Great World Book Night Giveaway Friday 23 April 5.30pm outside the library.
Hurry! Tickets going fast!
Mark Twain in England will focus on Twain’s opening of Kensal Rise Library in 1900, during his stay at nearby Dollis Hill House. Also the fascinating story of his encounters with the likes of Dracula author Bram Stoker, and George Bernard Shaw, plus Twain’s attitude to the British.
We are very grateful to Steve Courtney who will screen direct from America and take audience Q&A’s. Steve has a long association with the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut.
From April 14, Kensal Rise Library re-opens Wednesdays 2pm – 5pm & Saturdays 10am – 1pm for loans/returns only.
Government guidelines permitting……
Can’t wait to welcome you all back!
Brighter days beckon – not least with the great news that Kensal Rise Library is set to re-open on April 14th.
This announcement follows last week’s Prime Ministerial ‘Road Map’ statement, declaring libraries can re-open from April 12th – so long as the scientific data allows.
Clearly, the Covid situation remains uncertain, so the dates are subject to change.
However, all being well, we will resume our Phase 1 plans to operate two shifts a week from April 14th: Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
This is a gradual approach.
We will build on last December’s temporary re-opening, complete with Covid precautions (eg protective screens, hand sanitiser etc), to enable all of us to get used to the new procedures and monitor the pandemic.
W can’t wait to see you back in the library in a few weeks’ time!
We are excited to offer an online event, live from the Mark Twain house in America, on March 24th at 7pm.
Dr Erin Bartram will discuss Twain’s attitude to racism, alongside other 19th century American writers – including escaped slave, Frederick Douglass (the first African American to be nominated for US Vice President in 1872).
Connections will be made between the present day and the writings of Twain and his contemporaries. Audience Q&A. This event has been especially tailored for us and we hope you will be able to attend via Zoom.
Here’s the Eventbrite link to book your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/huckleberry-finn-racism-with-mark-twain-expert-dr-erin-bartram-tickets-143150570209?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
Thanks to Maria and Margaret and Stephanie for working on this.
Tier 4 & high Covid infection rates mean the library will close for now.
With deepest regret we have made this decision.
We need to ensure that our staff, volunteers and users are safe.
Stay safe everyone and see you soon!
WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER
Tuesday 7.30pm 10 November 2020
At this free virtual event, John will talk and take questions about his portrait of the community surrounding Kensal Rise Library.
John says: “It’s a portrait of the community in their own words. By ‘community’, I mean the community of the library. Where it becomes geographic is that the emphasis is on the subjective responses to the environment and the changes within that environment, rather than looking for some objective, dry, historical overview of the area, or even contemporary commentary on the area.”
John’s work unfolds as a series of interviews with locals, drawing on their memories of the changing streets, communities and the library. These stories are accessed via plaques dotted around the neighbourhood, from which the audio can be downloaded.
The library itself represents community activism and struggle: Kensal Rise Library was closed by Brent Council in 2011. But following the community’s long battle – including taking the council to the High Court – locals have reclaimed and refurbished the ground floor, which they now run independently of the local authority.
John Rogers is an artist, filmmaker and author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city. He directed the feature documentaries The London Perambulator (2009), Make Your Own Damn Art – the world of Bob and Roberta Smith (2012), London Overground (2016) and In the Shadow of the Shard (2018). He produced and co-presented the popular Resonance FM radio show and podcast on walking, Ventures and Adventures in Topography. He also produces a regular series of walking videos on his YouTube channel.
John’s work is part of Brent London Borough of Culture 2020.
To register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-rogers-kensal-rise-has-a-story-tickets-127040845589?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
Kensal Rise Community Library receives no regular funding from the Council.
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Join Our Virtual Poetry Group
Enjoy reading and discussing the old and the new in the comfort of your own home.
We’ll be looking at poems that have a particular resonance just now for the participants who have chosen them.
The initial session includes works by Carol Ann Duffy and Dorothy Parker.
Choose your own (short) poem, or just join to listen and discuss.
Future sessions will focus on particular poets and themes.
The Virtual Poetry Group takes place by Zoom.
To join, just email: email@example.com