USED BOOK SALES
Saturday March 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 11am - 4pm
Sunday March 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MARCH
Military History/Jane's Guides
Entertainment/Movies & TV
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 March
All Library branches will be closed on Sunday March 27 for the
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
Help Create your own Mini Bookstore
Become an Assistant Section Manager!
Here's an opportunity to help create and co-manage your own mini
bookstore as a FOPAL Assistant Section Manager. Bring your love of
books in areas like Art, Psychology, Sex & Gender, The West,
Gardening or Historical Fiction, to name a few sections
available. All books are pre-sorted and ready to be priced and
displayed! Proceeds go directly to the Palo Alto Libraries to fund
literacy & enrichment programming. Join the FOPAL team to sell more
books and change people's lives. You can make a difference!
For more FOPAL volunteer opportunities and descriptions check out
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 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 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.
Spring Forward This Sale Weekend
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, which means you'll want to be
sure to move your clock forward by one hour on Saturday night.
Otherwise, you'll arrive at our Sunday sale an hour late!
Incidentally, the correct term is daylight saving time, not daylight
savings time. If you had it wrong, don't feel bad. More people Google
the incorrect phrase than the correct one!
Tent Sale 11am - 4pm for March
Our popular Outdoor Tent Sale goes inside for March. Thanks to our
dedicated volunteers who braved the inclement weather we managed to
hold the Outdoor Tent Sale the past two months despite less-than-
perfect conditions. All items offered in this area are only $1.00
each and we have a great selection of books, movies, music and games.
There are great bargains to be had. Popular items here have been
hardback novels, cooking, science, military, reference (get a nice
old dictionary for only $1.00!), travel guides. This part of the
sale opens at 11am with the red carts inside due to the expected rain.
Nature guides for March
"Nature Section- Spring has sprung all over the Main Room this month!
In the Specials section we are featuring guidebooks of our local
birds, wildflowers, trees (and more) to help you welcome the first
day of Spring, March 20th. This wildflower season should be the best
in years thanks to the rain, so grab a local hiking guide, pack a
lunch, and enjoy! In the main Nature section we have dozens of new
arrivals, many old favorites by Carson, Muir and Thoreau, and a
large selection of books on raising pets from Afghan Hounds to Zebra
Finches." -Karen D.
Reference Oxford English Dictionary
"This month we are offering a very special item. A complete 20-volume
Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition), easily the
world's greatest dictionary, the OED is commonly found in one or
two volume editions requiring a magnifier to use. This edition is
printed on full size pages and will likely be the last edition ever
available in print. Our set is in wonderful condition, complete with
dust jackets. Offered online at $1000 brand new, we are selling ours
for $500, and remember when you buy books from FOPAL you don't have
to pay sales tax or shipping!
"For the scholars out there, we are offering a hard to find complete
set of Opus Epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterodami (Letters of
Erasmus) published by Oxford University Press. Price is $100 for
the complete set, compare at over $20/per volume online."
Military History/Jane's All the World's guides
"Jane's Information Group (often referred to as Jane's) is a British
publishing company specializing in military, aerospace and
transportation topics...Jane's was founded in 1898 by Fred T. Jane
who had begun sketching ships as an enthusiast naval artist while
living in Portsmouth. This gradually developed into an encyclopedic
knowledge, culminating in the publishing of All the World's Fighting
Ships in 1898. The company then gradually branched out into
other arenas of military expertise. The books and trade magazines
published by the company are often considered the de facto public
source of information on warfare and transportation systems."
For March FOPAL is selling multiple guides on aircrafts and fighting
ships. While these are ex-library books they're in great condition,
being offered at $10 to $20 each and worth at least double.
Entertainment/TV & Movies
"The Entertainment section is easy to find this month. Just
look for the African Queen floating over the section. (Not for sale,
however!) We have a large collection of books on film theory and an
equally large collection on Hollywood and the history of cinema. Near
the floor are nearly two shelves of film biography. Some of the
biographies are pretty rare and don't often show up. As usual there
are also a lot of books on craft--acting, business, and writing,
on TV, film guides, film tie-ins, radio, and general media." -Dick
March Signed Book Special
FOPAL's Signed Book special is back! When researching a book
for sale at FOPAL one point mentioned to new volunteer researchers is
to look in the book. What can be found in a donated book
could be anything from a love note to pictures, to money or (almost
as good as money) an inscription and authors signature.
From the website Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America's
article entitled Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Is "Flat
Signed" Better? I discovered this tidbit to share... "Few if any
collectors today care if Jules Verne or H. G. Wells inscribed a book
to an unknown person. Just the opposite, a long inscription is
preferred. Why is that true? Because of course these authors are now
no longer signing anything, and it is easier to authenticate an
inscribed and signed copy, so the more words from the master's hand,
the better. Who knows, maybe in a hundred years, Ray Bradbury's
signature may be worth something and a book with a long inscription
and maybe one of his drawings - priceless?...My point in telling you
all of this is simply to point out that the more words on your
autographed items, the better!" -Barry R. Levin
Look for the signed book special at the far end of the Home &
Craft section, last bay across from Collectable Cookbooks,
labeled Signed by Author -Janette Herceg
2016 March Humor
"If you like your Humor in large format this is your month.
In XXL we have The Complete New Yorker, The Cartoons of the
New Yorker, The Theory of Everything, The Peanuts Treasury,
Golf in the Comic Strips, and The Indispensable Calvin & Hobbes.
We also have new arrivals from Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Denis
Leary, John Cleese, and four novels by P. G. Wodehouse. In the rarely
seen department we have Eugene Epstein's Swiss Trilogy and
still available we have two excellent books on the art of cartooning,
Cartoons and Cartooning and The Humongous Book of Cartooning.
Make sure to check out the Bargain Room and look through the large
collection of cartoons and magazines." -Nigel Jones
Science Fiction & Fantasy for March
"In Science Fiction and Fantasy this month, we have an unusual
number of older paperbacks, most in good shape for their age. Great
authors like Harlan Ellison, Bob Shaw, and Robert Sheckley, plus a
special display of Ace Science Fiction Specials." -Rich McAllister
"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 - The Ring: Anatomy of an Opera;
Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's
Rarest 78rpm Records; Marsalis on Music; The Singer's
Manual of English Diction; Give Peace a Chance; Nine Inch Nails;
Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America;
Workin' Man Blues; The Official Lyric Book Duran Duran;
The Etude Music Magazine from 1930s and 40s.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
Gardening for March
"This month the Gardening section is inundated, deluged, and
positively overflowing with books on that timeliest of topics in
landscape gardening: creating attractive gardens that require far less
water (and less maintenance as well). On the shelf labeled "WATERWISE"
you'll find many inspiring, informative, well-photographed guides such
as Designing California Native Gardens, Plants and Landscapes for
Summer-Dry Climates, Reimagining the California Lawn, and
Book of Ornamental Grasses." -Ann Justice
Philosophy for March 2016
"Of the two Philosophy bookcases the left hand one is for
philosophers and this month we have 13 very good hardback volumes from
the Britannica Great Book series ranging from Aquinas to Plotinus. New
arrivals in Philosophy this month in the right hand bookcase
include two books on Emerson, his Essays and Journals, and
Richardson's biography, Mind on Fire. We have an excellent
two volume set on Nietzsche in German, Nietzsche Werke in Zwei Banden.
Other new arrivals include, Cicero on Oratory and Orators,
Langer's Mind: An Essay on Human Feelings, Ignatieff's
biography of Isaiah Berlin, and by Derrida, Specters of Marx and
Holding over we still have a very good selection of books by Santayana
and Thoreau, and a very interesting novel, The Spinoza Quartet.
Don't forget the Bargain Room which will have a very large
selection of Philosophy books at seriously bargain prices."
"A whole shelf of selections from the Anchor Bible series awaits
buyers; Song of Songs, Job, Psalms, John,
Ephesians and more. And Dorothy Sayers moved from mysteries
to The Mind of the Maker, Nickelsburg's Ancient Judaism and
Christian Origins and a box full of the periodical Weavings,
aimed to promote spiritual growth and leadership." -Nancy Cohen
Judaica for March
"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: The
Szyk Haggadah; Disguised as Clark Kent; From Krakow to
Krypton: Jews and Comic Books; John Lennon and the Jews;
Explaining Hitler; Gideon's Spies: the Secret History of
the Mossad; Unauthorized Entry; The Redemption of the
Unwanted: The Nazi and the Psychiatrist; Self-Portrait of a
Hero: the Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu; Palestinian Memories:
The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People.
Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in
literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme." -Charlotte Epstein
"Historical Fiction has an extensive collection of Bernard Cornwall
books this month. Also, don't miss the Sea Stories section especially
commentary and analysis of the Captain Hornblower books by C.S. Forester
and the Patrick O'Brian Aubry/Maturin books. As usual, we have a large
selection of historical fiction for all areas of the world set in
different historical eras." -Suzanne Little
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"1943, Nazi-occupied France- 'Verity' is apprehended by the Gestapo.
Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission,
or meet a violent death. But 'Verity' is a Scottish spy, and she knows
better: she'll die either way. Under torture, even a willful spy caves
in. Perhaps as a final act of defiance against her captors, however,
she weaves her confession by pen to drag out the days. With each new
scrap of paper, 'Verity' battles for her life as she confronts her
bruises, her failures, and her broken heart. They'll get the truth,
all right: it just won't be what they expect."
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
"After swiping the king's seal, Gen's boasting and bravado leaves him
languishing in the king's prison. But the magus, the King's chief
advisor and a powerful figure, offers him his freedom -- if he agrees
to commit one final, impossible theft. To the magus, Gen is merely a
means to an end, a tool to forward his power and kingdom. But Gen,
cunning and resourceful, has an agenda of his own."
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."