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Saturday January 9
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm

Sunday January 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm


Education & Language
Antiquarian Books


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

Maps and Directions
More information on the sales
Donate your used books, CDs, DVDs, &c

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 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 January and February
All Library branches will be closed on Monday January 18 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

All Library branches will be closed on Monday February 15 for the President's Day holiday, and will remain closed through Tuesday February 16 for system upgrades.

You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events on the Library's event calendar.
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, 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 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.

Walloping Winter Book Sale

Did your New Year's resolutions include getting physically and emotionally healthy? Check out the current selection in the Psychology/Self-Help section, for motivational reads for 2016. Looking to improve your writing skills this year? Education & Language received a huge donation from Joan Bresnan, Professor Emerita in Humanities at Stanford University and Senior Researcher working in the Spoken Syntax Lab/Center for the Study of Language and Information. We're calling this collection the "Linguistics Special". This donor studied under Chomsky at MIT and has had a spectacular career. Most of these books will be located in the Specials bay to your right as you enter, some in the Education & Language section both in the Main Room and Bargain Room. An interesting collection of books on Japan and its history can be found in the other Specials bay. A fine donation of Games and Puzzles has the shelves in that section fully stocked with more available in the Bargain Room. We have had many customers asking about Antiquarian books. This month, thanks to all our generous donors, we have these "old books" priced and shelved ready to move. These are located between Audio Books and Humor. More and more movies on DVD are being donated, look for a nice selection of them in the usual places. Finally, it looks like the weather will cooperate this weekend and we'll have our Outdoor Tent Sale (all items $1.00) up and running if the forecast holds true.

New Saturday Bargain Room hours for 2016!

Starting this month, the Bargain Room will be open 9:30am-4pm on Saturday. FOPAL Bargain Room customers will be allowed access at 9:30am instead of 10am to accommodate customers moving books to their cars.... For 2016 Bargain Room buyers will be given an additional 30 minutes to make their purchases and take them with them! The Bargain Room will no longer hold books (bought or not) on Saturdays.

Question...What's missing from the newsletter? Answer...Shelf pictures...

If you're interested in helping FOPAL bring back shelf pics, please contact Janette Herceg at or 650-494-1266.

Education & Language "Linguistics Special"

"At the January 9-10, 2016 monthly FOPAL book sale there will be an exhibit of selected books on linguistics, the study of the human ability to use language. While linguistics as a scholarly topic has long been of interest in a number of cultures, serious study dates from the 18th century. The period of most active study began in the 1960s with Noam Chomsky's generative grammar, Michael Halleday's systemic functional linguistics, and the more modern psycholinguistics. Books in the exhibit will mostly reflect studies from the 1960s to the present.

Please enjoy the exhibit and stop by the Education & Language section in the future for books on linguistics, as well as other related topics." -Linda Suzuki


"Please don't miss the very special Special we are having this month on Japan. It is in one of the display cases on your left as you enter the Main Room. The primary focus of the special is on Japanese history and culture ranging from ancient to contemporary Japan. However, in order to give a better picture of Japan and broaden your knowledge of the country, I've also included books on many aspects of Japan including art, travel and literature. There are unusual and difficult to find books for the Japan aficionado as well as general interest books for those readers just getting acquainted with Japan. I hope you enjoy this New Year Celebration of Japan as much as I enjoyed putting the collection together!" -Suzanne Little, Section Manager & Irina Cross, co-section Manager


"Won't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you." (Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright)

It's not too late to get yourselves out to the nursery (alas, to those that remain) and choose some bare root roses to add color, fragrance, and incomparable beauty to your garden. To help you make an informed selection, beyond those oh so enticing color photos and descriptions poised above every bareroot package, the Gardening section this month is replete with an entire shelfful of books on ROSES. To name a few, there is: The Love of Roses, Classic Roses, Modern Roses, Growing Good Roses, The Charm of Old Roses, The Art of Gardening with Roses, Redwoods and Roses, and because every other permutation and combination had been taken, The Ultimate Rose Book!

And a final practical note about growing roses: You won't find roses on lists of drought-tolerant, waterwise garden plants, but my roses did just fine under city-imposed water restrictions this summer--all they needed was a bag or two of bark mulch (courtesy of OSH!) spread over the drip watering." -Ann Justice

Biography and Memoir

"Occasionally a volume or two about Howard Hughes shows up in Biography. This month, believe it or not, there are TWELVE volumes covering any and all aspects of this inimitable man's life, whether you like it or not. In the Notables or Notorious section, there is, to name a few: Howard Hughes The Untold Story, HH in Las Vegas, HH: His Weird and Wanton Ways, HH and TWA, The Secret Life of HH, HH: The Private Diaries, Memos, and Letters. But my personal favorite is I Caught Flies for Howard Hughes, featuring a wealth of captivating details about HH's eccentricities, written by Ron Kistler, his former valet/bodyguard/factotum." -Ann Justice


"Religion: special for January - 60 editions of Weavings, A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, spanning 1996-2009, also look for the large 1890 edition of String's Concordance of the Bible." -Nancy Cohen

Humor January 2016

"In terms of Happy New Year, the Humor section can help you with the happy part. Probably the most fascinating book this month is Daumier's book of cartoons, Doctors and Medicine. Titles of other new arrivals include The Joys of Italian Humor, Rube Goldberg's Inventions, Ronald Searle's Big Fat Cat, and The English Companion. We also have new books in from Glenn Beck, Wodehouse, Spike Milligan, Chris Rock, John Lahr, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, and Max Tucker.

Make sure to check out the Bargain Room and look through the large collections of cartoons and magazines." -Nigel Jones

Sci-fi / Fantasy / Manga

"In Science Fiction and Fantasy this week, there's an unusual selection of less well known Jules Verne titles in paperback. Also notable are several Neal Stephenson titles in great condition and at bargain prices." -Rich McAllister

Cooking for January

"We have received several outstanding cookbooks this month. All are in like new condition and are available at below Amazon prices. Among them is: Atelier Crenn (2015) - Chef Dominique Crenn is the first women chef to receive two Michelin Stars. Atelier Crenn is a renowned San Francisco restaurant. Benu (2015) - Chef Corey Lee shares his recipes from this famous San Francisco restaurant, in excellent condition. Arzak Secrets (2015) - The father of modern Spanish/Basque cuisine, Juan Mari Arzak, presents a behind-the-scenes recipe and technique book from his world-famed restaurant. His daughter, Elena, who cooks with him, was voted the best female chef in the world in 2012. Available in English for the first time. The NoMad Cookbook (2012) - A beautifully photographed cookbook from a NY restaurant/hotel which has one Michelin star and was listed in the World's 100 Best Restaurants. Also, a James Beard award winner 2012; includes a map of the New York Madison Avenue area and a separate cocktail book." -Rose Giamalis

Signed Books

"In the Specials end cap (across from the checkout line near the CDs) you will find a nice selection of Signed and Collectible books from prominent authors and public figures. There are signed First Editions as well as special collectible editions of classics from publishers such as the Folio Society and Easton Press." -Jerry Stone

Music books

"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical topics such as classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance. New this month - Dizzy, Duke, the Count and Me: The Story of the Monterey Jazz Festival; Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono; Fender: The Inside Story; Dancer's Choice by Vera Zorina; Faithfull: An Autobiography; Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin; Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker; Savion! My Life in Tap, and a bountiful shelf of ballet books.

Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte Epstein

Philosophy for January 2016

"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 in the left hand bookcase. High quality new additions this month include, Jensen's Endgame, Volume 1, The Problem of Civilization, Perry's Personal Identity, Grayling's Ideas that Matter, Bloom's Genius, and Bakewell's biography of Montaigne, How to Live.

Two very interesting new additions in Ethics are Gazzaniga, The Ethical Brain, and Baggini's Ethics: The Big Questions. Don't forget the Bargain Room where even more Philosophy books are to be found." -Nigel Jones

2016 January Judaica

"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: Tradition Renewed: A History of the Jewish Theological Seminary (2 Volumes); Excuse Me, Are You Jewish?; War Orphan in San Francisco; Comrades and Chicken Ranchers; Eros and the Jews; Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson; Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film; The Nazi Officer's Wife; Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production Of Hate.

Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme." -Charlotte Epstein

Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

A classic satire novel. Enter our extremely erratic narrator, an insurance investigator who, owing to a stressful and lackluster job, is ridden with depression. On a business trip he meets Tyler Durden, an enigmatic, destructive, yet somehow sympathetic man who seeks to undermine the capitalist society. The two create Fight Club, which features secret all-out, bare-knuckle, after-hours boxing matches reserved for similarly frustrated young men who scorn the status quo. With no strings attached and absolutely free of charge, it's better than any therapy the shrinks have to offer. As clandestine Fight Clubs spring up all over the country and Tyler's schemes to topple consumerist America become increasingly destructive, the fun stops cold. Something has to give, but what?

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

The humorous retellings of ten famous fairy tales -- The Ugly Ducking, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and the rest -- whose plots, illustrations, and layout wreak havoc on the familiar allegories, as well as the very definition of a children's picture book.

The Last Thing I Remember, by Andrew Klavan

As far as Charlie West recalls, he was a normal high school guy doing normal high school things -- doing homework, practicing karate, daydreaming and dating a girl. The last thing he remembers doing is putting on a karate demonstration before his class. Why then, did he wake up bruised and bloody, strapped to a steely chair next to an arsenal of torture devices? How did he get here? How much time has passed? How must he escape?

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