USED BOOK SALES
Saturday August 11
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday August 12
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN AUGUST
Cookbooks Children & Adult
Home & Crafts
Sections on the Move
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 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 Closings for Labor Day
All libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday, September 2
and 3, for the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on
Tuesday September 4.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email us at
email@example.com or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
Start Your Stamp Collection this Summer
Stamp collecting is the collecting of postage stamps and related
objects. It is one of the world's most popular hobbies, with the
number of collectors in the United States alone estimated to be
over 20 million. Postage stamps are often collected for their
historical value and geographical aspects and also for the many
different subjects depicted on them, ranging from ships, horses,
and birds to kings, queens and presidents. If you are one of
those million collectors or want to be one, we have got a deal
for you. Offered this month several commemorative collections:
Dominican Republic 1956 - Summer Olympics in Melbourne box set.
This is a fine Olympic collection of 40 souvenir sheets, 20 stamps
per sheet with plastic sleeve. Set sells for $20.
First day covers 25th anniversary of the coronation of Queen
Elizabeth 1978. The 25th anniversary of the coronation of Queen
Elizabeth II was commemorated by this elegantly designed mint stamp
sheets from British New Hebrides. Issued on June 2, 1978, these
stamps have covers from each country in Great Britain, a deal at $30.
(Yes, this is the Queen that jumped out a plane for this summer's
Four volume set, Philatelic History of the United States West portal
collection 1565- 1977. The first sheet in this collection depicts
the settling in 1565 of a small fort at St. Augustine, Florida,
founded by the Spanish, in 1607. This four-volume set will be sold together for $80.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Summer Cooking for Everyone
The kitchen has been heating up this summer and everyone can get
involved. Our Children's Room has a full basket of cookbooks for
kids. Look for a copy of "All-Star Fast and Fun Recipes" there
you'll find easy-to-prepare dishes by well-known stars like Michelle
Kwan, Shaquille O'Neal, and Oprah Winfrey. One favorite recipe from this
book is "Touch down Tostadas" contributed by Steve Young. We have several
copies of this kids cookbook plus many more, all priced at one dollar
or fifty cents.
For the all the big kids we have dozens of gently used cookbooks to
choose from. Cooking section manager Rosemarie Giamalis has displayed
several copies of nearly new Williams Sonoma cookbooks. With simple
titles like Chicken, Fish, Potato, Sauce, Hors d'oeuvres & Appetizers
or Cooking Basics you're sure to find a cookbook that you can use to
inspire you to get cooking with friends and families. Keep checking
our Cooking section for a new selection of cookbooks each month;
we receive so many cookbook donations that often we hold boxes of
books for the following month's sale.
Summer Crafting on a Budget
There's no need to buy books on crafting because the Friends of
the Palo Alto Library has a plethora of reading materials for how
to best exercise your artistic muscle. Our Home & Crafts section
books are great for learning because they often show descriptive
pictures with step-by-step directions and you can learn and do the
project at your own pace. The best part: most "how-to" books come in
beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. For our August sale our
Home & Crafts area has been blessed with a large donation of
crafting books with an emphasis on knitting, crocheting, quilting,
jewelry making and metal smithing. Use our monthly book sales to
inspire you. Check out the large number of books available and see
how very affordable learning or perfecting a craft can be. Being an
avid crafter myself, I want to emphasize that you needn't be hard on
yourself when exploring your artistic flair; the best way to approach
crafting is with an open mind and to have fun!
Planes, Trains and Automobiles...
If you've been on vacation recently you may be interested in knowing
about all the different transportation methods you used for your
traveling. Why not take a short trip to our Transportation section
to read more about what moved you? The definition of transportation
is moving people or things from one place to another. Machines that
move need motors, wind, steam, gas, oil or people to make them go.
Cars, trucks, buses, etc. are machines we drive on land. Airplanes,
jets and helicopters transport things and people in the air. Boats
or ships carry people or things across water.... All that being said
we have an entire section of books on transportation, including
all of different modes mentioned above and more! If it can move you
from here to there we have a book on it, its origins, how to repair
it or how to build your own. As our Transportation section manager
Althea Andersen says "Take a bus or take a train, take a boat or
take a plane, take a taxi, take a car. May be near or may be far,
take a space ship to the moon, but be sure to come back soon."
Sections on the Move in the Main Room
In a continued effort to accommodate the generous donations we
receive and buyers' demand we occasionally revise and reshuffle our
sections. Some sections get fluffed up and other pared down. Such
is the case for our Biography/Memoirs and Reference sections.
While the Biography/Memoirs section has doubled in size, Reference
has moved to a smaller area in the Main Room's northwest corner. So
for all of you interested in "Looking it up" look for the clip on
lights above to guide you to a very reasonable priced Webster's
Dictionaries and more reference books. Also, many donated
dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, and other reference works can
be found in our Bargain Room.
What's on the shelves now where Reference used to be? I'm so glad
you asked, it's Poetry! This popular section is being moved to
a prime location on the Main room floor, row lucky number 13! Another
section making a move is Asian Language; it's joining Poetry at
the far end of row 13.
If you need help finding a specific section that's been moved look
for the posted signs with the green arrows directing you. Or please
feel free to ask one of our sales day floor persons to help you.
Here at FOPAL we believe it's a privilege to help people find what
they are looking for.
Vintage 1970s Star Wars Toys
Volunteer Miriam Landesman wants to mention a fabulous find in a
recent donation, she writes "The Children's Book Room is selling a
group of original 1970s Star Wars toys including the Millennium Falcon
and dozens of action figures. This offering can be viewed and
purchased at the cashier's table."
And, I'd like to mention that our Summer intern Charlette Cutkosky did
some online research on the value of the Millennium Falcon is worth
$50-$60 alone! Our collection includes 60+ action figures from the
original Trilogy plus the Millennium Falcon and Stand all for $80.
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 Volunteers Rock!
Here's a big THANK YOU to the dozens of FOPAL volunteers
who make this sale possible. It's in part because of our
amazing volunteers that the FOPAL book sales are a great
success. While attending the sale offer a "Thank You" to
the volunteers you see. If you'd like to become a FOPAL
volunteer please email
or call 650-494-1266.
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.
Bring Your Donations!
Donations are accepted in the Main Room during our normal hours of
2pm - 4pm Monday through Saturday. Use the door on the right side
of the building, next to the fire lane. If you need to bring books
to us outside of those hours just call (650) 213-8755 and see if
anyone is working in the book room and can accept your donation.
We also accept donations during the Book Sale hours as well. Book
and media donations can also be dropped off at the Mitchell Park
and Main Libraries (limit of one bag or box per day, please).
Note that the new College Terrace Library does not have the space
to store donations so they ask that you please do not drop
donations off there. Pickups can be arranged for large donations
or if you are physically unable to bring your books to us.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (650) 213-8755 for more information or to leave a message after hours.
Special Handling for Special Donations
Got an unusual donation? If there are things you'd like to donate to
us that are rare, fragile or unusual and require special attention
or call (650) 213-8755 and leave a message for Jerry Stone.
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 or department
store 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.
Support Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park 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.