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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


Bollingen Books
Sports & Transportation
Children's Popup & Flap books


4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
(650) 213-8755

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More information on the sales
Donate your used books, CDs, DVDs, &c

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 number.

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:
  • 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.
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.

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 at competitive prices
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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 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 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!

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." -Laverne Bornschlegel

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." -Karen D.

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

Science section

"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 hanging overhead.

"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

June Humor

"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

Art Section

"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, 1986, $25.

"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 natural residents.

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 life?

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 once was.

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