USED BOOK SALES
Saturday June 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday June 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JUNE
Classics & Modern Literature
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 July
All Library branches will be closed on Monday July 4 for the
Independence Day holiday.
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 2016
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2016! 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 books at the monthly
sale but also at the Friends Kiosks at Downtown and Rinconada
libraries, in an in-library store at Mitchell Park 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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
FOPAL saying a fond farewell to long-time volunteers extraordinaire Althea Andersen & Marcia Goodman!
FOPAL has a legion of volunteers whose hard work throughout the years
has made FOPAL the successful Friends group it is today. But few
volunteers have become as familiar and steadying a presence at FOPAL
as Althea Andersen & Marcia Goodman!
FOPAL customers recognize these two from their consistent whereness
each and every month. On sale Saturdays Althea begins her day before
8am managing the Ephemera sale held outside the Main Room. Weather
permitting, Althea can be found presiding over many treasures. She
has a loyal following of buyers, some of whom shop the Ephemera
section outside while they are waiting for entry into the main room
on book sale days. Marcia is an early arriver to her morning main room
cashiering position each sale Saturdays as well. She also taking time
to check out what's going on in the "sorting room", as Marcia is
the editor of FOPAL's sorter handbook: What goes where, a guide for
sorters, now in its third edition.
Althea Andersen and Marcia Goodman will be volunteering at their final
sale this month and both will be moving close to family as they begin
new chapters in their lives. Please take a moment to wish these two
tremendous volunteers well and thank them for their individual decade
plus years of commitment to literacy and community service!
Member's Corner - New Membership Benefits - Members Early Book Sale
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set a date for the bi-annual Members
Early sale for Saturday, July 9th. If you're a member of the Friends
of the Palo Alto Library, you'll be able to get into the Main Room
early at the July 9th sale. As a sign of appreciation for the
generosity of all our members, we have increased your benefits!
From now on Life Members & Sponsors are allowed to shop the sale at
9-10am and can purchase up to 100 books. 10-11am all members at all
levels can shop the sale and purchase 25 books at a time. Enjoy a
less crowded main book room and get first crack at our wonderful
collection of materials.
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members
Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9am and 10am 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
general public 11am line.
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or
join now at www.fopal.org/join!
Did you know that Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, hypothesized
that cocaine could be an antidote for morphine overuse? It was
effective with some somatic problems: it cured his indigestion and
dulled his aches and pains as well as relieving his depression. And
did you know that William Halstead, a pioneer in modern surgery,
studied cocaine's use in surgical anesthesia, developed methods to
control bleeding and promoted sterile techniques: he invented the
surgical glove. He also "repeatedly committed himself to an insane
asylum to withdraw from his out-of-control cocaine use." Once in a
while, the Health section receives a book so multi-factorially
excellent that it can be read as biography, health, medical history,
character study, suspense and just an over-all Good Read. An
Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halstead, and the
Miracle Drug Cocaine by Howard Markel is this month's starred
find. A truly fascinating new look at addiction, it has been a
best-seller since its publication five years ago. Abraham Verghese
says "...I could not put it down -- addictive is the word for this
terrific book." Actually, this month another starred book arrived,
guaranteed to appeal to lovers of literature, art, history and
medicine, and to readers tormented by aches, pains and symptoms.
The Hypochondriacs by Brian Dillon, is "an intriguing,
suavely written blend of medical history and literary criticism,
with engrossing glimpses of the 'fit unwell' including Charlotte
Bronte, James Boswell, Andy Warhol, Glenn Gould, Charles Darwin
and Marcel Proust." Another bestseller! -Verne Rice
Nature for June
"Have you ever been tempted (or perhaps been told) to 'go take a
hike'? This month the Nature section is featuring a collection of
tales by solo adventurers who did just that, including: Into the
Wild, The Long Walk Home, Survive!, Alone On the Ice and Wild. In
the New Arrivals section: The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the
Oceans are One, What We Leave Behind, Winter World: The
Ingenuity of Animal Survival, and two books by best-selling
author Amy Stewart: Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the
Beautiful and The Earth Moved. Check out the Nature
Writers and the Animal Stories sections for the perfect book(s) to
take with you wherever you 'adventure' this summer." -Karen D.
"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 - calendars with the Beatles; Vienna Urtext Guide to
Piano Literature; The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want;
Street Posters and Ballads; Man in the Music: The Creative
Life and Work of Michael Jackson; Dylan's Visions of Sin;
and The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"Historical Fiction has a collection of vintage books this month.
Look for them in the special display case near the cashier line.
We have a complete collection of Patrick O'Brian sea stories in both
hard cover and paperback format. We also have an extensive number of
Bernard Cornwall historical adventure novels. Alan Furst is widely
recognized as the master of the historical spy novel and this month
we have a nice variety of his books. If you are early you might even
be able to grab a couple of the very popular Flashman books by George
McDonald Fraser." -Suzanne Little
Philosophy for June 2016
"The Philosophy section in June has new arrivals in very good
editions, including Emerson's Essays and Journals, two by
Derrida, Writing and Differences and Religion,
Gould's Existential Philosophy, Berlin's The Crooked Timber
of Humanity, Karnos's Falling in Love with Wisdom, and Law's
Great Philosophers. Biographies include Monk's Wittgenstein,
Adelman's Hirschman, The Worldly Philosopher and Richardson's
Emerson, Mind on Fire.
"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
Judaica for June
"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: Jews on the Frontier; In the Image of God: A
Feminist Commentary on the Torah; The Book of Blessings;
The Jewish Mind; a signed copy of The Slopes of Lebanon
by Amos Oz; My German Question: Growing Up in Nazi Berlin; and
two special cookbooks - In Memory's Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women
of Terezin and Joan Nathan's The Jewish Holiday Kitchen.
"Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in
literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme." -Charlotte Epstein
2016 June Humor
"Humor in June is New Yorker Cartoon month - we have 8 different
titles all in excellent condition - including one we rarely get -
New arrivals from this side of the pond include Groucho's Letters,
The Three Stooges, the biography of Lou Costello by his son,
Mike, Lou, two books on sex from Cynthia Heimel and Tina Fey's
Bossy Pants. From the other side of the pond we have 5 books
from Wodehouse, three Python-related books, and if you need some
clerihews, Auden\u2019s illustrated Academic Graffiti.
Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of cartoons and magazines." -Nigel Jones
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman
Fourteen-year-old Junior was born in the wrong place at the wrong
time. Born on the Spokane Indian Reservation, a community stricken
with poverty and alcoholism, and graced with a stutter and lisp, he
is bullied by everyone except his best friend. An aspiring cartoonist,
Junior sets off to attend an all-white school "where the only other
Indian is the school mascot," before the small-town outlook of "the
rez" crushes his dreams. Condemned as a traitor to his people, Junior
takes life head-on as he employs wit and humor to stay afloat in the
crevice between two worlds.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A gruesome horror novel. Oskar is a reclusive boy whose mistreatment
sets him increasingly inward, harboring morbid interests including an
obsession for crime and forensics. That is, until Oskar meets Eli, a
young girl, in a fateful encounter that materializes in an intimate
friendship. But behind the seemingly naive romance, dark, macabre
secrets begin to bubble to the surface as Eli is connected to a string
of grueling murders that has ravaged the neighborhood.
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
The small town of Waymer celebrates an annual Pigeon Day, in which
five thousand live pigeons are released from wooden crates to be shot
down by observing entrants. As the tradition edicts, ten-year-old
boys will receive the honor of becoming wringers, collecting wounded
pigeons during the shooting and wringing their necks to end their
Enter Palmer LaRue, a kid who, unlike all his peers, is revolted by
the pigeon shoots and consequently dreads the day he turns ten. But
when a pigeon shows up outside his window and demands entrance, Palmer
is faced with an ultimatum. Should he decline the pigeon to gain the
acceptance of his friends? Or should he follow his conscience and
open the window -- and take up the dreadful burden of keeping an
unspeakable secret from everyone around him?