Update on Adopt a Chair Campaign


To our Friends and Supporters,

Thanks to you, we have just finished our adopt a chair campaign that started July 5.

Scores of you responded with your donations to repair and reupholster the reader chairs at the El Cerrito library. You responded so well that there are no more chairs to endow!

The hundreds of readers who use these chairs each week thank you for the clean and comfortable feeling of the chairs. Several of our patrons have commented about how much brighter the Library looks now and how much fresher the chairs are.

While there are no more chairs to adopt we remain committed to making the current El Cerrito Library as functional and user-friendly as possible.

And, we are continuing to work, with your support, on the project to get a much needed new and larger library for all of us to enjoy.

We will be getting back to you later this year with ideas on both of these topics.

In the meanwhile, we just want you to know that this campaign is now successfully completed.


Al Miller & Board Members of the El Cerrito Library Foundation

Letter from ECLF President regarding Measure B and the future

Dear Friends and Supporters,

All of us are greatly disappointed that the voters of El Cerrito failed to give the required 2/3rds approval to library bond measure B on the November 8 ballot. Even though over 62% of voters agreed that we need a new library, the vote was just under 500 votes short of authorizing a bond sale.

Despite this setback the El Cerrito Library Foundation is committed to continuing our work to build support for a library appropriate for the 21st century needs of El Cerrito. Now, the City will have to develop a new strategy for reaching the goal we all share: A fully accessible, earthquake safe, and large enough library to serve all of our community’s life-long learning needs.

In our work over the years we have succeeded in raising almost $250,000 to help provide the new library with the materials and equipment that cannot be purchased with bond proceeds or other public money. This is a good start, but not enough to do all that needs to be done.

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.

Your gift, no matter the size, will help us to sustain this vision and advocate for a new El Cerrito library. Please show your support by making a tax-deductible contribution at https://eclibraryfoundation.org/how-to-donate/. The El Cerrito Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID # is: 47-1112720. Donations deductible to the extent allowed by law.

With your continued support we will make a new El Cerrito library a reality in the not too distant future.

Thank you again for supporting our library and the people of all ages who use it.

Al Miller
President, the El Cerrito Library Foundation

El Cerrito’s Library Measure is on the ballot!

By now you will have heard that Measure B will be on the upcoming November general election ballot. This revenue measure would fund an earthquake-safe library that meets our community’s needs, for years to come. If enacted by the voters, Measure B allows the City to issue up to $30M in general obligations bonds to fund a 21st century library. 

We need your help get the word out to your neighbors why this measure is very important and to vote on it!  We need volunteers to help the Yes on B campaign to spread the message throughout El Cerrito between now and November. Please sign up at the Yes on B website at http://www.elcerritolibrary.org/getinvolved.html.

For answers to the most frequently asked questions, please see our FAQ on the Foundation’s website at https://eclibraryfoundation.org/measure-b-faq/

The City Council has extensive information about the measure on their website. See http://el-cerrito.org/index.aspx?NID=936.