El Cerrito Library opens a collection of LGBT books



On September 4, more than 110 people came to El Cerrito Library to mark the historic inauguration of the Contra Costa Count Library System’s first LGBT+ special collection, made possible by a donation from the Deloach and Troy Trust.

The collection includes fiction and non-fiction books for all ages that relate to gender identity and sexual orientation. Although housed in the El Cerrito Library, individual volumes are available to all CCC Library cardholders. District I County Supervisor John Gioia; El Cerrito Mayor Gabe Quinto, Councilman Paul Fadelli and Community Library Senior Director Heidi Goldstein cut the rainbow ribbon for the new collection.

The Friends of the El Cerrito Library and the El Cerrito Library Foundation sponsored the event. The DeLoach and Troy Trust, which has donated to libraries nationwide, was established in memory of two longtime Kensington residents, James S. DeLoach and Eugene S. Troy.

“Part of the library’s mission is to create equal access for everyone,” said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. “This collection serves an important part of our community that is often overlooked.”

For more information about this collection, please contact Goldstein at [email protected] or 510-526-7512; or contact Brooke Converse, CCC Library System Public Information Officer, at [email protected] or 925-608-7713. The El Cerrito Library is located at 6510 Stockton Ave. in El Cerrito.

– El Cerrito Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library System

Down Home Music offers a presentation and sale on September 22 and 23

Shannon Dudley, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and his wife, Marisol Berríos-Miranda, are co-authors (with Michelle Habell Pallan) of a fabulous new beautifully illustrated book, “American Sabor: Latinos & Latinas in US Popular Music.” They will present a free live presentation and book signing at 1 p.m. on September 22 at the Down Home Music Store, 10341 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito.

American Sabor began in 2007 as a museum exhibit at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, for which the couple served as guest curator. He stayed there for a year, then traveled to other American cities, ending up at the Smithsonian International Gallery in 2011. For more details, visit www.americansabor.org.

And store management is planning another sale at the Down Home community parking lot for September 23 starting at 8 a.m. The usual assortment of LPs, 45s, stereo gear, instruments, amps and everything music related will be for sale with no seller or fees.

— Down Home Music Store, El Cerrito


Music in the Park concerts continue through September

Bring a picnic and a blanket, bring your family, bring a friend. The 2018 Music in the Park Concert Series will be the City of Albany’s 15th season and will feature free concerts every Wednesday night in September. The concerts have been funded by the city’s Target store since 2004.

On September 19, Mustache Harbor and Yacht Rock Explosion will perform, and on September 27, The Uptones,
“California’s Greatest Ska Band Right Now” will perform. The concerts will take place at Memorial Park at 1325 Portland Ave. in Albany.

— City of Albany


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