USED BOOK SALES
Saturday November 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday November 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN NOVEMBER
Fall & Winter Holidays
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 November and December
The Library will be closed on Friday, November 11 for the Veteran's Day
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 12.
The Library will close at 6pm on Wednesday, November 23 for the
Thanksgiving holiday, and remain closed Thursday and Friday,
November 24-25. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 26.
The Library will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday,
December 26 for the Christmas holiday. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday, December 27.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
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:
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 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members Early Sale
A super big FUN FESTIVE FOPAL Members Early Sale is scheduled for
Saturday, December 10th. 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!
Saturday December 10th - 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 from 9am to 10am. Other Members enter
at 10am and able to purchase 25 books at a time. General admission
for all including non-Members begins at 11am. With the usual limit
on purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a
line waiting to enter. Remember, you may renew your membership, or
join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or join now at www.fopal.org/join!
FOPAL Book Sale Committee Reinforces 12-Book Limit
In November of 2014 FOPAL implemented the following rules to be
followed during the period of the 12-book limit rule. These rules
still stand and will continue to be enforced. We ask all shoppers
to honor the following rules:
- EARLY IN THE SALE, each customer may select up to twelve (12)
books, sets of books, or other items. They must be purchased and
taken outside of the sale room. Customers may then return to the
waiting line (if any) and re-enter the sale as often as they like.
Note: The FOPAL Sale Manager will announce when this limit is lifted.
- Adult shoppers may bring in no more than ONE GROCERY-SIZED BAG
or ONE GREEN FOPAL BAG.
- For safety's sake, NO boxes, large backpacks, carriages, or
strollers will be allowed. Bags and other large items must not block
access to shelves - they are a tripping hazard.
- Do not take books away from their sections to review them. If you
remove a book to look at it, please replace it neatly on the shelf.
Covering, hoarding, and/or stashing books are not allowed. Keep your
books with you; abandoned books will be re-shelved.
- Avoid crowding, pushing, verbal disagreements, and aggressive
interactions with other shoppers, staff, or volunteers.
- SCANNER/CELL PHONE USAGE- some customers have voiced their
concerns about the use of scanners. Although some book sales do not
permit their use, FOPAL permits them with the expectation that all
customers will act in a manner that is respectful to other patrons,
volunteers, and staff. If you are using a dedicated scanner, please
be mindful of the area and other customers around you. If you are
not using a scanner, please keep in mind that those who do are also
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 in honoring these rules. We ask for
the commitment of our "business clients" in considering the rights of
all of our customers and observing our rules.
Many thanks to all of you -FOPAL Book Sale Committee
FOPAL Closings for November
In observance of Thanksgiving FOPAL will be closed for donations
November 24th and 25th.
FOPAL's Children's Room volunteers are wishing everyone happy
holidays! Look for a considerable selection of fall and winter holiday
books being offered for the November and December sale. The Children's
Room volunteers have been stashing away a bounty of books all year
long and are excited to finally bring them to you! You'll find their
special section featuring books on autumn, pilgrims, Thanksgiving and
being thankful. Winter holidays will fill a table top with books for
everyone celebrating the wonderful winter season. While the fall and
winter holiday books section will continue to the December sale the
selection will surely be at its best this weekend!
Holiday & Signed Books
We've been working hard to bring out all the seasonal Winter
Holidays books and CDs we've been collecting these many months.
You'll find a large selection for Hanukkah and Christmas. If you are
looking for great ideas on how to liven up your holidays, look no
further. You are sure to find something you'll be excited to read,
listen to or share with loved ones during this upcoming holiday
season. Look for the festive garland display as you enter the Main
Room on the right. Also, because we have even more Hanukkah and
Christmas stuff still packed away in storage, look for more of our
collection to be put on sale in December. -Janette
"Look for the red cart full of Signed by Author books. A nice
selection of mostly recent fiction titles autographed by bestselling
authors, including some signed First Editions." -Jerry
Sets November 2016
"Our featured set for this month is, in excellent condition, the
complete 54 volume set of Great Books of the Western World, 1952,
$80. Typically, we get the first 3 volumes, known as the Syntopicon,
but as they have a high value in the past we have only sold them
through our online store. Besides that, usually we only get some
volumes of the rest of the set. In this case we are offering the
complete set to our Book Sale customers. Other excellent sets
include, Delphian Texts, 1926, 8 volumes, $20, Historical Tales,
Charles Morris, 1908, 15 volumes, $30, and a set everyone should
have, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1904, 8 volumes, $25.
For the pre-1900 collector we have several volumes of Dickens,
1868, for $5 each. Other sets will be found in their subject areas
such as History in aisle 11 and Fiction in aisle 15 with even more
Sets are in the Bargain Room.
Don't forget, a set, even if it's 54 volumes, only counts as 1 book,
when you are buying within the 12 book limit." -Nigel Jones
Judaica for November
"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:
A Rabbi Talks with Jesus by Jacob Neusner; Not by the
Sword: How a Cantor and His Family Transformed a Klansman;
Anger: The Inner Teacher; Journey into our heritage: The
story of the Jewish People in the Canadian West; The Miracle in
Denmark - The Rescue of the Jews 1943-45; Convoy To Auschwitz:
Women of the French Resistance; Palestine Betrayed;
Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice; The Art of Being
Jewish in Modern Times.
Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in
literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme though I do display a few
Folklore books." -Charlotte Epstein
"For those of you who like World War II espionage historical
thrillers don't miss our Alan Furst special in Historical Fiction.
This month we have a complete selection of Furst's books including
his latest, A Hero of France. I also recommend the "Station"
series of WWII spy thrillers by David Downing which should be read in
order of publication. This month we have three "Station" books. We
also have Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The illustrated Companion to Jack
Aubrey's World, as well as A Sea of Words, and Harbors
and High Seas all designed to add to your understanding and
enjoyment of O'Brian's novels. In addition to our usual comprehensive
selection of O'Brian's books we have more of his hardback books than
usual. Finally, we have a complete set of The Lymond Chronicles
by Dorothy Dunnett along with a copy of The Dorthy Dunnett Companion.
These are only a few of the very diverse selection of historical
fiction books this month." -Suzanne Little
"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 - Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science;
Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music; Creating Country Music:
Fabricating Authenticity; Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented
Rock 'n' Roll; We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz; Jammin'
at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema; Crying Out Loud:
Life in a Sixties Rock Band.
There are a few books on Bob Dylan who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in
Literature including The Dylan Companion. Also browse our
wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by instruments including
violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte Epstein
Philosophy for November 2016
"The Philosophy section received so many books in November that
there are new arrivals on all shelves. Titles include, The Truth
About Everything, Minds and Bodies, The Courtier and the Heretic,
The Third City, The Road Since Structure, and The Philosophy Book
- Big Ideas Simply Explained. Unusually for Philosophy we even
have signed books: Total Freedom by Sciabarra and The Meaning of
Life by Wolf. This month we also have the classic box set, in
excellent condition, The Encyclopedia of Philosophy in 8 volumes.
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
Health for November
"It's about time to remind one and all that now is the time to be on
the lookout for health-related books as thoughtful, empathic and
caring holiday gifts. We have an unusually large collection of
current and recent Best Sellers: When Breath Becomes Air,
Kolanithi; Emperor of All Maladies, Mukhergee; Being Mortal and
many others (older, but still very readable, important and timeless)
by Atul Gawande; and sacks of classic books by Oliver Sacks (please
forgive the pun). We call your attention to many more attractive,
informative, inspiring and entertaining books, archaic to
state-of-the-art, on our New and Interesting Shelf. The book addicts
who run this section recommend them highly. And to add to our
Time-Oriented focus for November, we\u2019re having a special sale of
books about Miraculous Cures: see Shed 10 Years in 10 Months;
Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 Days; The
3-HOUR DIET; 21 Pounds in 21 Days; and many more. Good News: How
quick and easy it is to be healed!" -Verne Rice
"The Interpreter's Bible- 12-volume set in good condition from
1957 all for $25. And Flaubert's The Temptation of St Anthony,
with lovely illustrations by Mahon Blaine for $7."
-Nancy Mahoney Cohen
2016 November Humor
"The Humor section is ready to help you with all your holiday
gift giving. For gifts that look a lot more expensive than they really
are we have three different versions of The Complete New Yorker
Cartoons. For something special how about signed copies of books
from Josh Kornbluth, Carmen Rutlen, Barsotti or Paula Poundstone?
Anglophiles?- Wodehouse (5), Monty Python (two), the list goes on.
Hollywood?- Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy or Hirschfield. For the
refined taste- four books from Charles Addams. And all the old
favorites, Fey, Sedaris, MAD Magazine and Spy and about 100 other
books to choose from.
Also make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and
look through the large collection of books and cartoons."
During the month before each sale section managers highlight donations
of special interest. We cannot guarantee all highlighted books will be
on the shelves at the sale.
Teen reviews by Tristan Wang
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
Time is running out too fast for too many. For Karl, an apprentice
clockmaker who cannot miss a crucial deadline. For Fritz, a writer,
who had begun a story spiraling out of his control? And for Gretl,
the innkeeper's daughter, who must muster the courage to match her
kindness. The characters, not unlike cogs in a machine, come
together in a magical yet terrifying tale as suspenseful as a
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
By sixth grade, best friends Miranda and Sal have learned to navigate
the restless, labyrinthine New York neighborhood. But then, for
obscure reasons, Sal shuts Miranda out of his life. Shortly after,
enigmatic notes begin to find their way into Miranda's hands. Each
more urgent than the one before, Miranda is led to believe that only
she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think
it may be too late.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
A genuine novel with "its own rationale...and its own character." Set
in the closing months of the Second World War, the tale details the
frustrated observations of Yossarian, an American bomber furious
because men he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. Interpreted
as a microcosm of the convoluted 20th century world, Catch-22 uses
classic satire to reveal the hilarious yet horrific dangers of being
sane in a world plagued by twisted paradox.