USED BOOK SALES
Saturday August 13
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 11am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday August 14
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN AUGUST
Art & Architecture
4000 Middlefield Road
NE corner of the Cubberley Community Center
Maps and Directions
More information on the sales
Donate your used books, CDs, DVDs, &c
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 $2.00 and softcover books start at only $1.00.
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 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.)
Library Closings for August and September
The Library will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day
holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6.
You can find out about closings and other Palo Alto Library events
on the Library's event calendar.
To the very generous people who donate books - and more -
And to people who are thinking of doing so:
YOU ARE THE LIFELINE OF FOPAL and you have our unending thanks:
we wouldn't exist without you! But we have a big favor to ask:
Right before and during the sale, our Sorting Room (where books
arrive) is filled as high as it's safe to stack them. We don't have
room to sort - let alone store new donations. We make these
requests in the interest of efficiency and the safety of our loyal
volunteers. We are anxious never to turn away donations and will
work to accommodate your travel and schedules.
- If possible, please hold large donations until after our Saturday
and Sunday Sale Days.
- Books brought in a day or two before the sale may not make it onto the shelves that month.
(If you wish to see them on display, plan accordingly)
- We're crowded. Please limit your Sale Day donations to a bag or two of books.
- No popular magazines, no National Geographic, no Gourmet, no Sunset....
FOPAL is phasing out accepting any periodicals.
Regular donation times are Monday through Saturday, 2 to 4 pm.
If these hours won't work for you, volunteers are often available
at other times to welcome you; please call us at 650-213-8755 to
be sure someone will be there.
We can also schedule local pick-ups if you are unable to bring your
donation to the Main Book Room (Marty's Room). Call 650-308-4933
and leave a message for our pick-up team.
Your treasures are our treasures AND ALL BENEFIT THE PALO ALTO
LIBRARY. AGAIN, OUR WARMEST THANKS TO YOU!
-FOPAL Book Sale Committee
Donations in Honor Of
Donation in honor of Lilian Marcus. Many thanks from the Friends
of the Palo Alto Library!
Friends Bookstores in Mitchell Park, Downtown, and Rinconada
If you cannot attend the book sale, please drop by the Friends
Bookstore located inside the Mitchell Park Library, Downtown
Library, and Rinconada Library, and open during library hours.
They are restocked regularly with a unique selection of books
for all ages and interests.
Look for FOPAL high-value books on Amazon.com at competitive prices
Book Sales on line at:
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 4pm to 6pm.
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 916-936-4580.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
The Children's Room is Ready to Help Your Kids Go Back-to-School
The first weeks of school are a great time to share some awesome
children's literature that is perfect for teaching about going back to
school. Many of the books will be a springboard for a discussion on
back to school topics. Start with books and get your kids thinking! In
our Children's Room you can find dozens of books to inspire.
Check out the new poetry area filled with great selections like Shel
Silverstein's second book, The Giving Tree, and Falling
Up, the last book that he published in 1999. Shel invited
children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible.
Visiting the Children's Room this sale will help you begin
daydreaming of the bounty of books you can afford, filling your
child's room with more books that imaginable! With the huge number
of books donated over the summer the shelves are full. Look for
nearly new books in the reference area to support your child's study
like Dictionary for Children or a First Dictionary. For end of summer
fun, check out all the Games, the gam shelves are packed!
And, in the Play & Learning section look for dozens of titles. And,
for your tweens and teens you'll find the best selection of Beginner
Reading, Early Chapter Books and Middle-grade Fiction, as well as
popular series, American Girl, Girls of Many Lands, A Series of
Unfortunate Events and Alex Rider Adventures. We even have a section
for classics like Narnia, Dear America and Little House on the
Prairie! Come pick up an entire series and you'll be set to start this
new school year.
If you're looking for more collectable children's books check out the
freshly stocked "Red Carts" or, if you can't make the sale look for
FOPAL's collectable children's books on-line at
Due to a roof repair, approximately half of the parking across
from the Main Room is closed; plenty of parking is available
by the playing fields.
Art - Studio & History for August
"The Art section contains studio art; graphic design; art
history; individual artists; regional art; collections from museums;
and architecture. While most of these topics are self-explanatory,
studio art could use some additional clarification as to what type of
book you will find there. It is really the how-to of being an artist:
how to draw, how to paint, how to learn more about watercolor or oil
painting. Also we have books on creativity and design inspiration, as
well as, how to manage the business aspects of being an artist. An
open invitation awaits you on these shelves to pick up a brush or
pencil and express yourself." -Mary Ahrens
Located in aisle 6 the Sets section has both complete sets
(sold as a set with a single price) and incomplete sets which are
often sold individually as well as volumes from a continuing series.
Complete Sets include: Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, 4 volumes,
Carl Sandburg, $10. Smithsonian Scientific Series, 12 volumes, $12.
The Smithsonian Series, 12 volumes, $12. The Pocket University, 13
volumes, $20. Hall Caine, 1904, 9 volumes, $20. The Encyclopedia
of Science, 8 volume set, $5. Mark Twain, 24 volume set, Author's
National Edition, 1899, $30.
Incomplete sets include: 11 volumes in very good condition from the
series, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, priced individually. 10 volumes
from the 1950's DMG detective series, priced individually. 22 volumes
from the series, Harvard Classics, $14 in total, 9 volumes from the
series, The French Classical Romances, $2 each. Littell's Living Age,
3 volumes, $5 each and 4 volumes from Dickens' Works, Chapman and
Hall, 1887, $3 each. 11 volumes from Ralston University Press, priced
History sets will be found in History in aisle 11 and even more
sets are in the Bargain Room. -Nigel Jones
"This month's DVD section features a bumper crop of critically
acclaimed movies and television. Choose from over 100 movies rated
90+ by RottenTomatoes, including recent titles like Guardians
of the Galaxy. Or binge watch one of over 50 TV box sets,
including the first three seasons of Downton Abbey and season
one of Orange is the New Black (unopened)." -Dean Ujihara
"We have another month with shelves stuffed with science books. We
have expanded the Science and Math section this month, but there are
still tons of books in all areas of science. Books are sorted by
areas of interest: popular science, math (popular through advanced
math), chemistry, biology, geology/geography, physics, electronics,
aerospace, space program, practical engineering/science, science
biography, history of science, and more popular science. There are
seven bays full of science all labeled to help you find what you are
looking for. We should also note that because of the volume of science
books this month, a large number have been sent to the Bargain Room.
Be sure to check out the science section in the Bargain Room
because there are a lot of great books there as well.
"As a heads up, next month we will have a science special presenting
books we have received from the HP laboratory library. At one time
HP Labs was one of the most respected research labs in the country.
As the company has gone through some changes, we received a large
donation of books from HP Labs. These will be offered as a special
in September." -Dick Grote
"This week's New York Times list of Best Sellers in Health shows Paul
Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air in the top slot. A
much-loved young Stanford neurosurgeon, Kalanithi chronicled the
months following his lung cancer diagnosis, and his book has earned
international renown. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal takes second
place on the Times list. We have brand new copies of both on display.
Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies continues to be a
much requested book. We haven't yet gotten his newest, The Gene, but
it's third on the list and we'll likely have it next month. (Excerpts
appear in a recent New Yorker: excellent reading.)
"A few new and interesting titles deserve attention: An Epidemic of
Absence, by Moises Velazquez, 2013: Gut microbes possibly related to
allergies, autism and immune diseases. Hypno-Birthing, by Marie
Mongan, 2015: Hypnosis reduces labor and childbirth pain, often
eliminates need for drugs and caesarian surgery. The Patient Will
See You Now, by Eric Topol, MD, 2015: Topol believes that patients
can safely be more active in health care diagnosis and treatment, etc.
rather than doctor being seen as an all-powerful god. Positive role of
internet, biomedical technology and smart-phone monitoring. Very
readable book." -Verne Rice
Music for August
Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical
topics in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance.
New this month - Battle Notes: Music of the Vietnam War; Born to
Drum; The Amateur Wind Instrument Maker; Hunger Makes Me
a Modern Girl; That Half-Barbaric Twang: The Banjo in American
Popular Culture; Temperament: the Idea that Solved Music's
Greatest Riddle; The B-Side; Rhythm Oil; Reminiscing with Sissle
and Blake; Pet Sounds and Dusty in Memphis from 33 1/3.
Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar. -Charlotte
2016 August Humor
"The book of the month is two books in a slipcase, The Complete
Far Side Volumes 1 & 2. Typically, we only sell this online but
here is your chance to buy it with no wait and no shipping fees - $20
for a fabulous Far Side set! Other new arrivals included Erika Lopez
(3), Rumple (2) and regular favorites Fey, Sedaris, Handler and
Wodehouse. In the British section you will find Prince Charles's
favorite comedy show, The Goons, with the great Welsh comedian Harry
Secombe. In the world of cartoons, we have six New Yorkers
including the Complete Cartoon with all its DVDs; one cartoon
a day for life! If you have to have everything Star Wars
check out the very funny Darth Vader and Son.
"Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of books and cartoons." -Nigel Jones
Nature for August
"August is a very special time of year in the Bay Area - so many
outdoor activities to choose from! How about spending the day at one
of our local beaches before the frenzy of Fall? The whales are so
close to shore they are breaching among surfers...and berries are
ripe for picking in coastal farms. The Nature section has a
wide selection of low-priced books on coastal trails, flora and
fauna - take a few with you on your mini-vacation. Our New Arrival
section is bursting with best-selling summer reads: Good Old Dog,
Elephant Company, All the Wild That Remains, Next of Kin, Mind of
the Raven, Science as a Contact Sport, Plows, Plagues
and Petroleum, Sixth Extinction and many more." -Karen D
"Our special this month is pairs. We all know about Tracy and Hepburn,
but how many folks know about Holden and Hepburn (Audrey not Kate).
Come buy one of the books in the pairs special and you can find out.
There are also a lot of books on screenwriting and craft.
Entertainment bios are overflowing as usual. Finally, we have a large
number of interesting books in the Director's Corner. Come check it
all out." -Dick Grote
Philosophy for August 2016
"The Philosophy section in August has a wide variety of new
arrivals with some rarely seen titles, many in very good editions.
These include: Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, The Suasive
Art of David Hume, The History of Islamic Philosophy,
The QPB Dictionary of Ideas, Mountain Gloom and Mountain
Glory, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, The African
Philosophy Reader, as well as biographies of Montaigne and Iqbal.
"Don't forget the Bargain Room: there was not enough shelf space
in the Main Room for all the books received and there are some
excellent books to be found there as well." -Nigel Jones
Judaica for August
Browse the Judaica section for books on the Jewish religion,
Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel, Jewish Women, the Jewish
American Experience and other related subjects.
New this month: Jewish Wisdom and The Book of Jewish Values both
by Rabbi Telushkin; Great Jewish Quotations; Szyk: The
Passover Haggadah; Tales of the Hasidim by Martin Buber; The
Book of J; Radical Then, Radical Now by Jonathan Sacks; The
Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography; The Complete Maus;
The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War; Israel
Through My Lens. Check the appropriate fiction section if you are
interested in literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme.
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A book with an ominous title -- and an ominous outset. The grotesque
man Jack murders the Dorian family in their sleep -- save the toddler
upstairs, who had unwittingly crawled out of the house and into the
nearby cemetery. Here, its supernatural "residents" convene and agree
to raise him as one of their own. Renamed Nobody, or Bod for short,
the boy must brave the horrors of the graveyard, which, as he will
discover, is never quite as frightening as the reality of living.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
A murder mystery novel, only not the typical sort. The narrator is
Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old child labeled "Special Needs" due
to Asperger's Syndrome. He is knowledgeable in mathematics but
clueless in deciphering facial expressions. He is obsessed with
lists, patterns -- and the truth, which compels him to find the
"murderer" of the neighbor's dog, who was stabbed to death with a
pitchfork. To do so, Christopher must become a detective -- and sift
through the subtleties of human nature in a way he was never compelled
to consider before.
The Line by Teri Hall
Upon the conclusion of a grueling war, an invisible, impenetrable
barrier encloses a dystopian United States. There are fantastic
rumors of the gnarled creatures that now inhabit the other side, in
the cursed "Away". Only the widowed Mrs. Moore finds it appealing to
live right by the border, as far away from the reaches of the
oppressive government as one can get. But when her daughter, Rachel,
hears a distress call from across the barrier, she begins to ask
dangerous questions. What would happen if you cross the Line? Only
one way to find out.