USED BOOK SALES
Saturday May 11
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Vinyl Sale 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent & Art Sales 9am - 4pm
Sunday May 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN MAY
Military Adventure Novels
Games & Puzzles/Baseballs
New High-Value Section
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 May and June
All library locations will be closed on Monday, 27 May for the
Memorial Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 28
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 May!
Our moms are often the first people to teach us how to read and our
first "librarians". That's why FOPAL loves moms and we love
celebrating all of the wonderful moms in our lives on Mother's Day.
Every year, millions of us purchase a bouquet of flowers to honor
the mothers in our lives. This year, why not celebrate her with a
bouquet of books? Check out a sweet display of books for moms or
about moms located in our "specials area", the small bay to your
right across from Art. In the "large specials area" look for a huge
selection of Military Adventure novels. The Historical Fiction
section managers jumped at the chance to feature a special collection
of Military Adventure books for the May sale. Historical
Fiction fans are going to want to check this out.
The Main Room is bursting with terrific donation offerings this month.
Look for an impressive selection of Games & Puzzles donated
recently. From a personal collection, you'll find twenty-four 2012
World Series baseballs. These are authentic and offered online with
an asking price of $42 each. At this month's sale, these are priced at
a mere $20 each and in pristine condition! Look for the 2012 World
Series baseballs, as well as several autographed balls filling a few
Games & Puzzles shelves.
The New High-Value section received many book and non-book
items this month. Come check out their selection... High-Value
volunteers said this month "it feels like we're also holding an
upscale garage sale!"
M3- Vinyl/LPs: As CD sales have eroded in recent years in favor
of digital downloads and streaming services, vinyl has emerged as a
niche market. Sales of vinyl records jumped significantly in the U.S.,
as new stores opened and more artists opted to make their recording
available on the format. As luck would have it FOPAL's Vinyl Team has
brought in a generous collection, comprising many lifetimes of stored
record albums. The FOPAL volunteers cleaned the covers, checked for
scratches and did some on-line research to determine where to best
sell this extensive collection. You'll find the many of these LPs in
our Bargain Room as usual. An FYI for all you groovy media
enthusiasts, look for a handpicked selection of better and unusual
vinyl in M3! And, check out the Palo Alto Weekly running an
article about LPs in print and online on May 10th. Look for photos
of Fopal’s own Henry and Frank in print this Friday or stop by M3 to
say "Hi" as these two manage this special sale presented by FOPAL and
Sale of Unusual Print Ephemera coming Saturday, June 8
Whether you are a collector of ephemera or not, mark your calendar for
this special sale. Come see what we have found over the past year
amongst the many generous donations and have set aside for this event;
take a look at a fascinating array of material on a broad range of
Watch for more details in the FOPAL June newsletter. Preliminary
plans are for Room A7, 10am to 4pm.
High Value Books and Collectibles
"FOPAL sells its highest value books online but we are going to have
selected high value books at our monthly sales to give our patrons an
opportunity to buy them.
"This month's books include, Steinbeck Letters to Elizabeth,
$35, Verlaine's Songs without Words, copy 302 of 550, $80,
the three volume, The History of San Francisco, 1931, $70;
the two volume Around the World with General Grant, 1879,
$80; The Ring, a record book of boxing, signed by Sugar Ray
Leonard, $50; the classic UK children’s book The Beano Annual
1952, $60; and Hen Sparrow, a wonderful concertina book,
"Our main collectibles for the month is our entire collection of over
50 First Day Covers (FDC). Each set is a complete series for a
specific cachet maker in a customized album. The collection is mainly
from the 1970s, mostly American but other countries are represented,
such as the UK and USSR. Every set is in perfect condition and is
priced at $2. Two larger albums of Canadian and European FDCs are $10.
This is a perfect addition to any philatelic collection or an
opportunity to start one. Other items include The Chinese Brush
Painting Studio, $30, Caprano's statue The Dancer for
$35, a Glassbaby tumbler for $20 and the unique “The World’s First
Rolling Stones CD Shaped Like Mick Jagger’s Head”, only 2,500
produced, undated, presumably the 1960s, every true Stones fan has
to have it - $15." -Nigel Jones
Vinyl Collectors' Record Sale
"Jazz, rock, new wave, funk, soul, reggae, classical, and all other
genres. Maybe even some spoken word and comedy. The focus is on vinyl
for this first spin so no shellac, no shiny discs, no tapes this time.
Bargains and rarities, prices start at $1 and go up from there. Room
M3, behind the Cubberley Theatre, on Saturday May 11 only, 10am to
"And as always there will be records in the Bargain Room."
"Just inside the entrance, you'll find books for special occasions in
May and June: Mother's Day (on the sale weekend!), Father's Day (June
16), Shavuot (June 8-10), and graduations.
"Our school-age fiction section has an excellent selection of Dork
Diaries (the female counterpart to the popular Diary of a Wimpy
Kid series). To interest new readers over the summer, we recommend
the Geronimo Stilton, Ivy and Bean, Junie B Jones, Magic
School Bus, and Magic Tree House series. Fantasy fans will
enjoy books by Rick Riordan and the Wings of Fire series by Tui
T. Sutherland. Fans of C.S. Lewis's Narnia series will find
several like-new, complete sets. And as usual, the Harry Potter
shelves are full." -Carolyn Davidson
Teen Reviews by Jeff Wang
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
When a evacuation plane crashes onto a deserted island during WWI, the
boys that were on board have to fend for themselves to survive. With
no contact with anyone, the boys form a system of government based
upon a conch shell: whoever has the shell is allowed to speak
interrupted. Under the leadership of Ralph, Jack, and Simon the boys
begin searching for food, and found it in the form of wild pigs, of
which Jack and his group of hunters become responsible for catching.
Everything appeared to be going alright at first, but as rumors of a
mysterious "beast" start to emerge, division spreads among the boys,
forcing them to choose one of two sides: civilization or chaos.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
After Katniss escapes from the 75th Hunger Games, she finds herself in
District 13: a district that secretly survived the chemical bombings
of the capitol by hiding underground. Due to her status and popularity
as among the districts, Katniss is used in propaganda pieces for the
revolutionary cause. With many of the districts already in open
revolt, this causes the rebellion to continue spreading steadily among
the nation. But when something unexpected happens when Katniss is
shooting a propaganda film, she decides to take charge and embark on
an extremely dangerous mission: to assassinate President Snow, ending
the Capitol's power and the civil war with it. However, she would soon
realize that everything was not as black and white as it had once
Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (first book of the trilogy)
When many prominent scientists began committing suicide and
mysteriously disappearing after stating they have given up on science,
Wang Miao, a nanotechnology researcher who had known one of the
scientists that committed suicide, is asked by a secret organization
called the Battle Command Center containing many international
military, political, and scientific members to work with the
detective Shi Qiang to solve the case. Wang Miao is initially hesitant
of the request, but after he began to see an ominous countdown in his
field of vision, he decides to work with Shi Qiang to discover the
causes of recent events. He soon finds out that there was a connection
between the suicides and a virtual reality game called three body,
where players work together to survive on a planet plagued by
"chaotic" eras due to having a solar system of three suns, and decides
to participate in the game himself. But what he will discover is much
more than just the causes of the disappearances...
"The French section is packed, mostly with contemporary fiction in
French. The Spanish section is full of fiction in Spanish (much of it
from the 1970s). We also have a shelf of modern Greek books, including
one each by Seferis (a bilingual Collected Poems), Cavafy, Wharton,
and Poe. We have about a shelf of books in Dutch, including a couple
of lavishly illustrated photography instruction books." -Susan
"There are two books featured this month. First, we have the World
of Charles Addams, one of America's greatest humorists, plus a
variety of other cartoon books. The second, and a first for us, is
Corrigan's Smartest Kid on Earth. We also have from a FOPAL
favorite, 20 books by Wodehouse including five anthologies and all of
Sedaris's most popular books." -Nigel Jones
"We have had a large series of donations this month and have at least
a hundred new arrivals on the Philosophy shelves. These include
eight reference books such as the Oxford Companion to Philosophy.
Other titles include Murdock's Existentialism, Foucault's
Power, Metzinger's Being No One and Gelernter’s The
Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness."
"This month we have a large number of audiobooks. Overflow audiobooks
can be found in the Reference section (two aisles northwest)."
"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 - Ballads Without Words: Chopin and the Tradition
of the Instrumental Ballade; Cultures and Styling in Folk Dance;
What Makes It Great: Short Masterpieces, Great Composers; Reckless
Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell; Van Halen Rising: How a
Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal; Writings
and Drawings by Bob Dylan.
"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 - Bereishis / Genesis - 2 Volume Set: A new
translation with a commentary anthologized from talmudic, midrashic,
and rabbinic sources; Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered;
Live and Be Well: A Celebration of Yiddish Culture in America;
Maimonides Guide of the Perplexed; Kosher Nation: Why More
and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority.
"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 Epstein
"Some featured books this month are: The Body Remembers, Advice
Not Given, The Road Back to You, Into the Magic Shop.
As usual 'Popular on Amazon' books and 'New Arrivals' are on marked
shelves. The subsections 'Grief and Dying' and 'Addiction' have more
books than usual. Look for a few CDs this month. NEXT month there
should be more because I’ve just received a nice collection of
Psychology CDs, tapes and courses. Happy Browsing," -Marnie
Sets and Antiquarian Books
"In May, we have the largest collection of pre-1900 books we have ever
offered, over 50 titles. Whether is 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
"In terms of Sets we have a six-volume group of Civil War
Memoirs from Grant, Sheridan and Sherman, 1891, four anthologies
of French Masters, from Balzac, Rousseau, Voltaire and Zola, 1925,
the nine-volume set of Victor Hugo's novels, the Valjean Edition,
1862, $30, and the 8- volume set Great American Lawyers, 1907, number
751 of a set of 1,000, $75.
"Don't forget, a set only counts as 1 book when you are buying within
the 12-book limit." -Nigel Jones