USED BOOK SALES
Saturday April 8
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday April 9
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN APRIL
African American Studies
Education & Language
78 RPM Records
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 April and May
The Library will be closed on Sunday, April 16 for its Spring Closure.
Normal hours will resume on Monday, April 17.
The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.
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 2017
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2017! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 916-936-4580.
Each organization that selects books needs to provide their
address and email address, cell phone number, the name of one person
who will represent them at the giveaway and their address and
telephone or email address. That way we will be able to contact you
if we change hours, days of operation or limit numbers of volunteers
from each organization selecting books. Please include this
information in your request to Norma Burchard.
Each organization is allowed one person to select books in the
children's bargain room and two people to select in the main bargain
room. Each children's bargain room person may fill two paper
supermarket bags for the first 45 minutes. In the main bargain room,
the books must be selected individually for the first hour and if
the large Ikea bags are used, they need to be taken outside as they
are filled. If boxes are used, they need to be of a size that does
not require the use of a hand truck to remove them. You may have
further questions so feel free to call or email me. See you at the
sale! -Norma Burchard
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email us at
email@example.com or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Earth Day is every day - Bring your own bag please!
Earth day is April 22nd, what are your plans? Here at the Friends of
the Palo Alto Library we continue to do our part by recycling as much
as possible including all plastic bags we receive from those carrying
in book donations and by re-using all paper bags brought in for
customer purchases. As FOPAL looks ahead we can see a day when we'll
have fewer and fewer paper bags to offer our customers. In honor of
Earth Day being every day we are asking you to bring your own bag
(BYOB) to the sale. Many of our customers already bring their own bags
and to you we say thank you very much! Forgot your bag? You can
purchase a green FOPAL tote for a mere $2. These durable bags are
available in all sales rooms!
The African American Studies special is one of our featured
subjects this month. We've received dozens of books from San Jose
State spanning several sections including, History, Politics,
Anthropology/Sociology, Psychology. Most are featured in the two
specials books cases outside the sorting room, and others you'll
find in the appropriate sections as well as in the Bargain Room/H2.
Nature received several books on mushrooms, and the majority of
these are being offered for on-line sale at FOPAL's Amazon sale site.
Look for many other tempting titles in Nature this month as
described below and enjoy some Eco-therapy this April. The Education
& Language section is fully stocked with new inventory with
the overflow to be found in the Bargain Room. Also, in the Bargain
Room, look for a large selection of 78 RPM Records! The Cooking
section is brimming with many nearly new books this month and as a
result is occupying a specials bay located at the end of DVDs across
from the check-out line.
Donations, Donations, Donations
Please bring us your books, CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles, software, and
artwork...EXCEPT during our monthly sales.
As we put this newsletter together, we have at least 200 boxes waiting
in the sorting room, another 50 behind the Bargain Room, and we expect
the sorting room to become even more crowded before the sale. If you
can hold off your donations until Monday or Tuesday, we should be able
to receive them then.
"How about some creative, low-cost ways to celebrate Earth Day (April
22) and Mother's Day (May 14)? The Nature Section has just what you
need! We have flyers on Bay Area-wide outdoor activities and shelves
of carefully selected books to add to your fun. For a great gift for
Mom, a terrific array of like-new books: The Reindeer People,
Fine Morel Tales, Eating Wildly, The Rarest Bird
in the World, etc. Hikers, bird-watchers, rock hunters, and
armchair naturalists are sure to find the perfect book among our
thousand-plus choices. All proceeds support local libraries."
"We recently got a lot of Hebrew books. Most appear to be Israeli
fiction or memoirs, but we also have translations of everything from
Jude Deveraux to Lampedusa." -Susan Strain
Philosophy for April 2017
"We have a broad assortment of new titles for April many of which we
have not seen before. These include Philosophy of the Middle Ages,
The Short History of Modern Philosophy, Language Proof and Logic,
The Metaphysical Club, Antifragile, Looking Away,
The Language Instinct, plus two books by Ricoeur and two by
Merleau-Ponty. Slightly off topic but an interesting book to read, we
have Proust was a Neuroscientist. 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
"The Science section is again packed with a lot of great books. We
have several copies of Tufte books on the visualization of data. We
also have over 30 volumes of the Scientific American Library of
Science. FOPAL has received a large donation from the excellent
RayChem library and we will be displaying them over the next several
months. This month we have several books on statistics and chemistry.
If you are a polymer person, this is your sale. As always we have
shelves full of popular science books around the corner on the main
aisle next to philosophy and throughout the section. There are several
rarer books in science biography and science history this month.
Our usual marked shelves (roughly from the main aisle down towards the
corner are): popular science, popular math, advanced math, college
math, calculus, geometry/algebra, chemistry, biology/genetics,
physics, electronics, hobby electronics, geology, geography,
mechanical and civil engineering, aeronautics and the space program,
cosmology, practical engineering and science, history of science and
technology, biography, Einstein, astronomy, cosmology, and general
science writing. Additionally, there will be a $1 cart filled with
very nice science/technology textbooks. We always suggest that folks
look for science books in the Bargain Room. Because we get so many
wonderful donations in our section, we never have room for everything
in the main book sale room." -Dick Grote and Ed Walker
Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion, Kabbalah,
Jewish history, the Holocaust, memoirs, Israel, Jewish Women, the
Jewish American Experience and other related subjects. New this month:
The Fourth Commandment; Conversations with the Rebbe; Torah and
Dharma; Pioneers in Jewish Medical Ethics; Al Chet: Sins in the
Marketplace; GIs Remember; Legacy of Courage; The Texture of Memory;
The Lampshade - A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New
Orleans; A Tale of Love and Darkness - Memoir of Amos Oz. Check the
appropriate fiction section if you are interested in literature with
a Jewish or Israeli theme. -Charlotte Epstein
"The Movie/Entertainment section is in the north/west corner of the
book room. It is always easy to find because the African Queen is
hanging overhead. Again this month we have a nice collection of books.
For example, we have a shelf full of books from great TV series:
Star Trek, X-files, and Dr. Who. We have a few books on Audrey
Hepburn. Finally there are a few bios which we don't often see: Hattie
McDaniel, Jeanette McDonald, and Bogie. We also have a nice collection
of film studies and movie/Hollywood history books. Finally we have a
small collection of "lobby books" sold in theatre lobbies in the 50s
and 60s for big productions such as Ben Hur.
"In the section you will find (roughly from left to right in the
section): modern culture, film writing, craft and movie business, TV,
guides, large format, signed books, foreign film, film commentary and
theory, Hollywood and film history, director's corner, choice
biographies/memoirs, film tie-ins and scripts, and media and media
studies." -Dick Grote
2017 April Music
"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical topics
in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, American music and dance. New
this month - Unbound Sound; Picture the Songs - Lithographs
from the Sheet Music of Nineteenth-Century America; Great
Composers in Historic Photographs; Preservation Hall;
The Cello Suites; Wicked - The Grimmerie; Give My
Poor Heart Ease; Dylan's Visions of Sin; Young Men with
Unlimited Capital; The Ninth - Beethoven and the World in 1824;
Through the Wire - the Words and Lyrics of Kanye West. Also
browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by instruments
including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte Epstein
2017 April Humor
"In April we have 7 different versions of the New Yorker cartoons
including two copies of the Complete New Yorker Cartoons with
DVDs, plus many other cartoon books. We have 10 books by Wodehouse
including two anthologies. In the world of Monty Python we have,
Monty Python's Bio of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and
John Cleese's autobiography, also their esteemed predecessors, The
Goons. Making its first appearance we have Wolk's fascinating
Reading Comics - How Graphic Novels Work. Also be sure to look
for Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out and Ten Thousand Stories
in which you open up wonderfully illustrated panels and make up your
own story. Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
History & Historical Fiction
"This month History received a very large and wonderful donation of
books about African-Americans. We are displaying these books in the
Special section to your right as you enter the Main room. The books
range from humor to history to sociology to literature. It is an
excellent collection with rare books from the 60s and 70s up to very
current ones. You will find overflow of these books in less fine
condition in the Bargain Room as well. In addition to these books we
also received more books about Africa than usual that you will find
in the History section. Also in History in Historiography you will
find a small but interesting selection of books about Edward Gibbon.
Don't miss our set section where we are doing spring cleaning and
have substantial reductions on sets that were holdovers from last
month. We have some terrific new sets including The Cambridge Modern
History, 13 volumes for only $25.00.
"In Historical Fiction we are continuing the African-American
theme and have grouped our African-American related books in one area
in the center section." -Suzanne Little, Irina Cross & Marian Urman
"Spring is bustin' out all over...and just in time there's a bountiful
crop of recently published books on growing vegetables and fruit. This
month we have two copies of The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to
Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem, numerous books on
California fruit and vegetable gardening, straw bale gardening, the
French intensive method, and growing unusual vegetables, as well as
Italian, French, and salad gardening. But as any gardener knows, any
patch of cultivated soil also yields weeds, so be sure not to miss
Richard Mabey's delightful volume on Weeds: In Defense of Nature's
Most Unloved Plants!" -Ann Justice
Sets for 2017 April
"In April, the most recent set to arrive is Compton's Pictured
Encyclopedia, a set of 10 volumes, 1930, with excellent
illustrations, $20. As a series from a set we have 17 volumes of
Scott's Waverley Novels, circa 1900, $35. 23 volumes from
the same series recently sold for $80. As a part set we have the
Works of Daniel Webster, volumes I, III, IV, V, and VI, 1853,
$10 each. We have around 20 individual titles from around 1900 to
1835. The condition of these books ranges from terrible to good
however they need to be seen to be appreciated. Among them there are
some excellent covers, often highly embossed and colored, very fine
bindings and wonderful illustrations. Examples are The Anglo Saxon
Review, 1900, Punch, 1880 and an old, undated Rubaiyat
of Omar Khayyam. More 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 only
counts as 1 book when you are buying within the 12 book limit."
"We received a single donation of 27 boxes of records, and in going
through them found they were a collection of mostly classical music
albums issued between 1930 and 1950. Many on RCA Victor, many on
Columbia, some others. Most were complete and with unbroken records.
Past shelf photographer Edwin El-Kareh photographed labels from one
record in each complete album and we have put them up where bookshelf
photos have been in the past, and may yet appear again.
Most of these albums are shelved under the classical music LP boxes,
some on the floor under the shelves, and some on the bottom shelf
under Art books; and albums of popular music have also been shelved
on the bottom shelves of Large Format; all in the Bargain Room.
"There are also two "party records" by Dwight Fiske on his private
label Fiskana. One didn't have an entry on Discogs so I made one
for it. I'll be trying to get these discs into the Novelty Records
box in the Bargain Room for the sale.
"Did you know, we also offer records for sale on Discogs?"
Teen Reviews by Tristan Wang
The Phantom Tollboth by Norton Juster
For Milo, life is dull and time is plentiful. One day, after returning
home from school, Milo finds a strange parcel including a note
addressing him by name, a curious map of the "Lands Beyond", and a
miniature tollbooth which transports him to a magical land where
metaphors are literal. He quickly befriends Tock, a noble "watchdog",
visits Dictionopolis, and is given the impossible charge of restoring
Rhyme and Reason.
Misfit Island by Tina Gibson
An allegorical tale told through the cadence of quatrains. Signa the
swan is swept onto an exotic island with a curious divide. On the one
side, wild and deranged animals roam freely; on the other side, an
assemblage of committed creatures known as the Misfits admits Signa
into their society. But when animals start disappearing, Signa must
contribute to the effort of identifying the source of the disturbance
before it's too late.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The year is 2044. For teenage Wade Watts, the only escape from the
crumbling world is the virtual safe haven known as the OASIS. Wade is
a "gunter", one of millions of competitive users hunting vainly for
OASIS creator John Halliday's "Easter Egg", which will grant the
finder his entire fortune. But as Wade unexpectedly stumbles upon
the first clue, he will have to escape the murderous competitors beset
upon him -- and confront the mire of the real world.