USED BOOK SALES
Saturday Dec 8
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Tent & Art Sales 9am - 4pm
Sunday Dec 9
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN DECEMBER
Games & Puzzles
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 in December and January
All library locations will open at 11am on Thursday, 13 December for
a staff appreciation event.
All library locations will close at 6pm on Monday, 24 December and
remain closed through Tuesday, 25 December for the Christmas holiday.
Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, 26 December.
All library locations will close at 6pm on Monday, 31 December and
remain closed through Tuesday, 01 January 2019 for the New Year's Eve
holiday. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, 02 January 2019.
All library locations will be closed on Monday, 21 January for
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday,
22 January 2019.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
Check it out, it 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.
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 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)
- 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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
December 2018 Sale Notes
December is a time for giving, here at FOPAL are giving our members
another Members' Early Sale. All FOPAL paid members can get in earlier
than the normal 11am start time. Because of this the usual Main Room
entry procedure is changed. See the section below pertaining to the
Members' Early Sale.
Christmas is around the corner and we've got plenty of Christmas
books, music and more. Look for the Winter Holidays display just a
few steps from the entry door on the right wall.... Our Military
History section manager is featuring History of United States
Naval Operations in World War II, this set is written by Samuel
Eliot Morison, highly regarded as probably the best ever American
military historian. The particular set is going for anywhere between
$200 and $300 on Bookfinder this month, FOPAL is offering it for $100!
The Autographed Books section has been completely restocked
with signed books that were pulled from FOPAL's High Value storage.
The Cooking section has had a strong month of new donations and
our Games & Puzzles manager is also featuring a wide variety of
Regarding the Elsie Lower Pomeroy art donation mentioned in our
November Newsletter: FOPAL connected with Elsie Lower Pomeroy's
great-granddaughter who is very happy to discover that these pieces
have been found. She is acquiring this collection which will travel
north to be curated for an Elsie Lower Pomeroy retrospective
exhibition. Another great FOPAL story of donated pieces reunited with
loved ones, finding their way home.
FOPAL Members Get First Pick at Members-Early Sale
A fun and festive FOPAL Members' Early Sale is scheduled for Saturday
December 8th. 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.
Life Members Enter at 9am
At our Members' Early Sale, Life Members and Sponsors (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 & 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 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. At 11am, non-members are admitted. The limit on
purchasing 25 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a line
waiting to enter. New memberships can be purchased and expired
memberships can be renewed beginning at 8am.
Enjoy a less crowded main book room and get first crack at our
wonderful collection of materials. Books are always a welcome holiday
treat! For members, another special treat, artisan roasted coffee will
be offered by long-time volunteer and coffee connoisseur Dean Ujihara.
Here is a list of the coffees he will roast/brew for this Saturday's
sale. They all come from Sweet Maria's:
- Tam Efriqa SWP Decaf African Blend: A lemon juice tang sets
the stage, with flavors of stone fruit, dark cocoa, raisin, and
interesting pumpernickel/rye note.
- La Tacita Floral Gesha Blend: Jasmine to lily florals, bold
citrus flavors, and vibrant acidity.
- Sulawesi Saleko Toraja: Balanced bitter sweetness and a
light citrus effervescence.
- Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Gorgora: Big body, and rustic
sweetness define the cup. Berry aroma, earth-toned date sugar, Fig
Newton, blueberry, sweet tobacco, bittersweet cocoa, and a cherry
- Nicaragua Ocotal Maracaturra Lot 1: Sweetness of panela
and molasses, subtle fruited accents, notes of dried apple, and
orange essence, as well as a chamomile floral touch.
Time permitting, Dean will make cold brew from this coffee:
- Kenya Nyeri Ichamama Peaberry: A complex flavor compound,
juicy and jammy fruit, intense raw sugar, striking citrus acidity,
notes of blueberry, grape juice, ripe raspberry notes, and mandarin
orange, and more.
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.
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 & 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 11am line.
Join FOPAL Now!
If you're not already a paid-up member, avoid delay at the sale by
joining online now.
"We have selected the cream of our signed books collection for the
Members' Early Sale. Signatures include Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray
Robinson, John Glenn, Wayne Thibaud, Timothy Leary, Thomas Keller,
Shirley Temple, Elie Weisel, Edward Abbey, Armistead Maupin, Lady
Bird Johnson, Mack Sennett, plus many political figures and writers."
"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.
"Our shelves are very full this month. We have a large collection of
large format books that would look nice on a coffee table and also be
interesting to read. Additionally there are shelves full of Hollywood
and film history, film analysis and criticism, and movie bio's. We
also have over 25 volumes of the Cadillac series of "the films of".
"Featured large format titles include:
Art of Walt Disney
The Art of Film Noir
Crime Scenes - Movies Posters and Art of Film Noir
David Selznicks Hollywood
"In the section you will find (roughly from left to right as you face
the African Queen):
Small bookcase: modern culture, film writing, craft and
movie business, TV, guides
Tall bookcase: radio, "films of" books, signed books, large
format, foreign film, Hollywood and film history, film commentary and
theory, director’s corner, choice biographies/memoirs
Smaller bookcase: Paperbacks, film tie-ins and scripts, and
media and media studies." -Dick Grote
"This month we have a fresh batch of holiday books, many beautifully
illustrated, for toddlers through teens. They include some pop-up
books that are sure to thrill children (and their adults). Our DVD
shelves are packed with bargain-priced movies for rainy-day
entertainment. And our school-age fiction section features the
Geronimo Stilton series, including many giftable hardbacks. Start
your holiday shopping here and you may never have to brave the malls!"
"A whole shelf of G.A. Henry novels, such as The Boy Knight, Orange
and Green and Rujub the Juggler, await your perusal. Lots of
old favorites from Alcott to Lofting to Milne, Pyle, Sewell, Spyro and
illustrator Wyeth are here. On the other side are picture books for
little ones like Orlando (The Marmalade Cat), The Doll and the
Kitten, Miracle of the Mountain, Parrak the White Reindeer
and some Tintin adventures." -Nancy Cohen
"If you want to spread good humor over the holidays we can help you
out. P. G. Wodehouse repeats again as author of the month with 16
books including three anthologies and three very good Hutchinson
editions. Other UK offerings include Monty Python, Spike Milligan,
and Jerome K. Jerome, and from Oxford, The Book of Parodies,
and The Book of Humorous Quotations. Other titles include,
The Dictionary of Sarcasm, Laurel and Hardy and The
Complete New Yorker." -Nigel Jones
"New arrivals for December include three very good overviews of the
topic, The New History of Western Philosophy, The Oxford Guide to
Philosophy, and Introduction to Philosophy, also, a
biography of Thoreau, and other titles including Ethics in the Real
World, Soul of the World, and The Dream of Reality."
"The featured set for December is the 1996 edition of the 18-volume
set of the Encyclopedia Judaica. This version is rare to be
found as it's the complete update of the original release, it contains
a Decennial update as volume 18. and is in perfect condition. For the
Members Sale this is priced at $75. In poor condition, we have the
remarkable and heavily illustrated 1866 Lloyd's Battle History of
the Great Rebellion, an extraordinary document of the Civil War
and a perfect gift for a Civil War enthusiast. Also it's a wonderful
project for rebinding. Priced at $15. There is a selection of books in
our pre-1900 area and from 1900 to 1940 we have quite a range of older
individual volumes typically novels selected for their content and
decorative qualities. There are some very good candidates for book
arts this month."
"Don't forget, a set counts as only one book when you are buying
within the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"It's Holiday time in the Nature Section! Our window display
features like-new (low-priced) books perfect for the book lovers on
your gift list – Buzz, The Snoring Bird, The Hour of Land,
Growing a Revolution, Dancing Dogs, Braiding Sweetgrass,
Picasso and Lump, and seven different Audubon Society field
guides that appear unread. As always, you will find shelves full of
best-sellers, Bird, Insect, Tree and Plant guides, heart-warming pet
stories, books on raising and training all varieties of pets, climate,
ecology and many more topics related to our natural world. Our vintage
books section has some unusual additions -- come and browse!"
"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical
topics in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, opera, American music,
"New this month - Making Gourd Musical Instruments: Over 60 String,
Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them; Swing under
the Nazis: Jazz as a Metaphor for Freedom; Booze and Vinyl: A
Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks; The Rock Monsters
Monsters of Rock; Music in Vienna 1700, 1800, 1900; Famous
Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein; Madame Butterfly, an
Opera in Two Acts - a fully illustrated story.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte
"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 - Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived,
Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation; The Aleppo Codex: In
Pursuit of One of the World's Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious
Books; Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English
Just Won't Do); Psalms as Torah (Studies in Theological
Interpretation): Reading Biblical Song Ethically; Einstein
and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul.
"Most fiction with Jewish themes will be found in Modern Literature,
Classics, or Current Fiction. Books entirely in Hebrew
are shelved in the European Languages section." -Charlotte
"This month we received three dozen brand new paperback copies of
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne who relates his stories of
bicycling around some of the world's major cities and speaking with
famous and ordinary folks. Good potential gift. It's a popular book:
Amazon ranks it #35 in Excursion Guides and #49,000 overall. Online
price is $14 new, $2 used + $4 shipping. Buy it this weekend at
FOPAL's Sale for $1." -Jim Sutherland
"The History section has a stunning selection of sets this
month. The highlight is a 22 volume set, The Great Events of
Famous Historians, Americanism Edition, registered #151. Beautiful
presentation - leather binding, embossed gilt front cover, top gilt.
A bargain at $160. We also have a companion seven-volume set on the
"Great War" (WW I) registered to the same individual but missing
volume 5. It is priced at the rock bottom price of $30. Volume 1
of each set has the registration information.
"There are two Folio boxed sets in pristine condition: Empires
of the Ancient Near East, and Empires of Early Latin America
as well as a nice set of Durant's Story of Civilization. Getting
in the holiday sale mood we've reduced our 12 volume set of Messages
and Papers of the Presidents as well as reducing other sets such as
George Washington, History of Private Life, etc. that
were on our shelves last month.
"Of course, our other shelves also have interesting and unusual books.
Many of them are in 'gift giving' condition and appeal. We hope that
you enjoy browsing and buying in the History section this month. Happy
Holidays!" -Suzanne and Irina
Comics and Graphic Novels
"Comics and Graphic Novels is packed this month, with many omnibus
collections of classic comics, including EC, R. Crumb, and Cerebus
the Aardvark." -Rich McAllister
"More Alan Furst spy novels, lots of books on the Civil War, WW 2,
Ancient Greece and Rome." -Marian Urman
Health and Medicine
"The Health and Medicine sections celebrate December by
featuring books which will not only be interesting and imaginative
gifts for people you love -- you're guaranteed to find pleasure (and
relief?) in choosing meaningful and caring information about their
health: Priceless! We'll have some new special sections (anyone you
know who's contemplating cosmetic surgery? Don Campbell's The Mozart
Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the
Mind and Unlock the Creative Spirit is also new to us. Look for
MFK Fisher's A Cordiall (sic) Water: A Garland of Odd and
Old Receipts to Assuage the Ills of Man and Beast. Bertrand
Rouche's Annals of Medicine ran for five decades in the New
Yorker Magazine and epitomized the 20th Century's finest medical
journalism; one of the Annals was made in the 1956 movie,
Bigger than Life. His book, The Medical Detectives
was one of 20, and many of his medical mysteries were used in the
television show HOUSE." -Verne and Ed Rice