Join El Cerrito Library’s Summer Book Club!

Made possible with funds donated by the El Cerrito Library Foundation.

​El Cerrito Library’s Summer Book Club handed out all 100 free copies of ​Island of the Blue Dolphins​. Young patrons were so excited to read this selection, and not-so-young patrons fondly remember their first time with this California classic, and were happy to re-read, this time with their own families. Whether or not you’ve read it, the Library invites you to join in on their virtual Book Club events:

Discoveries on Island of the Blue Dolphins, with Channel Islands National Park

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 2pm

Monique Navarro, Education Coordinator for ​Channel Islands National Park​ will interact live with the Library to observe, and discuss archaeological discoveries on San Nicolas Island (the actual island of the Blue Dolphins, and tell us about the Lone Woman (Karana). Get your questions ready…

Join us via Zoom!
To connect on the day of the program, please go to: ​ Zoom meeting ID: 8056585700

Island of the Blue Dolphins Summer Book Club Discussion

Thursday, August 13, 2pm

Join El Cerrito Librarians Katy and Alison as they dive into this beloved book, from its characters, the island of San Nicholas, and animal friends and visitors; to a frank discussion of the circumstances surrounding Karana being stranded on the island, and her eventual rescue and return to the Missions of the mainland. What do you think about the book? Let’s talk!

Join us via Zoom!
To connect on the day of the program, please go to: ​… Zoom meeting ID:​841 3146 3229 / Password: ECLReads

In addition to free copies of the book, and two fun + educational virtual programs, and in a nod to its title, the Library has adopted a dolphin from The Marine Mammal Center. Meet ​Baker D​! The Library has invited their online friends to learn all about Baker D via The Marine Mammal Center, which includes learning about conservation and marine biology, all good stuff.

And as part of our other ECL summer programming, the ASE/ECL Innovator Series, where the Library works with local patron and parent Sri, on DIY STEAM activities for families to explore at home, they are hosting a Facebook Live event with the Marine Mammal Center on Thursday, August 13, 3pm, right after the Book Club Discussion! Join them on our ​Facebook Page ​to see the Center in action, and learn more about their work with marine life.

The Library’s Countywide Summer Reading Program’s theme this year is ​Dive Deep​, and as part of the ocean-related fun they hosted a Virtual Squid Dissection with ​​ – Katy squirmed and Julia cheered. 🙂 And they are planning all sorts of good stuff for Sir Charlie, their moniker for the ​Charlie Cart​ the Library was able to purchase, and which will allow them to demonstrate cooking and healthy recipes for their patrons.

The Library continues to virtually host monthly Tween Book Club and Mystery Book Club; Storytimes with Katy and Julia on Wednesdays; First Bites, where they read snippets from classic books, on Thursdays, and Lunch at the Library Monday-Thursday.

If you don’t already, please follow them on ​Facebook:
and ​Instagram: ​ – so you can keep up with all the library goings-on. And if you’d like to stop by and give them a masked hello, you can put a book on hold and pick it up here with​ ​Front Door Service​, every day except Sunday.

Lunch at the Library this Summer!

Librarian Katy welcomes kids with a free healthy lunch!

Did you know about the Lunch at the Library program during the summer? This program is a continuation of the free/reduced cost lunch program provided in schools during the regular school year. It provides free lunches to anyone 18 and under, three days per week in July and August.

In 2019, thanks to donations from our community, the Foundation provided the El Cerrito Library a new refrigerator to store lunch meals.

In normal times, the meal is served inside the library, but because of the “Front Door Service” restrictions at all CCC libraries this summer, the EC library’s Lunch at the Library is being held as an outdoor drive through/pick-up event in the parking lot behind the library. The foundation lent the library staff their canopy (normally used with their booth) to shade the food handed out.

If you know of a kid who could benefit from this program, pass on the word! See attached flyer for dates and times of the lunches for this summer of 2020.

Latest from Special City Council Budget Study Session

Thank You, El Cerrito Library Supporters!

On Tuesday afternoon, June 9, the El Cerrito City Council held a Special City Council Budget Study Session.

During this study session, the Council heard and discussed recommendations for programs and services that could be reduced based on previously determined strategic priorities. Reducing El Cerrito Library operating hours from 46 to 35, the minimum hours provided by the County, was one of the reductions recommended.

The City Council also heard Public comment from 103 residents, most all from El Cerrito, but a few from Richmond Annex and Kensington. 49 of these comments requested that library hours not be cut, and that El Cerrito continue funding 11 additional hours so our library will remain open 46 hours, six days a week. (Last month Contra Costa County decided to close all branch libraries on Sundays.)

At the end of the study session, the city council members each spent about 5 minutes providing guidance to city staff and the consultant about the matters presented and to assist staff and the consultants in preparing recommendations for the June 16 council meeting.  Four of the five members (Mayor Lyman, Mayor Pro Tem Fadelli, and Councilmembers Pardue-Okimoto and Quinto all included as part of their statements a statement to the effect that cutting library hours should no longer be considered.

The El Cerrito Library Foundation applauds and thanks each and everyone of you 49 supporters who took the time to make your voices heard. It’s broad based support like this that ensures all of the Councilmembers know that we care, and that we are paying attention to what they are saying and doing.

To receive notices from the City of any City Council meetings, budget discussions, or other City activities please sign up for the notices <>. FYI, the next budget discussion will be during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020. The meeting agenda and packet <> will be available some time Thursday afternoon, June 11.

Al Miller, President, El Cerrito Library Foundation