USED BOOK SALES
Saturday February 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday February 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN FEBRUARY
Chinese New Year
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 February
The Library will be closed on Monday, February 20 for the President's
Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, February 21.
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
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
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.
What's Special for February
January was a banner month for donations. All three of our rooms are
filled to capacity. Among the highlights: we received two generous
donations from longtime Palo Alto Children's Theatre director Pat
Briggs with her massive library of books every conceivable category
and from Bliss Carnochan, Stanford Richard W. Lyman Professor of
Humanities, Emeritus, and director of the Stanford Humanities Center.
Carnochan's research and writing has focused on 18th-century
literature in its cultural and historical settings. This is reflected
in his recent donation.
Poetry in the Main Room and Bargain Room is brimming with new
titles as we received a retiring Poetry professor's (No name
to mention) library last month. History is offering a special for
February that can be found in the "special bay" located across from
the head of the check-out line, around the corner from DVDs.
Military History's special this month is on Waterloo. "The Battle of
Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in
present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the
Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte
was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: an
Anglo-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington,
and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von
Bluecher, Prince of Wahlstatt." (From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo.)
Look for the Waterloo books in the first special bay as you enter the
Main Room, right outside the sorting room. One fun special this month
is dedicated to the Chinese New Year, the year of the
phoenix/rooster and will include books pulled from a variety from
sections. Ephemera made our specials list again this month as this
section is again full with posters, framed art, decorative items,
candles and more! Reminder FOPAL's Ephemera sale is now on Saturdays
History February Special
"Abraham Lincoln - A Country Divided" is the theme of our History
special this month. (No, we're not doing a current events special.) We
are featuring ABRAHAM LINCOLN who many believe is our greatest
President and who governed in a time of the utmost division for our
Republic. Not only is February Lincoln's birthday but our special is
augmented by a large donation from former Stanford professor, Don
Fehrenbacher. He was the recipient of the 1997 Lincoln Prize, the
nation's highest annual award for Civil War studies. One of his
Stanford colleagues stated, "Don Fehrenbacher was one of the two or
three top Lincoln scholars in the United States, as his recent Lincoln
Prize made clear." He also won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize in history for
The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics.
We have a copy of this book in our U.S. History section. The special
has many other wonderful books about Lincoln and his legacy that we
have not had before as well as books that are frequently on our
shelves. You will find this special in the bookcase by the check-out
line at the front of the room between DVDs and CDs. We also have an
excellent selection of other United States History books especially
those describing the revolutionary and founding period of our nation.
Additionally, we have numerous books in our "commentary" section of
U.S. History that provide thoughtful analysis and provocative ideas.
Needless to say, the books are very timely for our current national
situation and may help in understanding the controversies which we
are beginning to experience. As usual, we also have an excellent
selection of books in the other areas of the world but, frankly,
right now I think understanding our own history is what matters
the most." -Suzanne Little
Science Fiction & Fantasy
"In Science Fiction and Fantasy this month we have a couple of
nice boxed sets of fantasy series, and a couple of large-format
'bedsheet' Analog magazines from the 1960s in unusually good
condition, including an installment of Prophet of Dune
(re-titled Dune Messiah for the book.)" -Rich McAllister
Philosophy for February 2017
"We have a broad assortment of new titles for February many of which
we have not seen before. These include Molyneux's Question,
The Making of a Philosopher, Pure Immanence,
Philosophy of a Biologist, Space and Time,
Conditions of Love and Descartes's Bones.
"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
Biography & Memoirs
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask
About...JANE AUSTEN! This month we have an astonishing 20 (TWENTY!)
volumes about J.A.'s unrequited love, her real and imagined worlds,
her letters, her style, her sayings, and of course, her life. Best
title: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. If
however, personal and social history of 19th century England doesn't
exactly entrance you, you might want to escape to the section next
door entitled 'Adventurers, Courageous or Just Plain Foolhardy.'
There you will have your choice of some thoroughly gripping vicarious
adventures: e.g. surviving three tours of duty in Iraq as a bomb
disposal specialist, masquerading as a gang leader for a day, being
trapped for 33 days deep underground in Chilean mine, being held
prisoner in a North Korean prison camp, escaping a Siberian gulag by
trekking over the Himalayas and across the Gobi Desert. Suffice it to
say, some people have lived lives stranger than fiction and far far
stranger than dealing daily with congested traffic in Silicon Valley,
and have miraculously lived to tell about them!" -Ann Justice
2017 February Music Books
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 - A Hard Day's Write; Sweat, Tears and
Jazz Hands; Elvis 50th Anniversary Forever in the Groove;
No Applause - Just Throw Money; That Band That Played On; What
Makes Music Great?; Album Cover Album; Struggling to Define a
Nation; Bob Marley Songs of Freedom; In the Groove -
vintage Record Graphics 1940-1960; New Directions in Indian Dance.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar.
"The Science section is again packed with a lot of great books.
This month we have special sections on robotics and meterology. As
usual we have many shelves full of popular science books around the
corner next to philosophy and throughout section. 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/Ed Walker
Psychology/Self-help for February
"This month we have a larger than usual section of books on LOVE and
small books that make great gifts. Some current and popular books
from 2015 and 2016 are: Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance;
Why Therapy Works, on using your mind to change your brain;
Looking at Mindfulness, about living in the moment through art;
The Truth, an autobiographical book by investigative reporter
Neil Strauss that makes you think hard about some uncomfortable
aspects of relationships. Among other relationship books, are both
the book and CD of the popular Hold Me Tight. There are
also lots of books that might help you keep your New Year's
resolutions, so enjoy browsing and see what draws you in."
Sets for 2017 February
"In February we have several very good quality series of books, the
Illustrated Bulwer's Novels, 1891, 21 volumes of a 32 volume set,
$4 each, a series of 10 volumes by Jonathan Swift, 1964, $4 each.
"In Sets we have the 75th Anniversary five volume set in a slipcase of
Audubon, $35, and the 3 volume set Encyclopedia Britannica, this is
the 1971 facsimile of the 1771 edition, $15. We also have 11 volumes
from Balzac's Human Condition, 1899, well-illustrated, $3 each. 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 one book when you are buying within
the 12 book limit." -Nigel Jones
2017 February Judaica
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: Four Jews on Parnassus; Entering Jewish Prayer;
Skullcaps 'n' Switchblades; One Hundred Essential books for
Jewish Readers; Hitler's Furies - German Women in the Nazi
Killing Fields; To Paint Her Life - Charlotte Solomon in the Nazi
Era; It Happened in Italy; Genocide - Conceptual and Historical
Dimensions; Jerusalem 1913 - The Origins of the Arab-Israeli
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
"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 an extra-large
collection of books. Included, a record number of large format books
(that coffee table is looking empty) and books on Hollywood and the
History of Film. Look in the TV section and you may find the 3 volume
set Classic Episodes of Star Trek.
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
"In February we have seven different versions of the New Yorker
cartoons including the Complete New Yorker Cartoons with DVDs
and for more cartoons, Inside Mad, Amphigorey, and
Doonesbury Redux. For classic American humor we have four
books by Mark Twain, as well as Lenny Bruce, Larry Widmore and Billy
Crystal. For something Hollywood we have Laurel and Hardy, the Marx
Brothers, and W. C. Fields. From the other side of the pond we have
six by Wodehouse, Monty Python, and for the first time a book of humor
from Graham Greene. Also be sure to look for Ten Thousand Stories in
which you open up wonderfully illustrated panels and make up your own
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and
look through the large collection of books and cartoons."
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Following a violent coup incited by her murderous aunt Redd, Princess
Alyss and her bodyguard desert a chaotic Wonderland through the Pool
of Tears. But amidst the chaos they are separated, and Alyss finds
herself lost and stranded in the Victorian London. Thirteen fateful
years passed as royal escort Hatter Madigan searched in vain for
Alyss. But alas, he has a promising lead. Stumbling across a novel
depicting Alyss' tumultuous past, Hatter must track down the aspiring
author whom the princess had befriended and, upon doing so, disclosed
her ambient tale -- Lewis Caroll.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Pacing through her family woods, Winnie Foster encounters a boy
drinking from a local spring, and so stumbles upon the most
well-guarded secret of a quaint family that never ages. But as
pursuers encroach and explanations are revealed, Winnie soon
discovers that eternal life is less a blessing than it might seem.
In time, she too will face the choice of accepting immortality.
But is it worth it?
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A gruesome horror novel. Oskar is a reclusive boy whose mistreatment
sets him increasingly inward, harboring morbid interests including an
obsession for crime and forensics. That is, until Oskar meets Eli,
a young girl, in a fateful encounter that materializes in an intimate
friendship. But behind the seemingly naive romance, dark, macabre
secrets begin to bubble to the surface as Eli is connected to a
string of grueling murders that has ravaged the neighborhood.