USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 14
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday January 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
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 January and February
The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 for the Martin
Luther King holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, January 17.
The Library will be closed on Monday, February 20 for the Martin
Luther King 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.
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:
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 January 2017
Bookish problem #176 - Trying to come up with New Year's Resolutions
that don't include reading more books. Did your New Year's Resolutions
include reading more books or finishing the books you started last
year? Well, this month FOPAL can help you with the former with an
especially fine selection of books on almost every subject for you to
buy. Look for First Day Print Stamp Books, and interesting reads
on Nuclear Politics located in the Specials bays to your right
as you enter the Main Room. In the smaller Special bay, near the
cashiers, you'll find a nice selection of books from our European
Languages area. A large donation of Groovy Media/LPs is
available in the Bargain Room/H2, making this section fully
stocked. Customers asked, what happened to the Ephemera sale last
month? The rain made this sale area unavailable, as a result, you'll
see two months of Ephemera donations being offered this Saturday
8am-3:30pm. Finally, it looks like the weather will cooperate this
weekend and we'll have our Outdoor Tent Sale (all items $1.00) up and
running if the forecast holds true.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway - New Year, New Policy!
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a new year full of lots of
donated books for you, our non-profit book selectors, to choose.
The non-profit give away is getting more and more popular and we are
delighted that so many people will benefit from the generosity of our
donors. To ease the crowded conditions we are changing the way we
have done things in the past. 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
send this information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-936-4580.
Starting with the sale on Sunday, January 15th at 4:00pm, each
organization will be 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
"In January we have a unique offering of First Day Covers and
Proofcards. We have over 30 complete sets including, from the UK,
The Westminster Series covering the years 1979 to 1981, from the US,
commemoratives from 1972 to 1979, Flora of the World, Birds, and
other categories. The proofcard series covers Presidents of the US.
This is an excellent way to add to your collection, start a
collection or learn more about the topic areas covered. As philatelic
material all the collections are in first class condition."
"The Science section is again packed with a lot of great books.
This month we have an especially large selection of books on robotics
and statistics. Additionally we have many shelves full of popular
science books around the corner and in the 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
"The Movies/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, a signed copy of Michael Krasny's memoir is available.
We also have a large number of film studies and history books. Finally
we have a small collection of "lobby books" sold in theatre lobbies
in the 1950s 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 January Humor
"In January we have six different versions of the New Yorker Cartoons
including the Complete New Yorker Cartoons with DVDs. For
classic American humor we have four books by Mark Twain including an
anthology, and Gorey's anthology, Amphigorey Too. From the
other side of the pond we have six by Wodehouse, also with an
anthology. For something Hollywood we have Laurel and Hardy, the Marx
Brothers, Laurel and the Three Stooges.
The two books of the month are Ten Thousand Stories in which
you open up wonderfully illustrated panels and make up your own story,
and a first for our shelves, the large size O is for Obama.
"Also make sure to check out the Bargain Room for humor and
look through the large collection of books and cartoons."
2017 January Judaica
"Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion,
Kabbalah, Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel, Jewish Women, the
Jewish American Experience and other related subjects. New this
month: Doomed to Succeed; The Jewish Century; Jewish
Boxers Hall of Fame; Let There be Laughter by Michael Krasny;
Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah;
The Hebraic Bible in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts; I Never
Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems From
Theresienstadt Concentration Camp; Women and the Holocaust:
"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
January Special: Encyclopedia Judaica
"The January Sets special, in the main aisle, is the complete
16 volume, 1972 edition, of the Encyclopedia Judaica, $35. It
covers diverse areas of the Jewish world and civilization, including
Jewish history of all eras, culture, holidays, language, scripture
and religious teachings. The encyclopedia was written by Israeli,
American and European professional subject specialists. Priced
separately will be 8 related yearbooks." -Nigel Jones
2017 January music books
"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 - Twyla Tharp: The Creative Habit; Four
Hundred Years of Music Printing; The Art of Flamenco;
The Undiscovered Paul Robeson; Rock & Roll year by year;
The Beatles Unseen Archives; Duran Duran the Book of Words;
Time and the Dancing Image; Banda: Mexican Musical Life
Across the Border; All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ
and Its American Masters.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
If starting a Groovy Media/LP collection is on your 2017 to-do list
then FOPAL can help! Check out this article from Buzzfeed,
and FOPAL's current offerings from the recent LP donations in the
Bargain Room. We have all you'll need to start enjoying the
sounds of analog recordings. "Analog aficionados will often attribute
a ''warmth'' to pure analog sound." -Janette Herceg
Philosophy for January 2017
"We have a broad assortment of new titles for January including
Jaeger's Paideia, volume II, Nussbaum's Fragility of
Goodness, Magee's History of Philosophy, Shorto's Descartes'
Bones, Popper's The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Hauser's Moral
Mind, and a very interesting book, Bender's Chronotypes: The
Construction of Time.
January's Special is Edwards's complete Encyclopedia of Philosophy
in four volumes for $10.
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
"Many children have their own bookcases in their bedrooms, and for
many homes children's books can be found displayed in almost every
room of the house. For these families, reading materials are simply a
part of everyday family life. For 2017 consider creating a kid reading
corner with these things in mind: comfortable seating, storage for
books and sufficient lighting. Children may want a place separate from
the family library to keep books that have special meaning or value
for them. By encouraging children to set aside their personal
favorites, you are helping them express their affection for books, and
showing them that you respect their reading. FOPAL is here to help the
kids in your life develop their own reading space. With donations
being strong over the holidays you'll find plenty of books, games,
toys, puzzles and more to delight and enrich all the kids in your
life." -Janette Herceg
Sets for 2017 January
"The most interesting offering in January is 11 volumes from Balzac's
Human Condition, 1899, well-illustrated, $3 each. In January
complete sets include, The Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians,
in nine volumes, 1960, $10; Delphian Texts, in 8 volumes, 1926,
$10, and Stevenson's Works, limited edition set #176, in 10
volumes, 1906, $15. Also a very well-illustrated Autobiography of
Cellini in 2 volumes, 1906, $6.
Incomplete sets with excellent illustrations, covers and bindings
include: Stoddard's Lectures, 7 volumes, 1911, $3 each,
American Statesmen, The Second Series, 8 volumes, 1911, $3
each. For the pre-1900 collector we have several volumes of Dickens,
1868, for $3 each and 3 volumes of Harper's Magazine, 1889,
$3 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 only
counts as one book when you are buying within the 12 book limit."
Teen Recommendations from Tristan Wang
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
The ambitious Craig Gilner, New York City teenager, is set to succeed
in life. But upon being accepted by the prestigious Executive
Pre-Professional High School, the pressure builds to overwhelming
proportions as he sinks into depression. Drowning in a world of too
many Tentacles and too few Anchors, Craig is checked into a mental
hospital, where he meets new unusual yet colorful acquaintances --
could this be the Shift he was waiting for?
The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg
After years of resisting, elderly Elaine Greenstein finally decides
to move to a retirement home. Packing her bags, she stumbles upon a
clue to the whereabouts of her twin sister Barbara, who had
disappeared at the age of 18. Plunged back into the past, Elaine
recounts the the travails of her family's immigration, the heartaches
of her teenage years, and the Depression and War that loomed in the
midst of her troubled childhood.
Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
Darren and Steve, sharing a fascination with the macabre, sneak out
in the middle of the night to attend an old-fashioned freak show. But
when the show turns out to be more grotesque and supernatural than
the boys imagined, Darren finds himself faced with a terrifying
decision, for which Steve must pay a serious price.