USED BOOK SALES
Saturday November 10
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent & Art Sales 9am - 4pm
Sunday November 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN NOVEMBER
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 November and December
All library locations will be closed on Sunday, 11 November, and
Monday, 12 November for the Veteran's Day holiday. Regular hours will
resume on Tuesday, 13 November.
All library locations will close at 6pm on Wednesday, 21 November and
remain closed through Friday, 23 November for the Thanksgiving
holiday. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, 24 November.
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.
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.
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 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.
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale
A super big FUN 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. Members enjoy a less crowded
Main Room and get the first crack at FOPAL's wonderful collection
Saturday, December 8th - 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!
November 10th: FOPAL Sale & CASP Open Studios
One great location: the Cubberley Community Center! Two great
events.... November 10th, FOPAL and Cubberley Artist Studio
Program (CASP) come together to offer bibliophiles and art
connoisseurs an opportunity to shop/buy FOPAL's art books, framed
art...then attend CASP's Meet the Artists Event and Open Studios!
Look for more details in FOPAL's November Sale newsletter and on
FOPAL's Facebook page. Please "like" and "follow" us when you
visit. General info; CASP Open Studios - Wings E, F and U, Artist
Presentations 1:00pm–2:00pm, Room H1. Watch fast-paced presentations
from all the artists; hear about their work and workshops. Open
Studios 1:00pm-4:00pm. Join the artists in their studios for
workshops, art, and refreshments.
FOPAL Closings for November
In observance of Thanksgiving FOPAL will be closed for donations
November 24th and 25th.
Fine Art- December sale offering
Did you know FOPAL receives special art pieces each month? Look for a
figurative lithograph for sale in December. Pier 39 by Herman
Roderick Volz; this print is numbered 15 of 155. Also being offered in
December a small collection of oils by California artist Elsie Lower
Pomeroy. Although not as well-known as her male contemporaries, her
work exemplifies the California Scene Painting movement from the
"Alert: The holidays are just around the corner! Thanksgiving is
November 22, and we have many Thanksgiving books, most for 50 cents.
Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 2, and we're ready with boxes of
giftable Hanukkah books, most priced at 50 cents. Also, this month we
offer an abundant selection of beautifully illustrated, gift-worthy
Christmas books and holiday DVDs and CDs, all priced to sell. (Come
to our December sale for even more.) There are a number of other
giftable items, including many brand-new packs of small notebooks,
each with a decorative cover--great stocking stuffers. In the
School-Age Fiction corner, look for giftable recent Rick Riordan
books, and early Harry Potter books for readers just beginning the
Potter saga. Also lots of the most popular chapter book series, like
Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Junie B. Jones."
Vintage Children's Books
"There are lots of interesting picture books for younger ones as well
as shelves of novels for those a little older."
-Nancy Mahoney Cohen
With Nancy's assistance we have some shelf preview photos for the
Vintage Children's Books special.
Teen Reviews by Jeff Wang
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a post-apocalyptic city, there are five factions -- each
characterized by a specific attribute. The Abnegation values
selflessness, the Candor honesty, the Amity peacefulness, the
Dauntless bravery, and the Erudite intelligence. On a teenager's
sixteenth birthday, they attend a choosing ceremony to determine
which faction they will belong to for the rest of their lives, or
suffer the poverty of being factionless. However, Beatrice Prior
of Abnegation receives a shocking result for her aptitude test:
she was divergent, or displayed signs of three different factions --
Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. What future will she choose?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
After surviving the Hunger Games, Katniss finds out that her actions
taken during the games sparked a spirit of rebellion among the
districts. President Snow, the leader of the capitol, now wants her to
tour the country and that her actions were out of love for Peeta, and
not an act of resistance. But as the Victors toured the country, the
situation became worse, and fighting has broken out between some of
the districts and the Capitol. Now as the 75th hunger games begins, a
special twist is implemented—a Female and Male victor from previous
years were to compete in another hunger games, and as Katniss was the
only female from District 12 to ever survive, she is picked again.
Will she be able to survive another hunger games?
City of Ember: Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
As the months pass by, peace has settled between the Emberites and the
People of Sparks, and they lived in both unity and harmony. One day
however, Lina and Doon acquired a incomplete book titled "For the
People of Ember" by trading with a merchant. Unable to decipher the
book's message, they decide to head back to the now-dark City of Ember
to find out. When they get there, however, they found something left
behind by the Builders of the city that would not only change the
lives of the Emberites, but also the very world they live in.
"Without a doubt, November is British humour month! We have 25 books
by P. G. Wodehouse including six anthologies, along with Monty Python,
Spike Milligan, and Jerome K. Jerome. Then with one foot in the UK and
one in the US we have Laurel and Hardy which leads us to Billy
Crystal, Peanuts, two versions of the New Yorker Complete Cartoons
and the master, Charles Addams. However, book, or box, of the month,
and not seen before, is Edward Gorey's astonishing Dracula, A Toy
Theatre which ran on Broadway for 925 performances."
"New arrivals for Sets in November include six volumes from
the 1837 series The Pictorial History of England, $5 each.
They are worthy of attention because, although they are showing their
age, each is illustrated with hundreds of woodcuts. Reduced for
November is the 15-volume numbered set, 1001 Nights, 1901 to $30,
and the 10-volume set The Works of Flaubert, 1910, to $20. From now
on there will also be a section specifically for books published
before 1900. 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 only counts as one book when you are buying
within the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"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.
"This month we received a large donation of large format (aka coffee
table) books which are very nice. Included are Charlie Chaplin Photo
Album and Film Posters of the 60s (in case you weren't there or
missed it for some reason). We also have a large selection of "films
by" books. Want to know about every movie Bogie made, come and find
"In the film criticism area, there are several Cinema Journals.
"We have several books on grand old movie theatres.
"Finally, check out the signed books. Included are books signed by
Leonard Maltin, Alan Alda, and Marlee Matlin.
"Books are arranged:
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
"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 - Capturing Nureyev: James Wyeth Paints the Dancer;
The Grand Ole Opry History of Country Music; Two by Two: Tango,
Two-Step, and the L.A. Night; The Cello Suites; Stradivari's
Genius; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude Ma Rainey, Bessie
Smith, and Billie Holiday; Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of
Elvis Costello; The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy;
Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus.
"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 - Our Father Our King: Drawings by Saul Raskin;
Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof;
Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel; If All the
Seas were Ink; Rescue: The Exodus of the Ethiopian Jews;
Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad; Voyage of
"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."
"Several new better books such as Royal's Dante Alighieri
(Divine Comedy and divine spirituality); Barth's Church Dogmatics I.1
2010; large format Popes through the Ages; Metz & Moltmann,
Faith and the Future; Losskey, The Mystical Theology of the
Eastern Church and Augustine, The City of God Against the
Pagans." -Nancy Mahoney Cohen
"New arrivals for November include: The New History of Western Philosophy,
The Restless Mind - de Tocqueville, Humanistic Geography by
Tuan, and the five-volume Later Works of Dewey. Unusually we have
received books signed by the following authors: Jacques Derrida,
Konrad Lorenz, Maria Petrosyan and one signed and inscribed from Fred
Suppe to Pat Suppes. We also have 6 books on various aspects of Asian
philosophy." -Nigel Jones
"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.
如《东周列国志》《儿女英雄传》《真本金瓶梅》等。" -Haiyan Chen
"Lots of books by Alan Furst; spy stories" -Marian Urman
"We got several boxes of books about the Castro regime, in Spanish,
probably from the Hoover Institution." -Susan Strain
"The Military History section is once again brimming full of
uncommon items: WW I, WW II, Vietnam and our wars in the Middle East.
There are many biographies and memoirs of the key players! We have an
unusual amount of books on the American Civil War, many of which are
vintage and collectible! Also for sale are scarce WW II metal
'recognition models' made exclusively for the U.S. military under
contract with Authenticast Comet Metal Products Company. These are
little pieces of history, ships and tanks, priced to sell! There are
also some Dinky Toy Aircraft! Look for them at the outside Ephemera
sale table adjacent to the cashier." -Rommel Struckus
"The Postcard Corner is once again brimming full of cards;
500 new cards have recently been donated and are standard size
chromes, but many earlier postcards are linen ones. All are
ridiculously priced at only twenty five cents each! The Postcard
section is located right by the exit door - check it out! Just a
reminder, we also are grateful for your postcard donations."