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Saturday November 13
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm

Sunday November 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm


Industrial Design
Children's Room (Vintage)


4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
(650) 213-8755

Maps and Directions
More information on the sales
Donate your used books, DVDs, &c

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.

No numbered tickets this month! (See below.)

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 next to the soccer field near Greendell School. 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 records, CDs, and DVDs 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.)

News from the Library, by E-mail and RSS

All Library branches will be closed on Thursday November 11 for the Veteran's Day holiday, and also Thursday and Friday November 25-26 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. You can read more about this, and about other Library news here.

If you have ever given the Library your e-mail address, like this newsletter editor did when he signed up for a Palo Alto Library card, you have probably noticed that they are sending you one to a few e-mails per month since the start of the pandemic.

If you haven't been getting these e-mails, and are curious, there's an archive of them here. The messages linked from the archive page have links to a subscription page.

If you prefer this sort of thing in your RSS reader instead of your e-mail, you can get the RSS feed here. (This may open in your RSS reader instead of in your browser.)

November 13th: FOPAL Sale & CASP Open Studios

One great location: the Cubberley Community Center! Two great events! November 13th, FOPAL and Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) come together to offer bibliophiles and art connoisseurs an opportunity to shop/buy FOPAL's art books, framed art...then attend CASP's Open Studios! Look for more details on FOPAL's Facebook page. Please "like" and "follow" us when you visit. General info: CASP Open Studios - Wings E, F, and U, 1pm-4pm. Join the artists in their studios for art and art activities! Look for great eats with food truck on-site Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile, 11:30am-2:30pm.

Pop-up Framed Art Sale Saturday, November 13th

Whether you are a collector of framed art or not, come see what we have found over the past years/months amongst the many generous donations and have set aside waiting to be offered one-day-only FOPAL Pop-up Framed Art sale. Come take a look at a large array of prints, posters, photographs, watercolors, oils, and more, just outside the Main Room, 11am to 3pm.

FOPAL Closings for November

In observance of Thanksgiving FOPAL will be closed for donations on November 24th and 25th.

FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale

A super big FUN FESTIVE FOPAL Members' Early Sale is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th. Twice a year, FOPAL holds a Members' Early Sale, at which members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library are admitted early to the Main Room sale. Members enjoy a less crowded Main Room and get the first look at FOPAL's wonderful collection of materials!

Saturday, December 11th - At our Members' Early Sale, Life and Sponsor Members (and one spouse or guest) may enter at 9AM and can purchase up to 100 books per membership from 9 AM to 10 AM. Other Members enter at 10AM and are able to purchase 25 books at a time. General admission for all including non-Members begins at 11AM. The usual limit on purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a line waiting to enter. Remember, you may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, on the sale day. Renew, or join now at

Holiday Books and more...

We've been working hard to bring out all the seasonal Winter Holidays books and CDs (holiday CDs for sale in the Bargain Room/H2) we've been collecting these many months. You'll find a large selection for Hanukkah and Christmas. If you are looking for great ideas on how to liven up your holidays, look no further. You are sure to find something you'll be excited to read, listen to or share with loved ones during this upcoming holiday season. Look for the festive holiday display as you enter the Main Room on the right. Also, because we have even more Hanukkah and Christmas stuff still packed away in storage, look for more of our collection to be put on sale in December.

The Pandemic Is Not Just For Halloween

No Main Room Entry Tickets at this time: Customers who want the best selection should arrive early. There are lines to enter each room. Please do not plan on using a box to hold your place in line. The Bargain Room opens at 9:30am and the Children's Room opens at 10am, giving you time to shop either of these rooms and be able to...

Get In Line By 11am: Please be sure to return to the Main Room a few minutes before it opens at 11 am to line up using social distancing. Customers will be admitted in the order of first in line first to enter. There is an occupancy limit for each salesroom, these will be carefully enforced by FOPAL's Door Monitors.

Twelve Book Limit: Due to health and safety regulations, no more than 80 customers at a time can be allowed into the Main Room. During the first hour or until the Sales Manager lifts the restriction, each customer may select no more than 12 books at a time, pay for the items in the cashier line, and exit through the east door. The customer may then join the end of any remaining line at the north/entry door and reenter in that order. The limitation of 12 books at a time will continue past noon if a line remains outside.

One Bag Limit: There is also a limit of one grocery-sized or one green FOPAL reusable bag per customer for carrying your book selections. We do not allow the use of large "Costco" or "Ikea" sized bags, or boxes of any kind until any shopping limits are lifted.

To avoid lines and crowds, we suggest browsing afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.


"In our November sale, we continue to offer rich book collections from individual artists with new incoming books of Max Ernst, Andy Goldsworthy etc, industrial design books, animation design books, books of Japanese prints, and books of Chinese paintings." -Fiona Wang

Industrial Design

"A second donation of industrial design books are on a specials end cap." -Nancy Mahoney Cohen

Children's Room

"'Shop local' for the holidays in the Children's Room! This month you'll find books about Thanksgiving just inside the door, books for Hanukkah (November 28-December 6), and the first tranche of Christmas books. On the Giftable Picture Books shelves is a very large selection of like-new books, including some myths and folk and fairy tales. In the Activities section are many bags and boxes of K'Nex along with several cases for the parts; a few Snap Circuits kits; and like-new items on the giftables shelves. Asian Languages offers beautiful sets of Chinese readers and educational materials, classic books in Japanese, and many Korean language picture books. Non-Fiction received a collection of dinosaur books this month, along with many fascinating books and materials on insects and other creepy-crawly creatures. In School-Age Fiction, be sure to check out the impressive display of many of the 100 most-critically-acclaimed- of-all-time books for children through teens and young adults. Featured in European Languages are some lovely German-, Spanish, and Russian-language books for the holiday season. In the Beginning Readers section there's a great selection of short books on whales, planets, history, and science, as well as sets of early readers that would be perfect for classrooms. If you're interested in teaching a baby to sign before she can talk, check out the books and CDs on signing in the Parenting section. In the Picture Books bins you'll find many that are practically new, including bundles of Peppa Pig books, 13 for a mere $3 or $3.50! And there's an entire shelf of holiday DVDs! In the Children's Room you're sure to find something for every child on your list." -Carolyn Davidson

Children's Room (Vintage)

"The pandemic improved the selection of children's vintage books! This month we have almost a complete turnover of material, especially in the older kids' section. Nice copies from Louisa May Alcott, JM Barrie and L Frank Baum anchor the selection. There is also now a dedicated bookshelf of children's series books, including the familiar Nancy Drew and The Bobbsey Twins, but also more obscure collectibles such as The Young Engineers and The Boy Scouts. In addition, we now have separate sections for poetry, world languages, and books focusing on sports (both fiction and non-fiction).

"The younger kids get in on the new action as well. This month we are featuring a holiday display as well as one highlighting children from around the world. Separate non-fiction and world languages sections also make those books easy to find.

"Come check us out! You'll walk away with an armful!" -Lisa Heitman


"Some featured books in Self Help this month are: Hero's Journey; Au Revoir Tristesse (2021); Tapestries, Weaving Life's Journey; The Energy Codes; Precision Nirvana; The Dance of the Lion and the Unicorn; Wild Edge of Sorrow and Tribe of Mentors. Some of the books with multiple copies are: Designing Your Life (3 copies); Decisive (3 copies); The Kind Communicator, (2019- 9 copies). I have a growing selection (46+ books!) on Addiction (mostly AA). Check out all the sections, especially 'Popular on Amazon'. All books are priced to sell -- mostly $1-2. So come on in and enjoy browsing!" -Marnie

Fiction Boutique

"1) Please look for a special display of novels by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. These are arranged in chronological order by the year in which the award was given, beginning well before 2000 and ending in 2020.

"2) Elsewhere in this section, you will find a tempting choice of recently published fiction (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022), ideal for gifts anytime and particularly in the forthcoming holiday season.

"Enjoy shopping and reading!" -Marian Knox


"Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion including editions of the Torah and other basic texts, Kabbalah, Jewish history, the Holocaust, memoirs, Israel, Jewish Women, the Jewish American Experience and other related subjects.

"New this month - Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947; The House on the Lake; The Temple Bombing; How to Spell Chanukah and Other Holiday Dilemmas; Justice in the West Bank?; Faith Shattered and Restored: Judaism in the Postmodern Age; Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World

"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." -Charlotte Epstein


"The Health section currently has a sale on Esther Gokhale's 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. In addition, below the Diet Section, there are a number of diet related books offered for $1.00 each. There are also two copies of Michael Lewis' 2021 book: The Premonition: A Pandemic interesting read regarding how the SARS and MERS experiences should have prepared us for Covid. Look for the Beauty section under Women's Health...books on skin care and facelifts." -Suzanne Cholko


"The History section shelves are brimming this month with many books that we have never had before (at least that we can recall). Come prepared to look at the books very carefully and we can guarantee you will find some fascinating reads. We definitely had a large donation from an Anglophile as our British section is overflowing. It includes numerous biographies on royals that we might know by name only but they had fascinating lives and often a greater influence than is generally understood. We also have a nice collection of books on Australia which is a rarity for us. Germany has more books than usual including many on Nazism and its impact on the German people and the world. As usual, the U.S. History section is packed but the commentary section has an unusually large number of thought provoking books. Our Set section has sets ranging from two to eleven volumes. We also have an incomplete set of fascinating books on India. They can be bought individually. Come prepared to browse and buy in the History section. We think it will be particularly time well spent this month." -Suzanne Little and Lin McAllister

Military History

"The shelves of Military History are completely full; and have overflowed to the 'as priced' red cart, along with three shelves located in the Science section. The top shelf is full of 1898 Spanish American War material!" -Rommel Struckus

Photography (and Large Format)

"Two titles of particular interest in the Photography Section: Exploring Space with A Camera and Earth Photographs from Gemini III, IV, and V, both published by NASA.

"This section is new to me, so I have organized titles as follows:

  • Handbooks and Guides
  • Photos by Photographers (Monographs)
  • People
  • Places
  • History
  • Animals
  • Large Format"
-George Chaltas


We have made it past Drop-off Donations 3.0 and have returned to accepting donations without the need to make an appointment.


We must pause accepting donations until November 15 while we prepare for the monthly sale. Please hold your donations until then.

Please read our donation guidelines before you bring materials to us.

All that said, our normal hours for drop-off donations are Monday through Saturday, 3pm-5pm. (But not the week before the sale.)

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