USED BOOK SALES
Saturday October 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 October 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN OCTOBER
Holidays / Fall
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 October and November
Children's Library, College Terrace, and Downtown Library will be
closed all day on Monday 15 October for annual pest inspection.
Rinconada Library will be closed all day on Friday 19 October for
annual pest inspection.
Mitchell Park Library will be closed all day on Friday 26 October for
annual pest inspection.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What's Special for October 2018?
Donation volume has been steady, and we want to send out a big thank
you to all who have donated material for our sales as well as a big
THANK YOU to FOPAL's Donation Pick-up team! Many sections have a
backlog and as a result, we expect to have strong sales all through
the winter months. Speaking of which, you'll find Fall and Winter
Holiday books, music, and more in the bookcases just outside the
sorting/donation room (opposite Travel). We will restock this
area with new material through December. Science Fiction has a
larger than usual selection of books, manga and graphic novels, much
of it from an estate donation. Look for a Signed Book Special
curated by several section managers this month as well. This
collection can be found in the specials bay near the cashier line.
After several plentiful months, the Mystery section again has
a number of 2017 & 2018 titles choose from. A large donation of
Religion books came in this month, many made the shelves but
don't forget to check the Bargain Room. With several local
churches clearing their library shelves FOPAL is the lucky recipient
of dozens of titles priced to sell. These are just a few highlights;
the shelves are full!
Science Fiction and Fantasy
"In Science Fiction and Fantasy this month we have a nice selection
of books from Gnome Press and other specialty SF publishers. Also from
the 1950s and early 1960s a good selection of the best magazines: of
the era: Astounding, Analog, and Galaxy, starting with the very
first issue of Galaxy." -Rich McAllister
"Lots of books especially on Ancient Rome, the Civil War, and lots of
historical thrillers and sea stories." -Marian Urman
"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
"We have a lot of books this month in all categories but Hollywood and
Film History, Film Analysis, Media, and biographies are especially
full. There are several titles which we don't often see.
"Featured titles include:
With Love by Maurice Chevalier
Actors Work by Konstantin Staneslavski
Tom et Jerry by Patrick Brion
Guild to the Talkies Vol 1 & 2 by Dummlet
Collected Works of Samuel Beckett Film
Two books on the Audrey Hepburn style
"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
"October means Halloween, and we're well stocked, from board books for
small ghosts, to haunting picture books, to frightful novels for early
teens. Many are only 50 cents; check the display just to the right
inside the door. Our school-age fiction section has lots of Harry
Potter books, if wizardry is your thing. (And Newbery winners, and
Magic Tree House books too.)
"The Collectibles Corner is particularly well stocked and appealing
this month, as are the red carts.
"Beginning readers will find our shelves full of leveled books. Fans
of graphic novels will have lots to choose from. And our DVD case is
overflowing. Don't miss our sale!" -Carolyn Davidson
Teen Reviews by Jeff Wang
City of Ember Series: The People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau
After discovering the secret passage out of the City of Ember, Lina
and Doon discovers the outside world: a world of light. The people of
the flickering city thus emerged from the ground the first time, and
was able to see the stars above. But without resources, the Emberites
are unable to survive for long: until they found village of sparks.
Here, the Emberites were allowed to live peacefully with the locals.
However, before long, conflict ensued between the two groups, and a
mysterious person is targeting the people of Ember. Will the two
people from completely different worlds be able to live in harmony?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
After a devastating nuclear war that wiped out most of humanity, the
only surviving nation is Panem, consisting of a capitol and thirteen
different districts located in what remained of North America.
However, a civil war began between the totalitarian Capitol and the
districts, and resulted in the Victory of the Capitol and the
destruction of district thirteen. As a punishment for rebellion, the
Capitol created the hunger games; each year, two “tributes”, a boy
and a girl between the ages of 12-18, are chosen from each of the
districts to participate in a fight to the death. This year, Katniss
Everdeen's sister, Primrose, is chosen, but Katniss volunteers in her
stead. Will she be able to survive the Hunger Games?
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Battle of the Labyrinth
by Rick Riordan
As a new year at Camp Half-Blood starts, all seemed well: until Percy
and Annabeth accidentally discover an entrance to the labyrinth, a
constantly expanding maze network created two millenniums ago by the
inventor Daedalus. Due to the maze possibly serving as a invasion
route for Luke, who would do anything to destroy the place he
belonged to, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson are sent on a quest
to convince Daedalus to not give the key to the secret of the Maze,
Ariadne's String, to Luke. But on their journey, they will discover a
much more sinister plot...
"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 - What Music Means to Me; The Opera According to
Bartalini; African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston;
The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination;
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir; Pastures of Plenty:
A Self-Portrait; Bernie Taupin: The One Who Writes The Words For
Elton John; Eddie Condon's Scrapbook of Jazz; and Lynyrd Skynyrd:
Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"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.
室外的红书架上也有不少中文书。" -Haiyan Chen
"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 - They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies
Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany; 2 volume set of Women in the
Holocaust, by Jehoshua Eibeshitz and Anna Eilenberg-Eibeshitz;
The Boys by Martin Gilbert; Listen to Her Voice: Women of the
Hebrew Bible; Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language
and Culture; Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People; Our
City: The Jews of San Francisco.
"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."
Classics and Modern Literature
"Classics: Many new slipcase books. Also, Lots! of nice nice
classic Reader's Digest books, priced at $2.00 each.
"Dickens set, now being sold individuallly, each volume is priced at
"Two newly represented Nobel authors are represented on the Nobel
shelves (top two shelves on the North end of the Modern Section):
Elfriede Jelinek, 2004 Nobel author from Austria, and her book The
Piano Teacher; and Jean-Marie Gustave LeClezio, 2008 Nobel Author
from France, whose books I don't recollect just now.
"Modern Literature: Any Albert J. Gerard enthusiasts out there? We got
a fairly large donation of his books. We have The Exiles,
The Past Must Alter, The Hunted, and Night Journey.
Check the bottom shelf of the 'G' section.
"Others authors shelved on the bottom shelves are: Durrell under 'D',
Kafka 'K', McMurtry 'M', Nabokov 'N', Laurens van der Post and
Vonnegut under 'V'." -Laverne Hornschlegel and Julie Avelino
"Some featured books this month are: Life Planning for You,
Designing your Life, The User Illusion, Molecules of Emotion,
12 Rules for Life, Achievement Habit, Tribe of Mentors, Big
Potential, Universal Traveler, A Fearless Heart, and I'm Not
Sick. Look for some excellent, newly arrived books in the
following sub-sections: Enneagram, Career, Parenting Teens. All books
are priced well below (at least 50% off) internet used book prices;
MANY 1 and 2 dollar bargains! Browse and Enjoy, Marnie"
"We received a wonderful assortment of books on each art category.
For example, we have some great books on sculpture; African Arts;
Chinese Art; Impressionism; Drawing & Painting How to books.
Currently, we have a large collection of Architectural books on
"We also received a very large assortment of Art Gallery Exhibition
brochures on individual artists. Many of the gallery brochures are
collectible and vary in prices. Just another way of learning about
the new artists in the last decade.
"As a final note, take a look at the print portfolios section with
examples of how the same prints can look framed. The art section has
provided some bundles of framed art and portfolios with additional
prints." -Andrea Lozano
"The Military History section is brimming over with recently
donated collections: WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam and our wars in the
Middle East. Included are many biographies of the Nazi leaders from
Hitler to Himmler, great military strategist Rommel, Patton and the
Pacific Theater Admirals. There are many books of specialized or niche
interest e.g. the rescue of Mussolini by Hitler's top operative Otto
Skorzeny and the exploits of the famed Flying Tigers! All at sinfully
low prices - don't miss out!" -Rommel Struckus