Library and BART at City Council Meeting 11/19/19 at 7pm

Attention library supporters! Next Tuesday, November 19th, at 7pm, the El Cerrito City Council will discuss Agenda Item 7A, “El Cerrito Plaza BART Transit Oriented Development (TOD),” which has to do with our new library.

Here’s an excerpt from the agenda packet on this action to be proposed:

Action Proposed: 1) Receive a presentation regarding BART’s Transit Oriented Development process for El Cerrito Plaza BART, provide feedback on the draft TOD goals and objectives; and 2) Adopt a resolution authorizing evaluation of a potential library to be included for study in the Request for Qualifications, and support BART’s inclusion of Sustainable Access Studies and Strategies in the Request for Qualifications.”

More information is available in the Item No. 7A in the e-packet for this meeting. See pages 77-104, http://www.el-cerrito.org/Archive.aspx?ADID=5029. Hope to see you there!

Meeting location is El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito.

EVENT! El Cerrito Rotary 2019 Sip & Savor, Oct 13th

Mark your calendars for a fun event to raise funds for our community!

The El Cerrito Library Foundation is one of seven lucky recipients to receive proceeds from this year’s El Cerrito Rotary 2019 Sip & Savor on Sunday, October 13th.

10th Annual El Cerrito Rotary Sip & Savor
Sunday, October 13, 2019  *  2:30pm – 5:30pm
Berkeley Country Club
7901 Cutting Blvd, El Cerrito

The other six recipients who will receive this year’s proceeds are:

  • Contra Costa Civic Theater
  • Rotacare
  • El Cerrito High School School Activity Fund
  • El Cerrito Recreation Department
  • Milo Foundation
  • Camp Kesem

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.cerritovistasipandsavor.com/tixpurchaselibrary. You will receive an email receipt for your purchase and bring it with you to the event to receive a free raffle ticket.

Sponsorships are also available online at https://www.cerritovistasipandsavor.com/sponsorshippurchaselibrary.

If you’d prefer to not go online to get your tickets or sponsorship, please contact info@eclibraryfoundation.org for more information.

To date, the El Cerrito Rotary Sip & Savor events have raised $36,000 over three years for the El Cerrito Library Foundation, to help fund programming and interiors for our new community library.

Sip & Savor will again feature fine purveyors of a dazzling array of sips, sweets and savory delights, including vintners, artisanal beer makers, spirit mixers, olive oil and balsamics, chocolate, cheese, and artisan bread. 

Let your family and friends know about this event!  The El Cerrito Library Foundation will be grateful for your support. Hope to see you at this year’s Sip & Savor! 

52 Dreams for a new Library

At our booth at the July the 4th City of El Cerrito/OneWorld festival, we collected dreams for our new library. We asked booth visitors “What are you dreaming for our new library?” They shared their thoughts on colored Post-Its and posted them on our large display poster (see below).

A list of the “52 dreams” is below. 

Please share your dreams for our new library, too! Send them to info@eclibraryfoundation.org and we’ll add them to this list.

All day we handed out 582 of our traditional little green stickers “I support a new library in El Cerrito.” If you missed yours this year, be sure to drop by next year!

52 dreams

Items in bold face are already available. Ask the Librarian for help to find it.

“I’m dreaming of purple butterflies” Lena, age 4
A new building
Comfortable outdoor reading space. And Meditation Yoga
Include Senior Center and create a multi-age facility that will be good for all; Kids, parents & grandparents. Put it at a central location near existing Community Center.
Conference meeting rooms
Staff work area & break room
A wonderful light filled reading room with views of trees
Combine with a new Senior Center and Rec Center
Poetry events
Book clubs for the classics
“Picture of a Rocket ship” from Owen
Lending Library for tools and household stuff
More books!
Jewish Book Club
More Newberys
A soft landing for books & DVDs @ bottom of “Return Book” slot: A large shelf for Link-Plus: A comfy staff room
Show historical movies and documentaries
Upgrades & more books!
Retrofitting
Free/discounted books for teachers
Computer learning lab
Art resources
A café with comfortable reading chairs & tables serving Well Grounded coffee!
A new Café
Books, a cow, and a silly person
More graphic novels
More books, especially science fiction
A coffee/tea shop; A safe gathering place.
More language Programs & College workshops
Clean & bright restrooms
Local history pictures like the Pinole Library
Recently published children’s books
A history room
Tool lending
Climate Change information center
A felt board for little kids
Art reading corner and book shelves
A kids reading space
More story Time!
Bigger, Better,& Upgraded, PLEASE!!!!!
Modern Computer lab
A new “State-of-the-art-Library”
Weekly “Cubing’ Club (Rubix Cubes)
MANAGER TO HAVE OWN OFFICE (Thanks Heidi!)
More movies based on books
Expanded, cozy kids space for chapter book reading, grades 2+
Better computers, more books, bigger space
LOVE EC Library! More Books, Book Club/s, Tool lending, Thank you!
Great family events
“New Arrivals” section
An app to access electronically
A “Young Librarians” program sp we “whippersnappers” can learn what it really means to be a librarian; what it really means to be the guardian of stories.

Addendum

  • More Bilingual Story time for all children 2-8 years old, coming from all over
  • A beautiful library, more comfortable chairs, quiet rooms, more magazines, gorgeous native landscaping that can be seen from inside, inspiring artwork from our community, and etc, etc!