USED BOOK SALES
Saturday April 14
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday April 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN APRIL
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.
NO NUMBERS WILL BE ISSUED FOR NON-MEMBERS FOR THIS SALE ONLY. IF YOU
ARE NOT A FOPAL MEMBER SIMPLY SHOW UP AT 11AM.
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 April and May
Rinconada Library will be closed for bed bug inspection on Friday,
Mitchell Park Library will be closed for bed bug inspection on
Friday, April 20.
Children's Library will be closed until 11am on Saturday, May 5
because the Palo Alto May Fete Parade will be going on at 10am.
All libraries will be closed on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's new event calendar.
Check it out, it has a different layout from the old monthly calendar
grid layout and has filters that let you select a date range, library
branches, types of events, and other things. Wide desktop browsers
will show these filters on the left of the window; narrow browsers
will show a "REFINE" that can be clicked to reveal filtering options.
It gets updated more frequently than this newsletter is issued, so
you may find out about closings that we miss, like the bed bug
inspections at Children's Library, College Terrace Library, and
Downtown Library which were going on as we were putting this issue
together but should be over by the time you get it.
True in 2004 and Still True in 2018
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2018! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Monday "Free Night" Book Giveaway
From 6-8 pm on the Monday night after each monthly sale, everyone --
you don’t have to be a non-profit or a FOPAL volunteer -- may come and
take away from the Bargain Room/H2 any amount of books and
media. Be sure to pass along to all and as a reminder, bring your own
bags and boxes.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email us at
email@example.com or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
What's special for April '18
For April FOPAL members are benefiting from another Members' Early
Sale. All FOPAL paid members can get in earlier than the normal 11am
start time. Because of this, the normal Main Room entry procedure is
changed. See the section below pertaining to the Members' Early Sale.
Spring is upon us and generous donations keep coming in. This is the
perfect time to pick up books to give or collect for spring break
reads. From Better Books, check out a collection of books pulled from
FOPAL on-line sales inventory now to be offered to our loyal sale
customers at lower than our online prices! The History section this
month offers shelves filled with donations that came in earlier this
month. The Framed Art selection has been restocked with a wide
variety of pieces, many limited editions from numbered series, as well
as many pieces reduced in price from previous sales. The Computer
section is fully stocked with new items, plus a huge collection of
early computer magazines dating from the 1980s. You'll find some of
this collection in our Ephemera sale, with the majority landing
in the Bargain Room/H2. Look for a special collection of Vintage
Travel books offered this April from longtime FOPAL volunteer
Gerry Masteller, located in the specials bay just to the right of the
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale
In celebration of FOPAL turning 80 years young, FOPAL's Members'
Early Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th! Twice a year, FOPAL
holds a Members' Early Sale, at which members of the Friends of the
Palo Alto Library are admitted early to the Main Room sale. Members
enjoy a less crowded Main Room and get the first crack at FOPAL's
wonderful collection of materials!
Life & Sponsor Members Enter at 9am: At our Members' Early Sale,
Life and Sponsor Members (and one spouse or guest) may enter at 9am
and can purchase up to 100 books per membership only during that
first hour. Each Life Member and Sponsor Member must give the one
Purchase Slip per membership to the cashier before 10am in order to
purchase up to 100 books. If a Life Member or Sponsor Member exits
without purchasing all 100 books, he/she may take the Purchase Slip
and reenter to fill out the 100 books as long as they are purchased
Other Members Enter at 10am: Members at all other levels can enter
the sale at 10am, and purchase 25 books at a time.
General Public Enter at 11am: At 11am, non-members are admitted. The
usual limit on purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no
longer a line waiting to enter.
Ticket Handout Procedure: Tickets for early arrivers are handled
differently at the Members' Early sale. As is usual, tickets are given
out beginning at 8am. Look for two check-in/ticket lines; one line
for renewing members, new members and those members without a
membership card, and one line for members with their cards. To speed
your way through the ticket line please find and bring your
membership card! Tickets given out are for the 9am and 10am lines at
the Main Room, since most people who come early are Members of FOPAL.
Each Member will get just one ticket, although Life and Sponsor
Members may bring one guest between 9 and 10am and Family Members may
bring in their families, consisting of one other adult and minor
children, beginning at 10am. No tickets will be given out for the
Join FOPAL Now: If you're not already a paid-up member, avoid delay
at the sale by joining online now.
New policy for FOPAL Children's book sale goers
Starting this month with the April sale, we will be introducing a new
policy regarding boxes holding places in line at the Children's Room
on sale days. This new policy is being implemented after receiving,
over many months, complaints from customers, input from volunteers and
approval by FOPAL's Book Sale Committee. Simply stated it reads:
People, not boxes, are line placeholders. A note to be handed out to
all Children Room customers will be distributed again this Saturday as
a reminder of the new policy. It is FOPAL's hope that our customers
will appreciate our efforts to develop a fair line-up procedure.
If you have any thoughts or concerns please feel free to express them
by emailing FOPAL at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your continued support
Members' Early Sale Specials
"To celebrate FOPAL's 80th Anniversary we will be having specials of
high value books that we usually only sell online. This will include
a case of technology and Science books and a case of Travel and
Travel Narrative books. This gives you the chance to see and handle
high value books in person unlike online purchasing, and to avoid
"The specials bookcases will be on the right hand side of the main
aisle." -Nigel Jones
"Vintage early 20th-century artist color illustrated travel books,
describing scenery, history, landmarks of special interest in visiting
particular European countries, regions, cities. Unlike guidebooks,
these books do not contain hotel or restaurant listings. They are by
various authors and artists sharing their travels in an age when
motoring was just coming into its own as a mode of touring. In
publishing, recent developments in printing around the same time had
made the color reproduction of artwork in books feasible and
economical." -Gerry Masteller
"History shelves are bulging with books in almost every
subdivision of our section! We have many books that we have not seen
before or very rarely get. Enjoy the hunt! In our set area we have a
beautiful History of the Crusades, three volume set published
by the Folio Society, Will and Ariel Durant's History of Civilization,
eleven volumes with a bonus twelfth book in the best condition we've
seen in years. We also have a nice Dumas Malone's six volume
biography of Thomas Jefferson. There are many other interesting sets
including some vintage Historical Fiction sets on the bottom
shelf. I'd also like to bring to your attention the bottom shelf of
the Asia section where we have some very rare pamphlets published by
the Foreign Language Press in 'Peking' in the 1950s and early 60s.
They are part of a large collection on China that we have received
and will be doing a special on next month." -Suzanne Little and
"Sizable donation this month brought many items to the main and
bargain rooms. The Passion Play at Ober Ammergau 1872;
The Girard Reader; Religion in Human Evolution; Bernard of
Clairvaugh; Morals and Dogma (Freemasons 1871);
Tillich's The Courage to Be 1952 (red cover) and more."
"Mothers' Day is around the corner, and just inside our front door
you’ll find a wonderful display of books for kids and their mothers,
about mothers and mothering.
"The School-age Fiction section boasts three full shelves of Harry
Potter novels, many in mint condition; Harry-Potter-on-CD sets
(great for summer road trips); and books about various Potter-related
"Toys and Games has much to offer this month, including a sealed set
of Lego Minecraft 'The First Night' and a sealed Cranium Turbo
Edition game. We have a Fisher-Price Samurai Castle and many
accessories, and a Fisher-Price record player. For comics collectors
we have a large box of old Beano comics, priced to sell fast.
If you’re looking for puzzles, check our shelves for vintage and newer
puzzles. Finally, we have a Saxon Math Homeschool Kit for fourth
grade." -Carolyn Davidson
Classic Fiction and Modern Literature
"We have a facsimile copy of Alice's Adventures Underground.
It's in great condition, in binder. It's with the illustrated books
on top shelf. Take a look! Also lots of Trollope on bottom shelf.
"Twenty or so ''Norton Critical Editions'' of classics. Bottom shelf,
"The Nobel prize winners have been shelved back in the regular
alphabetical sections in Modern Lit and in Japanese and Chinese
sections. There are two top shelves with new Nobel winners. There are
novels by Herta Muller (born in Romania, resides in Germany, 2009)
and by Imre Kertesz (Hungary 2002). It's the first time we've had
"Bottom shelf on first section of Modern Lit had lots of
Lawrence Durrell and Daphne du Maurier. Kafka and Vonnegut are shelved
on bottom shelves. D.M. Thomas books are featured on top shelf."
"There are many reasons to browse the Nature Section this
month! Local collage artists love our vintage Nature books for their
beautiful imagery -- enjoy the window display of some examples of
their art. This month we received a large donation of like-new books
from the Trails Series: North Bay, East Bay, The Peninsula, etc.
In the 'Just In' section we offer several best-sellers: The Invention
of Nature, The Genius of Birds, The Trainable Cat, Climate
Shock, Animal Wise, The Education of Will, and many more. As
always, you will find shelves full of Bird, Insect, Tree and Plant
guides, heart-warming pet stories, books on raising and training all
varieties of pets, true tales of high adventure and many more topics
related to our natural world." -Karen D.
"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. The subsections
which have particularly interesting books this month are craft and
entertainment business, screen writing, foreign film and film analysis
Featured titles include: The Dynasty Chronicles,
Truffaut/Hitchcock, Empire of their Own, Focus and
Howard Hawks", and two books on the meaning of The Wizard of Oz.
(As frequent customers know, if you comes to the library sale often
enough, you will find almost everything written)" -Dick Grote
"The pick of the litter for April is the large two volume box set
The Complete Far Side. Other titles include The Pop Up Book
of Nightmares, The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm, Mental
Floss: History of the World, and Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance.
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"The expression once in a blue moon, meaning two full moons in a
month, has happened in Sets. The rarely seen 54-volume set
Great Books of the Western World, 1952, has been donated
twice in the last few weeks. This edition, with original slip cases,
is in very good condition for $75. Also available we have Funk and
Wagnall's two volume New Standard Dictionary, 1938 for $75,
the Folio Society's four volume box set Lost Cities, 2005,
in excellent condition, for $30. We have the excellent 10-volume box
set of August Wilson's plays in perfect condition for $95.
"We have quite a range of older individual volumes typically pre-1940
novels selected for their content and decorative qualities.
"Don’t forget, a set only counts as one book when you are buying
within the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"New arrivals in April include Hegel's three volume set, Lectures on
the History of Philosophy, Robert's The Logic of Reason,
Landau's Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World, Sir Thomas
Browne's Selected Writings, Bohm's Thought as a System and
Pagden's The Enlightenment." -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: When Scotland was Jewish; Pastrami on Rye -
An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli; Conversations with the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson; The Story of Yiddish; The
Ketuba: Jewish Marriage Contracts Through the Ages; A Wandering
Feast: A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe;
The Heights of Courage: A Tank Leader's War On the Golan.
"The Modern Literature section has shelves for Judaica Fiction.
Books in Hebrew with no English translation will be found in European
Languages." -Charlotte Epstein
"There is a wide selection of books on San Francisco, Greater Bay Area
(including Palo Alto and Silicon Valley), the rest of California and
other Western States. Small sections on Yosemite, Gold and Silver,
Women of the West, and Western Fiction." -Ed Walker
"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical
topics in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, American music and
"New this month - Red Detachment of Women; Keyboard
Interpretation; The Story of Christian Music; Bob Dylan The
Essential Interviews; Greenwich Village 1963; The Violin: A Social
History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument.
"In Better Books - The Music Producer's Survival Guide: Chaos,
Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music;
Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography (The Story of the Band);
Venetian Instrumental Music from Gabrieli to Vivaldi; American
Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"We received a shelf or two of books in Czech (including art books),
a shelf or two of Portuguese, and more in French (mostly fiction).
German books range from chick lit to Bach to history, and include
Ein Munchner im Himmel (1911), an illustrated fable which
explains why the Bavarian government never received its message from
Heaven, and a book of paintings of life in POW camps in the Midwest,
by an emigre." -Susan Strain
"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.
"We have many Japanese books this month. 在中文书架上, 我们有若干本精美的绘画集和作者签名书，
"Spring is bustin' out all over -- and ready to assist you in your
planting choices is an abundant variety of books in the Gardening
section. For those of you planning a vegetable garden, we have two
copies of John Jeavons' classic (7th ed) How to Grow More Vegetables
Than You Ever Thought Possible, plus the most current edition of
Rosalind Creasy's Edible Landscaping, as well as an attractive
and informative guide entitled Grow Great Grub: Organic Food for
Small Spaces. If you are intent on shifting your landscape to more
drought-tolerant plants, we also have a copy of that invaluable
reference Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates.
Finally, for someone who has grown everything (or at least tried),
there is The Savage Garden, everything you wanted to know
about cultivating carnivorous plants!" -Ann Justice
"Some of the Featured Books this month are: The Vanishing American
Adult; The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning; The Subtle Art of
Not Giving a F*CK; Everyday Bias; Your Inner GPS; The Emotion
Code; Your Body Knows the Answer; Option B; The Surrender
Experiment; Freedom From Fear; Intuition Pumps; Smart and
Scattered; The Widower's Journey. Featured favorites I've read
are: The Book of Joy; Designing Your Life; Self Compassion.
Be sure to check the shelves marked: 'Popular on Amazon', 'Marked
Down', 'New Arrivals', and all the Subsections. There are Bargains
Galore! I’ve also got some CDs including one on Focusing, which I
found very helpful in my journey. So take some time to Browse and
Enjoy, Marnie" -Marnie Shuey