USED BOOK SALES
Saturday March 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday March 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MARCH
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 March and April
The Library will be closed on Sunday, April 16 for its Spring Closure.
Normal hours will resume on Monday, April 17.
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.
Spring Forward This Sale Weekend
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, which means you'll want to be
sure to move your clock forward by one hour on Saturday night.
Otherwise, you'll arrive at our Sunday sale an hour late!
Incidentally, the correct term is daylight saving time, not daylight
savings time. If you had it wrong, don't feel bad. More people Google
the incorrect phrase than the correct one!
Are you a regular FOPAL book sale customer and interested in running a
tab during our sale? If you mention you’d like to run a tab and
provide us with your contact information you can be added to our
"FOPAL Sale Day Tabs- ACTIVE Eligible Buyers" list. Simply provide
your name, address, phone numbers and email address (printed on our
index card) and you’ll able to add books to your “tab”. Remember
when purchasing more books please use the same cashier holding your
tab and all tabs are to be paid by the end of each sale day.
FOPAL wants to give a big shout out of thanks to TE Connectivity in
Menlo Park for their generous donation of 90+ boxes of science and
management books. These books will be available in April, May...in
the Main Room, Bargain Room and posted online at
For this weekend's sale look for a special from our Politics
section. This section has almost all new inventory with a subsection
of special books. The Politics section manager and his assistants
have been working together to process hundreds of books that were
The West this month is brimming with books on Alaska. Also,
check this section for books about Palo Alto, its history, community
For FOPAL Trekkie or Trekker fans (A Trekkie or Trekker is a fan of
the Star Trek franchise, or of specific television series or films
within that franchise) check out a nice selection of books on all
things Star Trek. Look for this special to your right in the
second bay from the sorting room entrance.
The March FOPAL sale is also going to be a big one for DVDs. The
DVD shelves are packed full waiting to find their way to homes
of FOPAL's movie lovers as well as special in the end bay near the
check-out line dedicated to DVD TV series.
Framed Art for March is offering 100+ pieces! Look for some
signed a few numbered prints, one huge original oil as well as lots
of photos prints. This March's selection is one of our biggest!
Local History & The West
"We have lots of interesting items this month in The West,
especially as relates to Palo Alto and its surroundings. In addition
to our offerings on California history, including many issues of
California History magazine, we have a large section of books
on Women in the West, the Southwest and Northwest, early Western
exploration and a large donation of books on Alaska. In addition,
we have a nice selection of books on Western fiction. Stop by to see
what is new this month!" -K.C. Sarr
"Need something to do on a rainy afternoon? This month's FOPAL sale
features a deluge of DVDs.
"Grab a critically acclaimed film like Beasts of the Southern Wild,
Dallas Buyers Club, Selma or The Sting.
"In the TV section, choose from Alias, Chuck, ER, Grey's Anatomy,
Good Eats, Highlander, Homeland, La Femme Nikita, Lost, Mad Men,
The Mary Tyler More Show, NCIS, Monk, Space 1999, Voyage to
the Bottom of the Sea, Xena: Warrior Princess and many more! If
you love SciFi checkout The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (Blu-ray),
Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray), Star Wars (episodes 1-4) or Inception.
"Or add to your Classics collection with Psycho (Blu-ray),
Oklahoma!, The Searchers, The Philadelphia Story or Spartacus." -Dean Ujihara
"This month we are featuring a SenseSational collection of books about
our five Senses: SIGHT (color, brightness, shape ;) TASTE (sweet,
salty, sour, bitter, umami ;) SOUND (vibrations that touch our
eardrums -- loud and soft ;) SMELL (chemical reactions that, along
with those of Taste, make us salivate or say "ugh" if necessary ;) and
TOUCH (pressure, temperature, pain--and even itch. Then there are
subsets of the senses: Balance, Rhythm, Empathy, ESP etc. Oliver
Sacks is a past master at writing about senses, and what happens when
they malfunction, but we’ve got other authors whose exploration into
our many Senses make fantastic reading. It's interesting that many of
the writings about physical perceptions expand the definition of
"Senses" to include psychological and humanistic sensitivity. Another
new collection takes us from the sensory top of our bodies and minds
to the bottom: we've gotten a number of books we haven’t seen before
about FEET." -Verne Rice
"Sets in March include Irving's Works, undated but apparently 1875,
a set of 10 volumes, $25, and The French Immortals, a set of 20
volumes, 1923, $30.
"Part sets include Scott's The Waverley Novels, a series of 23
volumes from a larger set, fine illustrations by Cruikshank, marbled,
1875, sold as a set, $100, the Yale edition, Works of Samuel Johnson,
volumes 1 through 10 and 14, 1967, $150 as a set. We also have Works
of Rudyard Kipling 21 volumes from a larger set, 1899, $5 each. 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,
and a series of 11 volumes from Balzac's Human Condition, 1899,
well-illustrated, $3 each. Also, we have the unusual St. Nicholas,
an illustrated magazine for young folk, eight assorted volumes from
1881 on, with excellent embossed red covers, $4 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
Nature for March
"Wildflower Season is here...our best in years! Check out our flyers
on the best places to view them, and then pick up a low-priced book
(or three) on how to identify your finds. We offer: California
Mountain Wildflowers, Munz, Spring Wildflowers of the San
Francisco Bay Region, Sharsmith, California Spring Wildflowers,
Munz, among many others. Hiking guides include: Easy Hiking in
Northern California, Brown, 60 Hikes in the Bay Area,
Peninsula Trails, you get the picture. Not a hiker? Peruse
our New Arrivals section packed with best-sellers, books by
well-known authors, and controversial topics. Proceeds support our
local libraries." -Karen D.
"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 - My Music is My Flag; VJ: The
Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave; Harmonograph: A Visual
Guide to the Mathematics of Music; Too Many Songs by Tom
Lehrer; Elvis 56; Mambo Kingdom: Latin Music In New York;
The Bab Ballads by W.S. Gilbert; Rock and Roll Doctor;
The Chronicle of Jazz; Don't Think Twice It's Alright
by Bob Dylan; On the Road with Janis Joplin; Lester Leaps In.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"Two books worthy of note this month, and not seen here before, are
Utopia from the New York Public Library and the four volume
set The Greek Thinkers by Gomperz. Other new arrivals include
Rousseau and Revolution by Durant, Freedom by Patterson,
Birth of the Mind by Marcus, The Derrida Reader by Kamuf,
Kant and the Platypus by Eco, Postmodernism by Sim and
Complexity by Waldrop. Also don't forget to look in the
Bargain Room for more philosophy." -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 biology
and genetics, robotics, and cosmology. As always we have shelves
packed 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 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
"We have lots of new stuff in French, mostly contemporary fiction
(including a novel called J'ai epouse un con), and several
cookbooks. We also have a fair amount of new stuff in German,
including two books of Dilbert, and a novel called Macho Man
with a bright pink cover." -Susan Strain
2017 March 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: Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship
from Truman to Obama; The ''Jewish Threat'' - Anti-Semitic
Politics in the U.S. Army; Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish
Family's Correspondence from Poland; Jewish Women and Their
Salons - The Power of Conversation; Covenant &
Conversation Genesis: The Book of Beginnings; Talking Back-
Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture; The Will
to Live On by Herman Wouk.
"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
Teen Reviews by Tristan Wang
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Street urchin and tosher boy Dodger acted on keen instinct when he
saved a battered young woman from her assaulters on a stormy night.
Yet this single act of decency will cost him his anonymity and
immunity as he is caught in the midst of a violent political scheme,
which bears great danger and thrilling adventure. Can he gather his
wits and survive?
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
One of the earliest classic sci-fis to detail conflict between
extraterrestrials and humankind. With their home planet dying, the
Martians invade Earth in a vicious and desperate conquest, beginning
with the quiet town of Woking. With unmatched technology, the aliens
cause severe turmoil and were finally halted by an abrupt demise in
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Featuring true events, Krakauer details the 113-day solo trek of
then-recent Emory University graduate Christopher Johnson McCandless
through the Alaskan wilderness, a daring yet obscure endeavor that
resulted in his death. The confounding experiences and motivations
behind McCandless' adventure, as well as the grief and puzzlement of
his relatives are speculated through a compelling narrative.