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

Sunday April 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm


Children's Room/Vintage
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! (Another reminder that yes, we are still in a pandemic!)

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 $3/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

The Library would like you to know that the first week in April is National Library Week, and you can read their latest newsletter 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.)

The City may also be sending you "Uplift Local" e-mails once a week or so. There is an archive of those e-mails here.

And if like yr hmbl newsletter editor you have not been paying attention and are wondering what is open and how much the Library has a Current Library Services page.

What's Special for April!

For April, in the large special bays to your right, as you enter the Main Room, you'll find a big collection of newly shelved books for the History Special. A fair amount books were donated to the Gardening section this month. As you enter you'll find the Gardening section on your right in the corner with a garland of notable gardening quotes hanging above, compliments of the section manager Ann Justice. An abnormally large amount of Sets came in this month; look for these books in the Sets section for our April sale as well the Sets shelves allotted space in the Bargain Room/H2. Shout out to FOPAL's youngest section manager Felix Chen for confidently managing this challenging section! In Children's Room, the "Vintage Corner" was one of our featured subjects last month. Children's Room vintage book section manager Lisa Heitman held over many of the unsold books from the last sale and added many more that we didn't have room for. The West, managed by long-time volunteer Tyler Vinciguerra was given a good culling after the March sale, and as a result, you'll see a freshened-up section with many new titles for you to choose from.

Can't make it to the monthly sale? Want to support your local literacy programming? Shop one of FOPAL's community library sale areas: look for a book sale gondola in the Downtown Library and two book sale gondolas at the Rinconada Library. For a bigger selection visit the FOPAL book store in the Mitchell Park Library, this space receives new books weekly. Remember, most all hardback books are always $2 and paperbacks are only $1, and that these sale areas are open when the libraries are open!


"This month we are again featuring History on the Specials shelves as you enter the Main Room on your right. Showcased are China, the Middle East, Russia, Medieval History, and British Imperialism. The Medieval collection is particularly extensive including the Encyclopedia of Medieval History (volumes sold separately). To the left, between the Travel sections, there is a collection of exploration and historical travel books. Don't miss the 'set' section in our regular History aisle as among our selections we have a most unusual 1903 numbered set of Courtiers and Favorites of Royalty published in Paris. Very nice. We're selling sub-sets of the set. Enjoy your shopping!" -Suzanne Little and Lin McAllister

Children's Room/Vintage

"With the sun shining in, the children's vintage nook is looking very spring-ish for the April Monthly Book Sale. The little kids section has a large collection of vintage Dr. Seuss (but only the Seuss estate approved versions, mind) as well as a new, robust selection of Little Elf books. These Little Elf books are just a small fraction of an entire box full, so if you're a fan, you can look forward to more to come in the next few months. The older kids series book section has more than 20 Hardy Boys books, a few Trixies and Nancys, and the usual assortment of older series (like Tom Swift Sr, for example). There is also a replenished anthology section, as well as a 12 volume set (complete) of the 1937 My Bookhouse compendium. Plenty for vintage book lovers to love!" -Lisa Heitman

Children's Room

"The Children's Room is again extremely well stocked for the coming sale. Look for books about Passover, Easter, and Mothers' Day (which occurs before the May sale, so this is your only chance to find something special for Mom). We have a bountiful supply of games, puzzles, and toys, many brand new. There are some beautiful sets of Chinese-language readers and reference books, along with picture books galore in Japanese and Korean. And our graphic novels shelves are full, with everything from comics to anime to Tintin to classic novels in graphic format. Come and browse!" -Carolyn Davidson


"Sex & Drugs & Heads will Roll; yes it's all happening down on the Anthropology shelves this month! There are several books on the theme of incest, a few describing the effects of LSD and cannabis on society and politics, a selection of books on the economy of the coffee industry and a small collection on head hunting and cannibalism." -Helen Beevers


"The Drama section has a selection of sets available again this month, including study sets of Angels in America, a set of Yale Shakespeare wanting a good home and there are some lovely illustrated Shakespeare plays presented in a slip case." -Helen Beevers


"Featured books this month include: Atomic Habits; Emotional Agility; Getting Past your Past; Buy Yourself the F... Lilies; One Breath at a Time; and How to Be Yourself. I've received a number of books about Neurolinguistic Programming which are grouped together in a subsection. There are two shelves of 'Popular on Amazon' books plus three more full shelves of 'New Arrivals' that came in this month. And of course there are all the books from previous months and many books placed in the subsections. So enjoy browsing and taking advantage of the great prices!" -Marnie


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


We are closed for donations from Sunday April 3 through Sunday April 10 to prepare the Main Room for this weekend's sale. Please hold your donations until Monday April 11.

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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