USED BOOK SALES
Saturday August 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 August 11
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN AUGUST
Military History/WW II
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 August and September
All library locations will be closed on Monday, 2 September for the
Labor Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 3 September
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.
What's special for August
A big THANK YOU to all! Donations continue to pour in. The Main
Room is full once again with great books.... As usual, the Art
section has an amazing selection of books on all things art-related as
well as architecture. The Nature section is offering a nice
collection of guide books for hiking; identifying flora & fauna,
birds...covering most areas in California.... The Military History
section is carrying over its WWII special for one more month only!
This collection from a single donor is displayed just a few steps from
the entry door on the right specials wall. Look for the huge number of
Framed Art pieces that arrived this month, most of them will be
for sale outside displayed on FOPAL's gallery wall (along the fences
next to the Main Room), and some smaller nice pieces found in the
Art section’s print area in the Main Room all at terrific
prices.... Those who like collecting ceramic figurines will flip over
the bevy of pieces FOPAL received last month. Check out the special
tables of dozens of 1940s ceramics including Shawnee Pottery,
Weil Ware/Pottery and Pretty Girl pieces from ceramics
firms like Yona Ceramics, Yenz Ceramics, deLee Art, and
Florence Ceramics Company to name several. Each unique piece
from an antique dealer's donation is priced starting at $1 and up!
This sale offers a wonderful opportunity for a new collector to start
a collection, or add to their existing treasures.
Special ceramics sale on Saturday
"Saturday ONLY! World War II and 1950s Ceramic Figurines in Beautiful
"A generous donor gifted FOPAL with a large collection of unique
ceramic figurines made in the USA during the war years 1941-1945, as
well as dozens more (including lusterware) made from 1947-1952 and
imported from Occupied Japan. You'll also find well-known and highly
collectable mid-century modern ceramics by Yona, deLee, Hedi Schoop,
Shawnee, Royal Copley, Weil Ware, Hangar as well as carnival chalkware
animals given as prizes during the war. A treasure trove!
"These items are close to 80 years old, yet the condition is
outstanding, the colors vibrant. During WW2 in America many of these
figurines were designed and created by women, as so many men were at
war. Among other items, our donor collected small planters and bud
vases that were popular in the 1940s, in the form of shepherd girls,
colonial figures, dogs, birds and baby shoes. Everything is priced to
sell, and make perfect shower, baby, hostess gifts, or maybe the start
of a colorful collection from a memorable era, at a bargain price."
"Books in the Computer section have been grouped in interest
areas, so if you are interested in graphics, networking, hardware
design or other specialties you can find relevant books quickly.
The Opinions & History shelf has non-technical books about the
industry, and just below are books about Management and e-Commerce.
For programmers, August brings a special section of books on Perl.
(Major nerd points if you know what designer Larry Wall said Perl
stood for!)" -David Cortesi
High Value Books and Collectibles
"FOPAL sells its highest value books online but we now have selected
high value books at our monthly sales to give our patrons an
opportunity to buy them, as well as rarities and unusual collectibles.
"This month, for the first time, we are also offering books that
usually only go to our auction house partner. The high value auction
books include: in very good condition, The Correspondence of Burke,
four volumes, 1844, $115; in good condition, The Memoirs of Napoleon,
four volumes, 1836, $175; The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, 1925,
20 volumes, $160; and Thoreau's classic Walking, 1914, $40.
"Other high value books include Henry Miller's trilogy, The Black Spring,
$40; and the 20th anniversary edition of Patricia Nell Warren's classic,
Front Runner, inscribed, $15." -Nigel Jones
"We received 3-4 shelves' worth of very nice books in Spanish,
including almost 30 novels published by Alfaguara. We also received
lots of boxes of fairly recent paperbacks in German and Dutch, mostly
fiction, almost all in very nice condition. Some of the Dutch
cookbooks have luscious cover pictures and should not be viewed when
hungry." -Susan Strain
"It's the last sale before school starts, and the room is bursting
with great buys. All single DVDs are reduced to $1 and the selection
is outstanding. The Picture Book section boasts some amazing pop-up
books sure to please. There are four boxes of books in Hebrew, most
like new. In School-Age Fiction we're loaded with early chapter
books for young readers: Geronimo Stilton, Thea Stilton, Magic Tree
House, and others. Use those Summer Reading coupons! There are CD
sets of almost all the Harry Potter stories, perfect for listening
on the way to soccer tournaments and symphony rehearsals.
"On our Graphic Novels shelves are more TinTin books than we've ever
had at one time. In the Activities section you'll find loads of math
and science books, perfect for reviewing those subjects. Two bins are
full of beautifully illustrated cookbooks to inspire young chefs and
their parents. You'll find a modern dollhouse with furniture, and a
box full of PLAN Toys dollhouse furniture, all in excellent condition.
Several large trucks await new owners, and last but certainly not
least, there's a Lionel electric train set of Thomas the Tank Engine,
in its box." -Carolyn Davidson
Vintage Children's Books
"Several volumes are available by authors such as Leo Edwards with the
Jerry Todd series, Laura Lee Hope with Bobbsey Twins, Louisa May
Alcott with Little Women, etc. also see the Travel and
Adventure Series, Mark Twain The War Prayer with drawings by
John Groth and a Peanuts Treasury.
"For younger tots there is a Land, Sea and Air pop-up book,
and Lois Lenski's The Little Auto." -Nancy Cohen
"August is definitely cartoon month. For the first time, we have the
mammoth and excellent two volume box set The New Yorker Encyclopedia
of Cartoons in first class condition, for $25. This is not to be
confused with The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker which we
also have, plus five other books in the series and The Smithsonian
Collection of Newspaper Cartoons. As if this is not enough we also
have five books by perhaps the greatest of cartoonists, Charles
Addams, one of which is a new anthology.
"In fiction, we have six books by Wodehouse including for the first
time the fascinating book Wodehouse at War, an apologia for
his very ill advised Berlin broadcasts.
"As ever in the Bargain Room there is an excellent selection of
additional humor and cartoon books." -Nigel Jones
"Scripture shelves are full e.g.,
Howard Vos, New Illustrated Bible Manners and Customs,
Bart Ehrman's Great Courses audio, Religion
Amy-Jill Levine's Great Courses audio, Great Figures of the Old and
New Testaments, 2 parts
Bates, Bible Designed to be Read as Living Literature.
"And in Christianity:
John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
William Placher's Callings
Erickson's Christian Theology
Ischei's History of Christianity in Africa" -Nancy Cohen
"We have received some new and high value philosophy books this month.
As examples: Garf's recent and highly regarded biography of
Kierkegaard, $15; Taylor's Source of the Self, $28; the
biography of David Lubin, $10; and Frankish's Mind and Supermind, $15.
"Other titles include Interpreting Davidson, What is Life?,
Stolen Legacy, Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and
Goethe, and a signed copy of Singer's Ethics." -Nigel Jones
Sets and Antiquarian Books
"The main addition in August is a very good set of Scott's The
Waverley Novels, volumes 1 to 24, 1885 for $45.
"We still have a large collection of pre-1900 books. Whether it's the
pleasure of owning a vintage book and reading it or appreciating the
art of the book in terms of its cover design and illustrations they
are a wonderful addition to your library.
"Don't forget, a set only counts as 1 book when you are buying within
the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"We received 13 brand new copies (with 12 still in sealed plastic
wrappers) of Kaleidoscope, an interesting and colorful book
of world travel by Virginia Ramsey Brunner during 1970 through 1996.
The lowest used price on the Internet is $12.00 and FOPAL is offering
them for $6.00 each." -James Sutherland