Friends of the El Cerrito Library is a library-support organization that raises funds through book sales and…More membership dues to provide the El Cerrito Library with books, magazines, tapes and CDs. It also provides matching grants for special collections and helps support the library's variety of cultural and educational programs for adults and children.
The organization also accepts donations of books, records, videos, books on tape, audio casettes and CD-Roms. It also accepts magazines that are less than one year old. It does not accept Reader's Digest condensed books, books in poor condition, or textbooks other than math or science. Donations may be made at the library during hours when the library is open. Those who wish to donate are asked not to leave materials outside the door or deposit them in the book drop. Pick-up arrangements may be possible for large donations.
Volunteers are welcome to help with tasks associated with book sales, including pick-up, sales, phone and sorting. The Board of Directors of Friends of the El Cerrito Library meets at the library on the second Tuesday of each month at 4pm. Meetings are open to the public.
The El Cerrito Library is one of 26 branches of the Contra Costa Library system. The…More first library in what is now the City of El Cerrito opened with 200 books in 1913, four years before the city was incorporated. Its current home is a relatively small community library built in 1949 and expanded in 1960.
The collection includes materials in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese and also features recorded books, videos, CDs and magazines. The library also offers an array of events and activities. Kids can enjoy story time and special programs like magicians and puppet shows. For adults, there are author readings, book club discussions and slide show lectures on various topics.
Along the western side of the library is a native plant garden established by 29 volunteers in 2001 with about 30 species that bloom almost the whole year.