USED BOOK SALES
Saturday January 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday January 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JANUARY
Home & Crafts
Music & Dance
Transportation (Cars & Ships)
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 has moved to 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
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 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
All libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday, January 20 and
21, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal hours will resume
on Tuesday, January 22.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
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.
For 2013 Build a Family Library
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. Fancy books aren't
necessarily the best way to capture a one's imagination. But a good
family library does involve time and space -- time to find materials
that will interest all the readers in the family, and space to keep
and enjoy them. Many families have found that setting aside a spot in
the home for a family library helps them make reading a part of family
life. Many main home libraries are located in the living room, which
makes it a focal point in the house. I have one close friend that had
her library made with built-in bookcases that house a variety of books
in her dining room. In this case she is able to invite the family to
dig into a book before or after dinner. For others sturdy bookcases,
built-in shelves, and open magazine racks are excellent places to
display and store reading material. An orange crate works well, too,
and a floor-to-ceiling wall system with glass doors might be beautiful
to behold, but would discourage a young reader who couldn't get to the
Many children also have their own bookcases in their bedrooms, and for
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. For your primary library, find a spot that is
comfortable, inviting and allows your children to reach for materials
at any time. Or, create a kids reading corner with these things in
mind: comfortable seating, storage for books and sufficient lighting.
Children may want a place separate from the family library to keep
books that have special meaning or value for them. By encouraging
children to set aside their personal favorites, you are helping them
express their affection for books, and showing them that you respect
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 2013. Remember,
just about anything goes in a family library. Paperback and
hardcover books, a dictionary, an atlas, song books, magazines for
parents and kids, newspapers, and even mail-order catalogs all
have a place. Keep the ages and interests of family members in
mind when selecting material, and get their suggestions. Make sure
there is something for everyone at every reading level and enjoy!
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
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview pictures.
Bargain Room Grand Opening
To celebrate the opening of the new Bargain Room, the volunteers have
gone above and beyond organizing, moving sections and creating
sub-sections in many of our more popular areas. Please refer to the
new floor maps created by our talented volunteer Doug Graham. This
will be Doug's second time adjusting the floor maps; we owe Doug a
big thank you! If you are shopping the Bargain Room Saturday morning
you can personally offer a thank you to Doug as he'll be one of the
cashiers. Also, we are currently using temporary shelf labels with
the intention of making these labels more permanent once we've
received feedback from you our customers. Please let us know what
you think. Do you like subsections or is the joy of the Bargain Room
the joy of the book hunt? We'll be asking Bargain Room customers
when they check out to vote yea or nay for subsections.
For parking use the lots at the Cubberley north entrance near
Middlefield Road, or the one in front of the FOPAL Main Room.
Waffles & Books, I smell FUN!
Look for more grand opening temptations from the waffle lady Judy
Vandoorne and her gourmet food truck Waffle Amore. Waffle Amore
brings the taste of authentic Liege and Brussels waffles to the
FOPAL book sale Saturday January 12th from 9am to 12:30pm. She'll be
offering a variety of toppings, such as strawberries, bananas,
whipped cream, Belgian Chocolate Hot Fudge, Maple Bacon Butter and
other sweet and savory creations! To give you a sense of Judy's
dedication to creating some of the finest waffles, Judy spent
considerable time training in Belgium learning old-world techniques,
working both at the manufacturer's headquarters, as well as a number
of the local Farmer's Markets near Aalst, honing and refining her
waffle-making skills along the way. She has even purchased a custom
waffle oven and had it imported from Belgium to help craft an
authentic waffle experience! I'm so excited to have Waffle Amore
join in the Bargain Room grand opening celebration and Judy is
excited too. Judy even plans on bringing books for donation. Look for
Waffle Amour to be located in the parking lot near the Main Sale
room, you won't be able to miss the smell of fresh waffles or the big
yellow food truck. Check out her website at http://waffleamore.com/
or like on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waffleamore.
FOPAL monthly book sale in three locations: Main Room, Children's Room & Bargain Room
Each month FOPAL receives approximately 40,000 new and used books.
Our daily book sorting volunteers separate these donations into 75
sections, like Art, Biography, Drama, Fiction, Reference
and Children's books.... Most books are sold for $1.50 and up
in our Main Room. The Main Room, also called "Marty's Room" in memory
of FOPAL's long-time Book Sale Manager Marty Paddock, is located at
the end of the north entrance to the Cubberley Campus. This portable
building next to the tennis courts is where you can make donations
Monday through Saturday between 2pm and 4pm. On sale days the Main
Room is open 11am-4pm.
The Children's Room receives books from the Main Room and
most of its volunteers work together every Tuesday 1:30- 4:30pm,
sorting, cleaning, pricing and shelving books. The Children's Room
is located at the end of the south entrance to the Cubberley Campus.
This portable building has its own parking lot and sits in front of
the track and field. Here you'll find books for children of all ages
as well as a large selection of books on parenting. Books sell in the
Children's Room for 50 cents and up with most books priced at $1 to
$3. The Children's Room is open on sales days Saturday 10am-4pm and
While I've mentioned the Bargain Room has recently moved,
I want to remind everyone of this room's importance to FOPAL and
the community. The Bargain Room holds approximately 18,000 books
for each sale. Many of the books offered in this room have previously
been on sale in the Main Room and equally as many books are new for
each sale. The Bargain Room volunteers mostly keep their own
schedules but a small group works together Friday mornings 10am-12pm
shelving books, listening to music, chatting and singing. All books
in the Bargain Room have fixed prices; a list of these prices is
posted in several locations around the room. Book prices range from
25 cents to one dollar, and the Bargain Room also sells record
albums, audio books and VHS tapes. On Saturday the room opens at 10am,
and Sunday the room opens at 11am and all prices are half off. For
more bargains in the Bargain Room, shop on Sunday by buying
grocery bags for $5 each and stuffing them with any items in the
room. Buy 4 bags and get the 5th one FREE! The Bargain Room also
holds a non-profit book giveaway immediately after the sale
(on Sunday 4-6pm, see the "Non-Profit Book Giveaway" notice elsewhere
in this newsletter), and usually holds a community free night on the
Monday night after the sale, from 6-8pm. Books from the Bargain Room
are shipped abroad, and taken to schools, churches, the Palo Alto VA
and San Jose jail!
Music Section Chiming In
FOPAL board member and longtime section manager Charlotte Epstein
writes, "There are new selections on the Grateful Dead shelf as
well as Truckin' with the Grateful Dead to Egypt on the Better
Books shelf. Also on the Better Books shelf opera fans can look
for the 3 volume set of Richard Wagner: the Man, His Mind, and
His Music / The Perfect Wagnerite / Ring Resounding all together
in a black slipcover. Ballet lovers can enjoy all the
photographs in Baryshnikov at Work as well as other ballet
books on the dance shelf. The popular songs shelf will let you
learn all the words from Gilbert and Sullivan operas or review
the amazing career of Andrew Lloyd Webber."
Home & Craft In the House
Nancy Welch, textile, jewelry, paper, assemblage artist and FOPAL
volunteer has been looking forward to getting the word out regarding
her section Home & Crafts. Nancy writes "To welcome in the New
Year the Craft section has a whole shelf of NEW (meaning you can be
the very first to own them) books." I looked over one of these new
books highlighting the metalsmithing and jewelry programs offers by
Penland School of Crafts. Penland School of Craft is located in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is a national center for
craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives.
Sign me up, traveling and crafts, two of my favorite things. Check
out the Home & Craft section for your next vacation or stay-cation
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.