El Cerrito: City’s library branch to kick off return of added hours

From East Bay Times

” The city’s library branch embarks on a new era in April with the official return of open hours seven days a week for the first time in more than 25 years.A community celebration to kick off the start of additional hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 4 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.The First Wednesday Celebration, dubbed “4/4 @ 4” by organizers, will feature free frozen custard, cookies and music, family entertainment including games, magic, and face painting, a chance to see what the branch has to offer and registration for free library cards.The city has is funding expansion hours at the branch from the basic 35 hours funded by the county library system to 50 hours weekly, meaning the branch will now be open on Wednesdays and Sundays.Funding, about $127,000 annually, was approved by the City Council in June 2017 and it has taken almost a year to ready everything for the added hours, including hiring, training and realigning personnel to meet the added staffing needs, said Al Miller, board president of the El Cerrito Library Foundation.”