USED BOOK SALES
Saturday May 14
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday May 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MAY
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 May
The Children's Library will be closed all day on Friday May 13 for a
proactive precautionary inspection by bug-sniffing dogs. This has been
done in Mitchell Park and Rinconada branches already, in April after
the April newsletter went out. This is one reason why we give you the
link to the Library's event calendar below.|
All Library branches will be closed on Monday May 30 for the
Memorial Day holiday.
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.
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:
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.
May Sale Highlights
Top of the list of new stuff this month was a fabulous donation of
books on Music and sheet music. Music history buffs will likely find
something of interest. Books are located in the Music section and the
overflow of sheet music is in the outside Ephemera sale. Also, in
Ephemera more framed art have been processed from a backlog. Nice
decorative art pieces, in glass, ceramics as well as natural rock and
crystal specimens can be found from an estate donation. The Art
section is overflowing this month and has a large quantity of books
on studio arts available. Look for a nice selection of great quality
"Giftable Art Books" in a bay that's usually used by Home & Craft.
These "like new" Art books are priced at half of the comparable
price on Amazon. Two giant lots of Cookbooks were dropped
off this month. There are much like-new and recent, plus a huge lot
of well-used cookbooks in excellent shape in the Bargain Room.
Science is stocked full of everything from popular science, science
history, space programs, and books on physics, biology, and lots of
math. An unusually large selection of books on structural engineering
In the Bargain Room look for House Rules -- these have to
be made to accommodate building codes and fire regulations. Bargain
Room House Rules will be posted and passed out to customers
2016 May 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.
New this month - How They Became the Beatles; Double Trouble: Bill
Clinton and Elvis Presley in a Land of No Alternatives; Mozart's
Grave; Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music;
Slonimsky's Book of Musical Anecdotes; Historical Atlas of Music;
Riverdance: The Story; Cirque De Soleil Totem eVolution; The Inner
World of Jimi Hendrix; Red and Hot: The Fate of Jazz in the Soviet
Union, 1917-1980; The Story of Music in Cartoon. Also
browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by instruments
including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte Epstein
"Last month's Exasperating A's special (Aspergers, Autism and ADHD)
was well received by our customers and, surprisingly, prompted
donations of lots of books on the same subjects. Look for an expanded
selection on our under-the-window display of new, classic and
interesting arrivals. We've also gotten a veritable library about
marijuana and the 1960s drug culture and, on a less recreational note,
a strong collection of books about bones and osteoporosis."
Cooking for May
"We received a huge donation of beautiful Jamie Oliver cookbooks in
excellent condition. If you know of a Jamie Oliver fan, this is the
time to buy a cookbook of healthy and imaginative dishes.
"Also we received several large and gorgeously photographed coffee
table cookbooks notably by Michael Mina, and a well-known Palo Altan
baker, Flo Braker. Our shelves are filled with lovingly used cookbooks
at bargain prices. For all the home bakers out there, our desserts and
baking section is full of beautiful books. Come and visit this amazing
collection this month." -Rose Giamalis
"Science is packed again this month. There are two full bays of
popular science--one next to Philosophy on the entry aisle and
the other next to Gardening at the west end of the section.
Included in popular science are vintage science books, biographies,
many Einstein related, and history of science and technology, history
of the space program, and a lot of interesting titles without too many
equations. There are multiple bookshelf bays of deeper science and
technology: mechanical, civil, electrical engineering, astronomy,
cosmology, chemistry, physics, biology, and lots of math from algebra
to calculus to many advanced topics. There is a bottom shelf each of
Schaum's Outlines, textbooks and technical reference books. New this
month is shelves on practical engineering and science and on geology.
We have tried to label the various shelves to make finding the book of
your choice easier.
"Finally science has a special on structural engineering that comes
from the library of Walt Butler (who among other things was a very
fine trumpet player). These books can be found in the bookcase in the
aisle near the checkout. Walt had a very extensive library on many
different aspects of structural engineering. It is rare that we get
so many books of this type." -Dick Grote
"Breaking news! There is a new subsection this month, featuring novels
by authors who own bookstores. These authors are:
- Louise Erdrich, winner of the National Book Award, whose store
is Birchbark Books in Minneapolis;
- Garrison Keillor, who owns Common Good Books in St. Paul, just a
canoe ride from Minneapolis;
- Larry McMurtry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, whose store Booked
Up is located in Archer City, Texas;
- Ann Patchett, co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
You will find this display in General Fiction on the bottom shelf
-- under Nobel Prize authors and books by authors who have won the
National Book Award." -Marian Knox
"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
Song of Songs: A Woman in Love; FDR and the Jews; Great Couples of
the Bible; Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels; Searching
for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora; On Wings of
Eagles: The Secret Operation of the Ethiopian Exodus; Hitler's
Secret Bankers: The Myth of Swiss Neutrality During the Holocaust;
Survival in Auschwitz; O Jerusalem!; Mossad: The Greatest Missions
of the Israeli Secret Service. Check the appropriate fiction section
if you are interested in literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme."
"Look for the 18 of more than 50 volumes of Luther's Works edited by
Jaroslav Pelikan, these are in like new condition. The 18 are being
sold as a set for $100 and list online individually between $7 and
$195." -Nancy Mahoney Cohen
Philosophy for May 2016
"The Philosophy section in May is again a bumper crop of new arrivals
including some very fine editions. As a result, the right hand
bookcase which focuses on philosophical and related topics is almost
entirely 'New Arrivals'. In the category of philosophical overviews,
we have the Oxford Companion to Philosophy, Philosophy, An
Introduction through Literature, and Western Philosophy, an
Anthology. Biographies include Monk's Wittgenstein,
Hirschman, The Worldly Philosopher and Richardson's
Emerson, Mind on Fire. Other titles to look for include
Philosophers on Freud, The Culture of Make Believe and two by Daniel
Dennet, Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Consciousness Explained.
"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
"Curious books, unusual and otherwise un-classifiable books that
don't fit in any other section, also lots of blank journals. I rarely
have many books on a single subject but this month I have 20+ amusing
books for cat lovers. Titles include Zen for Cats, How to Live
with a Neurotic Cat Owner, 100 Cats who Changed Civilization,
The Cat Lovers Cookbook, French for Cats and Menopaws, plus How
to Raise a Jewish Dog. There is also a sub-section on the stages
of life with humorous books about relationships, marriage, parenting
and aging. Check out the display on the windows across from the
cashiers." -Pat Blumenthal
2016 May Humor
"Humor in May is definitely an odd assortment, something for
everyone. New titles include Rakoff's Half Empty, two from Wodehouse,
Feiffer's America, Python Michael Palin's Hemingway's\240Chair, The
Drudge Manifesto, two books on sex from Cynthia Heimel, The English
Gentleman Series (3 books for the price of one), the classic cartoon
book--The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker and a first time
appearance of the biography of Lou Costello by his son, Mike. Make
sure to check out the Bargain Room and look through the large
collection of cartoons and magazines." -Nigel Jones
The Children's Room is all full up. We have books in every area.
Sections with extra full shelves are Gift-worthy books, Humor
especially Calvin & Hobbes and Garfield. Math books a plenty to
keep kids active during the summer months as well gobs of games for
more summer fun. Look for a full shelf of Leap Frog Read & Learn,
Read & Write book sets, activity sets, and jumbo puzzles. If pop-up
books are to your liking there are several to choose from, including
an amazing copy of Jungle Book. Come early for the best selection and
selection and enjoy the bounty of books.
Teen reviews by Tristan Wang
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Sorando is a rising high school freshman. But what seems
like a fresh start is actually a nightmare in disguise. Her old
friends have ostracized her, and everywhere on the school grounds,
she receives angry glares from strangers. And who could blame
them, really, seeing that Melinda had busted a senior party the
prior summer by calling the cops for no apparent reason at all?
But there is a reason. One unspeakable reason that, should she
make the impossible choice to face and accept, will shatter her
guise of silence and force her to speak the truth.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katharine Paterson
Jesse is a schoolkid burdened by duties on his family farm and
the constant agitations of his sisters. Leslie, though privileged
by wealth, is often overlooked by her indifferent parents. United by
their ostracism, the pair forms an unlikely friendship and constructs
an imaginary refuge from the pains of reality. Their kingdom is
Terabithia, and within its borders, they are king and queen. But when
calamity strikes, it is up to Jesse to weave contentment from his
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
In the distant future, the world stands on the verge of conflict. On
Earth, humans and androids live in an assimilated yet often agitated
state of coexistence as a deadly plague ravages the populace. Miles
above the surface, the Lunars regard humankind with a murderous
anticipation, awaiting the time to strike. No one knows that the
final outcome hinges on one girl: one whose circumstances are so
unique she is a threat to all.