USED BOOK SALES
Saturday December 14
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm*
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Vinyl Sale (M3) 10am - 4pm
Tent & Art Sales* 9am - 4pm*
Sunday December 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN DECEMBER
Ephemera & Collectibles
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 NET 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.
NO NUMBERS WILL BE ISSUED FOR NON-MEMBERS FOR THIS SALE ONLY. IF YOU
ARE NOT A FOPAL MEMBER SIMPLY SHOW UP AT 11AM.
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 December and January
Children's Library, College Terrace Library, and Downtown Library
will be closed all day Tuesday, 24 December; and they will remain
closed through Wednesday, 01 January 2020.
All library locations will close at 5pm on Tuesday, 24 December,
and remain closed through Wednesday, 25 December.
Mitchell Park Library and Rinconada Library will be open as usual
Thursday, 26 December through Tuesday, 31 December.
All library locations will be closed all day Wednesday, 01
January 2020. They will all reopen Thursday, 02 January 2020.
All library locations will be closed all day Monday, 20 January
2020, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. They will all
reopen Tuesday, 21 January 2020.
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.
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.
- Starting on the Friday before our sale, please hold donations
until after our Saturday and Sunday sale days.
- Books brought in before the sale may not make it onto the
shelves that month. (If you wish to see them on display, plan
- 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 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.
December 2019 sales notes
December is a time for giving and receiving, here at FOPAL are giving
our members another Members' Early Sale. All FOPAL paid members will
receive earlier than the normal 11am entrance time. Because of this
the usual Main Room entry procedure is changed. See the section below
pertaining to the Members' Early Sale.
Christmas is around the corner and we've got plenty of Christmas
books, DVDs, CDs and more. Look for the Winter Holidays display
just a few steps from the entry door on the right wall.... Our
Sports & Transportation section manager is featuring a
special all transportation related. Look for these gift-able books on
the end cap across from Art/Architecture and near head of the
check-out line. The outside Ephemera sale has been completely
restocked with new donations and will contain a large selection of
previously offered High-Value Ephemera and Collectables now priced half
off! The Curious Books section has had a strong month of new
donations and will also feature several lovely High-Value figurines
Check out- FOPAL & KFJC 89.7FM, Pop-Up Presents- Vinyl Collectors
Record Sale, one day only special event 12/14, 10am-4pm in room M3!
Look for 100s of groovy vinyl offerings including, classical, jazz,
rock, new wave, funk, soul, reggae, holiday and other genres, bargains
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale
A fun and fabulous FOPAL Members' Early Sale is scheduled for
Saturday, December 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.
Life Members Enter at 9am
At our Members' Early Sale, Life Members and Sponsors (each with up to
one spouse or guest) may enter at 9am and can purchase up to 100 books
per membership from 9am to 10am. Each (Life or Sponsor) member must
give the one Purchase Slip per membership to the cashier before 10am
in order to purchase up to 100 books. If a Life Member exits without
purchasing all 100 books, he/she may take the Purchase Slip and
reenter to fill out the 100 books as long as they are purchased by
Other Members Enter at 10am
Members at all other levels can enter the sale at 10am, and purchase
up to 25 items per membership except Family Members may purchase up to
25 items for each of two adult members at a time. All members may
enter with their families, including one accompanying adult and
At 11am, non-members are admitted. The limit on purchasing 25 books at
a time lasts until there is no longer a line waiting to enter. New
memberships can be purchased and expired memberships can be renewed
beginning at 8am.
Ticket Handout Procedure
At our usual sale, tickets for early arrivers are given out to
everyone starting at 8am for a line that forms later for entry at
At the Members' Early Sale, tickets are given only to members of
FOPAL and are for two lines: one for entry at 9am, one for entry at
10am. Each member will get just one ticket, although Life & Sponsor
Members may bring one guest between 9am and 10am and other Members
may bring in their families, consisting of one other adult and minor
children, beginning at 10am.
We do encourage members to bring Membership Cards even if expired;
they do help the ticketing move more quickly. New memberships can be
purchased and expired memberships can be renewed beginning at 8am.
At the Members' Early Sale, there are no tickets for the 11am general
entry, because most people who come early are members of FOPAL and so
there’s a greatly reduced line for the 11am general entry.
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or join
now at www.fopal.org/join!
And, for members a special treat, artisan roasted coffee will be
offered again by long-time volunteer and coffee connoisseur Dean
Ujihara. Here's a list of the coffee he will likely roast for this
Saturday's sale. They all come from Sweet Maria's:
Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Shakiso Hambela Dabaye
Fruit flavors are juicy and clean, strawberry jam and berry-like
brightness illuminate the cup, hints of sweet citrus, peach puree
and tart acidic impression.
Kenya Kiambu Fram Farm AB
Citric brightness and mild berry tones, puckering lemon and orange
citrus flavors, dried green apple, brown sugar cookies, and aromatic
wood finishing note.
Sweet Maria's Moka Kadir Blend
Rich chocolate flavors, fruited notes of slab apricot and plum, and
finishing notes are leathery, herbal, fruited, and of course
Papua New Guinea Kainantu Sero
Sweet, clean PNG. Syrupy sweet, bubblegum accent, Botan rice candy,
orange marmalade aroma, and mild, black tea-like acidity.
Peru Las Parias SWP Decaf
Brown sugar and molasses sweetness keep bittering roast/cocoa tones
in near perfect balance.
Big half price Ephemera/Collectable sale- Main Room!
"Did you miss out on our huge Ephemera/Collectable sale last month?
You're in luck! This month we are again offering souvenir dolls,
curiosities, and a large selection of our vintage printed items, all
marked at least 50% off (or much more). They will be part of the
usual Saturday ephemera table sale held outside of the main room,
8am to 3:30pm. These one of a kind items will make perfect inexpensive
stocking stuffers for the hard-to-please on your list.
"On both Saturday and Sunday inside the main room you'll find two big
displays of very unique print items, also priced 50% or less than last
month. One display is next to the Nature section, the other on
the High Value shelves in the middle of the main room.
"On the window shelf in the Curiosities section we are displaying a
few very special gift ideas (for yourself?) at great prices: A highly
collectable signed 'Silver Hand' Alaskan doll with baby, a green glass
foo lion figurine signed and numbered by famous glass artist Heinrich
Wang, a 1960s carved soapstone whale in the 'Inuit style' by
German-Canadian artist Dietrich Muckenhiem signed DIMU, among other
items." -Karen D.
"Lots of books on Civil War, WW2, Alan Furst. Come and look!"
"Historical Fiction is brimming with many recently published books
that let you learn about history in a very enjoyable way. This month
we have an unusually nice selection of books. From thrillers to
romance to war or novels set in your favorite historical era or
geographical location you are sure to find something that you will
enjoy or/and that will make a wonderful gift. (Don't miss our very
extensive selection of the Alan Furst espionage novels this month as
well as an excellent collection of women spy novels.) Sorry Santa,
this month we're into spies!" -The Historical Fiction Team
Vinyl Collectors' Record Sale
"In May for our first go-round we focused on vinyl. This time we will
will have vinyl and those newfangled Compact Disc things. Still no
shellac. Maybe some cassettes. Bargains and rarities, prices start
at $1 and go up from there. Room M3, behind the Cubberley Theatre, on
Saturday December 14 only, 10am to 4pm. All genres: jazz, rock, new
wave, funk, soul, reggae, classical, and very likely some spoken word
"One BIG change from May is that this time we are suspending sales of
records and CDs in the Bargain Room for the month. They WILL
return to the Bargain Room in January." -Frank McConnell
"This is the place to stretch your holiday shopping dollars! You'll
find stocking stuffers and stuffed animals enough to fill a sleigh,
along with loads of graphic novels including Christmas editions of
popular series. Our puzzles and games would make good gifts, too. The
gift books shelves are full of like-new picture books and gorgeous
holiday pop-ups, and in our board books display are many gift-worthy
non-seasonal books for the youngest 'readers,' all priced well below
retail. And just inside our door is an excellent selection of holiday
"Our School-Age Fiction section is now the only place FOPAL offers
Young Adult books (12-18 years). This is the hottest segment of the
publishing industry, and on the table in our section you'll find a
great selection of the hottest authors: Suzanne Collins, Veronica
Roth, James Dasher, Rick Yancey, Margaret Stohl, Maggie Stiefvatter,
John Green, and Angie Thomas. Now that finals are almost over, your
young adult might enjoy reading something just for pleasure!"
Vintage Children's Books
"December is all about the holidays in the vintage section for the
younger set. These books have been saved all year to make a
spectacular Christmas display. In addition, we have a
greater-than-usual collection of Little Golden and Tell-a-Tale books
that are sure to delight any tiny book fancier during the holiday
season. For older readers, our display this month features several
books from the Windemere series - stunning front covers and classic
stories like Black Beauty, Jo's Boys and Treasure Island (among
others). Also, as a holiday feature, we have an early edition of L.
Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Come
check out our entire collection of holiday books and other
collectibles." -Lisa Heitman
Teen Recommendations by Jeff Wang
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot, the world famous Belgian detective, was just preparing
to return to London from Istanbul aboard the Orient Express when
disaster struck the train. A heavy snowstorm had fallen, prevented the
train from moving forward, and amidst the disturbance, a murder had
been committed. An American man was found dead with twelve stab
wounds, and the culprit had to be among the passengers on board.
Luckily, Poirot is there to take up the case while the train remains
impeded, and began his usual investigations: examining evidence,
interviewing suspects, and most importantly, deducing what happened
from the facts. But as Poirot gets closer to solving the case, the
more he has to decide how to deal with the uncomfortable truth....
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit -- people that are around half the height of
a human -- and lives comfortably in his home of Bag End in the Shire,
land of the Hobbits. Distant from the dangers of Middle-Earth, Bilbo
Baggins is content with an ordinary life of smoking his pipe and
drinking tea...until one day the mysterious wizard Gandalf arrives at
Bag End with a group of dwarves. Before he knew it, the untroubled
hobbit suddenly finds himself venturing out into the unknown,
embarking on a quest to reclaim the dwarves' treasure from the dragon
Smaug. The journey could be a fascinating or perilous one, but one
thing is for certain -- it will change Bilbo Baggins's life forever.
Flatland: A romance of many dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
Written in England's Victorian Era, Flatland: A romance of many
dimensions imagines a world of only two dimensions. In this world
of Flatland, the walls of buildings are lines and everyone is made up
of lines. But that's where the comical element of the story stops --
the society of Flatland is a cruel one, marked by divisions among its
inhabitants. The most obvious mistreatment is that of women, who, made
up of only a single line segment, pose a large threat to the
polygonal men through their sharp points which are dangerous and
their pseudo-invisibility if viewed from the wrong angle. The Flatland
society uses this to justify imposing authoritarian rules upon them,
such as constantly having to emit a "peace-cry" in public and having
their every move regulated by strict codes. But that's not the only
division in this society -- the polygonal men are separated into
strict classes based on their shape. Irregular triangles are workers
and soldiers, equilateral triangles are middle class, the
"professional class" are squares and pentagons, and the nobility are
those ranging from hexagons to the circles, priests whose shape is
regarded as "perfect". Just like how it was in our world, the higher
classes prosper as the lower class suffers. But there is one thing
stopping the lower classes from overthrowing this established order:
their offspring's shape can improve with each generation if they
follow the rules. But this rule does not always hold true -- the lower
the class, the harder it is to rise up the social ladder. The story
follows a square in his life not only in flatland, but also in
"pointland" and "spaceland", and through this journey, the author
reveals a biting allegory of Victorian society and the numerous
arbitrary rules imposed upon its members.
"For George Bernard Shaw fans, the Drama book section contains
almost a complete list of books of scripts for his plays. They are in
the lower right corner of the shelf." -Robert Jackson
"We have a lot of nice books again this month. The subsections on
Hollywood and Film History, Film theory & Criticism, and
Director's Corner are particularly interesting. Titles to consider
this month are Hollywood Then and Now, Fay Wray & Robert
Riskin, Classic Hollywood Style, and Hank & Jim about the
relationship between Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. (I've read they
painted model airplanes together late in life to pass time.) Have
fun." -Dick Grote
"As a special for the Members' Early Sale we have pulled humor box
sets from our online high value inventory. These include The Complete
Monty Python, 25 DVDs, Chaplin, 57 classics, 5 DVDs,
Complete Seinfeld, 20 DVDs, three seasons of I Love Lucy,
17 DVDs, and 4 DVDs of Looney Tunes. To complement Monty
Python, we have 5 related books. The book of the month is the first
appearance of the coffee table size 40: Doonesbury Retrospective.
"As ever in the Bargain Room there is an excellent selection of
additional humor and cartoon books." -Nigel Jones
"This month we have received large donations of high quality
philosophy books so our two book cases have new books on all shelves.
We particularly have a big selection of books related to
consciousness, morality and ethics, as well as some very good
reference books. We also have 12 volumes of Paul Strathern's very
popular 90 Minute series ranging from Socrates to Derrida."
"The Computers section is even more blessed with COMPILER books than
last month. If you want to write a compiler, or debug one, or just
understand them, we have a variety of books on compiler theory. Look
also for two books to help you prep for a programmer job interview."
"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 - George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (with CD);
Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day; A
Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Emigres and Exiles in Southern
California; Making and Playing Musical Instruments;
Barred for Life: How Black Flag's Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock's
Secret Handshake; How Music Got Free; 50 Years of the
Gibson Les Paul; Under a Hoodoo Moon: The Life of the Night
"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
including editions of the Torah, Kabbalah, Jewish history, the
Holocaust, memoirs, Israel, Jewish Women, the Jewish American
Experience and other related subjects.
"New this month - Cadaverland: Inventing a Pathology of Catastrophe
for Holocaust Survival; In Fitting Memory: The Art and Politics
of Holocaust Memorials; Anne Frank's Family: The Extraordinary Story
of Where She Came From; Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the
Twentieth Century; The Book of Klezmer: The History, the Music, the
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." -Charlotte
"Featured books this month include: The Presence Process;
Complex PTSD; the Graceful Exit; Big Magic;
12 Rules for Life; Attached; Rising Strong;
When's Happy Hour; At Peace; Twelve Steps and
Twelve Traditions Workbook.
There are several dozen CDs on various Self Help topics. PRICE
REDUCTION: Your Wish is Your Command, a 14 CD set that goes
for $24 on Amazon. Now just $4/set, or $20 if you buy all 7 sets! Come
and browse for yourself or look for books you might want to give to
someone during this Holiday season." -Marnie
Sets and Antiquarian Books
"The main new arrivals in November are: five volumes from the Edition
de Luxe seven volume set, The Works of Turgenieff, 1904, $25,
and the five-volume set, The Life of George Washington by
Washington Irving, 1855, $40.
"We still have a large collection of pre-1900 books and a selection
from the 1920-1950 era. 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 counts as only one book when you are buying
within the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones
"There is a shelf of books by or about Bede in very good condition.
A nice Christmas present would be Bibles and Bestiaries, a Guide to
Illuminated Manuscripts. And for biblical scholars there is The
Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon." -Nancy Cohen