Friends Fund a Wide Range of Programs in the EC Library

Magic, meditation, college planning, authors and herbs among topics covered

During November,  Friends of the El Cerrito Library members will be receiving bright pink postcards reminding them to renew their memberships, and perhaps add a few extra dollars as well.

This request comes not long after the Friends’ big annual book sale at the end of September. So, you may be wondering, where does the money go?

The short answer is to support programs in the library.

Since June, the Friends have contributed $5,032 toward more than 20 programs covering a wide range of community interests, including:

  • Prize books for the kids’ summer reading program
  • A show about bees for children
  • Three magic shows, including one on Halloween
  • Green art workshops for adults and teens
  • A weekly meditation program
  • Programs on herbs and apothecary for adults
  • Two author appearances
  • A program for teens on affordable college
  • Bento box lunches for young people
  • A visit by the Bay Area Discovery Museum

We appreciate your support!

Introducing El Cerrito’s unique and exciting LGBT+ Special Collection! Join us on Sept 4th!

Join the El Cerrito Library, Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation and the City of El Cerrito for a celebration and introduction to El Cerrito’s unique and exciting LGBT+ Special Collection!

Thanks to the DeLoach & Troy Trust, the Library is proud to announce Contra Costa County’s first LGBT+ Special Collection, housed here in the El Cerrito Library. This special collection currently includes both fiction and non-fiction books – for all ages! – that relate to gender identity and sexual orientation.

Join us for the ribbon-cutting with Mayor Gabriel Quinto, followed by crafts, music, food, and special guests!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 at 6 – 8 P.M at the El Cerrito Library.


Award-winning local mystery writer to talk about her craft on June 25

Event to kick off EC mystery book club, short FECL business meeting on agenda

Learn how Gigi Pandian, an Agatha Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author,  combines magic, mystery and history in her books in a special event at the library starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

A resident of El Cerrito, Pandian is the author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries and locked-room “impossible crime” short stories. Her locked-room novella, “The Library Ghost of  Tanglewood Inn,” won the 2017 Agatha Award for best short story.

Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After spending her childhood being dragged around the world, she now lives in El Cerrito with her husband and garden gargoyle. Learn more about her at

At the June 25 event, Librarian Alison Peters will officially convene the El Cerrito Mystery Book Club, where the inaugural book will be chosen. The gathering will start wtih a short business meeting of the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. Refreshments will be served.