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How We're Doing

Briefly: we're taking donations by appointment, we're not holding the usual monthly sale event but we are holding small sales by appointment in each of our rooms, and we've received a large donation meriting a special sale in an additional room. Read on for more details.

Gigantic Art Book Sale

Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold a pop-up sale of a large donation of art books on November 13, 14 and 15, 2020, from 9am to 4pm in Room H1 of the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Thousands of books on numerous topics with an emphasis on Impressionists will be available.

Buyers must reserve a time period on for an hour of shopping with a maximum of 15 customers per hour. Social distancing of six feet must be observed and face coverings must be worn. Credit cards will be accepted. Bring your own containers to haul lots of treasures home.

The collection encompasses approximately the following:

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: about 400 general titles, 500 Monets, 400 Van Goghs, hundreds each on Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, and Cezanne along with many other artists such as Sargent, Bonnard, Cassatt, and Modigliani.

Look for a broad assortment of books on Rembrandt, Turner, Homer, Schiele, Faberge, Tiffany, architecture (especially Frank Lloyd Wright). Many other artists, including those in modern art, are represented. There are many books on individual museums in America and Europe. We have an extensive collection of art books, including artists' portfolios with wonderful color plates.

There are 100 boxes of Christie's and Sotheby's catalogues from the 1980s through 2015. Almost all are for auctions of Impressionist, Modern, or Contemporary Art and for 20th-century decorative arts. They will be sold by the existing closed box with a short explanation of what is inside.

Questions may be addressed to

Library News and Information

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 (Tuesday through Saturday 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:

The Library will be closed on Wednesday November 11 for the Veteran's Day holiday. So, not a good day to plan to pick up your holds or return books.

The Library will also be closed from 5pm on Wednesday November 25 through Friday November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. If by some miracle Children's Library, College Terrace Library, Downtown Library have opened by then, they will be closed all day Wednesday.

The Library will also be closed from 5pm on Thursday December 24 through Friday December 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. If by some miracle Children's Library, College Terrace Library, Downtown Library have opened by then, they will be closed all day Thursday December 24 through Friday January 1 2021.

The Library will also be closed on Friday January 1 2021.

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.

Friends and Family Sales By Appointment

Our monthly sales will be on hold until the health risk to our customers and volunteers is substantially reduced. We monitor the health situation continually and we look forward to returning to our monthly sales when we can offer them with as little risk as possible.

If you miss our sales and our fantastic offerings of items in three rooms, we have started a program we call Friends and Family. Anyone who wants to shop is definitely a Friend and you can contact Janette Herceg at for an appointment in one of our rooms with a host volunteer.

You will be offered a link to "Shop our Shelves" on, the scheduling tool we'll be using to assign participants with a volunteer to shop in the Main Room or Children's Room. Bargain Room shoppers will be scheduled separately.

Special rules for these sales:

You must have exact change or a check for your purchases.

You must only shop from the shelves where items are priced. Boxes on the floor contain items in process and not yet priced so they should not be opened.

We are requesting that you come prepared to spend a minimum of $40 for the Main Room, and $20 for the Children’s Room. The Bargain Room has no minimum request.

The Bargain Room Is Having Its Bag Sale

The Bargain Room will be selling books by the $5 bag by appointment throughout the month of November. If you don't want an entire bag, you'll also have the option of paying 50 cents per hardcover or 25 cents per paperback. If you buy four bags full, you get a fifth bag of books free!

In order to request a shopping slot, e-mail

Beginning on Nov. 14th, nonprofit organizations are invited to sign up using the same system in order to choose books for free.

Throughout the month of December, all remaining books will be free to anyone who would like them, using the same sign-up system.

Please bring your own shopping bags. We have a tremendous number of books, but hardly any bags. We do have FOPAL shopping bags for sale for $2 each, if you would like to purchase a reusable bag.


Looking forward to FOPAL opening for donations? We are too! As a result, we have started a program we call Drop-off Donations 3.0! Anyone who wants to donate can contact Janette Herceg at for an appointment to drop-off donations Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday 2-4pm. You will be offered a link to drop-off donations on, the scheduling tool we'll be using to assign donors an appointment to deliver a donation (six bags boxes or less) in front of FOPAL's Bargain Room in H2. You must have an appointment to drop off your donation. Please read our donation guidelines before you bring materials to us.

Please note that as of this writing all donation appointments are full through the end of 2020! Thank you for your continuing support of FOPAL!


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

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