to have strong sales all through the winter months.... Speaking of
which, you'll find Fall Holidays books, music, and more in the
bookcases just outside the office (opposite Travel). We will restock
this area with new material through December. Military History has
a strong selection of offering and a special on the Civil War; look
for these books in an entire specials bay next to the Philosophy
section. Vintage Treasures return to the Main Room look for these
great "old books" near Audiobooks and Humor. After a couple
of slow months, the New Age section has a lot of new material....
For October the Bargain Room has its shelves all filled up. Look for
a special selection of "Eastern Religion" books, a new section of
music CDs and all new LPs! A huge donation of paperback fiction came
in late in the month; a bit will make to the shelves this month but
look for the bulk in the Bargain Room in November. Remember to check
the Tent Sale for great books from almost every section priced at
$1.00 and, there will be lots more next month too.... These are just
a few highlights; all of the shelves are full!
Members Annual Meeting for 2015
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: Mitchell Park Branch, Midtown Room
Agenda: Election of 2016 Board members and officers; annual financial
summary from the Treasurer; other business from the members.
"Please join us at our annual meeting on October 14 at the Mitchell
Park library branch. The feature presentation will be a talk by
Jenny Jordan, the Library's Youth Services Manager, on the library
programs that FOPAL has funded, including the Library's Summer
Reading Program. Jenny's talk will be followed by a discussion of
how FOPAL and the Palo Alto Library work together to decide on FOPAL
grants to the Library. The floor will then be open to you, the
embers, to give us your thoughts on what you think FOPAL is doing
well, and how its operations might be improved. We look forward to
seeing you at the annual meeting." -Peter Dehlinger, President
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview photos.
"History is once again brimming with wonderful books this month in
all categories. Our Asia section is especially good with so many
interesting books about Japan we could only put part of them out
this month. We also have our usual extensive collection of books
about China as well as an excellent selection of books on India.
Historical Fiction also has more novels than usual set in Japan.
If you enjoyed the recent PBS series Poldark we have almost all
the books in the series." -Suzanne Little, History & Historical
"Two very recent best-sellers deserve attention. The Golden
Holocaust: The Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition
is a highly recommended, "powerful indictment of the world's deadliest
industry." Pulitzer Prize winning Five Days at Memorial: Life and
Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital, is "an elaborately researched
chronicle of life, death, and the choices in between at a New Orleans
hospital immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Both books are in
brand-new condition at a fraction of their cover and Amazon-used
On Monday of this week, Governor Brown signed the End of Life Option
Act into law. Despite some peoples' and groups' concerns, Californians
overwhelmingly supported the rights of all persons facing painful,
terminal illnesses to choose how and when to end their lives. On our
shelves is a large collection discussing the pros and cons of this
measure. Our chronic disease section features new arrivals on
Parkinson's Disease and thyroid disorders. Also, come and see a
series of beautiful (and encyclopedic) books on many aspects of old
and contemporary Chinese Medicine; very expensive books at very low
FOPAL prices." -Verne Rice
"Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion,
literature, Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel and other related
New this month - A Bride for One Night; Hebrewspeak: An
Insider's Guide to the Way Jews Think; The Jewish Image in American
Film; The Blessing of Broken Heart; Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in
Talmudic Culture; What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday
Life in Nazi Germany; Maus I and Maus II; The Last Jews In Berlin;
God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem"
Philosophy for October 2015
"New arrivals in Philosophy are to be found both on the top shelves
of the right hand bookcase and within the subject area of specific
philosophers. We have a rich assortment of new arrivals in October
including Retreat from Commitment by Bartley (signed), Connected
Knowledge by Cromer, The Columbia History of Western Philosophy,
and books on Leibniz, Ricoeur, and Spinoza, including With Reason,
his biography by Gullen-Whur. Additional titles include: Strategies
of Argument, Living Philosophers, and the three volume set Philosophy
in the Twentieth Century, and Jowett's box set, Plato.
We are continuing our section of Philosophy as it relates to
perception, mind and consciousness and these are to be found on the
fourth shelf of the right hand bookcase. Two interesting and unusual
books are an illustrated copy of Erasmus's In Praise of Folly and
Bachelard's Poetics of Space. Don't forget the Bargain Room where
even more Philosophy books are to be found."
Psychology / Self-help
"We have some great, currently popular books, especially in the
spiritual subsection, including: Buddha's Brain, Rick Hansen:
Mindfulness for Beginners (+CD), John Kabit-Zinn and
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (+CD), Stahl. Or
consider Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul, Giulio Tonon.
To help get you on the path to higher creativity, we have six copies
of the popular classic, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron, only $2
each (it is $6 with shipping on Amazon)! Gather together some friends
to meet regularly and play with your creativity together. Take some
time for yourself and browse the whole section- there's lots more
there." -With Joy, Marnie
Humor October 2015
"In October Humor shrinks down to one bookcase but increases the
number of new and recent arrivals. New arrivals from the brilliant
New Yorker include The 75th Anniversary Cartoon Collection, The
Book of Dogs, and The Book of Wine. Others in large format are,
from the Monty Python crew both Autobiography, All the Worlds, volumes
1 and 2, and The Meaning of Life, also Spy: The Funny Years, Life
magazine's Laughs Last and a hardback collection of the number one
British satirical magazine, Private Eye.
Not to be missed: Mad Magazine, About the 60s, What If? (A
collection of scientific questions and humorous answers), and from
Ireland's greatest humorist (so said James Joyce), Flann O'Brian,
The Third Policeman.
Make sure to check out the Bargain Room which has the largest
selection of humor so far this year and look through the large
collections of cartoons." -Nigel Jones
Music for October
"As usual we offer books on a wide variety of musical topics such as
classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance. New this month:
Chopin's Funeral; Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from
Bill Haley to Beyonce; The Grammar of Rock; The Gospel of Hip
Hop; The Triumph of Vulgarity; Doo-Wop: The Forgotten Third of
Rock 'N Roll; Heavy Metal Islam; Under a Hoodoo Moon: The Life
of the Night Tripper; A Long Strange Trip; Balanchine Technique
Also come and browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted
by instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
Young Adult Fiction
This new section can be found in the Main Room's fiction corner and
contains literature traditionally written for ages ranging from
sixteen years to the early twenties. The subject matter and story
lines of Young Adult literature are typically consistent with the
age and experience of the main character, but Young Adult literature
spans the spectrum of fiction genres. Young Adult stories that focus
on the specific challenges of youth are sometimes referred to as
problem novels or coming-of-age novels. Look for a selection of
books from all of the above.
Teen reviews by Tristan Wang
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
"It is the cusp of the Great War, and all the European nations are
arming up. The Germans have their Clankers -- steam-powered war
machines fashioned from steel and brass. On the other side, the
English Darwinists employ Beasties -- vicious, genetically fabricated
Amidst the chaos and destruction are our two main characters.
Aleksander, the Austrian Prince of Hohenberg, is on the run from his
own people. With his throne snatched from him, he flees for his life
aboard a mechanical walking tank. Deryn Sharp, a Scottish commoner
and aeronaut, is a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service.
Fondling the urge to fight for her cause, she must protect her secret
-- at all costs.
Our unlikely duo is thrown together aboard the Leviathan -- a
Darwinist airship and the most formidable war-beast in the skies of
Europe. Their worlds far apart, they are ardent enemies with nothing
in common -- yet somehow share a tethered fate."
The City of Ember by Jean DuPrau
Following a devastating apocalyptic war, the Builders dedicated
themselves to the preservation of the human race. Their solution was
the construction of Ember: an underground settlement illuminated
solely and entirely by artificial light. Having written instructions
for returning to the surface, the Builders sealed the papers in a
safe-box, to be revealed and implemented after exactly 200 years,
when Ember's power generator will expire. But the instructions were
lost, buried, and forgotten.
Years later, 12-year-old Lina Mayfleet has just been assigned the job
of messenger at her graduation ceremony. Shortly after, Lina
discovers a mysterious box hidden in her closet. Driven by curious
determination, Lina and her friend Doon decide to investigate its
jumbled contents.... But time is running out for the people of Ember.
The generator is dwindling, the food supplies are waning -- and the
life-preserving lights have begun to flicker.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
"Jerry Renault, high school freshman, has yet to recover from his
mother's recent death. Confused and depressed, he finds himself at
Trinity High School, a brutal environment overrun with bullying
and intimidation. Upon arrival, Jerry is already labeled as
vulnerable and targeted by the Vigils, a secret society of
vicious, power-scheming pranksters.
Shortly after, Jerry is threatened by the Vigils into accepting
his first "assignment": he must refuse to sell chocolates for the
first ten days of the school's annual fund-raiser. Jerry succumbs to
the request at first, but under the overwhelming pressure, his
timidity transforms into utter contempt. In a defiant rage, Jerry
continues to refuse the chocolates after the ten days, challenging
both the influence of the Vigils and Brother Leon, the imperious
As the outrageous act progresses into an all-out war, only one
question remains: who will prevail?"