USED BOOK SALES
Saturday July 9
Ephemera 8am - 4pm
Main Room Sale 9am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm
Tent Sale 9am - 4pm
Sunday July 10
All Rooms 11am - 4pm
FEATURED IN JULY
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.
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.)
Library Closings for July and August
At this writing, no Library closings are scheduled for the remainder
of July and August.
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.
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
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
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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.
July Sale Notes
July is FOPAL's busy donation time and FOPAL's members are benefiting
with another Members Early Sale. All FOPAL paid members can get in
earlier than the normal 11am start time. Because of this the normal
Main Room entry procedure is changed. See the section below pertaining
to the Members Early Sale. Summer is here, donations are up and we've
got plenty of summer-time reading books, music and more! From The
West, look for a collection of Zane Gray displayed just a few steps
from the entry door on the right wall.... The Music section has been
restocked with a wide variety of musical topics including Barbershops
and Ballads, as well as wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments. The Religion section has had a strong month of new
donations. The Children's Room has more than enough books to fill
most sections twice, graphic novels, kids' non-fiction & fiction,
toys, puzzles and games to name a handful of the overflowing sections.
Our Bargain Room is overfull and featuring a collection of science
FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members Early Sale
A super big FUN FOPAL Members Early Sale is scheduled for Saturday,
July 9th. Twice a year, FOPAL holds a Members Early Sale, at which
members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library are admitted early
to the Main Room sale. Members enjoy a less crowded main book room
and get the first crack at FOPAL's wonderful collection of materials!
Life & Sponsor Members Enter at 9am: At our Members Early Sale,
Life and Sponsor Members (and one spouse or guest) may enter at 9am
and can purchase up to 100 books per membership only during that
first hour. Each Life Member and Sponsor Member must give the one
Purchase Slip per membership to the cashier before 10am in order to
purchase up to 100 books. If a Life Member or Sponsor Member exits
without purchasing all 100 books, he/she may take the Purchase Slip
and reenter to fill out the 100 books as long as they are purchased
Other Members Enter at 10am: Members at all other levels can
enter the sale at 10am, and purchase 25 books at a time.
General Public Enter at 11am: At 11am, non-members are
admitted. The usual limit on purchasing 12 books at a time lasts
until there is no longer a line waiting to enter.
Ticket Handout Procedure: Tickets for early arrivers are
handled differently at the Members Early sale. As is usual, tickets
are given out beginning at 8am. Look for two check-in/ticket lines;
one line for renewing members, new members and those members without
a membership card, and one line for members with their cards. To
speed your way through the ticket line please find and bring your
membership card! Tickets given out are for the 9am and 10am lines at
the Main Room, since most people who come early are Members of FOPAL.
Each Member will get just one ticket, although Life and Sponsor
Members may bring one guest between 9 and 10am and Family Members
may bring in their families, consisting of one other adult and minor
children, beginning at 10am. No tickets will be given out for the
Join FOPAL Now: If you're not already a paid-up member, avoid
delay at the sale by joining online now.
2016 July Music
"Visit the Music section for books on a wide variety of musical
topics in the genres of classical, rock, jazz, world music, and dance.
My favorite title this month is Songs America Voted By from George
Washington to Richard Nixon. New this month: A Day in the Life;
Barbershops, Bullets and Ballads; For the Love of It: Amateuring
and Its Rivals; In the Key of Genius; Swanee River and
a Biography of Stephen Foster; Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and
Times of Howlin' Wolf; boys in the trees: a memoir by Carly
Simon; Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s; The Complete
Gilbert and Sullivan.
"Also browse our wide selection of sheet music neatly sorted by
instruments including violin, piano, trumpet and guitar."
Philosophy for July 2016
The Philosophy section in July has a wide variety of new arrivals
with some rarely seen titles, many in very good editions. These
include: Goodbye Descartes by Devlin, Within Reason by
Caine, Spurs by Derrida, Origin of Virtue by Ridley, a
very good version of Plato's Republic by Waterfield, an
assessment of Thomas Kuhn by Fuller, reflections on Proust by de
Botton, a biography of Gadamer by Grodin and Adelman's Hirschman,
The Worldly Philosopher.
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
Science Fiction & Fantasy
"The Science Fiction and Fantasy section is expanded again this
month, with more Science Fiction than Fantasy this time. There's a
whole shelf of vintage Doctor Who novelizations from Britain,
including one signed by Tom Baker. We also have a small selection of
older science fiction magazines, including some of the famous
"bedsheet" large-format Analogs from the early 1960s."
Bargain Room SF&F Magazines
"We loaded a wire-shelf cart with five boxes of magazines.
Astounding/Analog from Apr 1965-Jun 1980 with outliers on
both sides, Asimov's from 1978-1991 with outliers, a couple
issues of Beyond and a few of Galaxy, F&SF
from Jun 1978-Aug 1991 with outliers. And one more box of paperback
anthologies to fill the cart." -Frank McConnell
"I've gotten a fair number of new and popular books this month, so
stop by early to get the best selection. Peak, the New Science
of Expertise, 2016 gives tools to help you master any skill.
Hardwiring Happiness, 2015 lays out a simple way to use
every day experiences to build new brain wiring for more happiness,
love, and confidence. Stop Saying You're Fine, 2011 helps
you discover a more powerful YOU. The Power of Hope, 2010
shows ways to help handle the inevitable challenges of life.
Hold Me Tight, an Amazon best seller, uses Emotionally
Focused Therapy, to save and enrich a relationship through emotional
connection and attachment. There are many other books, most priced
$3 and under - stop by and browse!" -Marnie Shuey
Nature for July
"July is one of our favorite months in the Nature section!
No matter your interest, we have something you will like. Lover of the
great outdoors? We have books on our National Parks, camping, hiking,
trekking and wilderness survival guides, even guides to the best
places to hike with your pets! Summer readers who prefer to travel by
couch will find plenty to choose from in our Nature Writers, New
Arrivals, and Animal Stories sections: H is for Hawk, Wild
Ones, and Dog Sense, to name a few bestsellers. Collage
and mixed-media artists (and collectors of arcane nature lore) will
have fun perusing the beautiful vintage illustrations in our
Collectible section." -Karen D.
2016 July Humor
Humor in July is a really mixed bag full of all kinds of books, some,
the usual suspects, some not so much. New arrivals include in
excellent condition 2 Compete Peanuts, 1955 to 1956 and 1961 to 1962,
3 by Wodehouse including 2 anthologies, 2 Reader's Digests, The
Treasury of Wit and Wisdom, and Laughter - The Best Medicine,
and Mad Magazine's Mad about the Movies.
From celebrity humorists we have books from Tina Fey, Chris Rock,
Larry Widmore, Davis Sedaris and Sandra Tsing Loh's Mother on Fire.
In the international section we have weird British humor, 2 by famed
Australian humorist Henry Lawson and a first for FOPAL, an anthology
by Turkey's #1 cartoonist, Nasreddin Hodja.
Make sure to check out the Bargain Room for Humor and look
through the large collection of cartoons and magazines. -Nigel Jones
"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: Souls on Fire by Elie Wiesel; Superman is
Jewish?; The Story of the Jews in graphic format by Stan
Mack; Rebbe - the life of Menachem Schneerson; From Enemy
to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace; Unorthodox:
The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots; American Klezmer:
Its Roots and Offshoots; A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic
Biography of Emma Goldman; The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of
the Japanese and the Jews During World War II; Hunting for
"Check the appropriate fiction section if you are interested in
literature with a Jewish or Israeli theme." -Charlotte Epstein
Sets for July 2016
"Located in aisle 4 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 of a continuing series. Complete Sets:
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. Incomplete sets: We
have 11 volumes in very good condition from the series, Studies in
the Age of Chaucer, priced individually. 22 volumes from the
series, Harvard Classics, $14 in total and 9 volumes from the
series, The French Classical Romances, each for $2. Dickens
Special: In the main aisle we have 20 volumes of the very fine 21
volume set, The Oxford Illustrated Dickens (Boz is missing) all in
pristine condition; each for $2. History Sets will be found in
History in aisle 11. -Nigel Jones
Teen Recommendations by Tristan Wang
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Pacing through her family woods, Winnie Foster encounters a boy
drinking from a local spring, and so stumbles upon the most
well-guarded secret of a quaint family that never ages. But as
pursuers encroach and explanations are revealed, Winnie soon discovers
that eternal life is less a blessing than it might seem. In time, she
too will face the choice of accepting immortality. But is it worth it?
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Is an emotive novel that pits an innocent adolescent against the
horrid rancor of the Great War. Hunkered down in a trench, Private
Thomas Peaceful minds the steady ticking of his pocket-watch as the
battles his fatigue in the dead of night. Mud and rats, gas and
shells, comrades dead and wounded -- all these he has witnessed,
and somehow, survived. But tonight is a night for remembering. To
relive the precious childhood years before the horrid crucible,
because time is war's most ruthless agent, and at dawn it will bring
about an unthinkable consequence that will scar him forever.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Following a violent coup incited by her murderous aunt Redd, Princess
Alyss and her bodyguard desert a chaotic Wonderland through the Pool
of Tears. But amidst the chaos they are separated, and Alyss finds
herself lost and stranded in the Victorian London. Thirteen fateful
years passed as royal escort Hatter Madigan searched in vain for
Alyss. But alas, he has a promising lead. Stumbling across a novel
depicting Alyss' tumultuous past, Hatter must track down the aspiring
author whom the princess had befriended and, upon doing so, disclosed
her ambient tale -- Lewis Carroll.