USED BOOK SALES
Saturday May 13
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday May 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MAY
African American Studies
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 May and June
The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.
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 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.
May Sale Highlights
African American Studies was one of our featured specials last
month. Having sold more than a third of these books during our April
sale, and as we have even more new books to offer, we're extending
this special another month. Most are featured in the case outside the
sorting room, others you'll find in the appropriate sections. To the
right of the African American Studies books you'll find a new special
of Poetry books as they received a large donation last month of
nearly poetry books, these range in price from $3 to $10 with all
books having double the asking price online. Look for the Poetry
special to last for this month and possibly next as well, as we've got
an assortment of titles to offer. Big selections of Signed Mystery
Books are highlighted in the Mystery section for May; look for
this extremely full bay. The Art section shelves are FULL, look
for books on every artist, art period, art medium as well as donation
of books on calligraphy and the paper & brushes to give this
ancient art a try. The West's special can be found in the small
bay at the end of the DVDs, the focus for this collection is America's
storyteller, Louis L'Amour, famed author that brings to life
the American frontier!
Sections on the move
Every so often we move sections giving more or less space to an area,
look for these changes to the Main Room, Antiques & Collectibles
moved next to Home & Craft, leaving an additional bay for Games &
Puzzles. Yearbooks & Annuals moved into the SE corner, moving
Coins & Stamps forward, leaving an additional bay open for
Art Specials this month
"4 Hake brushes and box full of Sumi and other Japanese papers at $40,
these brushes are 4 to 6 inches wide and made of natural animal hair
and are in very good condition. Enough paper to allow you to practice
and create for months.
"FMR (Franco Maria Ricci) Art Magazine almost a complete set from
Volume 1 published in June 1984 through Volume 127 published in 2004
(missing vol. 54 and vol. 107). Plus Volume 1 of the International
Edition through Volume 10 (missing vol. 5) of the next group published
between 2004 and 2006. Individual issues of these magazines can sell
for up to $12 on eBay. This month only you can purchase the whole set
in 4 boxes for $125. That is less than a dollar a copy." -Mary Ahrens
Classics and Modern Literature
"Complete Works of Mark Twain, Uniform Set, Hard Cover, 25 volumes
set published 1910. Price reduced from $50, now $40. Lots of books
donated this month by Graham Green, J. M. Coetzee, and Upton Sinclair.
Slim volumes, 69 at last count. Many are Dover editions, but there are
a wide variety of choices. Will sell for one for $1 or two for $1."
Look for FOPAL's Ephemera outside area to have double the
inventory as a result of the April showers canceling last month's
sale. Same is true for Framed Art, with 50+ pieces to be displayed
for the May sale. For May, we're offering 100+ vintage piano rolls
for used in player pianos, for a mere $1 each. (A piano roll is a
music storage medium used to operate a player piano, piano player
or reproducing piano. A piano roll is a continuous roll of paper
with perforations (holes) punched into it. The perforations
represent note control data. The roll moves over a reading system
known as a 'tracker bar' and the playing cycle for each musical note
is triggered when a perforation crosses the bar and is read.
Interested in helping at FOPAL's Ephemera sale Saturdays? We could
use more volunteers, if available please contact Janette Herceg at
2017 May 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 - Stars of the American Musical Theatre in
Historic Photographs; Between the Dark and Light: The Grateful
Dead Photography of Jay Blakesberg; Our Noise: The Story of Merge
Records; Without Getting Killed or Caught; Led Zeppelin:
Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song; The JBL Story -
60 Years of Audio Innovation; Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's
Instruments, from Stage to Studio.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar.
Sheet Music for May
"Musicians well know that printed full scores can be hard to get and
exorbitantly expensive. On the sheet music shelves in the Main Room
this month is a broad collection of full and miniature from the
collection of a local professional musician. There is certainly
plenty from the-well known composers of classical music, but also
some real gems from the lessor known and also more modern composers.
While a lot of scores are now available on ISMLP and other online
resources, quite a few of what we have available are not. All are
reasonably priced and ready for you to play from. Some of the modern
music we have available has music notation that is more beautiful to
look at then to listen to." -Edwin El-Kareh
Sets for 2017 May
"In May, we have received a large selection of very good sets and
older single volumes. Newly arrived sets include Travels in Arabia
Deserta, Doughty, two volumes, 1936, $80; Lord Bolingbroke,
four volumes, 1841, $40; Morley's biography of Rousseau, two volumes,
1873, $15; The Works of Thomas Hardy, 12 volumes, no date, circa
1900?, $30; Works of Oliver Goldsmith, six volumes, 1886, $15; Morocco,
de Amicis, 1897, $12 and The Complete Works of Captain John Smith,
three volume box set, 1986, $25. Rarely seen as a complete set is
The Great Books of the Western World, 54 volumes, 1952. The
only other we have ever had sold for $80. We have quite a range of
older individual books with these selected for their covers. More sets
will be found in their subject areas such as History in aisle 11
and Fiction in aisle 15 with even more sets 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
"Eight volume set of Bancroft's History of the United States (1864)
in nice condition $100. Also Edward Gibbon special in the History
aisle and continuing with more African American history in the
bookcase near the entry door." -JP Stone
"Even more books in Hebrew than last time. French cookbooks in French,
including everything from Guy Savoy to Cochon & Fils. Some have very
attractive glossy photos, and might qualify as food porn."
"Look for two specials this month: a collection of almost new books by
or about Pope Francis and a number of works by Rudolf Steiner (''a
respected and well-published scientific, literary and philosophical
scholar'' of the late 19th and early 30th century. There are also many
scriptural works, including 23 volumes of the Layman's Bible
Commentary." -Nancy Cohen
"A substantial collection of Russian-language late Soviet-era
graduate-level advanced math and applied physics monographs are on
display in the Main Room Russian section as well as in the
Bargain Room dividing wall south-east of the Science section.
Most books are intact in near new condition (but still with the
standard economy-grade paper typical of that epoch) many with dust
jackets in good condition. Some volumes are translations of German,
French or English texts, but most are native Russian treatises with
the associated excellent level of scholarship. All are aggressively
priced at $1 each to make room for the second half of the donation
that will be on display next month. These titles are highly unlikely
ever to show up again in California, so take advantage of this
uncommon opportunity to stock up on the best of what Soviet brains
had to offer the scientific world." -Edwin El-Kareh
Music CDs in Bargain Room
"Attentive customers will have noticed music CDs in the Bargain Room
on recent sale Saturdays. Approximately 400 CDs in retail packaging
for May, most popular rock, some classical, C&W, and soundtracks.
They are shelved in flats, across the aisle from the Religion shelves.
"Note these are offered for $1/disc on Saturday only. After the
Saturday sale they are removed for bulk sale and will not be
available in the Sunday bag sale." -Frank McConnell
2017 May Humor
"In May, we have four different versions of the New Yorker cartoons
including two copies of The Complete New Yorker Cartoons with DVDs,
Cat Cartoons as well as the very funny Caption Contest and many other
cartoon books. We have two books by Wodehouse and two by Trillin.
Other titles include, Chuck Jones, Chuck Reducks; Bucher, 100 Days
of Monsters; Cavett, Brief Encounters; Louvish's
biography on W.C. Fields, and Thurber On Crime. Making its
first appearance we have Wolk's fascinating Reading Comics - How
Graphic Novels Work.
Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look through the
large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
Health Section for May
"From Surgery to Spiciness: Popular prize-winning British novelist
Ian McEwan reviews Do No Harm, by Henry Marsh, pre-eminent
British neurosurgeon, with these words: ''painfully honest about
mistakes that can 'wreck' a brain, exquisitely attuned to the tense
and transient bond between doctor and patient, and hilariously
impatient of hospital management, Marsh draws us deep into medicine's
most difficult art, and lifts our spirits . . . . a superb
achievement.'' Gary P. Napham's Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes
and Cultural Diversity: You adore serranoes; your kids like
jalapenos and your neighbor won't eat peppers at all. Here's why."
"Still looking for a thoughtful (and low-cost) way to honor the
wonderful mothers in your life? Why not treat yourself to a few great
reads too? The Nature section makes it easy for you to find
popular books at bargain prices, all sales supporting local libraries.
Here are some of our newest arrivals, carefully selected for their
like-new condition: The Hidden Lives of Owls, The Fossil Hunter,
The Man Who Planted Trees, Riding Home, and The Sibley Guide to
Bird Life and Behavior. Our thousand-plus books are divided into
categories to help you browse, including; Nature Writers, Animal
Stories, Local Hikes, Fossils and Dinosaurs, New Arrivals, Extreme
Adventures, Bird Guides, etc." -Karen D.
2017 May 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: A Letter in the Scroll by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks;
A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales; All Who Go Do Not Return;
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible; Rhapsody in Schmaltz; Masters of Death:
The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust; In
Search of Sugihara; Children in the Holocaust and World War II;
Defending Identity by Natan Sharansky. Check the appropriate fiction
section if you are interested in literature with a Jewish or Israeli
theme." -Charlotte Epstein
Teen Reviews by Tristan Wang
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
A tale with four quarters consociated with the motif of spirals,
which can be read in any order. A prehistoric girl who intuits the
possibility of language; a daughter of a "cunning woman" who faces
accusations of witchcraft; a young doctor who mourns the death of his
drowned wife; an astronaut who mans a spaceship on its one-way voyage
to a new Earth, all are confronted with the horror and significance
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by various authors
The enigmatic Harris Burdick, who gifted young readers with fourteen
eerie yet fascinating illustrations, has since disappeared. Fourteen
renowned authors of adult and children's literature step into the
breach, spinning interpretative tales that range from funny to creepy
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.