USED BOOK SALES
Saturday October 14
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday October 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN OCTOBER
Bargain Room LPs
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 October and November
The Library will be closed on Friday, November 10 and Saturday,
November 11 for Veteran's Day. Normal hours will resume on Sunday,
The Library will also be closing early at 6:00 PM on Wednesday,
November 22 and remain closed through Friday, November 24 for the
Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November
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 Gondolas are restocked regularly with books for
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.
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.
November 11th: FOPAL Sale & CASP Open Studios
One great location: the Cubberley Community Center! Two great
events.... November 11th, FOPAL and Cubberley Artist Studio Program
(CASP) come together to offer bibliophiles and art connoisseurs an
opportunity to shop/buy FOPAL's art books, framed art...then attend
CASP's Meet the Artists Event and Open Studios! Look for more details
in FOPAL's November Sale newsletter and on FOPAL's Facebook page.
Please "like" and "follow" us when you visit, General info; CASP Open
Studios - Wings E, F and U, Artist Presentations 12:00pm–1:00pm, Room
H1. Watch fast-paced presentations from all the artists; hear about
their work and workshops. Open Studios 1:30pm-5:30pm. Join the artists
in their studios for workshops, art and refreshments.
October Sale Notes
Donation volume has been steady, and we want to send out a big thank
you to all who have donated material for our sales as well as a big
THANK YOU to FOPAL's Donation Pick-up team! Many sections have a
backlog and as a result we expect to have strong sales all through
the winter months. Speaking of which, you'll find Fall and Winter
Holiday books, music, and more in the bookcases just outside the
sorting/donation room (opposite Travel). We will restock this area
with new material through December. Cooking has a larger than usual
selection of cookbooks, food writing, and vintage recipe booklets,
much of it from a huge estate donation. Look for a Hawaii Special
curated by several section managers this month as well. This
collection can be found in the specials bay near the cashier line.
After several merely plentiful months, the Bargain Room/LP
section again has a lot of groovy vinyl for you to choose from. A
large donation of Children's books came in this month, many made the
shelves but don't forget to check the Bargain Room. With several local
schools clearing their library shelves FOPAL is the lucky recipient of
hundreds of ex-library children's titles priced at $1.00 or less. These
are just a few highlights; all of the shelves are full!
"Don't miss the special on Hawaii, the 50th state to enter the
United States in 1959. Anthropology and History have
combined their sections to present a wonderful array of books about
the Hawaiian Islands. Included are eleven handsome leather bound
volumes on various Hawaiian topics published by Island Heritage
Limited from the Hawaiian Bicentennial Library collection. We also
have a deluxe numbered edition of The Hawaiians also from
Island Heritage Limited. As we were preparing the special other
sections added books on Hawaii so in addition to anthropology and
history books you will find a broad range of topics including Hawaiian
art, travel, fiction, etc.
"Prepare for a visit to Hawaii or just read for the pleasure learning
more about this wonderful tropical group of islands. You will find
the special on the end cap near the cashiers and the CD's. Enjoy!"
-Linda Wauk, Anthropology & Suzanne Little, History
"We don't want to scare you, but the holidays are coming! In addition
to a great selection of Halloween books just inside our door, we're
offering the first of three installments of Christmas, Hanukkah, and
other winter-themed books. We have more holiday books than we can
display in November and December alone, so shop this month and you
may be able to cross some names off your gift list. Our regular
sections are also full of great books, games, crafts, DVDs, and
puzzles for children. We have lots of classroom materials, too. Come
and see!" -Carolyn Davidson
"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
have a great number of bibliographies. They can be found on the bottom
two shelves of the tall shelf, outside on the movie cart, and there
are several paperback bios which are great for a trip. Some of the
featured bios include Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Barbara Stanwyck.
The shelves are also full in the Hollywood/History, Media, TV, and
film tie-in subsections.
"Featured titles include: The Story of Hollywood, Michael Palin's
Halfway to Hollywood, and The Coen Brothers. 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
Classics and Modern Literature
"Charles Dickens: Set of novels, Illustrated by 'Phiz'. (H. K.
Browne). Printed for Nottingham Society subscribers, circa 1900, we
have 18 of the 20 volumes of the set, $75.00 for the set. On the
Modern Lit side on the bottom shelf, there are books separated
into groups by author: Faulkner, Ferber, Fitzgerald, Galsworthy,
Greene, Hemingway, Lawrence, Lessing, London, Robbins, Roth, Stegner,
Steinbeck, Updike, Waugh. Also, Amos Oz' books are now in Judaica."
"Asian Languages section has two locations. One is in aisle 13.
This aisle displays many Chinese CDs and DVDs of music, movies and
dramas. The other location is in aisle 8 hosting a lot of books in
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Vietnamese. Some are very old
items. You can find all kinds of books, such as art, history,
political novels and cooking.
"The last of the TE Connectivity (formerly Raychem) library donation
is on the shelves. A new donation strong in geology titles from a
retired NASA scientist is also on the shelves. Because of the large
volume of items received, the bargain room again has a large selection
to offer in many different shelf locations. Look for the signs."
"Come see what is new in California history and books with Western
themes, including Western fiction. We have our usual sections on San
Francisco, the Bay Area, and California Missions, and we have an
expanded section this month with great books on Lewis and Clark. Come
take a look." -KC Sarr
"When you read a history book do you ever wonder how accurate and
objective the book is? Could you be reading 'fake news'? This month
the History section is having a special on Historiography
i.e the techniques, theories and principles of historical research
and presentation. We have some intriguing titles such as Imagined
Histories, The Noble Dream, The Memory of Modern
that deal with various approaches to history and revisionist history.
We even have a Pocket Guide to Writing History if you want to
create your own history book. Particularly in this time of claimed
fake news and conspiracy theories of history this topic is very
timely. Some of the most eminent historical writers such as Toynbee,
Gibbon and MacMillian are among the authors represented in this
special. It is located in the History section where Sets usually
are. (Sets are on the bottom shelves this month.)
"If you are a Francophile be sure to check out our France section.
It is absolutely packed with a great selection of books about France.
"Happy Historical Sleuthing!" -Suzanne Little & Irina Cross
"FOPAL received an abundance of Art books this last month. They
represented different artists and genres not often received. The list
included M.C. Escher art books, puzzle book, and kaleidocycles models.
Other artists included George Toker, Jean Baptiste Corot, Jusepe de
Ribera, Henri Rousseau, Rene Magritte and Gustave Cailebotte. We also
received some wonderful books on Architecture, American West,
Historical Poster Art, biography and How to Books. Finally, there are
some wonderful new books from various art museums throughout the
country. Last but not least were books containing beautiful prints.
Great for collecting and framing!" -Andrea Lozano
"Several large donations have come this month. Overflow items are on
the lowest shelves in Science section in Marty's Room.
In the Bargain Room the overflow above and around where
Russian History is. Positive proof that Danielle Steel was
prolific and translated is available this month." -Edwin El-Kareh
"Numerous volumes of The Expositor's Bible reduced in October.
Look for OAHSPE, A New Bible in the Words of Jehovih. Bruce Metzler's
Chapters in the History of New Testament Textual Criticism. Vernon
Neufeld's The Earliest Christian Confessions. Malcolm Muggeridge's
paperback edition of Jesus The Man Who Lives. Mission Presidio
Diary San Francisco 1776, portions from the diary of Antonio
Rosario Ortiz translated and retold by Parker Lochiel Johnston."
Philosophy for October 2017
"In October, we have four very good editions on Plato from the
Bollingen series, Dennett's Bacteria to Bach, McLellan's
Utopian Pessimist, Lakoff's Philosophy in the Flesh,
Chamberlain's Nietzsche in Turin, and The World Café.
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
"Some interesting and less common singing items are on the top shelf.
Unexpected donation of horn music arrived. Some new trumpet and
trombone items add to a healthy stock in those instruments. Plenty of
items were also sent to the Bargain Room." -Edwin El-Kareh
2017 October 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: Tango: The Art History of Love; How Music
Works; Savion!: My Life in Tap; Reinventing Bach;
The Vibe History of Hip Hop; The Protest Singer;
Guerrilla Radio: Rock 'N' Roll Radio and Serbia's Underground
Resistance; Player Piano Treasury; Lift Every Voice and Sing
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"New arrivals in October include A Pirate Looks at 50 by
Jimmy Buffett, the great British comedian Frank Muir's Irreverent
History, Time on Fire by Evan Handler, and Monty Python's
Celebration. The most unusual book is Gallery by
caricaturist David Levine, a loose-leaf collection of drawing. On the
graphic side, we have cartoons related to the New York Museum of
Modern Art, a collection of Charles Addams and the hard to define
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and
look through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"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: The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb;
The Year of Living Biblically; Synagogues without Jews;
Nazis on the Run; Haddasah and the Zionist Project;
The Jews of Sing Sing; The Rebbe's Army; Jewish
Portraits, Indian Frames - Women's Narratives From a Diaspora of Hope;
The Great Latke-Hamantaschen Debate; Sins in the Marketplace.
The Modern Literature section has shelves for Judaica Fiction.
Books in Hebrew with no English translation will be found in European
Languages." -Charlotte Epstein
Nature for October
"The shelves are bursting in the Nature section this month...
over 1,000 books! Mushroom season is starting soon and we have a
special collection of large, beautifully illustrated books to help you
forage: Mushrooms of North America, A Color Treasury of Mushrooms
and Toadstools, The Great Encyclopedia of Mushrooms, and
The Complete Book of Mushrooms. On to the New Arrival Section
where we offer: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?,
Sea Glass, In Defense of Dogs, Maps of the Imagination,
The Human Economy, The Complete Holistic Dog Book and dozens more.
Our other sections include Nature Writers, Animal Stories, California
Hiking, Animal Training, and our popular Vintage Collectables, to name
just a few." -Karen D.
Teen reviews by Tristan Wang
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The isn’t much adventure going on for easygoing Ivan, the silverback
gorilla resident of the decrepit Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade.
But when Ruby, a baby elephant arrives, change comes with her, and
Ivan realizes the only way to shield Ruby from harm is to pursue the
one thing he never bothered to ask for -- freedom.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backlan
Ove's neighbors have taken to calling him "the bitter neighbor from
hell." But when a young couple accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox
while moving in next door, they unwittingly uncover the sad, comical,
and heartwarming story behind the grumpy exterior of the elderly man.
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