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Saturday January 14
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
High Value Sale Room H1 10am - 4pm
Main Room 11am - 4pm

Sunday January 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
(High Value Sale Room H1 Saturday Only)


Military History
Puzzles & Games
New Age


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

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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 $3.00 and softcover books start at only $2.00.

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, fiction for teens, 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

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.

The Library would like you to know that they can help you find books for your child's reading level, and that there will be plenty of kids around next week or so reviewing for their finals. You can read about these on their blog to which you can subscribe if you have got an RSS reader.

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.

Start a family library in 2023!

If you ask many book lovers, the most important piece of furniture in a room is the bookcase. A home library doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive to provide rich reading experiences. Many children have their own bookcases in their bedrooms, and in many homes, books can be found displayed in almost every room of the house. For these families, reading materials are simply a part of everyday family life. FOPAL can help you fill your family library with a wonderful assortment of books and it won't cost you much at all. With regular trips to our monthly sales and by visiting each of our three sales rooms you can easily create a family library for 2023. Remember, just about anything goes in a family library. Paperback and hardcover books, a dictionary, an atlas, songbooks, magazines for parents and kids, newspapers.... If you need suggestions for books while shopping FOPAL's book rooms look for a volunteer floor person and ask for their advice. Most of our volunteers are avid readers and would be eager to point you in the direction of books perfect for you and your family.

If you're looking for books during the week or on non-sale weekends, then you'll want to check out the Friends of the Library Book Store in the Mitchell Park Library, or the FOPAL gondolas in the Downtown and Rinconada Libraries. These sales areas are open during library hours and restocked weekly with new books on various subjects.

What's Special for January

The Main Room is bursting with terrific donation offerings this month. In the "large specials area" look for a huge selection of History and Military History books both fiction and non-fiction. Also, check out the impressive selection of Games & Puzzles donated recently. From a personal collection, you'll find dozens of used only once 300-piece puzzles filling the Games & Puzzles shelves. The New Age section has been organized and refreshed this month with the help of substitute section manager Otillia M. Add some enlightenment to your life by shopping this section and picking up some fun reads for a mere few dollars! A large donation of Religion books is available this month in the Main Room as well as in the Bargain Room/H2, making this section fully stocked.

FOPAL sells its highest-value books online but for this month we are going to have selected high-value books and other items at our January sale to give our patrons an opportunity to buy them. Be sure to check out the High-Value Pop-Up sale Saturday 10am-4pm in room H1. FOPAL received many book and non-book items over the year; all offered for purchase at discounted prices. Whether you are a collector or not, mark your calendar for this special sale. Come see what we have found over the past year amongst the many generous donations that have been set aside for this event; take a look at a fascinating array of material on a broad range of subjects. The impressive selection was carefully curated by the FOPAL High-Value team, especially for the January sale.


We're continuing to process a huge donation of books on 20th century European history, including a lot of books on the early days of the Soviet Union, most in excellent condition. You can find them - along with general books on 20th century Germany in the special display area near the front door. We also have a larger than usual selection of books on Southeast Asia, Tibet, and Africa. We've had to do some rearranging in order to display the new arrivals: the section on explorers and exploration has been moved to the main history aisle, near the older books. We also received quite a few books on the Confederacy this month: these are displayed on one of the red carts. If you want some lighter reading, check out our shelf of "Offbeat History" for topics ranging from flappers to fraudsters.

And don't forget to check out the bargain room!

-Linda McAllister


Note the three books in picture below that are in very good condition. Also of interest are Venice Ferrell's Science vs Evolution, Leslie Hardinge's The Celtic Church in Britain, Barbara Raw's Anglo-Saxon Crucifixion Iconography and many more like F. D. Maurice's two-volume The Kingdom of Christ.

Pictured volumes are Early English Text Society editions of The Salisbury Psalters, Old English Homilies from MS Bodley 343, and The Blickling Homilies

-Nancy Cohen

Puzzles & Games

If you love 300 piece puzzles have we got the sale for you! We recently received a donation of over 25 boxes of new or barely used high quality, mostly large piece format 300 piece puzzles. Since there are so many, for just this month, every 300 piece puzzle has been priced at $3 or less in this huge selection of 150 puzzles. Included are 2 dozen Pomegranate, plus more than a dozen each of Ravensburger, Bits and Pieces, and Ceaco/Buffalo.

-Vicky Evans

Home & Crafts

This month the Crafts shelves showcase titles for floral crafts, origami, jewelry-making, and scrapbooking, in addition to decoupage and marbling techniques. These shelves also include a plethora of sewing, quilting and knitting ideas.

For January, the Home titles include: designer fashion, personal beauty, wedding guides, and lingerie, as well as costume history. You'll also find decorative home painting and furniture painting techniques, plus building, remodeling, and interior design styles.

Photos can be found at

-Virginia Perry

Antiques & Collections

Among the offerings this January you'll find: silver to silks; Fabergé to Lalique; Hummel to Limoges, plus other collectibles and buying guides: guns, coins, and stamps.

Photos can be found at


We have a FOPAL mixed RED CART, which includes an overflow of Antiques & Collections, plus several Home & Crafts titles for home improvement, maintenance & repair, and organizational concepts. You'll find this and other Red Carts in the Main Room between Historical Fiction and New Fiction. Photos can be found at

-Virginia Perry


On the top shelf, you should look
For a lovely handmade book,
Cheek by jowl with famous Brits
Reading from their greatest hits.
Check out classics that we've got
From Horace to the Rubaiyat.
Lower down, you'll find bon mots
From Honest Abe and Queen of Scots.

Shelf pictures available at

-Mandy MacCalla


We feature a fabulous collection of Internal Medicine textbooks...but why would you want one? They are very handy for an overview of every illness, and to help formulate questions to ask your doctor. Classic volumes by Harrison, Robbins, Cecil, and Harvey are available...and at bargain prices!

In addition to clinical nursing skills books, peruse the newly-acquired volume on HIPPOCRATES, the Greek who separated medicine from superstition, and whose Hippocratic Oath is still taken by medical students today.

Among the treasured history books is The Evolution of Modern Medicine, a collection of Dr. William Osler's lectures at Johns Hopkins on medicine from its ancient origins to advances of Pasteur, Lister and Osler himself. An entire library's worth of history is condensed in these pages.

-Pam Parke


The holidays brought boxes of new titles that enabled a complete turnover of the genealogy shelf. Test preparation manuals also arrived en masse, expanding onto a second shelf.

-Bruce Heflinger

Children's Room

The first two months of the new year include several holiday celebrations, and we have plenty of books about Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and Lunar New Year to add to your fun. Look just inside the front door and on the wooden table for our display. You'll also find super-sized books full of tales from 8 different countries, songs, and rhymes. If you teach preschool, home-school, or early elementary school, these may be of particular interest to you. Our World Languages sections are full, especially of German, French, Polish, and Chinese books. The Chinese section has books in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese--gorgeous picture books, educational materials, and DVDs, too. Check the Beginning Readers section for inexpensive biographies and books on space, science, and history, in addition to several boxed sets of readers. The DVD shelves include Harry Potter movies and many favorite Disney titles. The graphic novels bookcases are overflowing this month with everything from DogMan to Tintin, Baby Mouse to Calvin and Hobbes. In the Activities section there are like-new puzzles and board games (including a Star Wars Trivia game on deep discount from the Amazon price); bags of small toy cars (including Hot Wheels and "Cars" vehicles); a Build It Yourself rocket kit; a DIY wooden handyman caddy with tools; and bags of plastic dinosaurs of various sizes, at bargain prices. Browse the School-age Fiction shelves of award winners for outstanding titles, and the early chapter book shelves if you're shopping for readers in the early elementary grades.

-Carolyn Davidson

Children's Vintage

Lots of fun stuff in children's vintage this month! To get us in the mood for the upcoming Presidents' Day, there are biographies of both Washington and Lincoln, as well as a wooden, die-cut puzzle of the United States. Or if you're looking for something weightier (both literally and figuratively), how about a 10-volume series of Bible Stories or a 9-volume Bookshelf for Boys and Girls with stories, poems and things to make and do? There are also some vintage miniature books for both older and younger readers, as well as a 1st American edition of Sylvia Plath's The Bed Book. To top it all off, the Little Golden and Junior Elf Books have been restocked, and there is an entire wooden box filled with records (look like 45s but play like 33-1/3s). And if this isn't enough, please check out the High Value Children's Vintage section in H-1 this month. Fifteen boxes of books worth $20-35 if listed online are yours for $10 each. Who said there couldn't be Christmas in January?!

-Lisa Heitman

European Languages

We have some Old English texts, including several by Aelfric from the EETS, in the European Languages (Misc. subsection).

-Susan Strain


A last minute spate of donations of networking tech and security books means those shelves are bursting with bargain knowledge.

Also, new anime characters may appear.

And as always, the newest donations are at the right end of each shelf.

-David Cortesi

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Curious Books

Visit Curious Books for an abundance of wit, wisdom, and new ideas. We have a plethora of charming and instructive volumes to keep you up to date with life hacks and amusements. Enjoy!

Shelf picture available at

-Donya W.


Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion and culture 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 - Why Do Jewish?: A Manifesto for the 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood; Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family; Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul; The Rat Line - A Nazi on the Run: Lies, Love and the Search for the Truth; Sixty Years Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women.

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, Section manager for Judaica


It's a New Year and it can be a New You: Begin that diet you wanted to try. We have many, including Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet. Follow up with The RBG Workout (Bryant Johnson). How about Ellington Darden's A Flat Stomach ASAP? Or work on memory with Keep Your Brain Alive (Katz & Rubin).

Want to relax with something interesting? Try Weekends at Bellevue (Julie Holland, MD), or relive history with Polio: An American Story (David Oshinsky.)

More than 400 Health books are just waiting for you.

-Suzanne Cholko

Science and Technology (STEM)

This month we are featuring the much in demand technology and skill of enemy control. True crime and related subjects have been bleeding in and are now filling the lower STEM section. The usual STEM donations have also been popping in this month. Almost all books are price checked on the internet and I price them at 50% or lower than the lowest price I can find. You see, the bargain room is not the only place to find bargains on STEM books. Shelf pictures at Plenty STEM books are also available in the Bargain Room.

-Edwin El-Kareh

Sheet Music

We still have plenty banjo and ukulele books left this month with some new ones having also come in. We continue to get a broad selection of clean books for most instruments, many with CDs. Shelf pictures and images of each individual book organized by instrument at Piles of lesser quality sheet music books are available in the Bargain Room including plenty of praise music books that have survived some deity's wrath.

-Edwin El-Kareh


There will be a special Music section Red Cart loaded with Grateful Dead books.

-George Chaltas


The Photography section has many fine new monographs.

-George Chaltas

True Crime

SERIAL KILLERS. Many interesting books on the subject can be found under the Science area. Also there are many DVDs on the subject as well. Take a look at

-Cathy Swan

Psychology Self-Help

Featured books (many recent) this month are: Stolen Focus; The Good Life; Strangers to Ourselves; The Practice of Groundedness; Who Am I?; Leaving the Ghost Light Burning; Thinking in Bets; Emotional (Feelings Shape our Thinking); Atlas of the Heart; Journal of Radical Permission; One Question a Day of Self Care; 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently; Everything I Never Dreamed; Think Again; What They Forgot to Teach at School; From Strength to Strength; The Psychology of the Spirit; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself; You are the Placebo. Plus, check out 'Popular on Amazon', 'New Arrivals' and all the subsections! Enjoy browsing and take advantage of the great prices.


Science Fiction & Fantasy

Another batch of Terry Pratchett, for those who missed the batch that flew off the shelf last month. Two copies of John M. Ford's The Dragon Waiting which was hard to find for years, one older Avon paperback and one of the recent Tor reprint. Shelf pictures at

-Rich McAllister


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 January 8 through Sunday January 15 to prepare the Main Room for this weekend's sale. Please hold your donations until Monday January 16.

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.)


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

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