USED BOOK SALES
Saturday February 9
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 February 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN FEBRUARY
Bargain Room/H2 LPs
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 February and March
All library locations will be closed on Monday, 18 February for
President's Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 19
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 February?
The rainy weather kept FOPAL from offering its popular Ephemera,
Framed Art & Tent Sale last month; as a result, we
are overflowing with last month's donations plus this month's
donations too! Look for our $1- books/red carts inside our Main Room
again, and Ephemera & Framed Art sale in Room M3!
M3 is located inside the M building, south end of the campus. Look for
directional signs and open door facing the lawn area. Also see the
City's map of Cubberley Community Center; M3 is toward the lower left
between the Theatre and the Amphitheatre.
Look for a variety of displays in each sale room as we celebrate
Chinese New Year, President's Day, Valentine's Day and Black History
Month! Be sure to check out the packed shelves in the Asian Language
sections, the newly filled boxes of LPs in the Bargain Room
and the freshly stocked cart of Greeting Cards. Sasha, FOPAL's
greeting card manager has a brimming box of Valentine's each a mere
25 cents! At this low price, you could buy several for your
Love is in the air, and whether you're shopping for a paramour or your
best Galentine's Day pal -- or making a wish list of your own to slip
to your sweetie -- Fopal has got you covered today, with some of the
best ideas for Valentine's (and Galentine's) Day gifts. (Galentine's
Day occurs on February 13th, the day right before Valentine's Day.
What began as a fictional occasion on a TV show spurred a movement
within female friend groups across the nation: celebrating wholesome
friendships with favorite gal pals over brunch, nights out, or gifts.)
At FOPAL we celebrate it all with books and much more! We have cards,
books, artworks, and LPs...all would be ideal gifts, February 13th or
14th. You'll surely find some heart-warming gems in every sale room
this weekend. And, if you're not quite sure what kind of books your
valentine will love, you can also buy gift certificates in
denominations of $5 from the Main Room cashiers. Created by FOPAL's
Art section manager Andrea, this special heart shaped gift
certificates are adorned with a red and white heart covered ribbon!
"Stop by the Cookbooks Section on Saturday for an outstanding
collection of like brand-new cookbooks by well known chefs. This new
donation has been internet priced and is a good value for your
cookbook budget." -Rosemarie Giamalis
"We have lots of thrillers and sea stories.... Cornwall, Furst,
O'Brian, Fullerton, McDine, Ghosh, Nelson, Pope, Kanin and others.
Also lots of books about India and artists this month." -Marian Urman
"Valentine's Day AND the Great Backyard Bird Count all in one month!
Treat yourself and your sweetheart to like-new best sellers from our
Valentine's Day window display: Braiding Sweetgrass, Hidden Life
of Trees, How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, Finding Your Way
Without Map or Compass, The Last Season, The Fetish Room,
Pigeons, Flotsametrics, The Whole Hog, etc. The Great Backyard Bird
Count takes place Feb. 15-18. Go to Birdcount.org for the easy
guidelines, then pick up an Audubon Society Bird Guide full of
beautiful color photographs to help you identify your finds. Family
fun without leaving your backyard!" -Karen D.
"The Movie/Entertainment section is in the north/west corner
of the book room. It is always easy to find: the African Queen is
"Our shelves are very full this month. Of special interest this month
are the areas of screen writing and craft, film history/Hollywood,
director's corner, and film analysis and criticism. We have several
copies of the interesting Cineplex journal. Also check out
our bios. This month we have the recent biography of Mr. Rodgers and a
signed copy of Michael Krasngeney's memoir." -Dick Grote
"It's February, and love is in the air--and our display of Valentine's
Day books is just inside the door. From board books for tots, to
school-age fiction, to crafts ideas, we have a great selection. Our
non-fiction section has a fine display for Black History Month, and a
special sale on dictionaries for children and students, a bargain at
$1 each. Check out the activities section--full of puzzles and games
galore, construction sets, and some brand-new science kits that would
please any child interested in building a robot, learning about
ecology, experimenting with weather, and the like. On the fiction
shelves are like-new Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, enough to
build a library, and lots of Geronimo Stilton early chapter books.
There are also popular titles for teens that have lately been made
into movies. Perfect rainy day reading." -Carolyn Davidson
Teen Reviews by Jeff Wang
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
In a alternate version of World War I, the Allied and Central powers
have separated not only because of political differences, but also a
technological one. The "Darwinist" Allies use genetically fabricated
animals as their weapons and vehicles, whereas the "Clanker" Central
powers have adopted giant Machines as their way to fight. Deryn Sharp
is a commoner girl in England, and due to her love of flying, she
disguises herself under the name of Dylan Sharp, and joins the Royal
Air Force aboard the Leviathan, the biggest air beast in the Empire on
a secret mission to Constantinople. As the war breaks out with the
assassination of archduke Ferdinand, the archduke’s son, Aleksander,
flees from Austro-Hungary to Switzerland with some loyal men to escape
the ensuing war. But right as they get there, the Leviathan is shot
down by german airplanes, and crashes into the very place Alek was
hiding at, and Alek is soon captured by the crew of the leviathan when
he was tried to help the injured Deryn. But with the leviathan unable
to take off, and the crew will have to rely on the Clankers to get it
working again. Will both sides be able to overlook their differences,
and work together?
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender is born a "third", an exception to the two-child policy
implemented on Earth, as his older siblings showed promise in the
fight against threat of the alien "buggers", but were ultimately unfit
for the job. When Ender inadvertently kills a gang leader who was
bullying him to prevent a future fight, the International fleet
decided that he showed promise, and allowed him into Battle School,
a program to turn exceptional children into commanders against the
alien fleet. Will he be able to win against the threat that threatens
to eradicate humanity?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
In a dystopian America, books are illegal, as their influence was
deemed too troubling to the average person that instead enjoys "parlor
walls", large televisions filling up an entire wall. Guy Montag is
one of the "firemen" dedicated enforcing the law by burning down the
properties of those who own books, and he greatly enjoys his job.
However, things begin to change when he meets Clarisse, whose
different ideas greatly disturbed him. When Clarisse mysteriously
disappears, Montag secretly steals a book from one of his burning out
of curiosity, and this small act of rebellion will change the course
of his life forever...
"Come by the Self Help section and check out the shelf with
Marked Down books, many popular on Amazon! Some featured books to
guide you in 2019 include: True Refuge; Radical Self-forgiveness;
Rapid Transformation Therapy; Designing Your Life; The Happiness
Hypothesis; Waking Up; The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up;
Emotional Agility; 9 Rules of Engagement; How Emotions are Made;
No Time Like the Present; Creative Confidence; Don't Call Me
Crazy. I've set out multiple copies of The Four Agreements, popular
on Amazon and only $1 each! Check out the many Little Books and
see which ones you might want for yourself or to give as a gift."
"Look for the label 'GENEALOGY' within the Reference section
(across aisle from Science), for two dozen new items. Also
visit the new Reference shelf in the outdoor Tent Sale."
"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 - Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work (1644-1737);
The Greatest Music Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Music History
to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy; The Composer's Landscape: The
Pianist as Explorer; Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD,
Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Time in the Wild West; Glenn
Gould: A Life in Pictures.
"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 - Joy, Despair, and Hope: Reading Psalms; Jewish
Liturgy as a Spiritual System; Generation J; Walking the Bible:
A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses; 1,000 Mitzvahs:
How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your
Life; History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier;
Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.
"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
"The state of our union might not be the most ideal, but the
state of our shelves is full to bursting! Lots of books on
presidents and the presidency. Plus: Fire and Fury,
Russian Roulette, and The Origins of Political Order."
"FOPAL has a great variety of new books on various art topics/artists
and in wonderful condition. Worth mentioning is the abundance of
books on such sculptors as Rodin, Henry Moore, James Croak and Armando
Amaya. In addition, we have beautiful books on Glass Sculptures by
Chihuly and other American glass sculptors. Books include
Beautiful Things: Original Art from the Artists of Guild.com
and American Studio Glass 1960-1990.
"We received an abundance of fantastic books on Japanese Art and
prints. Also, we expanded the sale of framed, collectible prints
representing different eras. We have a growing variety of books on
Cartooning, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Finally, we have some books
on the business of art to include seeking a career and the legal side
of the visual artists." -Andrea Lozano
"We got lots of very nice paperbacks in French or German (more German next
month; they wouldn't all fit this month). The French ones include some
children's books (mostly Medium Club)." -Susan Strain