USED BOOK SALES
Saturday May 12
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday May 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MAY
Puzzles & Games
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 in May and June
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.
One of the other things you can filter on is programs, and one of
the programs is SRP, which stands for Summer Reading Program. Which
filter reveals that this year's Summer Reading Program has its
kick-off party at Mitchell Park Community Center on Sunday, May 28,
from 2pm to 4pm.
A Reminder about the 12-Book Limit
In November of 2014 FOPAL implemented the following rules to be
followed during the period of the 12-book limit rule. These rules
still stand and will continue to be enforced. We ask all shoppers
to honor the following rules:
- EARLY IN THE SALE, each customer may select up to twelve (12)
books, sets of books, or other items. They must be purchased and
taken outside of the sale room. Customers may then return to the
waiting line (if any) and re-enter the sale as often as they like.
Note: The FOPAL Sale Manager will announce when this limit is lifted.
- Adult shoppers may bring in no more than ONE GROCERY-SIZED BAG
or ONE GREEN FOPAL BAG.
- For safety's sake, NO boxes, large backpacks, carriages, or
strollers will be allowed. Bags and other large items must not block
access to shelves - they are a tripping hazard.
- Do not take books away from their sections to review them. If you
remove a book to look at it, please replace it neatly on the shelf.
Covering, hoarding, and/or stashing books are not allowed. Keep your
books with you; abandoned books will be re-shelved.
- Avoid crowding, pushing, verbal disagreements, and aggressive
interactions with other shoppers, staff, or volunteers.
- SCANNER/CELL PHONE USAGE- some customers have voiced their
concerns about the use of scanners. Although some book sales do not
permit their use, FOPAL permits them with the expectation that all
customers will act in a manner that is respectful to other patrons,
volunteers, and staff. If you are using a dedicated scanner, please
be mindful of the area and other customers around you. If you are
not using a scanner, please keep in mind that those who do are also
Our goal is to make our book sales as pleasant and rewarding as
possible, for as many customers as possible. We are grateful for the
support of most of our shoppers in honoring these rules. We ask for
the commitment of our "business clients" in considering the rights of
all of our customers and observing our rules.
Many thanks to all of 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.
What's special for May 2018
Our moms are often the first people to teach us how to read and our
first "librarians". That's why FOPAL loves moms and we love
celebrating all of the wonderful moms in our lives on Mother's Day.
Every year, millions of us purchase a bouquet of flowers to honor
the mothers in our lives. This year, why not celebrate her with a
bouquet of books? FOPAL has everything you need for your
personalized arrangements. Check out or Saturday Ephemera
area for a basket, bowl, or tin then fills it to the brim with
In our "specials area" look for a huge selection of History
books about China. History section managers Suzanne Little &
Irina Cross have been waiting for the chance to feature a special
collection of History books about China. Chinese history buffs or
wannabe historians are going to want to check this out.
The Travel Narratives section is busting with terrific donations.
Look for an impressive selection of Antique Travel books left over
from the April sale donated from a personal collection filling the
The Computer section received dozens of books and software
this month. Come check out the selection of books in the Main room
and software located in the Bargain room/H2. The Puzzles & Games
volunteers said this month "it feels like we're also holding a garage
sale!" And, if that's not enough to entice you the majority of the
donation in this area can be purchased in the Bargain Room/H2. Art
continues to offer amazing books in every subsection, history, fine
art, studio art...our Art loving donors were generous again this May.
"Today as China becomes ever more important in world affairs how much
do you know about the country with the largest population in the world
and one of the oldest civilizations? Our History section is
here to help you learn more. We have a wonderful special on China this
month. Most of the books are from the collection of a recently
deceased Stanford Professor and Director of International Relations
programs. His primary field of concentration was China. Part of his
collection is being offered this month and more of the collection
will come in future sales. This month we added books about Chinese art
to the display as well. This special is located in two bookcases on
your immediate right as you enter the sale room. There are additional
books on China in the Asia division of the History section."
-Suzanne Little and Irina Cross
"There are always many books on great artists representing various
eras and cultures. This month we received unique books representing
American trends during the past century. The books include copies of
original works through posters, calendars, ads, murals and comics.
Books include Pulp Art, Art of the Calendar, Posters
American Style, All American Ads of the 40s, At work:
The Art of California Labor, American Motel, Peter Arno,
Classic Pin-up Art of Jack Cole, and Depression Modern: The
Thirties style in America.
"Finally, take a look our collectible art books of high value made
available at the monthly art sales." -Andrea Lozano
"An interesting new arrival in May is the box case Compact Edition of
the Oxford English Dictionary reproduced micrographically into two
volumes for $15. The type is so small that the box has a small drawer
and its own magnifying glass. Other titles are the rarely seen
complete 54-volume set Great Books of the Western World, 1952
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. There are
some very good candidates for book arts this month.
"Don’t forget, a set only counts as 1 book when you are buying within
the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"Bookending our top shelf of new arrivals we have two American
geniuses with four books by Mark Twain and three books by Charles
Addams, which is not to disparage the books in between such as five
books from the New Yorker Cartoon series, as well as cartoons
by Webster and Silberstein. In terms of British humor we have some of
the best representations from the last several decades including
Puckoon, The Goon Show, Monty Python,
Fawlty Towers and Jimmy Nail and for those of you
who are into the classics we have 14 books by the incomparable P. G.
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
"There are some unusual formats in Curious Books this month. You
will find three pop-up books, two of which are very large: The Pop
Up Book of Phobias and America the Beautiful. One is very small:
Tiny Kittens. There is also a unique Stereoscope book called
Minnesota in 3-D.
"Other wonderful titles include: Achilles Talon et Le Coquin de Sort,
Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel by David Sedaris, My Favorite Things by Maira
Kalman, 101 Reasons Why a Cat is Better Than a Man, Grumpy Cat,
Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female, Hi-Fi
and Hi-Balls: The Golden Age of the American Bachelor-1950-1960,
The Bodacious Book of Succulence by Sark, Lang's Compendium of
Culinary Nonsense & Trivia and Eats, Shoots & Leaves."
"Lots of books especially on WW 2...how it was experienced from
different parts of the world. Also check out thrillers and sea
stories in our section." -Marian Urman
"School will be out very soon, and the Children's Room is the place to
find great reading for the summer! Our school-age fiction section has
loads of books for teens, in addition to Harry Potters and several
American Girl book sets, all like new. We have books for younger
readers, too: Geronimo Stilton, Magic Tree House, etc. The picture
book section offers beautiful giftable hardbacks and several
elaborately engineered pop-up books that will engage children's
imagination. Under the windows there’s an abundance of colorful board
books for the youngest "readers." Activities has math books and
workbooks too, and some great science kits. Non-fiction offers many
fascinating biographies this month, for example, Iditarod Dream;
Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom; Nobody Owns the Sky;
The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer; and My Brother Martin: A
Sister Remembers. Look for several brand new copies of Star Wars:
Incredible Cross-Sections. And of course, our books, puzzles, and
games are always affordable. Come and shop!" -Carolyn Davidson
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg
After years of resisting, elderly Elaine Greenstein finally decides to
move to a retirement home. Packing her bags, she stumbles upon a clue
to the whereabouts of her twin sister Barbara, who had disappeared at
the age of 18. Plunged back into the past, Elaine recounts the
travails of her family's immigration, the heartaches of her teenage
years, and the Depression and War that loomed in the midst of her
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Street urchin and tosher boy Dodger acted on keen instinct when he
saved a battered young woman from her assaulters on a stormy night.
Yet this single act of decency will cost him his anonymity and
immunity as he is caught in the midst of a violent political scheme,
which bears great danger and thrilling adventure. Can he gather his
wits and survive?
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Following a violent coup incited by her murderous aunt Redd, Princess
Alyss and her bodyguard desert a chaotic Wonderland through the Pool
of Tears. But amidst the chaos they are separated, and Alyss finds
herself lost and stranded in the Victorian London. Thirteen fateful
years passed as royal escort Hatter Madigan searched in vain for
Alyss. But alas, he has a promising lead. Stumbling across a novel
depicting Alyss' tumultuous past, Hatter must track down the aspiring
author whom the princess had befriended and, upon doing so, disclosed
her ambient tale -- Lewis Carroll.
"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.
"We have received a lot of great donations this month. There are
several interesting titles in the categories of westerns, horror, film
noir, analysis and criticism, and directors. Several of these we
haven't seen before.
"Featured titles include Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!, and
two by David Thomson, The Big Screen and The New
Biographical Dictionary of Film.
"In the section you will find (roughly from left to right as you face
the African Queen): a small bookcase with modern culture, film writing,
craft and movie business, TV, and guides; a tall bookcase with radio,
'films of' books, signed books, large format, foreign film, Hollywood
and film history, film commentary and theory, director's corner,
choice biographies/memoirs; a smaller bookcase with paperbacks, film
tie-ins and scripts, and media and media studies." -Dick Grote
"New arrivals in May include the two volume set, The Theory of
Communicative Action by Habermas, The Stone Reader by
Catapano, The Philosophy Gym by Law, The Logic of Perception
by Roberts, and My Age of Anxiety by Stossel. We also have a
very unusual offering at $10, seven volumes of Histoire de la
Philosophie in French." -Nigel Jones
"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 - The Historical Performance of Music: An
Introduction; 88 Keys - The Making of a Steinway Piano; How
the Fender Bass Changed the World; The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues
for Keyboard, 1715-1750; Guitar: An American Life;
All Ages: The Rise and Fall of Portland Punk Rock; On the
Sensations of Tone; Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"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 - Kosher Jesus; Yiddishland; Biblical Literacy
by Telushkin; Maimonides: The Life and World of One of
Civilization's Greatest Minds; Eros and the Jews: From Biblical
Israel to Contemporary America; Black Bread: Poems, After the
Holocaust; Maus; The Woman Who Laughed at God;
Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish
"The Modern Literature section has shelves for Judaica Fiction.
Books in Hebrew with no English translation will be found in European
Languages." -Charlotte Epstein
"Do you want to plan something special for Mother's Day Sunday, May
13? Looking for some free outdoor activities? Go to BayNature.org
for the latest docent led hikes and then visit the Nature
section for a wildflower, native plant and/or bird guide to take with
you. Featured in the 'Just In' section this month: Goat Story,
Climate of Hope, Rightful Heritage, Of a Feather, Birds Art Life,
Two in the Far North, and many more. The Nature Writers, Animal
Stories and Climate/Ecology sections are packed with new titles
this month as well. Come and browse!" -Karen D.
"Lots of books in French, including Mitsou, histoire d'un chat
(Rilke/Balthus). Lots of Hebrew CDs." -Susan Strain