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El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

El Cerrito Public Library

 
 
El Cerrito Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2015
1. El Cerrito Public Library Marker
Inscription. With an inventory of fifty books, El Cerrito's first public library was opened in the local post office in 1913. It moved several times before expanding and relocating to Stockton Avenue in 1949, becoming the first postwar library built in the Bay Area.
 
Erected by City of El Cerrito.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the San Pablo Avenue Historical-Cultural Pavers marker series.
 
Location. 37° 54.473′ N, 122° 18.365′ W. Marker is in El Cerrito, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Stockton Avenue, on the right when traveling north on San Pablo Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10400 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairmont School (within shouting distance of this marker); Art and Culture in the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Farms and Dairies (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Cerrito's Music Scene (about 800 feet away); Master Craftsmen (approx. ľ mile away);
El Cerrito Public Library Marker - Wide View, Showing Marker Set in Sidewalk image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2015
2. El Cerrito Public Library Marker - Wide View, Showing Marker Set in Sidewalk
Violet's (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Six Bells & Cerro Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); The 'IT' Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Cerrito.
 
More about this marker. The marker is set in the sidewalk on the northeast corner of the intersection.
 
Also see . . .  The History of the Library. The El Cerrito Library Foundation presents a history of the El Cerrito Library: "In 1913, when local citizens walked into the Post Office they found a new service. The Contra Costa County Library, established in Martinez in 1913, was setting up branches throughout the county. County Librarian Alice Whitbeck had announced that anyone could start a library and Faye Breneman, a teacher at Fairmont school in Rust (as the area was known in those days), had taken up the challenge. Space for two locked cases of 50 to 100 books was obtained on shelves in the post office and the Rust Branch Library opened. As Librarian, Faye spent three afternoons a week serving 93 library cardholders. Because she could not receive another county salary in addition to her teacherís pay, her Librarianís salary of
El Cerrito Public Library - Inset Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2015
3. El Cerrito Public Library - Inset Photo on Marker
$5.00 per month was sent to her mother....
(Submitted on December 8, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEducation
 
El Cerrito Public Library Today image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2015
4. El Cerrito Public Library Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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