Adopt a Chair at the Library

Dear Friends and Library Supporters,

Members of our Foundation Board greatly enjoyed visiting with Library supporters from all over the community at the El Cerrito July 4 One World Celebration yesterday.

At the same time we had an opportunity to introduce our latest project to support our Library and make the experience of visiting the El Cerrito Library more pleasant.

The Reader Chair Endowment Campaign offers members of our community a great way to recognize and honor friends, relatives, and other people whom they wish to thank.

By supporting the renewing of one of the 60+ reader chairs in the current library and placing a dedicatory plaque on each restored chair, this campaign seeks to accomplish two important goals at once: 1) To make using the Library more comfortable, sanitary, and enjoyable for all, and 2) to allow any of us to honor the memory of a loved one or to say “thank you” to someone who has served our community or helped us in other ways. Or we can simply “endow” a chair.

As far as we can tell, the reader chairs in the Library have not been refurbished for over 20 years. They are sturdy but quite uncomfortable to sit in for any length of time. Since it will be a while before we get a new library, we have designed this project to improve our Library immediately.

We are committed to the proposition that an excellent community library with a full array of the latest materials and compelling programs cannot be supported with public funding alone.

Today we mailed to our supporters a full description of the Reader Chair Project, a return envelope and a form for dedicating or naming one or more chairs. We hope you will consider making a tax deductible contribution that will greatly improve our library.

You can view the description and instructions on how to adopt one of these chairs at If you have not received our hardcopy letter in your mailbox by end of this week, please contact us.

With your continued support we will make a new, modern, safe El Cerrito library a reality in the not too distant future and make using our current library more pleasant and comfortable in the meanwhile.

Al Miller, President,
El Cerrito Library Foundation

First Wednesday Celebration Coming To El Cerrito Library April 4 – Join Us!

(UPDATED 3/19/2018) The El Cerrito Library Foundation in partnership with the City of El Cerrito, El Cerrito Library, Friends of El Cerrito Library, and the Contra Costa Library System are hosting a free party to celebrate the start of expanded, seven-day-per-week, library service in El Cerrito.

The First Wednesday Celebration will be held, April 4, 2018 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, at 4 p.m. It is easy to remember: 4/4 at 4.

The First Wednesday Celebration will feature free frozen custard, cookies, and music with games, magic, and balloon animals for children of all ages.

All who come will be able to get free library cards (if you don’t yet have one), meet new friends, and enjoy El Cerrito Library services.

Join us to thank El Cerrito City Council Members for providing funding for seven-day-per-week library service for all Library users. The Mayor and Council members will be there to meet all of us.

With the expanded schedule, persons who wish to use the Library can make plans knowing the El Cerrito Library will be open every day between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at a minimum. (Holidays, of course, excepted.)

The new Library schedule starting April 2, 2018 will be: Sunday 1-5; Monday and Tuesday Noon-8; Wed. and Th. 10 – 6; Friday and Saturday 10 – 5.

We thank the business sponsors of the First Wednesday Celebration: East Bay Sanitary service of El Cerrito and Fatapple’s Restaurant and Bakery.

Please join us for music, food, and fun to celebrate this greatly expanded El Cerrito Library service!

For more information contact:
Al Miller, President,
El Cerrito Library Foundation
(510) 526-4874