Lunch at the Library this Summer!

Librarian Katy welcomes kids with a free healthy lunch!

Did you know about the Lunch at the Library program during the summer? This program is a continuation of the free/reduced cost lunch program provided in schools during the regular school year. It provides free lunches to anyone 18 and under, three days per week in July and August.

In 2019, thanks to donations from our community, the Foundation provided the El Cerrito Library a new refrigerator to store lunch meals.

In normal times, the meal is served inside the library, but because of the “Front Door Service” restrictions at all CCC libraries this summer, the EC library’s Lunch at the Library is being held as an outdoor drive through/pick-up event in the parking lot behind the library. The foundation lent the library staff their canopy (normally used with their booth) to shade the food handed out.

If you know of a kid who could benefit from this program, pass on the word! See attached flyer for dates and times of the lunches for this summer of 2020.

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, 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 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

If you’d prefer to not go online to get your tickets or sponsorship, please contact 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!