USED BOOK SALES
Saturday June 10
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday June 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JUNE
Sports & Transportation
Children's Popup & Flap books
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 June and July
The Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day.
Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, July 5.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
To the very generous people who donate books - and more -
And to people who are thinking of doing so:
YOU ARE THE LIFELINE OF FOPAL and you have our unending thanks:
we wouldn't exist without you! But we have a big favor to ask:
Right before and during the sale, our Sorting Room (where books
arrive) is filled as high as it's safe to stack them. We don't have
room to sort - let alone store new donations. We make these
requests in the interest of efficiency and the safety of our loyal
volunteers. We are anxious never to turn away donations and will
work to accommodate your travel and schedules.
- If possible, please hold large donations until after our Saturday
and Sunday Sale Days.
- Books brought in a day or two before the sale may not make it onto the shelves that month.
(If you wish to see them on display, plan accordingly)
- We're crowded. Please limit your Sale Day donations to a bag or two of books.
- No popular magazines, no National Geographic, no Gourmet, no Sunset....
FOPAL is phasing out accepting any periodicals.
Regular donation times are Monday through Saturday, 2 to 4 pm.
If these hours won't work for you, volunteers are often available
at other times to welcome you; please call us at 650-213-8755 to
be sure someone will be there.
We can also schedule local pick-ups if you are unable to bring your
donation to the Main Book Room (Marty's Room). Call 650-308-4933
and leave a message for our pick-up team.
Your treasures are our treasures AND ALL BENEFIT THE PALO ALTO
LIBRARY. AGAIN, OUR WARMEST THANKS TO 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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Members Early Sale Set for July 8th
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set a date for the bi-annual Members
Early sale for Saturday, July 8th. If you're a member of the Friends
of the Palo Alto Library, you'll be able to get into the Main Room
early at the July 8th sale. As a sign of appreciation for the
generosity of all our members, we have increased your benefits!
Enjoy a less crowded main book room and get first crack at our
wonderful collection of materials. Life Members and Sponsors are
allowed to shop the sale at 9-10am and can purchase up to 100 books.
10-11am all members at all levels can shop the sale and purchase 25
books at a time.
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members
Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9am and 10am lines at the
Main Room, since most people who come early are members of the
Friends. Each Member will get just one ticket although members at
and above the $30 levels may bring in their families, consisting of
one or two adults and children. No tickets will be given out for the
general public 11am line.
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or
join now at www.fopal.org/join!
June Sale Notes
Despite a drop in donations in the latter part of May (which is normal
for us), we did end up with more books than time to sort them this
month. There was a wide range of subjects with a few highlights....
Look for a massive Sports & Transportation collection being offered
for sale this month, with a terrific Father's Day Special on Classic
Cars located next to the check-out line, near the DVDs. And...lots
of other books in the respective section and Bargain Room. The
Poetry Special is featured again this month with some generous
mark downs. As a result of another large donation last month we are
offering a Bollingen Books special filling one bay in the specials
area. The Children's Room is also full to brim, look for a few
special displays of pop-up & flap books as well as math class room
manipulators, like algebra tiles and pattern blocks. For the June
sale the Children's Room has it all! Also...the section managers for
Ephemera report having a large number of items, in nearly new
condition for the June sale!
Bollingen Series for sale in June
"Our June sale includes a significant number of volumes published by
the Bollingen Foundation. While Bollingen is best known for its
publication in English of Jung's writings, 20 volumes in all, and the
Wilhelm translation of the I Ching, in fact the series, readily
identified by its logo, ended up including about 250 volumes in all,
with important works on art, poetry, Western & Eastern philosophy &
religion by many important writers & thinkers of the post WWII
period. It is these other publications we are featuring in our June
sale. The Bollingen Foundation, named for Jung's country home in
Switzerland, was established in 1945 and funded by Paul & Mary Mellon.
The Mellon family also provided funds & a core collection to establish
our National Gallery of Art.
"The Bollingen series was published by Pantheon Books until 1967, and
thereafter by Princeton University Press. Many of the early
publications have long been out of print. In my 15 years volunteering
with FOPAL, most of the titles in the June sale have never shown up in
donations before. This is a rare opportunity to see so many at one
time, in one place, to be able to browse & purchase at affordable
prices." -Gerry Masteller
Classic & Modern Lit
"20 volume set of Thomas Hardy's works. 1905, hard bound, reduced to
$75.00. 17 volumes of a set of Balzac novels, small size -
6.5 x 4 in., leather, feels very good to hold. Published by Little
Brown, Boston during 1890s and 1900s, each volume is one novel, sold
separately for $2.00 each. World's 100 Best Short Stories, hardbound,
6 x 4 in., published by Funk & Wagnall Co. 1905. Each volume is about
150 pages, and is labelled as Love, Drama, Men, Women, etc., sold
separately for $2.00 each.
"On the top shelves on the Modern Lit side are featured books by Dos
Passos, hardbound, reduced to $1.00 each volume. Also groups of books
by Faulkner, Graham Greene, Kafka, Barbara Pym, and Steinbeck are
here. A first edition of Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
from 1915, was retrieved from the recycle, in very poor condition, it
is offered as is, for $2.00. A new section, Judaica Fiction, is on the
top shelf, just around the corner from the Judaica section.
Authors featured are Aleichem, Asch, Singer, Wiesel, and Yehoshua."
June Nature Section
"Did you know that June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month? Kitten season
is in full swing - The Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has a
website full of pictures that will melt your heart. For all cat
lovers, ready to adopt or not, the Nature Section has a large display
of cat books this month: The Cat Who Cried For Help, Dewey's Nine
Lives, The Personality of the Cat, The Perfect Kitten, etc. We are
also featuring a dozen books by prolific popular science author
Stephen Jay Gould. The Nature section has over a thousand
carefully selected books and all proceeds go to local libraries."
Psychology / Self Help June 2017
"As many of you know, Self Help has two bays of labeled
sub-sections on specific subjects like: Happiness, Love, Emotions,
Difficult emotions and Disorders, the Brain/Mind, Addiction,
Relationship and Inspiration/Spiritual. We have a good selection on
Autism this month if that interests you. Hot off the press (2017) is
Becoming Whole by Kehr about healing emotional distress.
Other recent books include: Designing Your Life, a popular
book by Stanford professors; Presence, by Cuddy about bringing your
boldest self to your biggest challenges; Abundance Now by
Nichols on achieving prosperity and Harvard Business Reviews book
10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence. So stop on by and
browse, and enjoy Great Books for a Great Price." -Marnie Shuey
Philosophy for June 2017
"New arrivals for June include Falling in Love with Wisdom,
Plato to the Googleplex, The Illusion of Conscious Will, The
Examined Life, Out of Step, Neither Brain nor Ghost, Thinking
Through Technology, The Making of a Philosopher and the excellent
Audi Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Don't forget the Bargain
Room: there was not enough shelf space in the Main Room for all
the books received and there are excellent books to be found there
as well." -Nigel Jones
"The Science section is again packed with a lot of great books.
This month we have an especially large selection of books on robotics,
math, and several the McGraw-Hill "black" electronics texts. As always
we have shelves full of popular science books around the corner next
to Philosophy and throughout 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 three $1 carts 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." -Edwin El-Kareh
"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
"Again this month we have a nice collection of books. For example we
also have a large number of books on Hollywood and the history of
cinema and on television. 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 June, we have 6 different versions of the New Yorker cartoons
including The Complete New Yorker Cartoons with DVDs, as
well as Outrageous Pogo, and Peanuts The Golden
Celebration. Other titles include, Chuck Jones, Chuck Reducks;
Bucher, 100 Days of Monsters, Esquire Interview's The Meaning of Life,
Amy Sedaris's Simple Times, The Book of Humorous Anecdotes,
and if you still have a VHS player, The Complete Fawlty Towers.
The most unusual book of the month for sure is Don McNeill's
Breakfast Club 1950 Yearbook. Make sure to check out the Bargain
Room for Humor and look through the large collection of books and
cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"There were many, new arrivals of very special art books. Here are
some of the highlights:
"Chartwell Books volume I and II Leonardo Da Vinci and
Michelangelo, this set exquisitely chronicles both artists
and includes color plates and artist sketches. Metropolitan Seminar
Collection, which includes 12 portfolios of Realism, Expressionism,
Abstract, Fresco, and Watercolor. The collection includes several,
individual prints per volume. The set is a beautiful collection of
various artists. Masterpiece Paintings from Museum of Fine Arts
Boston includes 125 superb western paintings. Beasts Book One is a
fantasy book of hidden beasts based upon cryptozoology characters.
Leonardo: Codices and Machines is a summary of Leonardo Da
Vinci inventions with related diagrams. Jackson Pollock is a
chronicle of the artist's work and life, wonderful book. The Air
Combat Paintings of Robert Taylor includes great paintings of
World War II aircrafts in battle. Simplified Anatomy for the
Comic Book Artist is a how to book for sketching action heroes
with great detail." -Andrea Lozano
Sets for June 2017
"In June, we have received a variety old single volumes and sets and
partial sets. We have an undated illustrated Rabelais two volume set
for $10, a 1972 two volume box set, The Family Mark Twain, for $5,
and the four volume 2003 set The International Encyclopedia of
Linguistics for $20. We also have 15 volumes from the very fine
publisher Lakeside Press for $2 each. Still available are The
Works of Thomas Hardy, 12 volumes, no date, circa 1900?, $30;
and The Complete Works of Captain John Smith, 3 volume box set,
"We have quite a range of older individual volumes selected for their
content and decorative qualities. 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 counts as only one book when you are buying within
the 12 book limit." -Nigel Jones
Teen Reviews by Tristan Wang
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Moving is all too mundane for Roy Eberhardt. A new arrival in a
Florida suburb, he is quick to make the acquaintance of a menacing
middle-school bully -- as well as two oddball friends. But a riveting
experience unfolds as Roy joins an effort to sabotage the construction
of a local Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House, which, if
allowed to proceed, will exact an unseen yet terrible cost on some
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
All his life Charlie's been a wallflower, sitting back and observing
as life unfolds around him. Despite his constantly struggling with
relationships, however, Charlie manages to befriend senior outcasts
Patrick and his stepsister Sam, who support his individuality. Yet
soon Charlie finds himself struggling with emotional setbacks and
repressed memories from his troubled past. Will he retreat to the
confines of reclusion once more, or will he take charge of his own
Robota by Orson Scott Card and Doug Chiang
On the planet of Orpheus, a Victorian human civilization is visited
by the Olm, who gifted them with the technology to create robots of
labor, sparking a golden age. But after centuries of mismanagement,
the Orpheans have reverted to a pre-industrial existence, at the
mercy of both warlike androids and dangerous chimerical beasts that
now roam the planet. At the end of the age, a human named Caps awakes
with no memory of his own past, but holds a vision of the world as it