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Name not shown inside Precinct ELC104 April 5, 2018, 6:43 PM

What is your age group?
Senior (60+ years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Never


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
availability for students and community


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
building is outdated and the facility is uninviting


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Children's, Rooms for Community Use, Space to Work Together, Teen Space


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Community Events, Entertainment + Programs, Learning + Tutoring, Quiet Reading + Studying, Socializing + Hanging Out


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
I would like to emphasize that it would be nice to meet with people for coffee in a quiet space and collaborate on projects together. There isn't any place in EC to do that except for coffee shops. Those aren't the places I want to go to meet friends when we're doing creative planning.

Name not shown inside Precinct ELC111 April 1, 2018, 6:52 PM

What is your age group?
Adult (18-60 years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Rarely (once or twice a year)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
Perhaps it's location is close to my home.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
It's never open.


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Children's, Quiet Study Space, Technology Hub


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Quiet Reading + Studying


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
When I've used the library it's been to browse the book selection, hopefully find and choose a few to take home and read. I've also attempted to find DVDs and years back VHS tapes to no avail - they simply had very few. Unfortunately it's never open and they don't have much to choose from. I really think building a new library is pointless. (San Francisco Library is a beautiful building full of bums who have taken over the place using the bathrooms as their private drug dens along with viewing pornography - the City can't do anything about it because they have a right to use it) Bear in mind it's not only the cost of building a new library the city's tax payer face but after it's built there will be the cost of staffing, stocking and maintaining the electronics. Frankly I don't think it's worth the property tax increase.

Name not shown inside Precinct ELC106 March 24, 2018, 3:44 PM

What is your age group?
Senior (60+ years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Rarely (once or twice a year)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
Not much.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
Way too small. Poor selection.


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Rooms for Community Use


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Community Events

Name not shown inside Precinct ELC102 March 24, 2018, 11:55 AM

What is your age group?
Adult (18-60 years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Never


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
Nothing. It’s completely obsolete in today’s modern society. People still read books, but far less today than in the past. Time to embrace change and go digital. If anything, a library is a great place for knowledge sharing and there are more effective ways to do so without aisles of books.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
That the city of El Cerrito insists we need or want a new library. Why not build knowledge centers, where people can gather and use computers freely to learn.


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Outdoor Space, Space to Work Together, Technology Hub


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Group Study + Collaborating, Learning + Tutoring

Name not shown inside Precinct ELC110 March 24, 2018, 11:20 AM

What is your age group?
Adult (18-60 years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Rarely (once or twice a year)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
That it is connected to all the other libraries.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
Very old, uninviting.


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Children's, Quiet Study Space, Space to Work Together, Teen Space


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Community Events, Group Study + Collaborating, Learning + Tutoring, Quiet Reading + Studying


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
I could only choose five in the first question but would include community space as well.

Name not shown outside El Cerrito March 23, 2018, 12:32 PM

What is your age group?
Prefer not to say


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Rarely (once or twice a year)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
Nice people work there, they do good things for the local children.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
It is too crowded and too noisy to use for the quiet enjoyment of books and research .


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Quiet Study Space, Teen Space, Other - A place for teens to access computers that doesn't look like the technology have you pictured. Place for people without the Internet to use it that is separate and aside from the technology stuff that children and teens need


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Learning + Tutoring, Quiet Reading + Studying, Other - Computer access without computer games. Those need to be regulated by parents, they have no place in the library


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
Whilel I appreciate and entirely support the volume of use of the library by local children after school, it is noisy and distracting when I come to the library to use it for books and research. I would appreciate a soundproof area for kids away from the book section.

Name not shown inside Precinct ELC102 March 22, 2018, 4:29 PM

What is your age group?
Adult (18-60 years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Never


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
You can use the Richmond civic center library.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
The city council raising our taxes to the highest level in California and nation, and they want to spend the highest amount in the Bay Area for a new library.


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Other - A bus transporting students to the Richmond library.


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Other - Close the El Cerrito library down. Get a bus to transport students to the Richmond library.


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
Build more apartments. The city council needs more tax revenue because they haven't figured out how to tax us more. However, I'm fully believe they will figure out how to tax the air we breath.

Name not shown inside Precinct ELC105 March 9, 2018, 8:24 PM

What is your age group?
Senior (60+ years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Rarely (once or twice a year)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
Friendly staff


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
Small size, its age, location and parking


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Children's, Rooms for Community Use, Other - Classroom space for writing, reading instruction or groups


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Community Events, Entertainment + Programs, Learning + Tutoring


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
I think more about why and how I used other libraries much more than El Cerrito. I go to many of the programs at the Kensington Library. I have taken writing classes at the Albany Library. I attend the summer magic shows at the South Lake Tahoe Library. I check out books and tapes from Kensington and Roseville libraries and attend events at both.

Name not shown outside El Cerrito March 9, 2018, 8:57 AM

What is your age group?
Adult (18-60 years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Often (once twice a month)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
I like it for its general library services, and access to materials outside the Contra Costa Library system.


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
It's dark and uninviting- not enough natural light. The selections of music and videos are poor. There aren't good workspaces to come work with a laptop. There's no outdoor seating where one could come use wifi outside of library hours.


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Books, Movies, Music, Outdoor Space, Quiet Study Space, Rooms for Community Use, Space to Work Together


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Community Events, Group Study + Collaborating, Quiet Reading + Studying, Socializing + Hanging Out


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
As a public space.

Isaac Mankita inside Precinct ELC107 March 8, 2018, 5:20 PM

What is your age group?
Adult (18-60 years old)


Do you currently use the El Cerrito Library?
Rarely (once or twice a year)


Briefly, what do you like about El Cerrito Library?
I like the availability of electronic books that I can download and read at home


Briefly, what do you dislike about El Cerrito Library?
Limited resources; cramped space; not particularly welcome or cozy to read


Question: Which of the following library SPACES are most important for you to have in your library? (please click no more than five options)
Quiet Study Space, Space to Work Together, Technology Hub, Teen Space


Which of the following library ACTIVITIES are most important to you in your library? (please check no more than five options)
Community Events, Group Study + Collaborating, Learning + Tutoring, Socializing + Hanging Out


Any other thoughts on why and how you use the El Cerrito Library?
Current library is not well maintained, feels crowded and has limited resources; a library can be a hub for community activities and resources, exhibits, presentations, and also for learning - in small groups and one-one one-two tutoring, workshops, or even formal classes. Access to technology is increasingly crucial, both with often re-freshed equipment and with wireless internet access. I'd love for a library to be the centerpiece or hub for community activities - social, cultural, civic, entertainment (movie nights, performances), or simply a place to do quiet reading/working, explore books/magazines/newspapers. Physical location will matter, too, and the possibility of re-locating and building out near the existing EC Community Center is very attractive, centrally located, accessible, and could also include a Senior center, now co-located with the library.