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

Sunday September 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm


Industrial Design
Children's Room/Vintage Books
Art & Architecture
Puzzles & Games
The West


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.)

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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.

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The Pandemic Is Yet Making Things Weird

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 is open 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.

Industrial Design Special

"Look in specials bookcase just inside entrance door for a collection of industrial design books, a gift from a leading company in this area. Many aspects of design are covered including people, inventors, graphics, product design, etc." -Nancy Cohen

Children's Room

"Welcome back to the Children's Room! Our shelves are full of gently used books, games, crafts, puzzles, and toys, priced from 50 cents to a few dollars. Our Beginning Readers section is packed, with early readers at levels 1-5 (some in sets), many covering non-fiction topics such as space, dinosaurs, weather, animals, and more. There are also many books in the Dr. Seuss series, and some classroom sets for teachers. In the Activities section you'll see several bins of science books, many with terrific ideas for science fair projects or for experimenting at home. There are also math workbooks for students at many levels. Kids who enjoy crafting will find materials and books for origami, calligraphy, painting, cross-stitch, and--especially--bead and jewelry projects. Visit our School-Age Fiction section for books by award-winning authors (an entire bookcase full) and popular series such as Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, Boxcar Children, and others. There are plenty of books for older readers, too, like Harry Potter, Richard Riordan, and Carl Hiassen. Plan to spend time browsing our shelves; you're sure to find much to interest you and your family." -Carolyn Davidson

Children's Vintage Books

"One good thing that came from a year-long shutdown: children's vintage books (especially for older kids) is bursting with material! The older kids' section has been dramatically expanded and now includes a dedicated bookcase full of children's series books (Nancy Drew, Tom Swift and many older series) and a shelf for books written in other languages. We have some interesting picks this month, including many books from Walter Farley's Black Stallion series. For younger children, this month's focus is centered around the Old West, including early California and the missions, on one side of the partition and 'wild' animals featuring half a dozen Babar books by de Brunhof on the other." -Lisa Heitman


"Welcome back to the FICTION BOUTIQUE featuring:

1) an abundant selection of recently published hardcover and paperback novels by favorite authors, as well as some authors who are just beginning to attract attention;
2) a shelf of books written by Edith Wharton, who was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, in 1917;
3) two paperback novels about brave women: Hedy Lamarr, the movie star and inventor; and Marie Benedict, the first wife of Albert Einstein, also an inventor. The book is entitled The Other Einstein.
4) a display of books by Stanford faculty (past and present), including Paul Goldstein, Wallace Stegner and Tobias Wolff.

"Enjoy shopping and reading!" -Marian Knox


"Welcome back to Self Help and may you be well in Body, Mind and Spirit.

"Here's an overview of my section:

"Two book bays have unsorted books, except for some shelves marked 'Popular on Amazon' and 'New Arrivals'.

"Two book bays have subsections like: Workbooks and CD's, Little Books, Happiness, Emotions, Depression, Addictions, Mind/Brain, Creativity, Communication, Enneagram, Spiritual/Inspiration, Meditation, Relationship, Family and teens, Midlife/Aging, Grief/Loss.

"This month there are dozens of AA books in the Addiction section. Great if you're involved in that very supportive community and want resources to share.

"Most books are $1 or $2, and those that are more are still half (or less) of the internet price and you don't have to pay shipping! So Happy Browsing to you, Marnie"


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

"New this month - Beyond Courage - The Untold story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust; With Heart in Mind - Mussar Teachings to Transform Your Life; Be Still and Get Going - A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life; Anne Frank in the World; The Forgetting River - A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition.

"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 computer section has been slightly rearranged, with some topics given more shelf space. A new topic, Vintage Manuals has been added, with many curious old books reaching back in computer history as far as the 1970s." -David Cortesi

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"In Science Fiction and Fantasy, we have some SF magazines, mostly Galaxy, from the early 1950s, in amazingly good condition. There's also a bound collection of publications from the 1955 Clevention, the 13th Worldcon. More recent books include a new, still in wrapper, eight volume set of the Expanse novels by J.S.A. Corey." -Rich McAllister

Bargain Room Science Fiction and Fantasy

"In the Bargain Room's Science Fiction and Fantasy section, we have 39 shelf-feet of pocket paperbacks, 36 shelf-feet of larger books, and two or three shelves of more recent SF&F magazines. Analog covering May 1990 through May 2007 with gaps (Mid-December 1991, January 1992, June 1992, June through December 1998, March through May 2005, November 2005 through May 2006) and a couple duplicates. Also a few each of Asimov's, F&SF, Galaxy, Worlds of If in mostly lesser condition. All shelved on lower shelves on the paperback Mysteries side of the aisle." -Frank McConnell


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 September 13 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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