September is Library Card Sign-up Month in the City of El Cerrito!

On August 16, 2022, El Cerrito Mayor Gabe Quinto signed an EL CERRITO CITY COUNCIL PROCLAMATION recognizing September as Library Card Sign-up Month in the City of El Cerrito.

So, how can you sign-up for a library card? The following information is from the Contra Costa County Library web site at https://ccclib.org/ .

What types of Library Cards are available and what’s the difference?

  • eCards are available on line to anyone living in Contra Costa County.
  • Full-Service Cards, which can be provided to you, free, when you visit a library, are available to residents of California.

What is the difference?

  • An eCard allows patrons immediate access to many of the Library’s online services and databases including Rosetta Stone, LinkedIn Learning, The New York Times and East Bay Times. It also allows patrons to place holds and borrow eBooks.
  •  eCards ARE NOT VALID for use with LINK+, Kanopy Movies, or Discover & Go services.
  • Full-Service Cards provide access to both physical and digital collections, and provide access to LINK+, Kanopy Movies, Discover & Go, and other services.

For more information about library cards please go to the CCC Library web site at https://ccclib.org/ .

Everyone in your family should have a library card, especially the youngsters! Get one this month. Please share this information with everyone in your neighborhood.

Today’s El Cerrito Library Cards are not like the one you grew up with. The five choices are shown below:

Five Contra Costa County Library Cards for 2022.

A new Library being considered as part of the new transit-development project at EC Plaza station

BART will be hosting a community open house on Wednesday, July 20 at the El Cerrito Plaza station, from 4 to 6:30pm. The city is considering locating the new El Cerrito Library at the station. Please come to the open house to provide feedback on this concept! We will love to see library supporters there. Here’s the announcement from the BART regarding the open house:

El Cerrito Plaza BART Station development: In-person open house on July 20
RELEASE DATE: 07/11/2022

Hello all, 

We are excited to announce a community open house on Wednesday, July 20 at the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station from 4:00-6:30 PM, hosted by the development team of Holliday Development and Related California.

The team will unveil their updated plans for transit-oriented development (TOD), including roughly 780 mixed-income homes, that will transform the station’s parking lots. These homes will be located so that future residents will find riding transit, walking, and biking more convenient than driving.

The city is also considering locating the new El Cerrito library at the station. The team is seeking your feedback on these updated development concepts. Construction on the TOD is expected to begin in 2024. More information can be found at the developer’s website, https://www.elcerritoplazadevelopment.com/.  

Community members in the surrounding neighborhoods can learn about and provide feedback on upcoming transportation and parking changes and ideas in and around the station at this open house.BART and city staff will be on hand to discuss changes and ideas for riders getting to and from BART as part of the Berkeley-El Cerrito Corridor Access Plan.  

The open house will take place outside between Central Avenue and El Cerrito Plaza BART station’s northern fare gates. This is a drop-in event, so participants can arrive at any time between 4:00 and 6:30 PM.  We hope to see you there! 

Sincerely, 
The Berkeley-El Cerrito Corridor Access Team