USED BOOK SALES
Saturday July 12
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday July 13
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JULY
Members Early Sale
The Path from War to Peace
4000 Middlefield Road
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
Maps and Directions
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
NO NUMBERS WILL BE ISSUED FOR NON-MEMBERS FOR THIS SALE ONLY. IF YOU
ARE NOT A FOPAL MEMBER SIMPLY SHOW UP AT 11AM.
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 green FOPAL reusable bags
from us for $2/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.)
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 2014
"It's truly surprising how many valuable books are donated to FOPAL"
-Marty Paddock, 2004.
This is still true in 2014! 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 Main Room book sale customers are likely to see some
books priced higher than the Bargain Room prices of $1 for a hardback
and 50 cents for a paperback. A suggested pricing guideline for
pricing book using internet research is one-third to one-half 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 higher
prices, but are still a great deal to our "collecting and reader"
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 $40.00. 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 monthly sale, please drop by the Friends
Kiosk located in the Downtown library during library hours. Books
are priced $2 for hardbacks and $1 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.
A Reminder about the 12-Book Limit
Most people who 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; earlier when all
who are in line have been admitted, and when the Fire Department's
occupancy limit is no longer a problem.
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 remove shoppers from the sale if the they refuse to limit
the number of books in their possession to 12. A reminder: as
always, customers are welcome to choose 12 books, pay for them,
exit Marty's room and re-enter as many times as they wish, honoring
the waiting line if it is still in existence.
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 for shopping according to our
rules. We ask for the commitment of our "business clients" in
considering the rights of all of our customers and observing our
rules. -FOPAL Book Sale Committee
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 Saturday July 12th
The now biannual Members Early sale is scheduled for Saturday July 12.
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 this now twice 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
And...for members a special treat, artisan roasted coffee will be
offered again by long-time volunteer and coffee connoisseur Dean
Ujihara. Here's a list of the coffee he will likely roast for this
Saturday's sale. They all come from Sweet Maria's:
Kenya Nyeri Tambaya AA
(bold intensity/citrus, tropical fruits, vibrant acidity)
Costa Rica Tarrazu Dota Providencia
(intensity/complex fruit, baking spice, light body)
Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry
(medium-bold intensity/Complex aromas, rustic sweetness, spice and
Ethiopia Zonegediyo Kochere Yirga Cheffe
(medium-bold intensity/intense aromatics, floral, bright, perfumed,
Sweet Maria's Aviador Dro Decaf Blend
(medium untensity/simple syrup, dried fruit, layered chocolat)
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members
Early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9am and 10am 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
You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day!
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
shelf preview photos.
Section Managers Representing Their Sections
Children's Room- The shelves in the Children's Room are
again bulging with books for all ages, with an exceptional number
of jigsaw puzzles, DVDs, beginning readers and early chapter books.
For more experienced readers, we have an unusual number and variety
of books in popular series, including American Girls, Magic Tree
House, Rainbow Fairies, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Candy Apple,
Animal Ark, and Lemony Snicket. -Pat Worthington
The Path from War to Peace- One of our July monthly specials
is based on a very generous donation from a Stanford professor. The
books focus on the topics of war, peace and terrorism and how such
practices as conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, diplomacy
and reconciliation, when combined with forgiveness, human rights and
justice can move nations and individuals from open conflict to
mutual respect and peace.
Of the 300 books received 150 will be in the main sales room located
on the right of the central aisle and 150 are available through our
online store on Amazon. -Nigel Jones
Books in German- Can you read German? If yes, then for this
month have we got a special for you! One special bay has been
dedicated to a large donation of books in German. European Language
section manager Susan Strain mentioned that we have received enough
books to feature this special for July and August. Look for these
books in the first bay to your right as you enter the main room,
labeled "Deutsch Sonderteil - German Special"
Music for July- As usual we offer books on a wide variety
of musical topics. This month look for: Georgian chants - Songs of
the Spirit; The Four the One - In Praise of String
Quartets; Dancers to Remember - The Photographic Art of
Gordon Anthony; Remembering Horowitz; Silence -
Lectures and Writings by John Cage; Bach - The
Orgelbuchlein (Monuments of Western Music); Trust -
Photographs of Jim Marshall; Beatles Forever - How They
Changed Our Culture; and Yes Yes Y'all - The Experience
Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade. There is
also a small selection of books directed to digital and audio
recording. -Charlotte Epstein
Health & Medicine- "Lots of brand new books have come
into the Health Section this month on a whole wide range of topics,
but at our usual low prices. Of particular interest: very up-to-date
works, aimed at parents, about Childhood Obesity -- one of the more
worrisome health emergencies of our time. And...are you interested
in becoming a personal trainer? This month we are featuring a number
of books to help you on your way. Titles include, Personal Trainer
Manual, Clinical Exercise Specialist Manual, ACE
Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant Manual, and
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning".
July General Fiction- "Check out our special section on
'debut novels.' Some are by authors whose work you may have been
following for years; others are by authors whose first novel was
published as recently as 2013/2014. The books are in alphabetical
order by author. Publication date is noted on the cover".
Large Format- "Buyers shouldn't pass up the Large Format
section on the south wall near the cashiers' table. There's lots of
good stuff available here in most non-fiction subject areas - books
that are too big to fit in other areas and overflow to the Large
Format shelves. These books are in good condition and priced to
sell. Check 'em out." -John Burt
Sci-fi in Ephemera- "In Ephemera: issues of F&SF,
1971-1979, some missing, some duplicates, and single issues for
25c/ea. In the Bargain Room: issues of F&SF, 1990-1998, some
missing, some duplicates, and single issues for 10c/ea.
More to come next month!" -Frank McConnell
Postcards "a plenty"- Look for Postcards in two areas
this month. In their usual spot across form the cashiers table and
a large selection in our specials area above the LPs. Specifically
check out the box of post cards labeled Japanese Postcards; these
are all "like new" with no written messages.
Philosophy for July 2014- The two Philosophy bookcases
are arranged so that the left one is primarily about specific
philosophers, their works, and commentaries on their works, whereas
the right is more to do with philosophical topics, historical
overviews and schools of thought.
New arrivals in the left bookcase include Plato's Republic
(Barnes and Noble hardback), Nietzsche Reader, 3 by Wittgenstein
including his second major work Philosophical Investigations
also, 12 books on or about Thoreau.
All recent arrivals in the right bookcase are on the top 2 shelves.
New arrivals include Plotkin, Darwin Machines; Balfour, 1912;
Burke's Speech, 1899; Barzun; Sandel; Veblen, 1934;
Godamer; Foucault; and the Oxford Companion to Philosophy.
Humor for July 2014- It looks like Humor for 50 cents is
here to stay! The top 2 shelves of both bookcases are where you will
find our new arrivals.
In the cartoon section look for 2 by one of the greatest of all
cartoonists, Charles Addams and 2 from the New Yorker, The Book of
Drawings, and for medical humor, I am not a Quack. Other
new arrivals include: America's Dumbest Criminals, Is Sex
Necessary by Thurber, The Little Big Book of Laughter by
Fried, Born Standing Up by Steve Martin and Monty Python's
All the Words.
As usual we also have a diverse collection of humor, from presidents
to pets and Dave Barry to Robert Benchley. You will also find many
more Humor books, in particular a great selection of cartoons,
over in the Bargain Room. -Nigel Jones
New books -Psychology- Several boxes containing a new book
arrived in a recent donation, The Outsourced Self by Arlie
Russell Hochschild. "There's one mistake I worry readers will make
about this book, so let me correct it right away: The Outsourced
Self is not a work of journalism. Though it isn't exactly not
one, either. I guess you'd call it popular sociology, but I think of
it more as an act of mourning. Arlie Russell Hochschild's look at how
we meet some of our most personal needs with the aid of paid
strangers doesn't try to be exhaustive; goes light on figures and
statistics; and, when itemizing the most outrageous advances in the
market for love and care, never lapses into that magazine
journalist's tone of wry amusement." New York Times, Sunday
Book review, Judith Shulevitz. Look for new copies of this book for a
mere $2. New copies found on Amazon go for $6.00 including shipping.
There is a special display of these books in the last set of
bookshelves near the check-out line. -Janette Herceg
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.