USED BOOK SALES
Saturday March 10
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday March 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MARCH
Stamps & Coins
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.
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 March and April
The Library will be closed on Sunday, April 1 for its Spring Day
Closure. It will reopen on Monday, April 2.
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.
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 large 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)
- We're crowded. Please limit your Sale Day donations to a bag or two of books.
- 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 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.
FOPAL turns 80 April 2018 & FOPAL Members get 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!
Saturday, April 14th - 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 from 9 AM to 10 AM. Other Members enter at
10AM and are able to purchase 25 books at a time. General admission
for all including non-Members begins at 11AM. The usual limit on
purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a line
waiting to enter. Remember, you may renew your membership, or join
FOPAL, on the sale day. Renew, or join now at www.fopal.org/join!
Spring forward this sale weekend
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, which means you'll want to be
sure to move your clock forward by one hour on Saturday night.
Otherwise, you'll arrive at our Sunday sale an hour late!
Incidentally, the correct term is daylight saving time, not daylight
savings time. If you had it wrong, don't feel bad. More people Google
the incorrect phrase than the correct one!
For this weekend's sale look for a special from our Philosophy
section. This section has almost all new inventory with a subsection
of special books. The Philosophy section manager has been
working hard this month to process hundreds of books that were
The Stamps & Coins section this month is offering a
four-volume set of Scott's Stamp Album. Also, check this
section for books about stamp and coin collecting.
For Asian Language book fans remember you have two sections to
shop from. Both isles 8 and 13th in the Main Room have bays dedicated
to Asian Language books with a nice DVDs selection on isle 13. For
even more Asian Language books don’t forget to check the
Children’s Room and Bargain Room too!
The March FOPAL sale is also going to be a big one for Sets!
The Sets shelves are packed full waiting to find their way to
homes of FOPAL's Sets lovers. Look for a few more Sets
in the High Value / Better Books special in the end bay near the
Games & Puzzles shelves are packed! Look for nearly new
games and gently used puzzle all priced to sell. This March's
selection is one of our biggest!
New policy for FOPAL Children's book sale goers
After receiving several complaints, over many months, input from
Children's Room long-time volunteers and consideration by
FOPAL's Book Sale Committee starting at the April Sale: People, not
boxes, are line place holders. Look for a note in boxes and to be
handed out to all children room customers this Saturday as a warning.
Starting April 14th, on sale Saturday mornings, boxes left unattended
on the ramp of the Children's Room will be removed. 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>.
Sets for 2018 3 March
"The number one set for March is the 54-volume set Great Books of
the Western World, 1952, in very good condition for $75. This is
only the second time we have ever had the complete set available.
Also, we have the excellent 10-volume box set of August Wilson's plays
in perfect condition for $125, and the 21-volume Annals of America
covering 1493 to 1986, reduced to $25.
"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 counts as only one book when you are buying
within the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
Philosophy for March 2018
"March has been a bumper month with more high-quality arrivals than we
have seen for a long time, all the books on the right-hand book case's
top two shelves are newly offered. Titles include, August Comte: An
Intellectual Biography, volume 1, Lent's Patterning Instinct,
Berlin's Proper Study of Mankind, Pinker's Better Angels,
and Wilber's Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality. On the second shelf,
we also have a several very good books on Chinese philosophy.
"Make sure to visit our Bargain Room as about 200 philosophy books are
available there this month." -Nigel Jones
"The Postcard Section has now been relocated adjacent to the Exit
door. This month there will be many new vintage and collectible
postcards! Most all are unused and in near mint condition. At only
25 cents a piece these wonderful images are a steal. They can be a
treasured keepsake or a cherished item to be shared with a special
"We at FOPAL are thankful for any POSTCARDS you wish to part with
as a Donation. Someone will appreciate them!" -Rommel Struckus
Classics and Modern Literature
"Modern Fiction: One more month for the Nobel winners. On the top two
shelves again. Novels by two previously unrepresented authors are
included: Imre Kertsz, 2002 Hungary, and Samuel Beckett, Ireland.
"The bottom shelf has lots of Kurt Vonnegut, some nice hard back
books. Franz Kafka featured, as usual.
"Also: Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, a four volume set.
Giants in the Earth, by O. E. Rolvaag.
Elizabeth Ogilvie's three-volume "The Tide Trilogy".
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebold.
A very nice Jack London, "Tales of the North" reduced to $2.
This side has two bays of classic authors, also over-size volumes,
some boxed and illustrated. Hispanic and Asian and Judaica authors are
now shelved with new donations separated from the carryovers. There is
a new shelf of volumes by authors that are one of a kind: Basque,
Sicily, and others." -Laverne Bornschlegel
2018 3 March Humor
"In March, new arrivals include Paradoxes A to Z, A Horse
Walks into a Bar, The Best Drawings of Gahan Wilson,
The Book of Eleven, Born Standing Up, Crappy
Little Nobody as well as Wodehouse, Black Adder, Monty Python,
Hippopotamus, the unbeatable classic, Three Men in a Boat
and Russia's answer to 1984, Moscow 2042.
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"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
"Our shelves are again full this month, but there are a few
sub-sections which have an unusually large number of interesting
Screenwriting, craft, and business on the top shelf of the smaller
books case on the left of the section.
Film guides including 500 and 1000 Films you need to see before you
die on the bottom shelf of the same bookcase.
Foreign film, directors, and film analysis all on the tall bookshelf
Biographies including a full cart that will be outside.
Media studies which is on the bottom shelf on the smaller book case on
the right." -Dick Grote
"Hop over to the Children's Room for holiday books: St. Patrick's Day,
Passover (begins March 30), and Easter (April 1). We have many
decorations and stuffed animals you could add to an Easter basket,
too. For Nancy Drew fans, there’s a marvelous selection of like-new
mysteries. The Activities section has giftables galore, including
three sets of nesting Russian dolls. There's also a Brio construction
set and many mathematics books including Danica McKellar's Hot X:
Algebra Exposed. And our Non-fiction section has books on a great
variety of subjects, with real bargains on like-new dictionaries and
desk encyclopedias that make good gifts for budding scholars."
2018 March 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 - Blue Note: Album Cover Art; Spinning Blues
Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records;
Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva
and Beyond; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude Ma
Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday; Made In The UK: The
Music of Attitude, 1977-1983; A Long Strange Trip: The Inside
History of the Grateful Dead; No Direction Home: The Life And
Music Of Bob Dylan; History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instrument including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte
2018 March 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: Kohelet's Pursuit of Truth: A New Reading of
Ecclesiastes (2017); The Jewish Calendar: Its Structure and
Laws; Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish
Radio in the United States; Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish
Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots; Sweet and Low: A Family Story;
Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya, an Early Battleground
for the Soul of Israel.
"The Modern Literature section has shelves for Judaica Fiction.
Books in Hebrew with no English translation will be found in European
languages." -Charlotte Epstein
"The Aprocyphal Jesus, great courses, CD and book.
Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church, text and music.
Kristin Heyer's Kinship Across Borders, a Christian Ethic on
Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology.
Look on top shelf of Christianity for classics from the 1800s."
Nature March 2018
"The shelves in the Nature section are overflowing this month!
You'll find the usual favorites- local guides on birds, hikes and
native plants, heartwarming animal stories, dog training and more. Our
'Just In' shelves and window display features: Sixth Extinction,
Handbook of Nature Study, On Trails, Climate of Hope,
What a Plant Knows, Parasite Rex, The Education of Will,
Cat People, The Richness of Life, Naming Nature,
Smarter Than You Think. Mushroom fans will be interested in
titles we don’t normally offer: North American Truffles, Magical
Mushrooms, Mushrooming With Confidence, and Mushrooms
of Western North America. Book and collage artists will enjoy our
many 'vintage' books (not all on nature) with beautiful covers and
images waiting to be re-imagined into art!" -Karen D.
"Donations to the section this month have yielded a bonanza of current
bestsellers! Check out the top 'New Arrivals' shelves in each
subsection to find: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah,
Logical Family by Armistead Maupin, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance,
Hunger by Roxane Gay, and The Best of Us by, and SIGNED BY, Joyce
Maynard. All titles are mint condition hardcovers, priced well below
internet prices!" -Ann Justice
"The Art section received a wide assortment of books including
an impressive collection of New American Paintings magazines.
Each magazine presents a new group of American artist's work.
The collection goes back several years.
"There are some special art books this month which include Maxfield
Parrish Poster Book with 29 full color plates and The Louvre:
All The Paintings displaying 3,022 museum paintings. Other
fantastic books include American Watercolors an overview of
American watercolor artists with wonderful reproductions.
"As a reminder, we have great collections of Asian Art books, Modern
Art, How to, and collector books." -Andrea Lozano
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
In the small town of Waymer, ten-year-old boys receive the honor of
becoming wringers, collecting wounded pigeons during the annual
Pigeon Day shootings and wringing their necks to end their misery.
So when a pigeon shows up outside his window, Palmer LaRue is faced
with an ultimatum. Should he decline the pigeon to gain the acceptance
of his friends? Or should he follow his conscience -- and take up the
dreadful burden of keeping an unspeakable secret from everyone around
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
By sixth grade, best friends Miranda and Sal have learned to navigate
the restless, labyrinthine New York neighborhood. But then, for
obscure reasons, Sal shuts Miranda out of his life. Shortly after,
enigmatic notes begin to find their way into Miranda's hands. Each
more urgent than the one before, Miranda is led to believe that only
she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think
it may be too late.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Thirteen-year-old Margaret "Meg" Murry sits wide awake in her attic
bedroom, disturbed by the thought of her absent scientist father.
Utterly depressed, she descends to the kitchen where a bizarre and
unexpected guest, Mrs. Whatsit, tells her of the existence of
tesseracts. Such are wrinkles in time, a means of traveling via the
fifth dimension, and the only means of rescuing Meg’s father from the
captivity of the Black Thing, an evil universal entity. Will she