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New Library Campaign Extending Outreach

The recently formed group seeking to build support for a new El Cerrito Library announced this week that it is inviting community suggestions and planning public meetings this summer.

The recently launched grassroots campaign to replace El Cerrito's cramped and aging library on Stockton Avenue said this week that it's seeking ideas and planning community meetings this summer.

"Our outreach will be heating up this summer," said an announcement from the El Cerrito New Library Community Campaign

"Stop by our booth at El Cerrito’s July 4th Festival, 10-6 at Cerrito Vista Park," the notice said. "We’ll be conducting an informal survey, and gathering suggestions on what community members would like in a new library facility."

"Also, we will launch the first of a number of public, community meetings in August," the group said.

There has been strong community and official support in El Cerrito to rebuild the popular, city-owned, county-run library in a larger space, but funding is lacking. Its current home opened in 1949 and was expanded in 1960.

The group launched its Web site in April. Its organizing committee includes former city librarian Grace MacNeill, who's current president of the Friends of the El Cerrito Library, and other well-known local figures, including former El Cerrito City Manager Gary Pokorny, Stege Sanitary District board member Al Miller, and Tom Panas, an officer of the El Cerrito Historical Society.

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Denise Sangster June 16, 2012 at 06:39 AM
I hope we will end up with a next generation library that can provide services, collections, and the library facilities to serve the needs of residents for 40+ years. I envision the new library will be more than a storehouse for books waiting to be checked out. It should be active hubs of knowledge that incubates new ideas while bonding our community and neighborhoods together. A next generation library could forge a pilot partnership with WCCUSD to provide students and school libraries with greater access to resources and planning to dramatically expand homework help and tutoring. Together, a new and updated city library with expanded educational programs could form a ‘library of the future’ and help El Cerrito residents (young and old) navigate the knowledge economy. Ambitious—yes! Imaging what’s possible—pricless!
Mike C June 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Great news that this community effort for a new library is really taking off! Patch is doing a great job of keeping us informed, but it's also important to sign up at http://www.newelcerritolibrary.org/ so that they can show how much support there is. I hope everyone who is getting excited about the prospect of a new library will visit the site and sign up.

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