• Mark Twain Comes to Kensal Rise!

    The Friends of Kensal Rise Library present

    Mark Twain in England

    A talk by Dr. Cindy Lovell,

    of the Mark Twain House and Museum, Connecticut, USA

    With readings by Tim Lott, award winning author & journalist

    Sunday 7th September at 7pm

    St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd,

    Kensal Green NW10 5SN

    (2 mins from Kensal Green tube station)

     

    Tickets: £5, available from L’Angolo Delicatessen, 120 College Road NW10,

    C & D Food & Wine, 62 College Rd NW10,

    Queen’s Park Books, 87 Salusbury Rd NW6, and on the door.

    Bar: wine and soft drinks

     A fundraising event in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library

    Did You Know?

    America’s greatest writer, Mark Twain, visited Kensal Rise in 1900 – and opened Kensal Rise Library!

     

    “I formally declare this reading-room open, and I think that the legislature should not compel a community to provide itself with intelligent food, but give it the privilege of providing it if the community so desires.” Mark Twain

      

    Mark Twain’s many works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn  and The Prince and the Pauper. Twain has been called America’s conscience on racial issues, famously supporting the abolition of slavery. He educated himself in public libraries.

    This is a unique opportunity to find out more about this extraordinary man and his surprising links with our community from expert speaker Dr Cindy Lovell. Dr Lovell is the executive director of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Connecticut.

    Tim Lott’s books have won a number of awards including the Whitbread First Novel award and the PEN/JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. His latest novel is ‘Under the Same Stars’. His column on family matters appears weekly in The Guardian Family section. Tim Lott lives in Kensal Green.

    Save Kensal Rise Library Update – Exciting News

    After four years of non-stop campaigning against the library closure, we have won (at last!) a new community library and public space on the ground floor of the old library building. The developer has named the Friends of Kensal Rise Library as the actual tenants, subject to agreement of the lease and management arrangements. FKRL are now working on plans for the running of the library. If you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you – contact us at kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk and keep an eye on our website www.savekensalriselibrary.org for details of more events. Come along to the Mark Twain event on 7th September 2014 for a campaign update.

     

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Upcoming Events

  • Mark Twain Comes to Kensal Rise! The Friends of Kensal Rise Library present Mark Twain in England A talk by Dr. Cindy Lovell, of the Mark Twain House and Museum, Connecticut, USA With readings by Tim Lott, award winning author & journalist Sunday 7th September at 7pm St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green NW10 5SN (2 mins from Kensal Green tube station)   Tickets: £5, available from L’Angolo Delicatessen, ...
  • Update 20th July 2014 Hi Everyone, Two important points: 1. The planning application for the Kensal Rise library was approved at the Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 16th July. 2. The developer has agreed to name FKRL as the ‘actual’ rather than ‘preferred’ tenant of the community space. This means that subject to lease and management arrangements being agreed the space will not ...
  • JULY 15th UPDATE Hi Everyone, Really good news! 1. Friends of Kensal Rise Library named as tenants of library and community space. After months of negotiations, the Friends of Kensal Rise Library are to be named as the ‘Actual’ tenants of the new library and community space in the Kensal Rise Library building. Previously the Friends were named only as the ‘preferred’ ...
  • PLANNING DECISION TO BE MADE July Update Planning Application to be decided on July 16th The decision on the Planning Application for the Kensal Rise Library building will now take place on 16th July 2014 at 7pm at the Brent Civic Centre. The decision was deferred at last month’s planning committee meeting while the committee took legal advice into whether or not they could ...
  • June 2014 Update Hi Everyone, 1. Brent Planning Officers have recommended that the planning application for the Kensal Rise Library building be granted consent – subject to legal agreement. The Planning Committee will meet to decide whether or not to give consent at 7pm on 17th June. The meeting will take place in the Conference Hall at the Brent Civic Centre, ...
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  • St Mark’s Church Xmas Fair on Sat. 8 Dec. 1pm-4pm Join the fun at St. Mark’s Church Christmas Fair on Saturday 8 December between 1-4pm where Friends of Kensal Rise Library will also have  a stall. There’ll be a raffle, face painting, homemade cakes, wreath making and kids’ crafts… ..Little Duckling, Somerville scarves, Merry Widows, Emma Harpin and much more. Adults £1, Kids free. St Mark’s Church is at ...
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