EC Library 2020 presentation at City Council Meeting on Jan 19

The El Cerrito City Council Meeting on January 19, 2021 will include a presentation on the El Cerrito library programs, activities, and social media presence during 2020. Heidi Goldstein, our Senior Community Library Manager will be the presenter. View the presentation.

Information on how to join this virtual City Council meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting and submit your public comments to let the City Council members, especially the new members, Lisa Motoyama and Tessa Rudnick, know what our library means to you and your family and how important those services are to the quality of life in El Cerrito.

Instructions for Submitting Public Comments for City Council Meetings During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Thank you all for your continuing interest and support of the El Cerrito Library.

Al Miller, President, El Cerrito Library Foundation

A year’s end note

As 2020 comes to a close, we thank you for supporting the El Cerrito Library and the El Cerrito Library Foundation. We are grateful for your support in the midst of the challenges of this past year. All of us at the El Cerrito Library Foundation (ECLF) wish you a safe healthy, and happy holiday season and Happy New Year!

All Contra Costa County Library branches, except Ygnacio Valley and Pinole, at this time are providing only FRONT DOOR SERVICE and is available during the normal hours for each Library location. Specific days and times are available here. All libraries are now closed on Sundays.

Book returns at all of the branches that are providing FRONT DOOR SERVICE are open 24/7. Please return any library items you have as you finish with them as our library would like to get more materials back into circulation.

You can find more information about the FRONT DOOR SERVICE here. Masks are required.

While the El Cerrito Library Foundation was founded to work to achieve a new, safe, modern library for El Cerrito, El Cerrito’s priority efforts to improve the City’s financial status has delayed efforts to achieve that goal. This means we will be using our current library for several more years than originally planned.

Because of this delay, the El Cerrito Library Foundation will be discussing possible projects with the City that would make library use more enjoyable in this interval. Any suggestions you may have are welcomed. Please submit them to us at

Al Miller, President, ECLF

Are You #VoteReady? 70 days until the November 3 Election

To be “Vote Ready” means you have a current voter registration. If you have moved recently or changed your name recently you should check with your local county election office to verify that your registration is valid and bring it up to date if it is not. You can check your registration status with the Contra Costa County Elections office here.

To be “Vote Ready” means you know where your polling place is, or, if you Vote-by-mail, where your local Secure Ballot Drop Box location is if you will be returning your ballot close to November 3. You can find your voter precinct number at the Contra Costa County Elections office here. Your precinct number and the location of your polling place is also on the Voter Information packet mailed to each voter

To be “Vote Ready” means you know what issues are on the ballot, understand candidate positions, and have decided how you will vote for each item on your ballot. You can find which Federal, State, County, Judicial, City, Schools, and Special Districts candidates will be on your ballot at the Contra Cost County Elections office here. Enter your name and birthdate information and then click on the “My Districts” button.

You can find out which propositions will appear on your ballot at various web sites. Two nonpartisan sites are Cal Matters and League of Women Voters

CalMatters “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.”

League of Women Voters “is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.” and enter your name and address.

Note: On March 4, 2020, CA Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20 which mandated  that all County Election Officials mail Vote-by-Mail ballots to all registered voters in California. The current dates for this action in Contra Costa County are:

  • Contra Costa County Election division mailing of Vote-by-Mail ballots to voters: October 5, 2020
  • Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked no later than 8:00 pm, November 3, 2020. 

NOTE for Vote-by-Mail voters: As of August 15th the US Post Master General has sent letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia that the USPS cannot guarantee delivery of Vote-by-Mail ballots, postmarked on or before November 3, by Election Day.

If you, like the majority of CCC voters, intend to vote by mail, mail your completed and signed ballots as soon as you can after receiving them, or consider dropping them off at your nearest polling place, or depositing them in a Secure Ballot Drop Box. Such a box is available 24/7 on the south side (parking lot side) of the El Cerrito City Hall at 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes
A ballot drop box is a secure drop box where voters can return their voted ballot. Voters can return their ballot to any box. Boxes are serviced by two deputized employees of the County Elections Office. More information about Secure Ballot Drop Boxes is available here. It will tell you where the nearest drop box is.