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

Sunday July 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm


The West
Bargain Room/Sci-fi
Children's Room


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.


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
At this writing, no Library closings are scheduled for the remainder of July and August.

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:
  • 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.
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.

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 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 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 or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.

July Sale Notes

July is FOPAL's busy donation time and FOPAL's 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. Summer is here, donations are up and we've got plenty of summer-time reading books, music and more! From The West, look for a collection of Zane Gray displayed just a few steps from the entry door on the right wall.... The Music section has been restocked with a wide variety of musical topics including Barbershops and Ballads, as well as wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by instruments. The Religion section has had a strong month of new donations. The Children's Room has more than enough books to fill most sections twice, graphic novels, kids' non-fiction & fiction, toys, puzzles and games to name a handful of the overflowing sections. Our Bargain Room is overfull and featuring a collection of science fiction magazines.

FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members Early Sale

A super big FUN FOPAL Members Early Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th. 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 by 10am.

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 11am line.

Join FOPAL Now: If you're not already a paid-up member, avoid delay at the sale by joining online now.

2016 July Music

"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical topics in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance. My favorite title this month is Songs America Voted By from George Washington to Richard Nixon. New this month: A Day in the Life; Barbershops, Bullets and Ballads; For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals; In the Key of Genius; Swanee River and a Biography of Stephen Foster; Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf; boys in the trees: a memoir by Carly Simon; Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s; The Complete Gilbert and Sullivan.

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

Philosophy for July 2016

The Philosophy section in July has a wide variety of new arrivals with some rarely seen titles, many in very good editions. These include: Goodbye Descartes by Devlin, Within Reason by Caine, Spurs by Derrida, Origin of Virtue by Ridley, a very good version of Plato's Republic by Waterfield, an assessment of Thomas Kuhn by Fuller, reflections on Proust by de Botton, a biography of Gadamer by Grodin and Adelman's Hirschman, The Worldly Philosopher.

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

Science Fiction & Fantasy

"The Science Fiction and Fantasy section is expanded again this month, with more Science Fiction than Fantasy this time. There's a whole shelf of vintage Doctor Who novelizations from Britain, including one signed by Tom Baker. We also have a small selection of older science fiction magazines, including some of the famous "bedsheet" large-format Analogs from the early 1960s." -Rich McAllister

Bargain Room SF&F Magazines

"We loaded a wire-shelf cart with five boxes of magazines. Astounding/Analog from Apr 1965-Jun 1980 with outliers on both sides, Asimov's from 1978-1991 with outliers, a couple issues of Beyond and a few of Galaxy, F&SF from Jun 1978-Aug 1991 with outliers. And one more box of paperback anthologies to fill the cart." -Frank McConnell


"I've gotten a fair number of new and popular books this month, so stop by early to get the best selection. Peak, the New Science of Expertise, 2016 gives tools to help you master any skill. Hardwiring Happiness, 2015 lays out a simple way to use every day experiences to build new brain wiring for more happiness, love, and confidence. Stop Saying You're Fine, 2011 helps you discover a more powerful YOU. The Power of Hope, 2010 shows ways to help handle the inevitable challenges of life. Hold Me Tight, an Amazon best seller, uses Emotionally Focused Therapy, to save and enrich a relationship through emotional connection and attachment. There are many other books, most priced $3 and under - stop by and browse!" -Marnie Shuey

Nature for July

"July is one of our favorite months in the Nature section! No matter your interest, we have something you will like. Lover of the great outdoors? We have books on our National Parks, camping, hiking, trekking and wilderness survival guides, even guides to the best places to hike with your pets! Summer readers who prefer to travel by couch will find plenty to choose from in our Nature Writers, New Arrivals, and Animal Stories sections: H is for Hawk, Wild Ones, and Dog Sense, to name a few bestsellers. Collage and mixed-media artists (and collectors of arcane nature lore) will have fun perusing the beautiful vintage illustrations in our Collectible section." -Karen D.

2016 July Humor

Humor in July is a really mixed bag full of all kinds of books, some, the usual suspects, some not so much. New arrivals include in excellent condition 2 Compete Peanuts, 1955 to 1956 and 1961 to 1962, 3 by Wodehouse including 2 anthologies, 2 Reader's Digests, The Treasury of Wit and Wisdom, and Laughter - The Best Medicine, and Mad Magazine's Mad about the Movies.

From celebrity humorists we have books from Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Larry Widmore, Davis Sedaris and Sandra Tsing Loh's Mother on Fire. In the international section we have weird British humor, 2 by famed Australian humorist Henry Lawson and a first for FOPAL, an anthology by Turkey's #1 cartoonist, Nasreddin Hodja.

Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look through the large collection of cartoons and magazines. -Nigel Jones


"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: Souls on Fire by Elie Wiesel; Superman is Jewish?; The Story of the Jews in graphic format by Stan Mack; Rebbe - the life of Menachem Schneerson; From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace; Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots; American Klezmer: Its Roots and Offshoots; A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman; The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War II; Hunting for Eichmann.

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

Sets for July 2016

"Located in aisle 4 the Sets section has both complete sets (sold as a set with a single price) and incomplete sets which are often sold individually as well as volumes of a continuing series. Complete Sets: Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, 4 volumes, Carl Sandburg, $10, Smithsonian Scientific Series, 12 volumes, $12, The Smithsonian Series, 12 volumes, $12, The Pocket University, 13 volumes, $20, Hall Caine, 1904, 9 volumes, $20. Incomplete sets: We have 11 volumes in very good condition from the series, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, priced individually. 22 volumes from the series, Harvard Classics, $14 in total and 9 volumes from the series, The French Classical Romances, each for $2. Dickens Special: In the main aisle we have 20 volumes of the very fine 21 volume set, The Oxford Illustrated Dickens (Boz is missing) all in pristine condition; each for $2. History Sets will be found in History in aisle 11. -Nigel Jones

Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Pacing through her family woods, Winnie Foster encounters a boy drinking from a local spring, and so stumbles upon the most well-guarded secret of a quaint family that never ages. But as pursuers encroach and explanations are revealed, Winnie soon discovers that eternal life is less a blessing than it might seem. In time, she too will face the choice of accepting immortality. But is it worth it?

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Is an emotive novel that pits an innocent adolescent against the horrid rancor of the Great War. Hunkered down in a trench, Private Thomas Peaceful minds the steady ticking of his pocket-watch as the battles his fatigue in the dead of night. Mud and rats, gas and shells, comrades dead and wounded -- all these he has witnessed, and somehow, survived. But tonight is a night for remembering. To relive the precious childhood years before the horrid crucible, because time is war's most ruthless agent, and at dawn it will bring about an unthinkable consequence that will scar him forever.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Following a violent coup incited by her murderous aunt Redd, Princess Alyss and her bodyguard desert a chaotic Wonderland through the Pool of Tears. But amidst the chaos they are separated, and Alyss finds herself lost and stranded in the Victorian London. Thirteen fateful years passed as royal escort Hatter Madigan searched in vain for Alyss. But alas, he has a promising lead. Stumbling across a novel depicting Alyss' tumultuous past, Hatter must track down the aspiring author whom the princess had befriended and, upon doing so, disclosed her ambient tale -- Lewis Carroll.

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