USED BOOK SALES
Saturday November 9
Ephemera 8am - 3:30pm*
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Unusual Paper Ephemera Sale 10am - 4pm
*in Cubberley Room M3*
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent & Art Sales* 9am - 4pm*
Sunday November 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN NOVEMBER
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.
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 November and December
All library locations will be closed all day Monday, 11 November,
for the Veteran's Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday,
All library locations will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 27 November
and remain closed through Friday, 29 November for the Thanksgiving
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, 30 November.
Children's Library, College Terrace Library, and Downtown Library
will be closed all day Tuesday, 24 December. Mitchell Park Library
and Rinconada Library will close at 5pm on Tuesday, 24 December.
All library locations will be closed all day Wednesday, 25 December.
After 25 December, we're not sure. The Library's event calendar
suggests at the time of writing that the Children's Library, College
Terrace Library, and Downtown Library will be closed through
01 January. We'll check again next month!
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.
FOPAL Closings for November
In observance of Thanksgiving FOPAL will be closed for donations
November 28th and 29th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
November 9th: FOPAL Sale & CASP Open Studios
One great location: the Cubberley Community Center! Two great events!
November 9th, 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 Open
Studios! Look for more details on FOPAL's Facebook page. Please
"like" and "follow" us when you visit. General info: CASP Open
Studios - Wings E, F and U, 12pm-4pm. Join the artists in their
studios for workshops, art and refreshments.
What's special for November '19?
Mid-October FOPAL was excited to be the recipient of a generous
donation from the Eitner Family. 70+ boxes of books came in
mid-October and we're now able to offer this special donation to you.
Many of the books from this collection are from the collection of
A sizable number of books from this donation can be found in our
European Languages & Art sections. Look for full
shelves in the Religion section as a result of a nice
donation from a local church that came through our sorting room late
last month. The donation from a Stanford classics professor special
is continued for November. Look for books and pamphlets in excellent
condition that cover the areas of religion, literature/language,
history and Latin and Greek. We've been working hard to bring out all
the seasonal Winter Holidays books and CDs we've been collecting
these many months. If you are looking for great ideas on how to liven
up your holidays, look no further. You are sure to find something
you'll be excited to read, listen to or share with loved ones during
this upcoming holiday season. Look for the festive display as you
enter the Main Room on the right. You'll find a large selection of the
Fall and Winter Holidays books in the Bargain Room/H2 as well.
Unusual Print Ephemera & Collectable Sale Saturday, November 9th
Whether you are a collector of ephemera or not, come see what we have
found over the past years/months amongst the many generous donations
and have set aside for this event. Come take a look at a fascinating
array of material on a broad range of subjects. Cubberley Community
Center Room M3, 10am to 4pm.
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale
A super big FUN FESTIVE 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. Members enjoy a less crowded
Main Room and get the first crack at FOPAL's wonderful collection
Saturday, December 14th - At our Members' Early Sale, Life and Sponsor
Members (and one spouse or guest) may enter at 9AM and can purchase up
to 100 books per membership from 9 AM to 10 AM. Other Members enter at
10AM and are able to purchase 25 books at a time. General admission
for all including non-Members begins at 11AM. The usual limit on
purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a line
waiting to enter. Remember, you may renew your membership, or join
FOPAL, on the sale day. Renew, or join now at www.fopal.org/join.
Special Vinyl Sale coming December 14th
Save the date for a special vinyl sale event December 14th at
Cubberley Community Center. FOPAL co-presenting with KFJC 89.7 FM.
Jazz, rock, new wave, funk, soul, reggae, classical, and all other
genres. Bargains and rarities, Saturday December 14th, same day as
FOPAL's December sale, but Saturday only.
Classic and Modern Literature
"We received a nice donation of fiction by Black writers, from
Americans such as James Baldwin and Richard Wright to African and
South American authors such as Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Buchi Emecheta,
and Antonio Olinto. There's also a volume of Best Short Stories by
Black Writers from 1967 to the Present. Two shelves of these
books are prominently displayed in our section." -The Classic and
Modern Literature Team
"Among the interesting new donations this month:
"5 volume set of works of Francis A Schaeffer
De Lubicz's Symbol and the Symbolic, explores ancient Egypt,
Science and the evolution of consciousness.
Local author Arthur Daniel's If God Heals Your Eyes Don't Cut Off
Your Head explores and refutes thoughts of those who argue
W. H. Bennett, The Mishna as Illustrating the Gospels draws parallels
between the gospels and Jewish oral tradition.
An attractive copy of Hurlbut's 1832 Story of the Bible.
The 1942 study, The English Church by the Bishop of Chichester with
attractive illustrations." -Nancy Cohen
Special Classics Collection
"There are still many volumes in this donation from a Stanford
classics professor. Included are many studies of Bede and other
religious subjects as well as history, language and literature."
"FOPAL received the art book collection from Stanford Professor
Lorenz Eitner's personal library. His collection represented wonderful
books on individual artists, art history and especially, exhibition
catalogs representing art from all over the world. Many of the books
are vintage and represent art collections from dated from 1913-1940.
FOPAL even received several Stanford exhibition prints by
distinguished artists such as Nathan Oliveira. The Eitner book
donation was so large that it will take multiple sales to display his
"The Art section also assembled a very large collection of
vintage posters and prints which will be made available at the
November Ephemera sale in Room M3 of the Cubberley Community
Center. The prints are delightful and some are extremely collectible.
The prints are very much worth taking a look and will make a wonderful
art display in your home." -Andrea Lozano
Unusual Paper Ephemera and Collectibles Sale
"One day only: Saturday November 9th, 10am-4pm, Cubberley room M3.
"Our Unusual Paper Sale last June was such a success we've gathered
even more items from the late 1800s on for this special pre-holiday sale.
"Topics include: art and entertainment memorabilia; old maps; almanacs
from the 1940s-1980s (what happened the year you were born?); Alaskan
USGS bulletins; surveys of mines, California oil fields, etc. from the
early 1900s on; pamphlets/booklets on dozens of subjects: Civil War
battles, California and the west, medicine, nature, social issues,
countercultures, religion, railroads, aviation, and industry (to name
a few); poetry and fiction chapbooks; small books; 1900s scrapbooks
and black and white photo albums; vintage magazines, etc. Collectibles
include: 2 German cuckoo clocks with all parts, pristine souvenir
dolls and curios from the world as it was in the 1970s and 1980s,
mid-century board games, toys, a complete 2006 set (1-31) of Chinese
stamps, many more curiosities. All items priced to sell, perfect for
gift-giving to anyone appreciating these wonderful one-of-a-kind
items." -Karen D.
"This month we have a good selection of Thanksgiving books of all
kinds, just inside the door. We're also offering the first half of our
Christmas and Hanukkah books, DVDs, crafts kits, and activity books.
Our giftables shelves are full of new and like-new picture books, and
there's a display of beautifully illustrated Mother Goose books, too.
"In School-age Fiction you'll find the complete Series of Unfortunate
Events, many Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (including the most
recent), many Hunger Games books including gift sets, and
lots of John Green books including Looking for Alaska, which is
currently streaming on Hulu. A special find is a copy of Little Women
with the movie DVD, in a gift set.
"The Humor and Graphic Novels shelves are packed with everything from
Peanuts to Pokemon, Calvin and Hobbes to Spiderman. We have cookbooks
galore for kids and teens--just add an apron or a set of measuring
spoons and you've got a fun gift. The Science section has quite a
selection of science experiment books, to help students choose
projects for science fairs." -Carolyn Davidson
Vintage Children's Books
"Dick and Jane and their friends are all represented this month with
many, many, many basic children's readers for sale in vintage
children's books. Check out the offerings on the red cart as well as
the basket set out near it. We also have a newly robust science and
other non-fiction book section specifically for the younger set, as
well as a whole set of classics by Maud and Miska Petersham. As for
the older kids, we're continuing to set aside collectible books (some
of them leather bound) in their own section to make it easier for the
discriminating buyer to make a real find. In addition, there are a
number of books by Lucy Fitch-Perkins (The Cave Twins, The
Spartan Twins etc) that can either start or add to your collection.
And we have a particularly full selection of science, history and
general non-fiction books for fans of those genres. Fall is a good
time to curl up with one of your childhood favorites (or a new one!)
and read!" -Lisa Heitman
Teen Recommendations by Jeff Wang
Vorkosigan Saga: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold
As the Dendarii Mercenary fleet orbits the blue and green planet,
their commander Admiral Naismith disappeared, and Lieutenant Miles
Vorkosigan emerged at the Barrayaran Embassy in london. Having finally
escaped the Cetagandans in his daring escape from the top secret
prison of Dagoola IV, Miles Vorkosigan finally had the time to take a
breath of fresh air: on Earth. But his stay there was not what he had
hoped for--the funds he requested from his superior, Captain Duv
Galeni, for Naismith's money-starved special operations mercenary
fleet never materialized. To make things worse, he is constantly put
into situations where his two different selves are placed into
conflict, as the Dendarii crew becomes more and more restless....
Will Miles be able to leave Earth with both of his identities
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Utopia, or Dystopia? Everything in the World State seems to be going
smoothly--pretty much everyone loves their work, and any misery they
may encounter in the world is promptly wiped away by the miracle drug
called soma. But was this really so perfect? No one is born naturally
anymore--everyone undergoes a factory-like process, as humans are
"decanted" en masse. It is during the early stages of life where the
different social classes are decided--the lower classes undergo
alcohol treatment and oxygen deprivation to become shorter and less
intelligent than their upper-class peers, and this difference is
enforced after birth, with the Epsilons, Deltas, and Gammas
conditioned with electric shocks to hate books and nature, so that
they will fit right into the hyperconsumiseristic society. Benard Marx
is a Alpha-Plus, the highest class of this society, but he doesn't fit
in. Being shorter and more ill-tempered than his contemporaries due to
trouble with his birth, he thinks differently from his contemporaries,
rejecting many of the social norms that should have come natural to
him through the conditioning. When visiting a savage reservation in
New Mexico, where people still lived like the old days, Bernard
discovers John, son of a woman originally from the World State. Trying
to gain status, Bernard decides to take him back to the World State,
but this transition from "savagery" to "civilization" does not go too
smoothly for John...
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl II: 13-year-old genius, current head of the Fowl criminal
syndicate, and one who outsmarted the magical forces of Lower
Elements, had just learned that the person whose footsteps he had been
following--his father, Artemis Fowl I--was still alive. The former
leader of the fowl Family had not sunk with the Fowl Star, as the
young Artemis had always thought, but no miracles come without a
price: his father was held for ransom by the Russian Mafia. As this
is happening, there was also trouble in the Magical underground: there
had been contraband smuggled in from the human world--batteries--and
Artemis Fowl II was the prime suspect. But after capturing Artemis, it
is revealed that he was not responsible for the crime, and the former
enemies now have to work together to solve their difficulties. Will
they be able to uncover who was behind the unrest in the fairy world,
and also rescue Artemis's father?
"Computers this month features special labeled sections of
books on: Lisp; Robotics; Design and Construction of Compilers;
and hardware reference manuals for Intel and other chip makers."
"Gifty Gardening Books Galore! For those special Gardeners or Garden
Lovers in your life, the Gardening section this month has a
bumper crop of delightful, like-new, stocking stuffer size books with
titles like: Foxgloves and Hedgehog Days, A Potpourri of
Pansies, An ABC of Gardening, Perennial Pleasures,
The Naming of Flowers, Gardener's Latin, etc., etc.
We also have a number of lavishly illustrated coffee table size
volumes on such subjects as the gardens of France, Renaissance Italy,
Italian Villas, Georgetown, and the famed landscape architect Russell
Page." -Ann Justice
"This month I have several dozen CDs on a variety of self-help topics;
all priced to sell! Great for a counselor or coach who wants to
enhance their skills. Featured books are: Designing Your Life,
Enlightenment Now, The Second Mountain, Mind Map Mastery,
Intentionally Nice, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do,
Thanks, The Upward Spiral, The Book of Joy. There is
a signed copy of Learning To Fly by Sam Keen, and The Fountain
of Age by Betty Friedan. I've put 'Popular on Amazon' and 'New
Arrivals' on the top shelves, but don't forget to look on the lower
shelves to see what might grab your interest. Thanks for doing YOUR
part to support libraries and the environment" -Marnie
"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 - A Letter in the Scroll: Understanding Our Jewish
Identity and Exploring the Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion;
Abraham Joshua Heschel & Elie Wiesel, You Are My Witnesses;
Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories: Acts of Love and Courage;
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor; From the Ends of the
Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress.
"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."
"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 - The Notation of Polyphonic Music, 900 - 1600;
The Undiscovered Paul Robeson; The American Square Dance;
The Kingdom of Zydeco; Tune In: The Beatles: All These
Years; Balls of Bob Menzies Australian Political Songs 1900-
1980; The Ways of Giacomo Puccini.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"A significant selection of clean unmarked school level guide and
workbooks on science showed up. Publishers include National Science
Teachers Association (NSTA), Lawrence Hall of Science and the
Exploratorium. In other months titles like these might be found in our
Education section or in the Children's Room. Because of
the large amount received at one time we have parked them at the far
left side of the Science section. Homeschoolers take note.
"A Stanford aeronautical professor with a lifelong interest in the
history of science sent us a lot of books along with a long run of
Technology & Culture Magazine. Unfortunately, the professor really
read the books in depth and there is highlighting, underlining and
pencil notes on many pages. Pricing has been adjusted downwards on
these interesting titles on account of this." -Edwin El-kareh