Though the library is temporarily closed, we are still partnering local Mutual Aid COVID-19 initiatives.
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These have included clothes drops for homeless adults and children from disadvantaged families, as well as a socially distanced music festival of hugely talented, local performers.
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Also during the Library’s physical closure, the  Virtual Poetry Group regularly meets for lively and illuminating discussion.
FKRL Remote poetry image May 2020
With John Rogers we are creating a social mapping project for the Brent London Borough of Culture.
FKRL John Rogers flyer Aug 2020
We are looking forward to recommencing our partnerships with other local organisations and charities for the benefit of the community, as soon as we can safely do so.

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We are currently making plans to re-open the library, hopefully by the end of September, beginning of October. 
There are many considerations and protocols to put in place to ensure the library is safe for everyone –  our wonderful volunteers, staff and users.
 We can’t wait to welcome you back to your Kensal Rise Library.
We know many of you are itching to return your books and borrow fresh ones.
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When we do open, our services and hours will be reduced.
We hope to extend services and hours in a gradual, phased recovery.
Safety is paramount and so we have to be cautious; we thank all our supporters and users for their understanding
All the borough’s community libraries remain closed for now.
Of Brent Council’s libraries,  Willesden, Wembley, Ealing and Kilburn are now open, with reduced hours and services.

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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.

BYO refreshments!

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: kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk 

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Please Support the Library!

Want to support the library during lockdown and when we re-open?

Play Brent’s Community Lottery and get the chance to win £25,000 every week – and help Kensal Rise Library.

FKRL twitter Brent lottery Jan 2019Dear Friends,

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are well.

Have you heard of the fun way you can support the library remotely –

helping us to re-open after lockdown and making sure we can stay open?

You could win up to £25,000 in the Brent Community Lottery, while

supporting a worthwhile cause – Kensal Rise Library!

You can play for as little as £1 a week – and help towards the library’s bills of £100 a day. We have to keep paying the bills, even while we’re shut.

How does it work?

You can play for as little as £1 per week (£4.34 a month). 50p of every £1 you play is guaranteed to go straight to Kensal Rise Library and support our work. 10p goes to all Brent good causes (including us).  The remaining 40p will be used to provide prizes and cover administration costs. For just £1 per week you will be allocated or can choose a Brent Lottery number, which will remain yours for as long as you wish to keep playing. You can purchase more than one number if you wish. Every Saturday at 8pm, the lucky winners are selected at random and prize cheques posted directly to you, so there is no need for you to claim.

You must be 16 or over to enter.

To support the library, please visit our Lottery page: https://www.brentcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/friends-of-kensal-rise-library

Every ticket you buy makes our community stronger, even when we’re apart.

Thank you!

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From Wednesday 18 March, Kensal Rise Community Library is closing temporarily due to Covid-19.

The safety of our users, volunteers, staff – and wider community – is of the utmost importance.

We will continue to keep in touch via updates on our social media platforms:

Facebook: Save Kensal Rise Library!

Twitter: @KensalRLibrary

We regret the disruption and thank you for your understanding during this crisis.

We hope to play a role in the local initiatives that are emerging.

Margaret Bailey: Chair, Friends of Kensal Rise Library

Stephanie Schonfield: Library Manager



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Trustees Information Evening

Your Library needs New Trustees!                                      FKRL Logo Jan 2020 (2)

Information Evening
7.30pm Thursday 12 March 2020
Kensal Rise Library

We are looking for these skills/qualities:
· Good people skills (e.g. team working, problem solving)
· Knowledge of, and commitment to, the local community
· IT, Finance, Libraries, Communications, Safeguarding, HR
· Fundraising experience or connections with potential funders
· A Secretary to the Board

The commitment comprises attendance at 4 Trustees meetings a year, and from time to time a willingness to be hands on with
activities to do with the operation of the library.
This is a great opportunity to help a local popular cause with a proven track record.

Friends of Kensal Rise Library is the registered charity with educational purposes set up to save the library when it was closed by the council in 2011.
The Trustees share responsibility for governing the charity, deciding strategy and its overall operation.
For more information or an informal discussion please contact:
Margaret Bailey, Chair of FKRL, kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk
or come to our information evening.
For more information about being a Trustee: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/governance/board-responsibilities/legal-duties-of-trustees

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Brent Community Lottery

Top Prize £25,000!

Support the library!

 Brent Community Lottery draw every Saturday at 8pm.

Win prizes up to £25,000!

Buy tickets from only £1 per week. 50% of sales go the library and 10% to other good causes in Brent. Help us reach our target.

Brent Community Lottery For Kensal Rise Library

Our Library and community space provide a much loved and valued service for everyone in the community. We all own it!

We depend on donations to keep going.

We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our services!

Thank you for your support and good luck!

FKRL twitter Brent lottery Jan 2019

Margaret Bailey

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Opening Hours For the Holidays

We are closed from 1pm on Saturday 21 December 2019.

We will re-open on Friday January 3 at 10am.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!


FKRL Libray in sun Jan 2019We are in the process of designing a new website – should be coming in the new year.

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Grand Opening Kensal Rise Library!

Saturday 28 September 2pm.

Join Us!

FKRL Libray in sun Jan 2019

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When will the library open? We are working towards opening as a fully functioning lending library in the autumn and plan to announce the date in the next library newsletter. We are already open for events, classes, and councillors’ surgeries on the first Saturday of each month, 11am to 12 noon.

Volunteer training day: We will be running volunteer training on Tuesday 10th September 2019 for everyone who wants to volunteer in the library once it is open. Training will be 10am to 12 noon and 7pm to 9pm at the library. You only need to attend one session. Please email us at kensalriselibraryvolunteers@hotmail.com to sign up. If you can’t make that date please get in touch anyway. Regular commitments are weekly or fortnightly for a four hour shift but we do need ad hoc volunteers as well.

Author Talks: We have had two very successful author events in the last month: Antonia Fraser and Alyisha Malik both gave very interesting (and quite different) talks.

FKRL Antonia Fraser Jun 2019

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Antonia Fraser & Ayisha Malik

Our next author event is James Swallow on Saturday 21st September at 3pm at the library. Please come along.

Getting involved: if you want to help with everything that needs doing to open our library, please come along to the next Operations Group meetings which are at 7.30pm at the library on Thursday 15th August, Thursday 29th August (extra meeting) and Thursday 12th September 2019, or email us to offer help. We are currently cataloguing books, checking policies, preparing volunteer training, setting up IT, working on the library website, and planning for our opening weekend.

Donate to the library when you shop online! Please click through www.giveasyoulive.com and nominate us as your chosen charity. Most big retailers and lots of small ones will make a donation to us when you shop online, and if you do so regularly it adds up to a lot of money for us.

We are looking for new trustees for the Friends, the charity that runs the library. We particularly need more trustees with skills in IT, and finance. If you are interested please contact Margaret Bailey, chair of trustees, via kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk

Who owns the library and how is it funded? The Friends of Kensal Rise Library run the library and have a 999 year rent free lease of the library space, so long as it remains a library. Our immediate landlord is All Souls College, Oxford, who originally gave the land for the library in around 1900. There are residential long leaseholders in other parts of the building. The library is funded by grants and community fundraising. It will cost about £100 per day to keep the doors open.

Why did the library close? The library was formerly run by Brent Council and was closed by them in 2011 despite overwhelming opposition, locally and beyond. In recent years Brent Council’s Library Service have been supporting us with training and advice. We have received some grants from the council though we do not receive any regular or guaranteed public funding.


Friends of Kensal Rise Library, registered charity no. 1141606

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