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 info@eclibraryfoundation.org.

Al Miller, President, ECLF

National Voter Registration Day – September 22, 2020


National Voter RegistrationNational Voter Registration Day, held the fourth Tuesday of September every year, is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. To date, nearly 3 million voters have been registered to vote on this holiday.

The El Cerrito Library Foundation has participated as a Community Partner since 2015 by staffing a Voter Registration table in the entrance area of the El Cerrito Library. Last year we were one of the over 4,000 Community and Corporate Partners participating in this nonpartisan event.

Because of the Covid-19 situation, our participation in 2020 will consist of a series of informative voter registration posts on our website and Facebook sites.

Our main sources of information will be the National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) website (NVRD) and the Contra Costa County Elections Division website (CCC Elections). We will provide information on important dates in the voter registration and November 3 election schedule, on the Contra Costa County procedures for Vote-by-Mail voting, and on other information relating to voting in the November 3 election.

Important dates in the November 3 Election Schedule:

  • Deadline for candidates to file for office: November 12, 2020
  • CCC Election division mailing of Vote-by-Mail ballots to voters: October 5, 2020
  • Last Day to Request Vote-by-Mail Ballot: October 27, 2020
  • Deadline for CCC Elections to receive Vote-by-Mail ballots: November 3, 2020
  • Election Day: November 3, 2020
  • Deadline for CCC to Certify Final Results: December 3, 2020

If you have any questions about this schedule, or other voting or voter registration questions, please contact the CCC Elections Division Voter Services by email with “Inquiry” as the subject line at voter.services@vote.cccounty.us. You can also Call (925) 335-7800.

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 the secure voting box on the parking lot side of the El Cerrito City Hall.

The NVRD holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).


Join El Cerrito Library’s Summer Book Club!

Made possible with funds donated by the El Cerrito Library Foundation.

​El Cerrito Library’s Summer Book Club handed out all 100 free copies of ​Island of the Blue Dolphins​. Young patrons were so excited to read this selection, and not-so-young patrons fondly remember their first time with this California classic, and were happy to re-read, this time with their own families. Whether or not you’ve read it, the Library invites you to join in on their virtual Book Club events:

Discoveries on Island of the Blue Dolphins, with Channel Islands National Park

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 2pm

Monique Navarro, Education Coordinator for ​Channel Islands National Park​ will interact live with the Library to observe, and discuss archaeological discoveries on San Nicolas Island (the actual island of the Blue Dolphins, and tell us about the Lone Woman (Karana). Get your questions ready…

Join us via Zoom!
To connect on the day of the program, please go to: ​https://zoom.us/j/8056585700 Zoom meeting ID: 8056585700

Island of the Blue Dolphins Summer Book Club Discussion

Thursday, August 13, 2pm

Join El Cerrito Librarians Katy and Alison as they dive into this beloved book, from its characters, the island of San Nicholas, and animal friends and visitors; to a frank discussion of the circumstances surrounding Karana being stranded on the island, and her eventual rescue and return to the Missions of the mainland. What do you think about the book? Let’s talk!

Join us via Zoom!
To connect on the day of the program, please go to: ​https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8413… Zoom meeting ID:​841 3146 3229 / Password: ECLReads

In addition to free copies of the book, and two fun + educational virtual programs, and in a nod to its title, the Library has adopted a dolphin from The Marine Mammal Center. Meet ​Baker D​! The Library has invited their online friends to learn all about Baker D via The Marine Mammal Center, which includes learning about conservation and marine biology, all good stuff.

And as part of our other ECL summer programming, the ASE/ECL Innovator Series, where the Library works with local patron and parent Sri, on DIY STEAM activities for families to explore at home, they are hosting a Facebook Live event with the Marine Mammal Center on Thursday, August 13, 3pm, right after the Book Club Discussion! Join them on our ​Facebook Page ​to see the Center in action, and learn more about their work with marine life.

The Library’s Countywide Summer Reading Program’s theme this year is ​Dive Deep​, and as part of the ocean-related fun they hosted a Virtual Squid Dissection with ​SaveNature.org​ – Katy squirmed and Julia cheered. 🙂 And they are planning all sorts of good stuff for Sir Charlie, their moniker for the ​Charlie Cart​ the Library was able to purchase, and which will allow them to demonstrate cooking and healthy recipes for their patrons.

The Library continues to virtually host monthly Tween Book Club and Mystery Book Club; Storytimes with Katy and Julia on Wednesdays; First Bites, where they read snippets from classic books, on Thursdays, and Lunch at the Library Monday-Thursday.

If you don’t already, please follow them on ​Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elcerritoCCCL/
and ​Instagram: ​https://www.instagram.com/elcerrito_library/ – so you can keep up with all the library goings-on. And if you’d like to stop by and give them a masked hello, you can put a book on hold and pick it up here with​ ​Front Door Service​, every day except Sunday.