USED BOOK SALES
Saturday November 9
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday November 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN NOVEMBER
Music & Dance
Games & Puzzles
4000 Middlefield Road
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP PALO ALTO LIBRARIES
Marty's (Main) Room
In our Main Room, prices are way below what used book stores charge.
Hardcover books start at $1.00 and softcover books start at only 50
Due to the popularity of our sale and the fact that we can only have
160 customers in the room at any time a numbered ticket system (Main
Room only) is in place and numbers are given out beginning at 8am on
Saturday. Be sure to be in line in order of your number before the
11am opening. If you miss the time when your number is allowed to
enter the Main Room you will forfeit your place in line. NOTE: If
you plan on arriving to the sale after 11am you do NOT need to get a
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 formerly occupied by
the Jewish Community Center next to the soccer field. 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 LP records and 78s 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 grocery bags from us for
$5 each and stuffing them with any items in the room. Buy 4 bags and
get the 5th one FREE!
Library Closings for Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Holiday
All libraries will be closed Sunday, November 10 and Monday,
November 11 for Veterans' Day. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday, November 12.
Libraries also close at 6pm on Wednesday, November 27 for the
Thanksgiving holiday, remaining closed Thursday, November 28
and Friday, November 29. Normal hours will resume on Saturday,
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
Friends Bookstore in Downtown Library
If you cannot attend the book sale, please drop by the Friends
Bookstore located inside the Downtown Library and open during
library hours. It is restocked regularly with a unique selection
of books for all ages and interests.
FOPAL Book Sale Notices Now on Twitter
You can now follow us on Twitter @fopalbooks.
We'll post Sale notices and will reveal the Sunday 50% off
section via our Twitter feed.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations and schools are able to select books
from among the thousands of books available in the Bargain Room
on the Sunday evening following the sale from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
If you are associated with a non-profit organization or school
that would like to receive books from us for free or for
information on eligibility, hours, and the types of materials
available, please contact Norma Burchard in advance by e-mail
at email@example.com or at (650) 494-1082.
Several dozen organizations benefit from the monthly giveaways,
including local hospitals, homeless programs, senior centers,
schools, and jails, as well as libraries in rural areas and on
reservations, and literacy projects in many other countries.
True in 2004 and still true in 2013
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2013! It's because of this truth that FOPAL
continues encouraging checking the value of uncommon books on the
internet so that they can be given a price which is fair to our
customers and high enough to ensure the Friends are maximizing
their sales revenue.
This is why our book sale customers are likely to see some books
priced higher than $1 for a hardback and 50 cents for a paperback.
A suggested pricing guideline for pricing book using internet
research is one third of the on-line asking prices given the
criteria of publisher, date, edition, signed copy, condition, and
availability. So, if you see a book priced for $10 at a monthly
sale, chances are this book would sell on-line for at least $30.
That being said some books warrant a fifty percent or more fraction
of the on-line prices. These higher value/priced books are still a
great deal to our "collecting and reader" customers.
One of FOPAL's challenges is to recognize those books that might be
even more out-of-ordinary and of unusually high value say...where
the Internet price is over $100.00. Now once these books have been
identified, FOPAL then looks for other markets for them where they
can be sold at prices well above what we might price and sell them
for our monthly sale. FOPAL not only sells at sells books at the
monthly sale but also at the Friends Kiosk (Downtown library) at
auction and on-line.
If you can't attend the September sale, please drop by the Friends
Kiosk located in the Downtown library during library hours. Books
are priced $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. The Friends
Kiosk is restocked regularly with books for all interests. Or, shop
our on-line book store http://www.amazon.com/shops/grandmabetsybooks.
All proceeds from book sales benefit the Palo Alto Libraries.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Members-Early Sale Set for December 14th
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set the annual Members-Early sale
for Saturday December 14th. If you're a member of the Friends of the
Palo Alto Library, you'll be able to get in early to the Main Room at
the December 14th sale! At this once-a-year event, Life Members are
allowed to enter the sale at 9am and can purchase up to 50 books.
Members at all other levels can enter the sale at 10am and purchase
the normal 12 books at a time. Enjoy a less crowded main book room
and get first crack at our wonderful collection of materials. Books
are always a welcome holiday treat!
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the
Members-Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am
lines at the Main Room, since most people who come early are Members
of the Friends. Each Member will get just one ticket, although
Members at and above the $30 levels may bring in their families,
consisting of one or two adults and children. No tickets will be
given out for the 11 am line.
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
FOPAL Book Sale Committee Reinforces 12-Book Limit
Last month we wrote about a growing issue in the Main Book Room:
customers who remove large numbers of books from our shelves and
hoard them, making it hard for other shoppers to find books they
wish to buy, especially early in the sale.
By far, most that come to our sales early on Saturday are
enthusiastic, cooperative, and they appreciate the reasons for our
12-book limit, which is in force only until the Sale Manager
announces that the limit is lifted. This usually happens around
noon or earlier if all who are in line have been admitted and the
Fire Department's occupancy limit is no longer a problem.
Beginning with the November 9th sale, the following rules will be
enforced during the period of the 12-book limit rule.
- Shoppers may not bring in more than one bag per customer, or
any oversize bags. Standard grocery-sized bags are okay -- and
of course we encourage the use of our highly visible flashy green
FOPAL bags, for sale outside the entry ramp. Please remember that
boxes and large backpacks are a safety hazard, and we cannot
allow them when the book room is crowded.
- We will eject shoppers from the sale if they refuse to limit
the number of books removed from shelves to 12. We will increase
the number of FOPAL volunteers in the book room to remind
shoppers about the rule. A reminder: as always, customers are
welcome to choose 12 books, pay for them, exit Marty's room,
store their purchased books and re-enter as many times as they
wish, observing the waiting line if it is still in existence.
Many book sales in other communities now prohibit dealers and
people with scanners from entering when the sale opens. We are
considering adopting this policy, if hoarding persists.
Our goal is to make our book sales as pleasant and rewarding as
possible, for as many customers as possible. We are grateful for
the support of most of our shoppers in honoring these rules. We
ask for the commitment of our "business clients" in considering
the rights of all of our customers and observing our rules.
Many thanks to all of you -FOPAL Book Sale Committee
Special Seasonal Selections
One of our long time section managers, Althea Andersen, has been
working hard to bring out all the seasonal Winter Holidays books
and CDs we've been collecting these many months. You'll find a
large selection for Thanksgiving, 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 red and green 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.
Section Managers Representing Their Sections
Greeting & boxed cards
Boxed and individual holiday cards are on sale in the main room
holiday section. Individual holiday cards as well as blank note
cards are also on sale outside the main room, at bargain prices.
Readers of General Fiction
This month you have a "Second Chance" to purchase recent trade
paperbacks (2010-2013) that you may have overlooked at a previous
sale. These books -- some by favorite authors, others by debut
novelists -- are in good to very good condition. Each is priced
at only one dollar. You will find more than three dozen of these
books on two shelves marked "Second Chance," located directly below
the shelves labeled "New Fiction This Month." -Marian Knox
A Jane Austen Fan Donation
For the November book sale look for a large number of Jane Austen
(British Writer, Born December 16, 1775) book as well as several DVDs
offered for you to select from. This special collection can be found
near the Fiction Area in an end cap next the line that forms near the
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the
most perfect refreshment. -Jane Austen
Humor for November
Humor is the number one go-to section for holiday gifts in 2013!
Let's face it not all presents are created equal - sometimes what you
are really looking for is something small, cheap and colorful. We can
help. On the top right shelf there are over 30 books that fit the
bill. You will find many brand new books there such as Peanuts,
Doctor's Quotations and Ellen de Generes. For the literati there are
books of epigrams from Wilde and Balzac, for the discerning, Three
Men in a Boat - surely a masterpiece of its type, and a particularly
excellent book of humorous anecdotes and quotations on phobias. If
you have one (or more) or have a relationship with a sufferer this is
essential reading. Gift ideas elsewhere: for the animal lover, 34
books ranging from dogs to zebras; the endless teenager, 4 books on
flatulence; the politico, 5 books related to President G. W. Bush; and
for Hanukah, 5 books of Jewish humor.
On the left you will find a full shelf covering the classic era from
Robert Benchley up through the 40s, 50s and 60s. Of special note here
is an excellent copy of Ervin Cobb's Speaking of Operations, the
And of course our old favorites including, Dave Barry (18), James
Thurber (10), Garrison Keillor (12), and O'Rourke (8) are well
There is a gift opportunity for everyone...
Cartoons: You will find high quality hard backs, such as The New
Yorker, on the top right shelf but 99% of cartoons are over in the
Bargain Room, and 99% of them will be only 50 cents! -Nigel Jones
"Tell us your phobias and we will tell you what you are afraid of."
Look for the broad section of C.S. Lewis titles. And church history is
represented by authors Duchesne and Bihlmeyer. The large format
three-volume The House of God through the Ages has wonderful
pictures of religious edifices. The ministry area has selections on
leadership, liturgy, preaching, spiritual direction and more.
-Nancy Mahoney Cohen
Home & Craft
To make your holidays easy and even more fun, check out the featured
shelf in the Home & Craft section this month. You'll find
books on gifts to make, easy entertaining, and flower arranging to
create a festive mood for you and your home. -Nancy Welch
Philosophy for November- Location Location Location...
The Philosophy section is now in the main aisle in two adjacent
bookcases with each bookcase having a slightly different focus.
Left Bookcase: This bookcase focuses on books by or about specific
philosophers. Many of the old favorites are here again this month
such as Aristotle (14), Dewey (5), Plato (22), Thoreau (11).
Noteworthy this month: Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations, 2 Vols.
Arlington House; Paul Johnson: Socrates; Kierkegaard:
Fear & Trembling; A Foucault Reader; Pascal:
both Pensees and a biography, Anguish & Joy.
Also, we have 12 books relating to Chinese philosophy, located on
the bottom shelf with two excellent books on Confucius, Sage of the
Road, and The Global Confucius.
Right Bookcase: This bookcase focuses on books about philosophy. This
includes dictionaries, encyclopedia sets, and single volumes from
sets, histories of philosophy or specific groups of philosophers or
schools of thought. This bookcase is arranged differently this month.
On the top shelf are tomes of one sort or another, great value on
both a $ per page and a $ per profound thought basis. On the second
shelf are 24 books related to Ethics and Morals (e.g. Lippmann,
Fagothey, Pojman) and 5 on Existentialism (e.g. Etienne Gilson,
Morgenau). On the third shelf are recent arrivals including
Ricoeur, de Botton, and Sahakron, followed by a mix of interesting
books definitely worth browsing through.
Bargain Room: for all the philosophy books that have been well
traveled don't forget to visit the Bargain Room. -Nigel Jones
Music & Dance
The music and dance book section covers a variety of dance and
musical styles - from belly dancing to ballet and from Bach to
Dylan. Here are some of this month's new titles:
- Belly Dancing: The Sensual Art of Energy and Spirit by Pina
Coluccia, Anette Paffrath and Jean Putz
- Strike Up the Band: A New History of Musical Theatre by
- Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American
Musical Theatre by John Bush Jones
- The Language of the Classical French Organ: a Musical
Tradition Before 1800 by Fenner Douglass
- There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream
by Sidran, Ben (Mar 15, 2012)
- The Organ Music of J. S. Bach by Peter Williams
- Kohn on Music Licensing by Al Kohn and Bob Kohn
- South To Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous
by John Broven
- Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen
by Rob Kirkpatrick
- Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians
by Lawrence Cohn
For those who play a musical instrument we have sheet music for
various instruments including piano, recorder, harmonica, and
violin as well as librettos for operas and song books.
November in the Children's Room
A large donation of puzzles and games came into the Children's Room
this month. Our Children's room volunteers have taken the time to see
that all the puzzle pieces are there. As far as the games there are
the classics Operation, Air Hockey and Spill Your
Guts available to name a few. Look for these all together and
priced from $1 to $5.
Arushi's Recommendations for Tweens
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White is a story of friendship told
through the eyes of 12-year-old Gypsy living in 1953. Her cousin,
Woodrow, moves in next door with her grandparents, and she has her
chance to question Woodrow about the greatest mystery ever to hit
Gypsy's town of Coal Station, Virginia: Woodrow's mother vanished
from the face of the earth one cold morning at 5:00 am, and hasn't
been seen since. Gypsy and Woodrow quickly become best friends, and
he reveals that he has been keeping a secret about his mother. Soon,
it becomes apparent that Woodrow isn't the only one with secrets
he'd rather not share. Belle Prater's Boy is a wonderful story of
hope and understanding, and Gypsy and Woodrow finally learn to accept
the truth in their own ways, no matter how painful it may be.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is perhaps the best book I have
ever read that starts off a series dramatically and grippingly. At
the beginning of the book, Percy Jackson is an 11-year-old New
Yorker who has been kicked out of every school he ever attended.
After an exhilarating encounter with the Minotaur (I know, I know,
that's a monster from a Greek myth and monsters don't exist), Percy
finally understands the truth. He's a half-blood who has a Greek god
as a parent. In this world, monsters do exist, and they try to kill
every demigod who gets in their way. Accompanied by his friends
Grover (who has hooves, by the way), and Annabeth, Percy leaves Camp
Half Blood, a safe camp for half-bloods to train. He ventures out
into a monster filled America to save the entire world from World War
III. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is an amazing tale that
brings Greek myths and gods to life. I know I certainly learned
almost everything I know about Greek gods from this series!
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is about a mischievous young boy named Tom.
He gets in much more trouble than any other boy in school, and his
Aunt Polly, who takes care of him, thinks that Tom will be the death
of her. Almost as soon as the story starts, it gets interesting.
Tom's friend, Huck, invites him to go to the graveyard in the middle
of the night to try out a cure for warts. Tom and Huck see something
they shouldn't have, and suddenly, they find themselves in the middle
of a huge mysterious scandal. Only Tom and Huck know the truth, and
it takes plenty of courage and risks to set things right, with the
help of the new girl in town, Becky, Tom ventures into a world of
adventures, including running away to an island to be pirates and
being trapped in a cave with a ruthless criminal. Tom Sawyer is an
adventurous and suspenseful book that everyone should read at least
once in their lifetime. -Arushi Sahai