USED BOOK SALES
Saturday December 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday December 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN DECEMBER
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 December and January
The Library will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday,
December 26 for the Christmas holiday. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday, December 27.
The Library will be closed on Sunday, January 1 and Monday,
January 2 for the New Years holiday. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday, January 3.
The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 for the Martin
Luther King holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, January 17.
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:
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.
- 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.
- No popular magazines, no National Geographic, no Gourmet, no Sunset....
FOPAL is phasing out accepting any periodicals.
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 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:
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 916-936-4580.
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.
What's Special for December 2016
This December FOPAL members are benefiting with another Members'
Early Sale. All FOPAL paid members can get in earlier than the normal
11am start time. Because of this, the normal Main Room entry
procedure is changed. See the section below pertaining to the
Members' Early Sale.
Winter is upon us and generous donations keep coming in. This is the
perfect time to pick up books to give or collect for cold weather
reads. From European Languages, check out a collection of
books in Spanish, some paperback, others hardback with gilded covers,
and many historical novels. The Classics section this month offers
shelves of modern literature and a couple of nice sets too. The
Holiday section has been restocked with wide variety festive
books both fiction and non-fiction. These two specials bays are on
your right as you enter and are full of books on decorating,
cooking/baking, Christmas carols, holiday humor, mysteries,
inspiration, and romance...also, check out a selection of boxed
Hanukkah cards. Look for two red cart specials in the Main Room as
well, Antiquarian books are back and Signed books have been restocked
for December. The Art section as always is worth a look see this
month, with plenty of new stock and many books marked down for
What's coming up for 2017 is a January special: Stamps and more! To
begin the New Year our January special sale will include a trove of
philatelic materials, including stamps and complete sets of First Day
Covers (FDCs), many based on issues related to American history.
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale
A super Festive FOPAL Members' Early Sale is scheduled for this
Saturday, December 10th. Twice a year, FOPAL holds a Members' Early
Sale, at which members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library are
admitted early to the Main Room sale. Members enjoy a less crowded
main book room and get the first crack at FOPAL's wonderful
collection of materials!
Life & Sponsor Members Enter at 9am: At our Members' Early Sale,
Life and Sponsor Members (and one spouse or guest) may enter at 9am
and can purchase up to 100 books per membership only during that
first hour. Each Life Member and Sponsor Member must give the one
Purchase Slip per membership to the cashier before 10am in order to
purchase up to 100 books. If a Life Member or Sponsor Member exits
without purchasing all 100 books, he/she may take the Purchase Slip
and reenter to fill out the 100 books as long as they are purchased
Other Members Enter at 10am: Members at all other levels can enter
the sale at 10am, and purchase 25 books at a time.
General Public Enter at 11am: At 11am, non-members are admitted. The
usual limit on purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no
longer a line waiting to enter.
Ticket Handout Procedure: Tickets for early arrivers are handled
differently at the Members' Early sale. As is usual, tickets are given
out beginning at 8am. Look for two check-in/ticket lines; one line
for renewing members, new members and those members without a
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 given out are for the 9am and 10am lines at
the Main Room, since most people who come early are Members of FOPAL.
Each Member will get just one ticket, although Life and Sponsor
Members may bring one guest between 9 and 10am and Family Members may
bring in their families, consisting of one other adult and minor
children, beginning at 10am. No tickets will be given out for the
And, for a special treat long-time volunteers Dean Ujihara (coffee
connoisseur), Martha Schmidt & daughter (baking aficionados) will
tempt members with artisan roasted/brewed coffee and home baked
Join FOPAL Now: If you're not already a paid-up member, avoid delay
at the sale by joining online now.
"FOPAL has many beautiful books that would make fantastic holiday
gifts. New books include Poussin- The Early Years in Rome by
Konrad Oberhuber and Kahlo by Andrea Ketterman. In addition,
the Great Books of French Impressionism by Diane Kelder. The
book is an extravagant book filled with wonderful detail and superb
photos. Another special book is Leonardo which has beautiful,
large prints of Leonardo da Vinci's works. There are some special
books on art and architecture on America and the Bay Area. The books
include Peninsula - Town & Country Homes 1910-1930 and
Nueva York 1613-1945.
There continues to be ongoing price reductions on all art and
architecture books. Many of these books are very special and we have
started to flag these particular books on dedicated shelves in the Art
section. These new shelves would be another area to find fantastic
gifts at great prices." -Mary Ahrens & Andrea Lozano
Classic & Modern Literature
"In the Classics section we have two nice sets: a 27-volume set
of the works of Joseph Conrad, leather bound, published by Doubleday,
Page in 1926. The books are in good condition, and internet prices
are mostly around $300. We are offering the complete set for only
$100. We also have a 15-volume set of the works of Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Riverside Press, 1891. For these, we are asking only $45 -
$3 per book. Again, internet prices are higher. Come and look at
these wonderful deals!" -Jenny Munro
"We have a lot of books in Spanish, mostly in paperback, but
including many, many books by Jules Verne, in hardback with gilded
covers, and many historical novels in hardback. There are also lots
of translations of popular authors like Tolkien and Tom Clancy, and
a lot of science fiction by Isaac Asimov (...Science books sent
to the Bargain Room/H2) and some other classic science fiction
in paperback." -Susan Strain
Antiquarian Books for December
"This is the section that focuses on books that are usually pre-1900
and are either noteworthy due to their subject matter or their
descriptive bibliographic qualities. Of particular interest is the
cover which is often either pictorial, embossed, or patterned, such
as floral, geometric, or marbled. Illustration types include line
prints or watercolors or photographs. Typeface and design layout are
also key factors. Excellent examples this month include Poems of
Coleridge, 1884, Poetical Works of Byron, 1877, Romance
of the French Abbeys, 1905, The Toiling of Felix, 1913,
and the beautiful Burns' Prose Works, 1873. Antiquarian Books
are found on the red cart next to Sets." -Nigel Jones
Judaica for December
"Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion,
Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel, Jewish Women, the Jewish
American Experience and other related subjects. New this month:
Searching for Schindler: A memoir; Into The Arms Of
Strangers - Stories of the Kindertransport; Nazi Gold - The
Real Story of How the World Plundered Jewish Treasures; They
Fought Back: The Story of the Jewish Resistance in Nazi Europe;
Hunting Eichmann; Jewish Eugenics; Women of the
Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing; A Collectors' Guide to
Judaica; Hooray for Yiddish; A Bintel Brief.
Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in
literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme though I do display a few
Folklore books." -Charlotte Epstein
Philosophy for December 2016
"New arrivals in the Philosophy section received in December
include Watson's The Philosopher's Diet, Pinker's The Stuff
of Thought, Dunn's Sir Thomas Browne, McGinn's The
Making of Philosophy, Kenny's The Metaphysics of Mind, two
books from the series on Humanism by Jones and Haddas and a fine
biography of Feyerabend.
Don't forget the Bargain Room: there was not enough shelf space
in the Main Room for all the books received and there are some
excellent books to be found there as well." -Nigel Jones
"There are quite a lot of unusual 'Gift-able' books in Curious
Books this month. Titles include: La Figa: Visions of Form and Food,
The Naughty Victorian Handbook, The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy,
The Forgetting Room and The Venetian Wife--by Nick Banton,
Mom Candy, History Decoded: The Greatest Conspiracies of All
Times, The Pop-Up Book of M.C. Escher, Saint
Misbehavin'--Modern Day Saints You've Never Heard Of, and finally,
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant and Theories of
Everything: Collected Cartoons (1978-2006) by Roz Chast.
"We have a good supply of current, new-looking books this month
including Divine Audacity, 2015, about being spiritual without
being religious and Rest-why you get more done when you work less,
2016. We're fortunate to have five copies of the popular, practical
meditation book, Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon
Kabat-Zin; a great opportunity to buy them up and start a practice
group. Look in our "small books" section for stocking stuffers. If
you want to boost your happiness level during this holiday season,
we've got books to guide you or to help you deal with the
not-so-happy feelings you might have. Stop by Self-Help and
browse the great bargains!" -Marnie Shuey
Sets for December
"December brings us two excellent sets of The Diary of Samuel Pepys.
The newer set is considered to be the definitive edition by
renowned Pepys scholar, Robert Latham, in 11 volumes, 1970, $60.
The older classic edition is in 8 volumes, 1904, $25. Other complete
sets include, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians,
in 9 volumes, 1960, $30; The Autobiography of Mark Twain, in
3 volumes, $10; Goethe, by Brandes (in German) in 2 volumes,
1915, $10; Delphian Texts, in 8 volumes, 1926, $20, and
Stevenson's Works, limited edition set #176, in 10 volumes,
1906, $40." -Nigel Jones
2016 December Humor
"The Humor section is ready to help you with all your holiday
gift giving. For gifts that look a lot more expensive than they
really are we have six different versions of the New Yorker Cartoons
including the Complete New Yorker Cartoons. For something
special how about signed copies of books from Josh Kornbluth, Carmen
Rutlen, Barsotti or Paula Poundstone? New titles include Best of the
Raconteurs, Scapegoat, Horseradish, The Third Policeman, and
Humorists. Looking for something Hollywood? We have Laurel and Hardy,
the Marx Brothers, Laurel and the Three Stooges. However, without any
doubt the book of the month, excellently produced with wonderful
illustrations, is 1601, a book by Mark Twain considered to be so
risque and ribald that it was not commercially published until 1960.
Also make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and
look through the large collection of books and cartoons."
"Holiday cards are for sale this month in the Cubberley Main Room and
in the Friends' room in the Mitchell Park Library. In Mitchell Park
there are also packets of blank cards - including Thank You cards.
Donations Requested: If you have unused commercial greeting cards,
especially blank cards, please consider donating them to the Friends.
We already have an abundance of charity cards so don't need those
(consider donating them to Goodwill). Thanks to all who have donated!"
2016 December music books
"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical
topics in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance.
New this month - What the Songs Look Like: Contemporary Artists
Interpret Talking Heads' Songs; The Shower Songbook;
The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a
Baroque Masterpiece; Baryshnikov: In Black and White;
Tarantula by Bob Dylan; Is Jazz Dead?: Or Has It Moved to a
New Address; The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: Updated and
Expanded 5Th Edition; Written in My Soul: Conversations With
Rock's Great Songwriters; Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands
and Censored Songs. Also browse our wide selection of sheet music
neatly sorted by instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and
guitar." -Charlotte Epstein
Teen Reviews by Tristan Wang
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Amicable Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is in
a load of trouble. The cozy cinderblock that is the family's winter
quarters must be evacuated, before the ruinous humans return. But
Frisby's youngest child Timothy has pneumonia and is too sick to be
moved. A shred of hope to solve this looming dilemma comes after a
chance encounter with the miraculously intelligent rats of NIMH.
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Moving is all too mundane for Roy Eberhardt. A new arrival in a
Florida suburb, he is quick to make the acquaintance of a menacing
middle-school bully -- as well as two oddball friends. But a riveting
experience unfolds as Roy joins an effort to sabotage the construction
of a local Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House, which, if
allowed to proceed, will exact an unseen yet terrible cost on some
No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
A simple day at the local shopping mall goes eerily wrong. The police
arrive and blockade all exits, and the building is quarantined for a
biological bomb discovered in the air ducts. As supplies run low and
people around them seem to be succumbing to an unseen disease, four
unsuspecting teens must cooperate to find solace and escape at a time
when adults are behaving badly.