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How We're Doing

Briefly: we're continuing to take donations by appointment and are holding small "Friends and Family" sales by appointment in each of our rooms, and we're having another special sale in an additional room. Read on for more details.

The "Pop-Up" Sale Again

Another special FOPAL sale--The last portion of the art donation-- Pop-up books--will go on sale in Cubberley's Room H1 (next to FOPAL's Bargain Room) on April 24 and 25 from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Added attractions will be records and music CDs, and also a selection of hi-fi equipment (receivers, speakers, tape (cassette) decks, a tuner, turntables). Only 20 people will be allowed in the room at any one time and they will be admitted on a first come, first enter, policy. Shopping time should be limited to 45 minutes to allow for more people to enter. Cashiers will have credit card capability.

Pop-Up Books

Pop-up books--in which some or all of the pages are three-dimensional and the pictures literally pop up off the pages--intrigue almost everyone, from toddlers to adults. Thanks largely to a local collector's donation, FOPAL is offering thousands of pop-ups for sale. Whether you're a sports fan, a Disney fanatic, a folk and fairy tale enthusiast, an animal lover, a budding paleontologist, an art aficionado, a birder, a parent or grandparent, or a collector yourself--you're bound to be captivated by these ingenious books. Sophisticated or whimsical, all of the pop-ups are in excellent condition; some of the books have never been read. And the prices are low enough that you can take home bags full: from 50 cents to about $5.00! Come to Cubberley Room H1, browse, buy, and enjoy!
And, this time we are having special pricing for pop-up books: buy five books and get one book of equal or lesser value free!

Picture of pop-up book Picture of pop-up book

Mini Music Sale

We're blowing out some of the leftovers from our December 2019 Vinyl Sale so we can get some space to start working on our backlog of records. These will be priced at $1 and $2. We also have brought records from the bargain room so record buyers only need to work with one set of entry requirements.

We're also bringing thousands of music CDs of all genres (Classical, Country & Western, Easy Listening, Holiday Music, International, Jazz, Religious, Rock, 60s/70s Rock, Soundtracks seen as of this writing). Many $1, many $2, several higher priced, many fresh this month: we think there are 2,700 in the room thus far and CD section manager John Scheibe says there will be more.

Library News and Information

The big Palo Alto Library news is that the Children's Library is now open by appointment for browsing. The Library's Current Services page has more information (click to expand the "In-Library Services" section). Mitchell Park and Rinconada will follow in May.

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! Use the links below to schedule an appointment to shop our shelves in the Main Room or Children's Room or email to receive information on scheduling an appointment to shop FOPAL's Bargain Room.

Main Room F&F Appointment Link:

Bargain Room F&F Appointment Info:

Children's Room F&F Appointment Link:

Use these links 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 $30 for the Main Room, and $20 for the Children's Room. The Bargain Room has no minimum request.


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 use the link below to sign up for an appointment to drop-off donations Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday 2-4pm. You'll be directed to, the scheduling tool we're using to assign donors an appointment to deliver a donation (six bags boxes or less) in front of FOPAL's Bargain Room in H2.

Due to the overwhelming response to opening for donations FOPAL donation appointments are often FULL. Look for more donation appointments into mid-June. For an earlier appointment please continue to monitor the link provided, as we're seeing cancellations each donation day.

Drop-off Donations 3.0 Appointment Link:

No donations are accepted during sale appointments and donors must have an appointment to drop off a donation. Please read our donation guidelines before you bring materials to us.


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

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