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 Slottr.com 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
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 ncohen@FOPAL.org.
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
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
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
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
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 appointments@FOPAL.org for an appointment in one of our
rooms with a host volunteer.
You will be offered a link to "Shop our Shelves" on SignUp.com, 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 appointments@FOPAL.org.
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
email@example.com for an appointment to drop-off donations
Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday 2-4pm. You will be offered a link
to drop-off donations on signup.com, 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
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email us at