USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 11
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 January 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
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 January and February
All library locations will be closed all day Monday, 20 January
2020, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. They will all
reopen Tuesday, 21 January 2020.
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.
True in 2004 and Still True in 2020
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2020! 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.
What's New in January
Did your New Year's resolutions include getting physically and
emotionally healthy? Check out the current selection in the
Psychology/Self-Help section, for your motivational reads for
2020. Looking to improve your creative skills this year? Check out
the Art section for a vast selection of how to books in the
studio art subsection. There is something for every skill level and
in most fine art mediums. Medicine received a large donation
earlier in the month, giving its section a wide selection of new
offerings. A fine donation of children's books, games, puzzles and
stuffed animals has the shelves in the Children's Room fully stocked
with more available in the Children's Bargain Room/H2. We have had
many customers asking about book sets. This month, thanks to all our
generous donors, we have these "book sets" priced and shelved ready
to move. Sets are located next to Mysteries. Look for
even more Sets in the Bargain Room as the Sets section
manager needed to let go of several nice book Sets as the Main Room
section is overflowing. Finally, it looks like the weather will
cooperate this weekend and we'll have our freshly curated Framed Art
sale gallery up and running if the forecast holds true.
"The display table inside our door features books that celebrate
Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Check it out; you're sure to
find something that will appeal to young readers. We're also flush
with stuffed animals for both holidays.
"The graphic novels shelves are brimming with titles for kids of all
ages. On the science/math table are many books with ideas for
intriguing science experiments. Our selection of board books is
particularly good this month, with some wonderful pop-up books as
"School-age Fiction boasts some unusually attractive books this month,
starting with a gift-quality edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets illustrated in brilliant color by celebrated artist Jim
Kay. In the Young Adult/Teen section you'll find Dear Evan Hansen,
the novel that's the basis for the Tony Award-winning play. There's
also a three-book set of Marie Lu's dystopian series, Legend,
Prodigy, and Champion, including special bonus content;
and two award winners by John Green that have been made into TV shows
and films: Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. In the
American Girl section you'll find three beautiful six-volume sets.
Finally, in the Award Winners section, we have Jacqueline Woodson's
acclaimed book Brown Girl Dreaming, and two gift-quality books from
Caldecott winner Brian Selznick: Wonder Struck and The Marvels."
Vintage Children's Books
"The January vintage children's collection offers many Albert Payson
Terhune books about dogs in bee-yoo-ti-ful dust covers, as well as an
entire shelf of Windemere and Windemere-like books with lovely cover
pastedowns. Tom Swift and Louisa May Alcott also feature heavily.
Little kids are treated to an entire collection of books about
trains/planes/ships and some old-timey collectibles, as well as many
new 'small' and 'golden' books. We even have a copy of Outside Over
There signed by the author, Maurice Sendak. January is a goo1d
month to read!" -Lisa Heitman
Teen Recommendations by Jeff Wang
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
When describing Richard Feynman’s life, the only word one cannot use
is boring. In the autobiography written by the 1965 Nobel Prize
winner, Richard Feynman begins with tales of fixing radios as a young
boy, working at his aunt's hotel as a teenager, and learning to be
social after joining a fraternity as an undergraduate at MIT. But soon
the stories take a turn to the bizarre: analyzing and experimenting
with his own dreams, breaking into top-secret safes that contained
plans for the atomic bomb while working at Los Alamos, playing the
samba during the Rio de Janeiro carnival, preparing lectures at strip
clubs as a Caltech professor, and so much more strange yet enchanting
anecdotes. With his distinctive attitude towards the world, Richard
Feynman's autobiography is lighthearted read for entertainment and
learning some important lessons about the world.
Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy: Death's End
by Cixin Liu
With the Trisolaran invasion single-handedly stopped by the
brilliant deterrent of mutually-assured destruction orchestrated by
Luo Ji, an uneasy peace fell among the two civilizations. Without the
interference of Trisolaran sophons and the introduction of advanced
technology, Earth now enters an age of unprecedented prosperity -- but
this would eventually lead to humanity becoming complacent, something
that they will pay a dear price for. As Cheng Xin -- a human from long
ago in the past -- wins the election to become the new sword-holder,
the only person responsible for retaliation in case the Trisolarans
strike, everyone's worst fears are soon realized.... Will humanity
survive beyond the stars, or die in the confines of the earth?
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
The end is nigh. Having returned to the mortal realm from the depths
of Tartarus, the titan lord Kronos is now about to complete his
revenge against the Gods -- by launching a full scale assault on Mt.
Olympus. In the meantime, Percy Jackson finally reads the "Great
Prophecy" that predicted the victory or defeat of the gods when he
turns sixteen in just a few days, and is distraught when it is
revealed that he is doomed to die. With both everything and nothing
to lose now, Percy takes upon the blessing -- and curse -- of
Achilles, and leads the other demigods at Camp Half-Blood for a final
stand against Kronos' army of titans and monsters. Will they emerge
victorious? If so, at what cost?
"Barred from military combat until relatively recently, many women
have instead made their mark in espionage, where they have excelled.
As spies, women have shown courage, ingenuity and intelligence behind
enemy lines. Perhaps the greatest female spy of all time is Virginia
Hall, whose fascinating story is the subject of two current
bestsellers and one upcoming major motion picture. During our January
sale, we are highlighting both bestsellers: Woman of No Importance
by Sonia Purnell and The Wolves at the Door by Judith L.
Pearson." -Marlene Strauss
"The Computer section still features half a shelf of books about
compilers (including at least one copy of the famous "Dragon Book")
and lots of books about computer math and hardware. Computer books
in the Main Room are chosen for relevance to modern systems, but if
you want a book about Windows XP, Mac OS Leopard, or any other
software of the 90s and the Oughts, be sure to visit the Bargain Room
where there are many." -David Cortesi
Classic and Modern Literature
"FOPAL received an enormous donation of various editions of Herman
Melville's Moby Dick and related materials. We will have
four shelves of this material for sale in January: one shelf of the
best editions from the donation and three shelves displaying a wide
range of materials relating to Moby Dick, including books on Melville
and the whaling industry, a catalogue of whaling equipment,
transcripts of plays based on Billy Budd and Moby Dick,
literary criticism and instruction booklets, and a beautifully
illustrated edition of the novel. There are a few copies of
translations of Moby Dick in the European Languages
section of the Main Room." -Melinda Parry
"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 - Backstreets: Springsteen: The Man and His Music;
Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads; Monk Dancers
of Tibet; Drive Dull Care Away: Folksongs from Prince Edward Island;
Symphony for the City of the Dead; Serving the Servant:
Remembering Kurt Cobain; Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical
"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 - Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the
Record Straight; If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir;
A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother's Memories of
Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade; Will to Freedom:
A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism; A Bride for
One Night: Talmud Tales.
"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 is packed with many new titles this month.
We are having a special on books about Korea including Korean
immigrants to the United States. Although most of the books are
fiction there are a few memoirs as well as a travel book by Isabella
Bird. We've also included one children's book, A Single Shard, that
tells about the origin of celadon ceramics. It is very unusual for us
to get this many books on Korea so we hope you enjoy this collection.
The special is located in the center section of Historical Fiction."
-The Historical Fiction Team
"New additions to look out for in January 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 quite a few classics available this month. These include:
Amphigorey Too by Gorey, Lear's Book of Nonsense, three
collections by Addams, two books each by Wodehouse, Waugh and Eric
Idle and a very well-produced book by San Francisco's own Herb Caen.
As a result of large donations there are new books on every shelf."
High Value Books
"FOPAL is attending the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper
Fair, which will be held at:
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 S Airport Blvd.
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Friday, Jan. 31, 10am-7pm
Saturday, Feb. 1, 10am-5pm
...and will have a booth for High Value books and a booth for
Ephemera. All FOPAL members can enter free." -Nigel Jones
"There is an 8-volume set of Chafer's Systematic Theology,
1953, for the low price of $40."
-Nancy Mahoney Cohen