USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 8
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Tent Sale ** CANCELLED **
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Sunday January 9
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
Fiction - Classics
History - Art
Psychology and Self Help
Mysteries and Thrillers
Earth and Animals
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
We're Back! Our Main Book Sale Room will once again be open for business.
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 number.
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 has moved to 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 K-7
The Bargain Room is located in Rooms K-7 and K-6 of the Cubberley main
campus, right next to the tennis courts. On Saturday, Paperbacks are 50
cents, hardcovers are $1, and children's books are just 25 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 Holidays In January
All libraries will be closed Sunday & Monday, January 16th and 17th,
for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday,
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations, schools and teachers that need FREE books
should come to the Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday,
January 9. Please bring your own grocery bags to put books into.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email them to us at
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
January Sale Notes
THE MAIN ROOM IS BACK! After nearly five long months, the Main
Room is back in business. We'll spare you all the gory bureaucratic
details but we can tell you we are all VERY happy to have our room back
and get back to a normal routine! During the hiatus our dedicated
volunteers have been processing books in about 1/4 of the space and we
were fortunate in that a number of local residents came through in a
big way helping us find space to store our books.
Some changes had to be made to accommodate building codes resulting in
some aisles being widened, and several sections being moved. If you
can't find your favorite section please ask one of our friendly
volunteers for help at the sale. Our amazing Section Managers have been
hard at work filling the shelves with books we've been pricing and
storing and it looks like a great sale, though the room won't be 100%
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
Saturday Main Room Procedures
Due to the popularity of our sale and the fact that we can only have
160 customers in the Main Room at any time a numbered ticket system
(Main Room only) is in place and numbers are given out beginning at
8am on Saturday. We allow two tickets per person, one for you and
one for another person. You MUST 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
NOTE: Getting two numbers for just yourself will NOT allow you to
jump to the head of the line on the second trip into the room.
Tickets are NOT REQUIRED to enter the sale. This system is only for
helping us keep an orderly entry for the first hour or so of the
sale. Frankly, we usually get through all the numbers within 30
minutes so if you arrive to the sale at 11:30 often you can go right
into the room, or have only a short wait in line.
EARLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT - For the first hour of the sale OR
at the discretion of the Sale Manager, there is a buying limit of 12
books PER PERSON per trip through the Main Room. You can purchase
your 12 books then get back in line and re-enter the sale. Again,
this policy is to provide fair access to the books for all of our
patrons. We do not allow "stashing" or "hoarding" books anywhere in
the Main Room and unattended piles books will be reshelved.
Members-Early Sale Now Set For February
The annual Members-Early sale, which was to be held in November 2010,
had been postponed and is now set for February 12. Full details will
be in our next newsletter.
We're Still Accepting Donations!
Donations are now being accepted in the Main Room again, and we're
still keeping our normal hours of 2pm - 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.
We also accept donations during the Book Sale hours as well. Pickups
can be arranged for large donations or if you are physically unable
to bring your boos to us. Please call (650) 213-8755 for more
information or to leave a message after hours.|
Bargain Room Bag Sale on Sunday
On Sunday the Bargain Room features our popular "bag sale". For
$5.00 you purchase a large shopping bag from our cashier and then
you can fill it up with anything inside the Bargain Room. We
encourage creative bag packing to maximize value. For every 4
bags you buy, you get an additional bag FREE! If you don't want
to buy a whole bag, all items are 50% off our Saturday prices -
so hardback books and media are only 50 cents, softcover books
only 25 cents.
The Annual Members-Early Sale has now been set for February 12.
Details will be published in future newsletters and will also be
available on the web site.... The next "Better Book Bonanza"
has been rescheduled for March..... Remember, we do accept
donations during the sale - drop off a few and pick up some new
ones.... If you sell on eBay you can donate a portion of your
sale to FOPAL! We're now listed as one of the charities under "eBay
Giving Works". Please contact us if you need more information.
NEW! Recycle Your Used Packing Materials At FOPAL
Looking for a place to recycle those packing materials? FOPAL can use
them! As our online sales have grown we would be happy to accept your
used bubble mailers, small boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and
those bags of air and we'll reuse them. We cannot use large boxes or
Think Ecologically! - Bring or Donate Your Own Bags
Due to the increasing reuse of grocery and other bags, we tend to run
short at our sales and encourage you to bring your own cloth tote or
paper bags to the sale. If you have any extra grocery bags in good
condition please bring them for your purchases at the sale. We would
also gladly accept any extra bags you wish to donate.
Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and Amazon.com, a
percentage of your purchase price can help the Palo Alto Libraries at
no cost to you. At Kepler's,
just mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends of
the Palo Alto Library. For Amazon.com, always start your shopping
clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top right of any of
our web pages at
Virtually all purchases you make at Amazon are eligible, not just
books. Over the years, we've raised thousands of dollars to help
our libraries through these programs.