Announcing the Fall Sale with Books ‘n Brunch

The Friends of El Cerrito Library Fall Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9a-5p. The following day, Sunday, Sept. 9 from 12-4, all items are half-priced.

The popular features of Books ‘N Brunch returns on Sept. 8 only with pastries, bagels and beverages offered for sale by Well Grounded Tea and Coffee. They will open at 8.30 to serve patrons waiting for the sale to open. Brunch closes at 12.30. Live acoustic music and children’s activity area will return as well.

The next Saturday, Sept. 15 is the bag sale when you may fill a shopping bag for $3.00. For more information call the library; 510-526-7512.


Dave Weinstein, “Gambling halls to City of Homes, El Cerrito’s neighborhoods over time,” May 24, 6:30 PM

Please join The Friends for our annual special event on Thursday, May 24 in the library beginning at 6.30pm.

Our 2012 gathering will feature guest author Dave Weinstein, speaking on: “Gambling halls to City of Homes, El Cerrito’s neighborhoods over time.”

Dave Weinstein, journalist, preservationist and vice president of the El Cerrito Historical Society, will discuss the growth of El Cerrito’s neighborhoods, from the early 20th century to today. His illustrated talk will show some of the city’s earliest homes, some of its quirkiest, and some of its most trend-setting modern houses from the 1950s and ‘60s. We’ll see clusters of bungalows from the 1900s, pictorial Storybook homes from the 1920s, and ranch-style neighborhoods from the 1950s.

Plus we’ll hear about how El Cerrito went from dairy land and chicken farms, gambling halls and its fabled greyhound tack, to the “City of Homes” that it dubbed itself after World War II.

Contact Dave at 510-524-1737,