USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 13
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday January 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
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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 January and February
The Library will be closed on Monday, January 15 for the Martin Luther
King, Jr. Holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, January 16.
The Library will also be closed on Monday, February 19 for the
President's Day Holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, February 20.
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.
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
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.
Start a family library in 2018!
If you ask many book lovers, the most important piece of furniture in
a room is the bookcase. A home library doesn't have to be elaborate or
expensive to provide rich reading experiences. Many children have
their own bookcases in their bedrooms, and for many homes books can be
found displayed in almost every room of the house. For these families
reading materials are simply a part of everyday family life. FOPAL can
help you fill your family library with a wonderful assortment of books
and it won't cost you much at all. With regular trips to our monthly
sales and by visiting each of our three sales rooms you can easily
create a family library for 2018. Remember, just about anything goes
in a family library. Paperback and hardcover books, a dictionary, an
atlas, song books, magazines for parents and kids, newspapers....
If you need suggestions for books while shopping FOPAL's book rooms
look for a volunteer floor person and ask for their advice. Most of
our volunteers are avid readers and would be eager to point you in
the direction of books perfect for you and your family.
If you're looking for books during the week or on non-sale weekends,
then you'll want to check out the Mitchell Park, Friends of the
Library Book Store or the Downtown or Rinconada FOPAL gondolas. These
sales areas are open during library hours and restocked weekly with
fresh books on a variety of subjects.
FOPAL's Signed Book special is back! When researching a book for sale
at FOPAL one point mentioned to new volunteer researchers is to "look
in the book". What can be found in a donated book could be anything
from a love note to pictures, to money or (almost as good as money)
an inscription and authors signature. From the website Antiquarian
Booksellers' Association of America's article entitled Collecting
Rare Books and First Editions - Is "Flat Signed" Better?: I
discovered this tidbit to share... "Few if any collectors today care
if Jules Verne or H. G. Wells inscribed a book to an unknown person.
Just the opposite, a long inscription is preferred. Why is that true?
Because of course these authors are now no longer signing anything,
and it is easier to authenticate an inscribed and signed copy, so the
more words from the master's hand, the better. Who knows, maybe in a
hundred years, Ray Bradbury's signature may be worth something and a
book with a long inscription and maybe one of his drawings -
priceless?...My point in telling you all of this is simply to point
out that the more words on your autographed items, the better!"
-Barry R. Levin
Look for the January Signed Book special books in the first and second
bay to your right as you enter the Main Room, labeled "Signed Book
"The Movie/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.
"Entertainment is packed again this month. There are books in
every category, but biographies (e.g. Joan Bondell, Sean Austin,
Walter Brennan Fanny Brice, Sterling Hayden), director's corner,
Hollywood history, and film craft and screen writing are especially
"Featured titles include: David Thompson's New Biographical
Dictionary of Film, Jimmy Stewart Bomber Fighter, Audrey
Hepburn Photographs 1953-1966, Manufacturing Consent, and
Hard News. The last two titles are representative of media
studies which seems to be more important these days.
"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
James Joyce Archive (63 volume set)
Editor: Michael Groden; Published by Garland Press (1978) - An
unprecedented project in literary scholarship, the James Joyce Archive
consists of photographic reproductions of Joyce’s original
manuscripts, notes and letters collected from various libraries and
archives all over the world and brought together in one massive set of
63 bound volumes. There were only 250 sets published and most likely
exist only in libraries. Our research indicates that the complete set
was originally offered for ~$5000. Due to the unusual nature of this
set FOPAL is offering it at a price of $2500 while also entertaining
offers from interested buyers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information, to arrange to view the material, or to submit an
"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: Built to Last: Grateful Dead's 25th
Anniversary Album; In Character: Opera Portraiture; Opera,
Sex, and Other Vital Matters; Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey;
How Music Works by John Powell; Beethoven's Anvil;
Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics;
Sticking It Out; Ukulele: The World's Friendliest Instrument;
The Fifth Beatle. Also browse our wide selection of sheet
music neatly sorted by instruments including violin, piano, trumpet
and guitar." -Charlotte Epstein
"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: One Hundred Essential Books for Jewish Readers;
Outwitting History; The Gold Train; Let There Be Water; Scrolls
of Testimony; Genesis by Robert Alter; Stardust Lost about
the Yiddish Theatre in America; Israel 2000 Years; small
Hebrew-English prayerbooks in metal bindings.
"The Modern Literature section has shelves for Judaica Fiction.
Books in Hebrew with no English translation will be found in
European Languages." -Charlotte Epstein
"Expositor's Bible. 34 volumes all for $60. Herbert Bolton's
Rim of Christendom. Seeberg's Textbook of the History of
Doctrines. Ali-Yonah's Our Living Bible." -Nancy
"Whether rainy, sunny, or somewhere in between this January, the
Nature Section has the perfect book for you. Rainy? Curl up
with: Gifts of the Crow, Climate of Hope, The Hidden Half of
Nature, To See Every Bird on Earth, Thirst (the
follow-up to the PBS documentary), The Whale, The Snake Bite
Survivors Club, Bats Sing, Mice Giggle, etc. Sunny? Grab a guide on
local birds, wildflowers or insects, then visit the California Local
Hikes section for places to find them. In between? We have the latest
books on dog-training, setting up an aquarium to choosing the perfect
pet, as well as classics from Darwin, Thoreau, McPhee and many
others. Don't forget the Vintage Collectable section for low-priced
books full of images by treasured illustrators." -Karen D.
"In January, we have a bumper collection of Wodehouse, 12 volumes in
various conditions. Other titles include Drunk Stoned Brilliant
Dead - National Lampoon, Borat's Touristic Guidings,
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (signed), Moranthology,
Small Victories, Hyperbole and a Half, Angry
Optimist about Jon Stewart, and a first appearance of the cartoon
book Point Your Face at This.
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"January must be Wittgenstein month as we have ten volumes for you to
choose from. Other titles include Lynch The Nature of Truth,
Derrida Psyche, Gottlieb Dream of Reason, Beckley
Sticky Sublime, Kass The Challenge for Bioethics
and Mossner's biography of Hume. Making its first appearance is Legge's
compendium The Chinese Classics. We also still have a Great
Courses three volume set entitled Philosophy and Religion in the
West priced at $10." -Nigel Jones
Modern Literature (20th Century)
"Lots of new titles from authors that I am not familiar with and
haven't shelved before: Elizabeth Bowen, John Hawkes, M.J. Farrell
(Keane), Elizabeth Taylor, Antonia White, and Fay Weldon. They are
on bottom shelf, 20th Century Literature side, starting with the
first section, next to the pay tables. Also more books by Barbara Pym,
Jean Rhys, Margaret Drabble, and Virginia Woolf. These are shelved
alphabetically in 20th Century side.
"Dorothy M. Richardson (1873-1957) novelist, compared to Joyce Proust,
and Virginia Woolf, wrote 13 novels, loosely based on her own life,
collectively called Pilgrimage. We have a 4 volume paperback
set, tatty covers and cheaply done. $4.00, bottom shelf, 20th Century."
"Edgar Allen Poe, Complete Works, Volumes 1-10. Set price reduced to
$50. Charles Dickens circa 1930. 15 book set. Set price reduced to
"16 Volumes of a set of French Classical Romance, c1902. Priced
individually, $1 each. Part of a set of Booth Tarkington novels:
1900-1920. 13 vol. priced individually, $1 each. These sets are
on bottom shelves, Classic side.
"Three volume boxed set of Proust, $9. Also first time on our
shelves. Proust in seven volumes, boxed, paper. Very nice! Set
is $25.00. Top shelf, classics." -Laverne Bornschlegel
"Four new sets have arrived in December in time for the January sale.
First is the 21 volume The Annals of America covering 1493 to
1986 in excellent condition for $85. Second, in perfect condition, is
the 2001 three volume Folio Society Edition Empires: the Aztec, Maya
and Incas for $25. Third, the 18 volume [1902?] set of Luise
[Louise] Muhlbach the preeminent writer of historical novels in the
late 19th century, for $35. Fourth, the large format 6 volume, 1898,
Plays of Shakspere edited by Charles Knight, for $115.
"Don't forget, a set only counts as 1 book when you are buying within
the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"The drama bookshelves include an unusually large selection of the
scripts for Shakespeare plays." -Robert Jackson
"FOPAL recently received wonderful art books to start off the New
Year. Highlights included an assortment of collector books and
magazines representing different decades in art and review. The
publications included Art Bulletin magazine dating back to 1924 and
1930. In addition, various Horizon, Skira, Art in America and
Portfolio publications. We also received some wonderful collector
Firenze postcards and classic books on art theory and art instruction.
"Other new arrivals included a fantastic assortment of 'How to' books
for pastels, drawing and painting. Now is the time to find a new way
to express yourself creatively." -Andrea Lozano
"The West calls your attention to an interesting Stanford
University collection including materials about the founders,
significant teachers, and natural history and trees of the campus.
"Women have often been entirely invisible in history as it is often
written. To celebrate the current focus on women in all areas of life,
The West is featuring a shelf of books exploring the many roles
of women in the unfolding of the West." -Romola Georgia
"Waterwise, Drought-Tolerant, Water-Conserving are the current
watchwords in making fresh landscaping choices. To help you re-think
that lawn, escape a heck of a lot of maintenance, and create a garden
that actually looks good on twice-a-week watering, take a look at all
the books we've got on the WATERWISE/CA/NATIVE shelf. There are many
volumes this month with titles like Plants for Dry Gardens, Trees and
Shrubs for Dry California Landscapes, and Designing California Native
Gardens. And don't forget to check out the shelf below for books on
HERBS - they're attractive, tough as nails in our summer-dry
environment, smell nice, and are actually useful!" -Ann Justice
"We have an especially large number of new arrivals this month, some
of which are on two marked shelves. Featured books this month include:
Designing your Life; The End of Average; Rising Strong;
Pre-suasion; Creative Confidence; The Confidence Game; How to
Create a Mind; Letting Go; On Edge; Ethics.
Look for a special shelf, Making Changes in 2018, with some books to
support you in your resolutions and intentions! You can find other
books you may want to buy on the ‘Top Sellers on Amazon’ shelf or in
the sub-sections, located on the two right bays. All books are priced
well below (at least 50% off) Amazon used book prices. Peace and Joy
to you in the New Year and Beyond" -Marnie
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Jesse is a schoolkid burdened by duties on his family farm and the
constant agitations of his sisters. Leslie, though privileged by
wealth, is often overlooked by her indifferent parents. United by
their ostracism, the pair form an unlikely friendship and construct an
imaginary refuge from the pains of reality. Their kingdom is
Terabithia, and within its borders they are king and queen. But when
calamity strikes, it is up to Jesse to weave contentment from his
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who enjoys a pleasant but vain life
under the care of his young mistress, Abilene. But upon the fateful
day he was lost in the ocean, he must learn what it means to lose, to
love, and find his way back again.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a dystopian future, parents can choose to have their children
"unwound" -- dismantled and harvested for organ donation. Enter
Connor, Risa, and Lev, three teens united by a single goal: surviving
until the age of eighteen, when they will be considered legal adults
and no longer subject to "unwinding". As their lives hang in the
balance, the trio strives for their freedom -- and for answers.