Wish list

At our table at the July 4th (2012 and 2013) community event we encouraged residents to comment on their concerns or interests about the new library.

Facility (other than location)

  • Café (8)
  • Cybercafe where people could gather, read and work (3)
  • More consistent hours of operation; more weekend hours; more evening hours (5)
  • More computers (10)
  • Desks/cubicles with electrical outlets and wifi (8)
  • (including recommendation for reservations)
  • A hi-tech learning center; media center for online research (2)
  • Meeting spaces/school activity center (4)
  • A community center for people of all ages (2)
  • Center of mentoring and tutoring
  • Bigger library like Richmond Main
  • More places to sit and browse/read
  • More space (4)
  • Huge TV an Cliford DVD’s (Yuri and Anja)
  • Club space
  • A garden with reading seats (2)
  • More inviting kids’ reading area (2)
  • Fish tank in the kids’ section
  • Upgrade the library
  • I’d love to see a couple small to medium meeting rooms in our new library (2)
  • A library conductive to reading/studying. It may be in the existing building or whatever current tax revenue can support.
  • A larger facility
  • Facility for organizing and hosting themed conversation for small groups (10 max).
  • DOG friendly (3)
  • Bigger kids area
  • Well lit work areas (3)
  • Additional parking (2)
  • Listen to CDs or watch movies
  • Outdoor reading area
  • Public community meeting rooms (3)
  • Quieter floors (3)
  • Wifi (6)
  • A reading room
  • Rooftop garden
  • Coffee snack bar (w/elevator)
  • Open atrium
  • Natural light (3)
  • LEEDS/Green (2)
  • Different areas for different users: kids’ area with little tables and open carpet for sitting on the floor; study/computer areas; separate reading area, and a conference room
  • Tool library!
  • More plugs for laptops, please!
  • A museum space in library

Location

  • Library and Sr. Center next to Community Center
  • — Build on Portola JH site and enlarge (2)
  • Any new library should be in the same location. The current location is perfect.
  • New library in old Safeway! (2)
  • Please keep the library in the same location – rebuild is ok – don’t move it.
  • Kensington library is closer. It would be better to have a new El Cerrito Library. I would like to see some science books in the library
  • Drive up book return
  • Better decoration out front
  • Outdoor reading nooks

Collection

  • More audio books (3)
  • More Chinese books
  • More Spanish children’s books
  • More help in Spanish
  • More e-books (4)
  • More newer books on site
  • Bigger sci-fi section
  • Get ride of old text/research books. Replace with new ideas.
  • More DVDs (2)
  • Genealogy section with a genealogy specialist
  • More science books
  • Comic books (2)

Events

  • — Storytime for kids in Spanish/English (2)
  • More small children’s activities
  • More programs
  • Field trips
  • Bring writers to read and share their work
  • Science experiments
  • Have Spanish and Japanese story times and activities

Other

  • Whatever we decide to put in the new library doesn’t worry me—we just need to build the new library NOW!
  • Books are good!
  • Libraries are very essential for all ages! Go for it!
  • There’s nothing like holding a book in your hand and escaping into the world of imagination.
  • Knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving classes
  • Hot tub
  • Chose your own adventure
  • I want ice cream and candy at the library
  • Build adjacent to playground to encourage young and developing readings and families
  • A comfortable and a large community room where we can hold interesting programs about the history of El Cerrito and West County
  • Fair trade coffee shop on site and office/work corners & tables