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July FOPAL Sale Cancelled

There will be no July sale. We began accepting donations on Tuesday July 7 and are planning to have a sale in August.

Our donation handling has some differences due to the Coronavirus. Briefly, we will be accepting donations out in front of the Main Room and sending them to quarantine in a storage area for some days before we return them for sorting. For this and other reasons, there are several kinds of materials we have temporarily stopped accepting. Read our donations page for more information: <>

Library News and Information

The Library's Summer Reading Program is happening! And it started July 1st but you can still get involved. Find out more at the Library's web site: <>

FOPAL grants help support the Palo Alto libraries and through the libraries we are supporting communities beyond the boundaries of Palo Alto. Anyone with a California address can get a library card. Currently there is an online registration form to receive a temporary card. A permanent card can be obtained at any Palo Alto library branch when the libraries reopen. Find out more at the Library's web site: <>

The Library has an overview of its online offerings at its eLibrary page: <> Many of these offerings are available to Library card holders, and the Library has also worked to make it easier for new card holders to get access to some of these. Read about it on the Library's web site: <>

In June, the Library opened up access to its collection by allowing permanent cardholders to place holds on books and schedule a time (weekdays between noon and 5pm at present) for sidewalk pickup at Mitchell Park and Rinconada libraries. It is also now possible to return books you have checked out. Find out more about the Library's sidewalk service on the Library's web site:

On placing holds. It is apparently so popular that the Library staff in both Mitchell Park and Rinconada have packed up our in-library stores so they have a place for all the held books waiting for pickup. We're not complaining, but please schedule times to pick up your held books, and then go pick them up.

There are a lot of things on the event calendar for July, August and September. They're mostly virtual events enabled by the Internet and often require prior registration. Many are about the Summer Reading Program referenced above. You can find Palo Alto Library events on the Library's event calendar: <>

Opening Plans and Progress

Under county regulations FOPAL was able to open to volunteers on June 26, 2020. A message to volunteers has explained all the scheduling, health screening and contact tracing aspects of that opening. Steps are being taken to limit the number of people in our rooms and to clean and sanitize those areas.


We began receiving donations on July 7 and continue Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. Donations will be accepted outside the usual donation door at the Main Room. Donors will be asked to place donations in bankers boxes (available there) and put those boxes on our electric cart. We will be quarantining donations for about two days before returning them to our sorting room. There will be a limit of 6 bags/boxes per donation. People with large donations need to contact Janette Herceg at or 650-494-1266 to make arrangements to drop off the donations at a location where we have space. No ephemera, electronics, art, records, or CDs will be accepted. See the attached temporary list of what we do and do not accept. We cannot pick up donations during this period. No donations are accepted on sale days.


Our first sale since February will be August 8 and 9 for Members only in the Main Room on Saturday from 9am to 4pm and in the Children's Room from 10am to 4pm. There will be no membership renewals or sign-ups at the sale. The Bargain Room will be closed on Saturday. There will be no sales to other than members on Saturday. On Sunday from 11am to 4pm there will be a bag sale for books as well as individual sales of books and LPs in the Bargain Room for any customers with advance sign-up as to a time. The Main, Bargain, and Children's rooms will be open on Sunday from 11 to 4 for all customers, also with advance time sign-up. There will be no outside sales, thus no art, ephemera or dollar books at this sale.

In order to limit the number of people in the sale rooms, we will require all customers to sign up in advance for a time slot. Beginning on July 15 at 9am there will be a sign-up application on our website for customers to pick a specified time slot. There will be hour slots during the first two hours of the Members sale in the Main Room for Life Members and Sponsors, then half hour slots for other members for the remainder of the sale on Saturday. The sign-ups will be closed on August 5 at 5pm to give us time to check on membership status for Saturday slots and prepare entry lists for the sale. FOPAL must receive a new membership application or renewal by August 1; include email and phone number in case of a question. If you want to hasten the membership application process, you can use the online payment portal Network For Good to join/renew membership.

Life Members and Sponsors may purchase up to 100 books. Other members may purchase up to 25 books per membership except Family Members may purchase up to 25 items for each of two adult members at a time.

Life and Sponsor members will be allowed to shop for 50 minutes during the first two time slots for the Main room. Thereafter and in other rooms customers will have about 25 minutes and then exit the building to reach the cashiers For all buildings, customers will enter one door and exit another.

Some antiseptic cleaning will be done inside the building before the next tranche of customers will be admitted. We will also require customers to review the health screening form before entering and to fill in a contact tracing sheet upon entering.

The usual post-sale free nights in the Bargain Room - Sunday night from 4pm to 6pm for nonprofits and Monday for all from 6pm to 8pm - will take place. We will however be limiting numbers of people in the room and length of time spent in the room to permit our customers to keep some distance.

FOPAL looks forward to greeting its customers once again.


We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our book sale. Please email us at

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