USED BOOK SALES
Saturday October 8
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday October 9
Ephemera SATURDAY ONLY
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN OCTOBER
Music Books & CDs
Games & Puzzles
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 October and November
The Library will be closed on Monday, October 10 for the Columbus Day
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 11.
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.
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:
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.
What's Special for October 2016
This weekend's sale features an extension of the HP Labs collection
and Popular Science specials. Shop these unique books one more
month and look for Fall Holidays to take this space for November
and December. Look for these specials in the bookcases just outside
the sorting/donation room (opposite Travel). A large donation of
music books and sheet music came in last month and are just now making
it to the Music sections. Look for music books and sheet music
sections in the Main Room to especially full for October. Look for the
overflow of music books in the Bargain Room (Room H2).
Love languages? Then the European Language section is a "must shop"
section for you this October at FOPAL. Here's what a customer wrote:
"So, enjoy your book sales. I bought so many wonderful books there
and was able to become a very fluent French reader because I could
afford the books there...." For this month come and check out the
European Language section for many terrific looking books in
Czechoslovakian. FOPAL's Political Science section was given a
makeover says section manager Jim Johnson. Come grab several good
reads from the Political Science offerings this October as the big
election is just around the corner!
Members Annual Meeting for 2016
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Place: Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
Agenda: Election of 2017 Board members and officers; annual financial
summary from the Treasurer; other business from the members.
Please join us at our annual meeting on October 12 at the Rinconada
Library branch. The floor will be open to you, the members, to give
us your thoughts on what you think FOPAL is doing well, and how its
operations might be improved. We look forward to seeing you at the
Shout out for Transition Share Faire with Costume Swap!
Transition Palo Alto is holding a Share Faire event with a Halloween
theme and a Costume Swap. This event will be on the Cubberley
Community Center campus, Sunday October 9 between 1pm and 3pm,
so will be convenient to people attending our Sunday sale.
It is open to the public and free, and invites people to share
goods, ideas, and community; and to enjoy mini skill share
More information is available on Transition Palo Alto's
Share Faire page.
2016 October 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: The Dulcimer Book; A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn
Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano; Beethoven's Hair;
Verdi at the Golden Gate: Opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush
Years; Giants of Jazz by Studs Terkel; Paul McCartney: Many
Years From Now; The Beatles: 10 YEARS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte
"Once again Science is packed this month. We have a holdover from
last month of books donated to FOPAL from HP Laboratories. There is a
wide collection of books used by the HP Labs researchers. We also have
a few copies of the collected letters of Barney Oliver, the first head
of HP Labs. These books can be found in the second bay on the right as
you enter the book room.
Also this month, we have an extra bay of popular science. These books
can be found right next to the HP Labs special. There are a lot of
really interesting books (that generally don't have equations). We
also have several books on robotics which can be found near
electronics. We received several books related to the space program
including many special NASA publications. These, too, can be found
Finally, all of our regular sections are filled with books--many new
this month. Come look for math, statistics, geology, geography,
chemistry, biology, genetics, mechanical and civil engineering,
electrical engineering, hobby electronics, science text books,
cosmology, astronomy, practical engineering, history of technology,
technology biography, Einstein and relativity, and vintage science
books. Each of the 9 science bookcases are labeled to help you find
the books you are interested in." -Dick Grote
Philosophy for October
"The Philosophy section in October has a broad selection of
new arrivals including, Adler's two-volume set, The Idea of Freedom,
Hayman's biography of Sartre, McGinn's Minds and Bodies, and the
titles, Quantum Mechanics and Whitehead, The Courtier and the
Heretic, The Road Since Structure, and Character and Culture.
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
"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: You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the
Jewish Mother; For the Love of Being Jewish; Great Couples of the
Bible; Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame; Start-up Nation:
The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle; And the Sea is Never Full
by Elie Wiesel; Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora;
Jerusalem Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art. Also
this month there is a small selection of books by Abraham Joshua
Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in
literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme." -Charlotte Epstein
2016 October Humor
"New arrivals in October include the two volume set, Cartoon
Classics for Medical Economics, and the master himself, The World of
Also available: The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Complete Cartoon of
the New Yorker with DVDs (one cartoon a day for life!), Principles
of Uncertainty, Monty Python Live, Republican Party Reptile,
Mother on Fire, Not So Popular Myths, 30 Satires, and If Andy
Warhol had a Girlfriend. Other new arrivals included Erika Lopez (3),
Mortimer's Rumple's Omnibus, Fey, Sedaris, Handler and Wodehouse (5).
In the British section you will find Prince Charles's favorite comedy
show, The Goons, with the great Welsh comedian Harry Secombe.
Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and
look through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
Sets for October 2016
"This month we have two featured sets. Last month we sold Guizot's
History of France and this month we have Guizot's five volume
set, The Popular History of England, 1876, $10. The other is a very
good 12 volume set, The Stoddard Library, with very fine
illustrations, 1910, $15. We also have Elbert Hubbard's Little
Journeys, 15 volume set, Roycrofters, 1916, with raised
embossed front cover. The set is dedicated to his wife, who has signed
the first volume! $25
Complete Sets include: Stevenson's Works, Edition De Luxe, The Davos
Press, 1906, set of 10, 1,000 sets only, set # 176, $40. American
Short Story Classics, 5 vol. set, 1905, $10. Smithsonian Scientific
Series, 12 volumes set $12. The Pocket University, 13 volume set, $20.
Hall Caine, 1904, 9 volume set, $10. The Encyclopedia of Science,
8 volumes set $5. Mark Twain, 24 volume set, Author's National
Edition, 1899, $30.
All in aisle 15 and even more Sets are in the Bargain Room.
Incomplete sets include: History of the World, Ridpath, 6 of 9
volume set, 1901, $4 each. World's Greatest Literature, Colonial
Press, 1901, 15 volumes from a series, $3 each. 11 volumes in
very good condition from the series, Studies in the Age of
Chaucer, priced individually. Other sets will be found their
subject areas such as History in aisle 11 and Fiction in aisle
15 and even more sets are in the Bargain Room." -Nigel Jones
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A book with an ominous title -- and an ominous outset. The grotesque
man Jack murders the Dorian family in their sleep -- save the toddler
upstairs, who had unwittingly crawled out of the house and into the
nearby cemetery. Here, its supernatural "residents" convene and
agree to raise him as one of their own. Renamed Nobody, or Bod for
short, the boy must brave the horrors of the graveyard, which, as he
will discover, is never quite as frightening as the reality of living.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Set in the midst of the Great War, Joey, a half-Thoroughbred farm
horse, is sold to the British cavalry and thrust into the brutal
fighting on the Western Front. While the tale is unique in having a
first-person animal narrator, it only serves to amplify the
emotional impact by contrasting the horse's utter incomprehension of
human atrocity, with the moving loyalty and courage that others
boldly evince. The clash of wills drives the poignant tale along as
much as the timeless question: will Joey ever reunite with Albert --
the farmer's son he left behind?
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The classic children's fairy tale follows young orphan James Henry
Trotter, the "saddest and loneliest boy you could find," living with
his two wicked aunts after losing his parents to a rhinoceros attack.
That is, until a wizened old man, some magic crystals, a giant peach,
a jolly band of talking insects, and a riveting and humorous
adventure, reverses his misery forever.