USED BOOK SALES
Saturday October 12
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 October 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN OCTOBER
Latin & Greek Language
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 October and November
The next closing that is on the event calendar as of this writing
is Thanksgiving. All library locations will close at 6pm on Wednesday,
27 November and remain closed through Friday, 29 November. Normal
hours will resume on Saturday, 30 November.
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 Annual Meeting
"Reminder: Annual FOPAL meeting will be October 16 at 10:30am in the
Embarcadero Room of Rinconada Library. Financial report and elections
will be the main agenda items." -Nancy Cohen
True in 2004 and Still True in 2019
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2019! It's because of this truth that FOPAL
continues encouraging checking the value of uncommon books on the
internet so that they can be given a price which is fair to our
customers and high enough to ensure the Friends are maximizing
their sales revenue.
This is why our Main Room book sale customers are likely to see some
books priced higher than the Bargain Room prices of $1 for a hardback
and 50 cents for a paperback. A suggested pricing guideline for
pricing book using internet research is one-third to one-half of the
on-line asking prices given the criteria of publisher, date, edition,
signed copy, condition, and availability. So, if you see a book
priced for $10 at a monthly sale, chances are this book would sell
on-line for at least $30. That being said some books warrant higher
prices, but are still a great deal to our "collecting and reader"
One of FOPAL's challenges is to recognize those books that might be
even more out-of-ordinary and of unusually high value say...where
the Internet price is over $40.00. Now once these books have been
identified, FOPAL then looks for other markets for them where they
can be sold at prices well above what we might price and sell them
for our monthly sale. FOPAL not only sells books at the monthly
sale but also at the Friends Kiosks at Downtown and Rinconada
libraries, in an in-library store at Mitchell Park library, at
auction, and on-line.
If you can't attend the monthly sale, please drop by the Friends
Store located in the Mitchell Park Library, or the Friends Gondola
located in the Downtown and Rinconada libraries during library
hours. Books are priced $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks.
The Friends Store and Gondolas are restocked regularly with books for
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 in FOPAL's November Sale newsletter
and 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 & refreshments.
October Sale Notes
Donation volume has been steady, and we want to send out a big THANK
YOU to all who have donated material for our sales as well as a big
THANK YOU to FOPAL's Donation Pick-up team! Many sections have a
backlog and as a result, we expect to have strong sales all through
the winter months. For October, you'll find a donation from a Stanford
Classics Professor. The books and pamphlets are in excellent condition
and cover the areas of religion, literature/language, history, and
Latin and Greek in the specials bookcases just outside the
sorting/donation room (opposite Travel). Psychology Professional
has a larger than usual selection of books, workbooks...from a
substantial donation from the Palo Alto Mental Health Research
Institute. Look for DVDs a-plenty curated by a couple of section
managers in the Main Room and H2 this month as well. This collection
can be found in an additional bay giving DVDs more space this month
and moving forward! More DVDs equals more viewing fun!
Religion, Literature, Language, History Special
"On special this month is a donation from a Stanford classics
professor. The books and pamphlets are in excellent condition and
cover the areas of religion, literature/language, history and Latin
"There is a shelf related to the Venerable Bede such as two volumes of
Miller's Old English version of Bede's Ecclesiastical History,
Kendall's translation of Bede's On Genesis, Hurst's translation of
Excerpts from the Works of Saint Augustine on the Letters of the
Blessed Apostle Paul and many others.
"Then there are the Vitellius and Salisbury Psalters, Bishop
Aethelwold, Aelfric and Morris' Churches in the Landscape.
"In literature we have Earle and Plummer's two-volume Saxon
Chronicles, 3 volumes of Krapp's Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records, 3
volumes of Aldhelm. And Stork's Aldhelm Riddles in the British
"Anglo-Saxon history and Latin and Greek texts complete the
collection." -Nancy Cohen
"Children love Halloween, and you'll love our display of wonderful
Halloween books just inside the door. Also look for decorations,
costumes and accessories to please princesses and superheroes alike.
"If you're planning ahead for gifts, we have beautifully rendered
pop-up books, new and like-new games, and stuffed animals. Once again
you'll find Legos by the pound, lots of crafts books and materials,
and a very full table of science and math books. New this month are
Disney movie VHS tapes, priced at only $1. Look for them near the
DVDs. Garfield fans will find a wide selection; there are joke books
galore; and the Klutz shelf is bursting.
"School-age Fiction is full: Harry Potter, the Rick Riordan series,
Evan Hunter's Warriors series; a huge selection of Magic
Tree House, Junie B Jones, and Judy Moody books; and the Diary of a
impy Kid and Unfortunate Events series. Teens may want to
check out the books by popular author Tom Green; the Hunger Games
series; and the latest (2019) book by acclaimed author Angie Thomas
titled On the Come Up." -Carolyn Davidson
Vintage Children's Books
"October is a good month for vintage children's books! The little
kids' section is overflowing with new choices and a special science
section. We're also continuing to highlight some of the more
collectible books, including three Ant and Bee books that are just
the perfect size for little hands. In the older kids' section, it's
still girls! girls! girls! with vintage books about Nancy Drew, Kay
Tacey and Judy Bolton. And this month we're featuring 8 volumes of
the classic Elsie Dinsmore, a young girl/woman who struggles with her
Christian values around the time of the Civil War. We're also
continuing to feature special collectibles, including several first
editions and a book written by Robert Louis Stevenson and illustrated
by NC Wyeth. Come browse! And buy!" -Lisa Heitman
Teen Recommendations by Jeff Wang
Vorkosigan Saga: Borders of Infinity by Louis Bujold
While Miles was part of a Barrayar Military operation, he and his
comrades were captured by the Cetagandans. Placed inside a POW camp
surrounded by an impenetrable force dome, all hope of escape seemed to
be lost, as the prisoners are divided into different factions with no
leader to guide them. To further exacerbate the situation, each day
there is just enough food for all the prisoners to survive is placed
on the sides of the dome, causing the prisoners to fight amongst
themselves for the rations. With only a madman named Suegar who rants
about a piece of paper he calls his "scripture" as his ally, how will
Miles be able to unite the prisoners and eventually escape?
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
To many in the modern world, war is considered to be something
barbaric, something that no civilized person would partake in. Robert
Greene, however, has a different view on the subject of war. To him,
life is a state of constant warfare, struggles against both ourselves
and others. He states that although the nature of war has changed,
from a physical conflict to more of a social and political one in
modern society, the same strategies that defeated armies can still be
applied and have effective results. Using examples from history,
including famous figures such as napoleon, Margaret Thatcher, Alfred
Hitchcock, and Alexander the Great, Greene provides a compelling and
engaging insight on the nature of war, both in the past and present.
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is alone. In California. And he has lost all memory of
his past, except one single name: Annabeth. Oh, and also, he is being
attacked by two Gorgons who can't die and want to kill him by
poisoning him with cheese and crackers. However, for reasons unknown
to Percy, he seems to be invulnerable to any sort of physical harm
too, and though this strange ability, he escapes the gorgons and
arrives at Camp Jupiter, a place for Roman demigods to live and avoid
the mythological monsters that roam the earth. Something about the
whole situation seemed very familiar to Percy, but he could never
quite remember what he was reminded of. Once he had stayed there for a
while, everything seemed to be going smoothly until Mars, the god of
war appears and announces a quest to Alaska to free the god of death,
Thanatos, so that monsters that are defeated could remain dead. Will
Percy and his newfound friends be able to accomplish this
insurmountable task before the Feast of Fortuna, or will they fail
and doom Camp Jupiter, and also cause Percy to remain forever ignorant
about his past?
"'Tis the season of spook and what's spookier than politics?
Featuring: The Muller Report. We have a good number of
vintage books this month, as well as some books on and by current
Democratic candidates." -Margaret Deng
"The titles of new additions for October include: Talk of Love,
Sources of the Self, The Culture of Morality, Einstein
and Buddha, and Becoming Wise. Also look for an unusual
picture book, The Good European - Nietzsche’s Worksites and a
highly-regarded biography of Kierkegaard." -Nigel Jones
"THE BIG NEWS IS THAT HUMOR HAS MOVED TO AISLE 9 NEXT TO COOKING
"October is a big month for cartoons, we have both the hardback and
paperback versions of The Complete New Yorker, both with DVDs,
plus nine other NY cartoon books. Additionally, we have a classic from
Charles Addams, The Smithsonian Book of Cartoons and seven
other cartoon book to choose from.
Also, 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." -Nigel Jones
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's featured books are from the illustrated Sierra Edition of
The Writings of John Muir, 1916. We have the first nine volumes
of the ten-volume set, all in very good condition for $245.
"We also have, and rarely found complete, The Lives of the Saints,
15 volumes, 1872, $175, as well as eight volumes from the series
Edition de Luxe of The World's Great Masterpieces, 1916, priced
individually." -Nigel Jones
"We have several interesting books this month that we often don't see
- Richard Shale's Academy Awards
- Screen Deco
- In All His Glory, Life of William S. Paley on the Media shelf
- Hollywood Dressed and Undressed
"As always we have many interesting bios including one on Sergei
Eisenstein. And we have several volumes on Star Trek.
"Check out the Entertainment corner." -Dick Grote
"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 - Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music;
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution;
Debussy: A Painter in Sound; Your Song Changed My Life; Far From
the Shamrock Shore; So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star; Guitar
Mania Cleveland, Ohio; Harmonic Experience: Tonal Harmony from Its Natural
Origins to Its Modern Expression; Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar." -Charlotte
"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 - Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs;
Life in Biblical Israel; A History of Israel: From the Bronze
Age through the Jewish Wars; Hitler's Ghettos: Voices from a
Beleaguered Society 1939-1944; Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass
Production Of Hate; The Blue and the Yellow Stars of David.
"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."
"There are many new arrivals this month. Featured books include:
First We Make the Beast Beautiful; No More Mr. Nice Guy;
Complex PTSD; The Finders; On the Brink of Everything;
A Geography of Time; The Undervalued Self; Empowered Sexy
and Free; The Wisdom of Insecurity. I have 7 unopened copies
of Your Wish is Your Command, a highly rated 14 CD set in
manifesting your dreams. They sell for $17 (with shipping) each on
Amazon. Yours for $5 each, or $30 total if you buy all 7 sets. I also
have multiple copies of the popular book Learned Optimism and
Supersurvivors. If you like Osho, and his wise words for living,
there is a group of his books on the fourth bay. Everything is priced
to sell!" -Marnie
Classic and Modern Literature
"This month Classic and Modern Literature is having a special
sale of New York Review of Books paperbacks. These are ''books that
had been forgotten or largely ignored by the mainstream. A list, as
[editor Edwin] Frank writes, of 'good books, books to delight and
enlighten and surprise.' Books in translation. Books that are strange
and wonderful. Books that defy classification...'' (PR release for new
publication of The Red Thread, Twenty Years of NYRB Classics.)
We will have about 15 of these wonderful books displayed on a top
shelf in our section." -The Classic and Modern Literature Team
Special Fall Ephemera Sale
One day only: Sat. Nov 9th, 10-4, M3
Join us for our second sale of rare and unusual paper ephemera as well
as art, curious collectibles (including two vintage cuckoo clocks),
AND a just-in amazing donation from world-traveler Ruth Brunner:
dozens of 1970-1990s dolls and mementos from as many countries, in
pristine condition. Perfect gifts for the holidays--we'll even throw
in her beautifully photographed book as a lovely parting gift!
Sat. Nov. 9th, 10-4 pm
Room M3 at Cubberley - look for our signs!