USED BOOK SALES
Saturday February 8
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 9
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN FEBURARY
Home & Craft
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 February and March
All library locations will be closed all day Monday, 17 February
2020, for the President's Day Holiday. They will all reopen Tuesday,
18 February 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.
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?
February means Valentine's Day is just around the corner! If you just
can't find the right words for your Valentine, check out our Music
section for some inspiration. Of course, you can't go wrong with song
lyrics; you'll find the sheet music across the aisle from the Asian
Language section. The Children's Room also has many Valentine's
titles to help get you and your family in the mood for the upcoming
February 14th! If you can't choose from our huge selection of books...
you can always purchase a FOPAL gift certificate for your Valentine!
Ask for gift certificates in denominations of $5 from one of the Main
Room cashiers. Created by FOPAL's Art section manager Andrea, these
special heart-shaped gift certificates are adorned with a red and
white heart covered ribbon!
Framed Art continues to feature works both signed and numbered
as well as lots of prints and posters. A collection of oils on canvas
by a local artist came in last week and will be available this
Saturday as well. A unique donation of Asian Art pieces came in
recently. This donor asked us to offer the items together and we've
honored her request. Shop early for the best selection, of vases,
teapots, ceramics, lacquer boxes.... If you need something to hang on
the wall, we have a few decorative rolled scrolls offered too.
Framed Art pieces will be available outside in the Framed
Art Sale and the Asian Art will be featured in the specials bay
to your right as you enter the Main Room. Also, check out our Home &
Craft section. The manager here is having some fun this month,
featuring a selection of knitting books. A large number of Ephemera
items have been set aside from FOPAL's recent trip to the SF
Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair last weekend and will be sold at
half price Saturday only outside in the Ephemera sale area!
Discount Ephemera Sale - Saturday February 8th Only
"Half off all High Value Ephemera - hundreds of unique vintage
items - 1900s photo albums and individual photos, political tracts,
poetry and literature chapbooks, military tracts including armed
services editions 1938-1945 of fiction for servicemen, transportation,
small books, art books with beautiful vintage images, maps and books
with maps in pockets, and dozens of really obscure topics. Most items
1960s or earlier. Amazing prices for very collectible items."
"Short month, big sale! In Non-fiction, look for the Black History
Month display, where you'll find biographies and history books for all
"The Giftables bookshelves are so full of beautiful picture books
that we've had to expand to the racks just inside the door; these
books are practically new, and at bargain prices. Look for interesting
alphabet books and award winners, among others.
"School-age Fiction has many of the books in the Magic Tree House
series, including a giftable boxed set of books 1-28. The series will
hook even reluctant readers, and its fantasy elements will lead
readers on to other popular fantasy series such as Harry Potter (we
have all of them) and after that, to other fantasy authors (Rick
Riordan, Brandon Mull, Erin Hunter, Eoin Colfer). The section also
includes three copies of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, and loads of
Diary of a Wimpy Kid including recent volumes 12-14.
"The Readers shelves are bursting this month. Check out a unique
offering: many books from the British series of "Banana" books. Our
British volunteer gives these two thumbs up!
"The Activities section boasts more stuffies than ever, including
quite a few that would make lovely Valentine's gifts. Look for music
CDs for children, many new. The Science/Math table has many books with
ideas for cool science experiments. On our Activities Giftables
shelves you'll see some beautiful cookbooks for children, including
books on baking and vegetarian cooking. Last but absolutely not least,
we have many books on building with LEGO (not just from kits, but with
the blocks in your existing collection)." -Carolyn Davidson
Vintage Children's Books
"There is lots to highlight in children's vintage for February! Fans
of books for older kids can find many collectibles by Frank L. Baum -
both his Wizard of Oz books and books he wrote under the
pseudonym of Edith VanDyne (Mary Louise and Aunt Jane's
Nieces). In addition, I've pulled out a whole selection of girls'
and boys' adventure books (think Nancy Drew, Tom Swift,
Beany Malone) that can take you back to your tween years! The
graphics of Beano and Dandy round out our specials,
and there are still many Windemere classics and others to choose from.
Little kids with an interest in adventure on the high seas are treated
to an entire display of books about Moby Dick. There is
something here for all age groups, complete with whale stuffies to hug
while reading. The science/non-fiction section continues to be robust,
and we have a couple of cloth books for even the youngest readers."
"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 - Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album;
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues; Pipes & Strings;
Dave Thompson's 'Third Ear' guide to Funk; Escaping the Delta;
Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco; Sex Pistols
File; Favourite Australian Bush Songs; How to DJ Right;
The Violin and Its Music (1831).
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
"It's February and love is in the air...but you know what else is in
the air? That's right, impeachment! Swing by the Politics section
for some juicy books including The Mueller Report, Unhinged
by Omarosa, Dumpty by John Lithgow, and many more! We also have
quite a few books signed by authors, so be sure to check them out!"
Mysteries & Thrillers
"There are 38 large print mysteries for sales this month; 41 mysteries
printed in 2019, and another 56 from 2018; 17 Raymond Chandler
paperbacks; and 19 Dashiell Hamett along with the many other wonderful
books on display for you to buy." -Cathy Swan
"The Travel Guides section is loaded with good guidebooks about
New York City, and plenty of up-to-date books about Hawaii. As usual,
the section is replete with books about Italy. And I have a number of
beautiful 'coffee table' books that would make wonderful gifts for
your friends." -Ray Jadwin
"With Valentine's Day occurring this month, there are so many creative
gifts one could give a loved one. Gift ideas include some beautiful
art books; collector art prints and posters. One could pair a bit of
art with wonderful cook books; games or a romantic classic. Put
together a basket for a loved one with their favorite kind of books,
music, or art. If you feel really creative, one could get some
Valentine ideas from 'How To' art books or even make a special
Valentine card using the many art prints available in the Art
section. Happy hunting!" -Andrea Lozano
"Featured books this month include: Make Your Bed; The Little
Book of Hygge; Becoming the Iceman; You Are the Placebo;
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself; The Defining Decade;
Mastery; Belong; 12 Rules for Life; How to be
Parisian; Resilience Road; You are Here; Awakening
your Ikigai; and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Check out
the seasonal section on LOVE and a special section of 'Popular on
Amazon' books that are marked down. There are also some new and
interesting workbooks on display. If you're a fan of Brene Brown, I
have three of her books grouped together on the top shelf. Most of all
ENJOY browsing and taking advantage of our great prices!" -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 - Szyk Haggadah; Tree of Life, Tree of
Knowledge: Conversations with the Torah; Embroideries and
Fabrics for Synagogue and Home: Five Thousand Years of Ornamental
Needlework; The Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar; I
Escaped from Auschwitz; The Lampshade; Racial
Hygiene; Jews of Islam.
"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."
"Historical Fiction has received what may be the complete
collection of the historical adventure novels by BERNARD CORNWALL.
They are very popular so we suggest that if you haven't read this
author now is an opportunity to pick up some of his books. For those
of you who are already fans we may have that particular book you have
been looking for. This month we have an unusually large number of
recent books i.e. published in 2019 and 2018. We also have some oldies
as well such as Captain from Castile. Whatever historical era
or country you are interested in we probably have at least one book
about it. Do you like thrillers? Check out the historical thriller
"Enjoy the hunt." -The Historical Fiction Team
"FOPAL has received two different sets of Great Books all of which are
nicely bound and very good looking. Out of that you will find 15
titles in Philosophy.
"Recent additions to look out for are: Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy,
Cohen-Salal's biography of Sartre, Spector's Denialism, Harris's
The End of Faith and Out of Step, signed by Hook. We
have a big selection of books related to consciousness, morality and
ethics, as well as some very good reference books. We also have eight
volumes of Paul Strathern's very popular 90 Minute series
ranging from Socrates to Derrida." -Nigel Jones
"We have a special this month of a large number of books from the
Easton Press, which makes deluxe leather-bound editions of famous
books. These books have elaborately tooled covers, beautiful marbled
paper, and gilt edges. The special is mostly great works of fiction,
including such authors as Dostoevsky, Henry James, Proust, and Zola.
There are a few books of poetry and a few plays, as well as a copy of
Darwin’s Descent of Man. Prices for these incredible books
will range from five to twenty dollars. They are in pristine
condition. A small selection of classic medical texts from the same
publisher will be available for very low prices in the High Value
section or the Medicine section. These also have leather
bindings with beautifully tooled covers and gilt edges." -The High