USED BOOK SALES
Saturday September 10
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday September 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN SEPTEMBER
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 September and October
The Library will be closed on Monday, October 10 for the Columbus Day
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 11.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
A Reminder about the 12-Book Limit
Most people who come to our sales early on Saturday are enthusiastic,
cooperative, and they appreciate the reasons for our 12-book limit,
which is in force only until the Sale Manager announces that the
limit is lifted. This usually happens around noon; earlier when all
who are in line have been admitted, and when the Fire Department's
occupancy limit is no longer a problem.
Shoppers may not bring in more than one bag per customer, or any
oversize bags. Standard grocery-sized bags are okay - and of course
we encourage the use of our highly visible flashy green FOPAL bags,
for sale outside the entry ramp. Please remember that boxes and
large backpacks are a safety hazard, and we cannot allow them when
the book room is crowded.
We will remove shoppers from the sale if the they refuse to limit
the number of books in their possession to 12. A reminder: as
always, customers are welcome to choose 12 books, pay for them,
exit Marty's room and re-enter as many times as they wish, honoring
the waiting line if it is still in existence.
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 for shopping according to our
rules. We ask for the commitment of our "business clients" in
considering the rights of all of our customers and observing our
rules. -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:
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.
September Sale Notes
Donations were especially strong since the last sale, as we had a
backlog from August and have already priced books for the October
sale! This is especially true for the Science section. Science
section managers Dick Grote and Ed Walker have collected and displayed
two full bays of books donated from the Hewlett Packard Labs! Look
for this special selection to your right as you enter the Main Room.
The Children's Room shelves are sagging under the weight of all
the books as well! This means a great selection for buyers; this will
be a super sizzling sale. For our children's vintage books, collectors
check the "red carts" for what's been pulled, priced and researched by
FOPAL's vintage children's book section manager Lisa Heyse. Look for
the "red carts" to be overflowing for the next sale too!
For the upcoming September Sale, look for lots of treasures in our
Ephemera area. Many of these large non-book donations have been
priced and had been held back in FOPAL off-site storage for a special
September Sale. Think, silver plate serving pieces, porcelain
collectables.... Also, this month it's a great time fun to imagine the
past, to walk through the ages in one's mind. The more history you
read, the more it can fill in the blanks in the understanding and in
the mental images of the universe in which we live. Reading history
can be fun and satisfying. Another good reason to check out our
History section is that you'll be treated to a unique
opportunity to explore the vast collection we have in every area!
"We continue to have wall to wall books in Science. We have
expanded the electrical engineering and math sections this month, but
there are still tons of books in all areas of science. Books are
sorted by areas of interest: popular science, math (popular through
advanced math), chemistry, biology, geology/geography, physics,
electronics, aerospace, space program, practical engineering/science,
science biography, history of science, and more popular science. There
are seven bays full of science all labeled to help you find what you
are looking for.
"We have received a large donation of books from HP Laboratories.
HP Labs has been one of the leading technical scientific labs in the
country. FOPAL is pleased to present these to our customers this
month. Most of the books are related to electrical engineering, but
there are several other disciplines as well. Most of the books are in
excellent condition with only a few markings from HP. The special
section for HP Labs is near the entry to the sale room." -Dick Grote
"If you haven't seen what we have in The West recently, go to
aisle 2 in the Main Room. There you'll find lots of great books
on California history and geography, including special sections on San
Francisco, Palo Alto, and the Bay Area. This month, we are featuring
Guide Books to Hiking and Biking Trails in the Bay Area. We also have
special sections on Yosemite and the Sierras, California Earthquakes
and Fires, the Gold Rush and Mining, and the California Missions.
(Note this, parents of 4th graders!)
For the next couple of months, we also have a special section
containing books by the great Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction
writer, John McPhee, many of whose books deal with the\240West.\240Some of
his books can also be found in our Nature and Animals section
against the back wall in the Main Room.
We have plenty of books about the West in general, including new
special sections on the Southwest, the Northwest, and The Rockies.
Some of our regular sections include books on Women in the West,
Vigilantes and Gunslingers, Exploration (as in Lewis and Clark),
and Alaska. Note: Our other books about Native Americans have
moved to the facing aisle between Anthropology and Military
History. We also have a section on Western Fiction (from Wallace
Stegner to Larry McMurtry). And you can always find more Western
fiction in our Bargain Room (H-2). Be sure to check our top
and bottom shelves for oversized books in all these categories.
"Fall is a wonderful time of year for hiking and birdwatching in the
Bay Area. The weather is cooler but still dry, perfect for exploring
our beaches, Redwood forests and ridge trails. Fall migration
continues, with flycatchers, vireos, warblers, sparrows and finches
passing through (or staying). Shorebirds that breed in the Arctic and
many of those that breed at more temperate latitudes are also on the
move. The Nature section has low-priced guides to all of the
above and much more. Some of the titles in our New Arrivals and High
Adventure sections this month include: Gem Trails of Northern
California, Left For Dead, The Soul of An Octopus
and Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation (in case you
thought the Nature section was boring!)." -Karen D.
2016 September Humor
"New arrivals in September include The Annotated Wizard of Oz,
The Complete Cartoons 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), Rumple (2),
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. If you have to have everything Star Wars
check out the very funny Darth Vader and Son or want something
different The Book of Trolls. Make sure to check out the Bargain
Room for Humor and look through the large collection of books
and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"Our special again this month is pairs. We all know about Tracy and
Hepburn, but how many folks know about Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee?
Come buy one of the books in the pairs special and you can find out.
There are also a lot of books on screenwriting and craft.
Entertainment bios are overflowing as usual. Finally, we have a
large number of interesting books in the Director's Corner."
2016 September Judaica
"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: Wrapped in a Holy Flame; Mourning &
Mitzvah; God is a Verb; Joys of Yiddish; The
Bible Code; Outwitting History; 50 Ways to be Jewish;
books for the upcoming High Holy Days; 1944: FDR and the Year that
Changed History; Fares of Memory; The Gold Train; and
The State of Israel vs Adolf Eichmann. Also for this month
there is a small selection of folklore such as Yiddish Folktales and
Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust. Check the appropriate fiction
section if you are interested in literature with a Jewish or Israeli
theme." -Charlotte Epstein
DVDs for September
"Wanna see something really scary? Check out the horror DVD special.
Like zombies? Choose from the good: 28 Days Later, the bad: Zombie
Strippers, the old: Night of the Living Dead, or the funny: Shawn
of the Dead." -Dean Ujihara
Sets for 2016 September
"Located in aisle 6 the Sets section has both complete sets
(sold as a set with a single price) and incomplete sets which are
often sold individually as well as volumes from a continuing series.
The condition of the older volumes is very variable even within sets
and all should be looked at carefully. This month's featured set is:
Elbert Hubbard's Little Journeys, 15 vol. set, Roycrofters 1916,
with raised embossed front cover. The set is dedicated to his wife,
who has signed the first volume! $25. Also we have Elbert Hubbard's
Scrapbook, 1923, $5, and Aristotle, 1903, $5.
"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 volume set, $12. The Pocket University,
13 volume set, $20. Hall Caine, 1904, 9 volume set, $10. The
Encyclopedia of Science, 8 volume set, $5. Mark Twain's Works,
24 volume set, Author's National Edition, 1899, $30.
"Incomplete sets include: History of France, Guizot, five of
a seven volume set, late 1800s? $4 each. History of the World,
Ridpath, six of nine 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. 22 volumes from the
series, Harvard Classics, $14 in total. Other sets will be
found in 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
Philosophy for September 2016
"The Philosophy section in September has a broad selection of
books in areas related to topics such as consciousness, mind,
bioethics and neuroscience. Overall new arrivals include Voltaire's
Bastards by Saul, Process-Rational Philosophy by Mesle,
Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain by Glimcher,
Neurophilosophy by Churchland, Philosophy in the Flesh
by Lakoff, Out of our Heads by Noe, Animal Rites by
Wolfe (I imagine he gets many comments on this), the classic
Principia Ethica by Moore, and two books by Chomsky.
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
Psychology / Self-help
"Here are some samples of popular books this month, all below Amazon
prices. The Center Cannot Hold, an engrossing memoir of Saks,
a professor of law and psychiatry, both an expert and sufferer of
schizophrenia. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought,
how the human mind works. How do irrational urges affect you and what
to do about it? Read Predictably Irrational and The Upside
of Irrationality, both books by Dan Ariely. Want a happier, more
content life? Try the down-to-earth tools in Mindfulness: An
Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. And to help
you embrace who you are read The Gifts of Imperfection, ten
guideposts for living from a place of worthiness. Enjoy browsing."
2016 September 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 Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp; Sounds
of Healing; Shostakovich and Stalin; The Genius of Prince -
Special Commemorative Edition; Love Goes to Buildings on Fire;
The Beatles Story: Story Of Pop Special; Please Kill Me: The
Uncensored Oral History of Punk; Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll
Transformed Gender in America; The Definitive Guitar Handbook;
The Lost Beatles Interviews. Also browse our wide selection
of sheet music neatly sorted by instruments including violin, piano,
trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte Epstein
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The year is 2044.\240 For the destitute masses, including teenage Wade
Watts, the only escape from the crumbling world is the virtual safe
haven known as the OASIS. Wade is a \u201cgunter\u201d, one of millions of
competitive users hunting vainly for OASIS creator John Halliday's
"Easter Egg", which will grant the finder his entire fortune as
control of the OASIS simulation. But as Wade unexpectedly stumbles
upon the first clue, he will have to escape the murderous competitors
and mega-corporations beset upon him -- and confront the mire of the
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
There isn't much adventure going on for easygoing Ivan, the silverback
gorilla resident of the decrepit Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade.
Content within the glass walls of his domain, he spends his waking
hours on TV, scribbling and eating crayons, and enjoying the company
of his fellow animal residents. But when Ruby, a baby elephant
arrives, change comes with her, and Ivan realizes the only way to
shield Ruby from harm is to pursue the one thing he never bothered
to ask for -- freedom.
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
Children's book writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers gives each
letter its due with light humor and abundant wit. A collection of 26
imaginative tales, meticulously arranged in alphabetical order (of