Friends of the Library will miss Mary Ann Addison

Dear EC Library Friends,

We must sadly report that we recently lost long time Board member, Mary Ann Addison, to complications from illness. A well attended memorial service was held last Saturday, and we publish her obituary below.  Her avid support of the Library and her sunny smile will be sorely missed. Mary Ann

Mary Ann Addison was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the second of three children of eminent logician Alonzo Church and Mary Julia Kuczinski. A 1951 honor-roll graduate of Princeton High School, she went on to the University of Georgia, majoring in biology, joining sorority Alpha Chi Omega, and graduating in June 1955. She married John West Addison Jr. on August 27, 1955. After a year in Princeton and abroad, they settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Michigan. In 1962, when John was appointed to the faculty of Mathematics at the University of California, they moved to Berkeley and after a year settled in El Cerrito.  Mary Ann and John had four sons: West, Thomas, Alonzo, and Samuel. She loved being a mother and her family was the center of her universe. In the 1970s she served in various leadership roles in the Del Mar Elementary School PTA and Northbrae Community Church Sunday school. Around 1977, she revived Cub Scout Pack 104 and was very active in Scouting at the pack, troop, district, and council levels, receiving the District Award of Merit in 1982, and making a lasting impact on countless boys and their families. When her sons were grown, she worked as a substitute elementary school teacher in the Richmond Unified schools and became active in the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.

A woman of widespread talents and interests, thrifty Mary Ann was early on recycling clothes and toys, guiding her sons, nieces, and nephews in vegetable gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, furniture restoration, and more. She was an accomplished calligrapher and producer of brass rubbings, and a wonderful cook and hostess. Her beautifully decorated cakes graced many a tea, reception, or fundraiser for the University, Scouts, or Church.Mary Ann loved to travel and made lifelong friends across the globe. Particularly memorable were an exciting five months in 1956 as a newlywed in Poland during the height of the Cold War and her family’s sabbatical years in Oxford, Jerusalem, and Münster, exploring the culture and history of Britain, the Middle East, and Germany. Her remarkably kind nature endeared her to friends of many different backgrounds.

Mary Ann died at home after gracefully coping with Parkinson’s disease with Lewy body dementia for many years. An exceptionally devoted wife, caring mother, and loving sister, she is greatly missed. She is survived by John, her husband of 58 years; her four sons John West Addison III, Thomas Cary Addison, Alonzo Church Addison, and Samuel Robbins Addison; her two daughters-in-law Selene Fabiano and Elaine Kennelly Addison; her four grandchildren Claudia, Eleanor, Parker, and Henry; and her sister Mildred Dandridge.

Donations may be sent in her memory to: Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America, attn: Mary Ann Addison Memorial Fund, 800 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523; or Friends of the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530; or Northbrae Community Church

New Year = New Resolve to Keep Blog up-to-date

Dear Friends of the Library,

Did you know that Board meetings are open to all Friends of the Library and the public?  Yes, it’s true and you are warmly invited to participate!

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4pm, the Board has a meeting in the library basement. Each meeting includes general business, a Treasurer’s report and an update from the Library Manager, Liz Ruhland, covering various aspects of library operations.  This is always an interesting segment of the meeting. For example, last month, the Board was asked to contribute a small amount of money to buy a Time Capsule for the Library.  Evidently, the Contra Costa Library system wants each Library to procure various items to be inserted into a large plexiglass tube, sealed up and stored away for 50 years.  Who will decide what sort of items to include?  The process is still being determined, but I’m sure the Library will be interested in getting input from patrons.

Remember: 2nd Tuesdays at 4pm- Board of Friends of the Library meeting- next meeting Jan. 14

Would you like to have the minutes of the meetings posted here on this blog? What other information would you like to read about on this blog?

Let us know, thank you!


Don’t Miss The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale!

Come early for a great selection of excellent quality used books, DVDs and CDs at very reasonable prices.  You’ll find large assortment of cookbooks, art books, children’s books, home repair books and lots more.

Dates: Saturday, September 28, 9am-5pm with Books ‘n Brunch special features until  11:30, coffee and food for sale by Well-Grounded Cafe and a kid’s activity tent.

Sunday, September 29, 12noon – 4pm – all items at half price!

Saturday, October 5, 10am-4pm– Bag sale- all you can fit into a shopping bag for $3.00

Come get your books and films at the Sale which supports the Library’s many programs and book acquisitions.  It’s so much better than buying from Amazon or some other non-local entity.


Hope to see you at the big sale and please tell your friends about it!