May Campaign Update

Kensal Rise LibraryHi Everyone,

Alan Bennett Evening

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help and attended the Alan Bennett event. Thank you to the vicar of St Martin’s, Graham Noyce for letting us have the event there. The evening was a huge success in many ways, not least that we managed to raise £4,600 towards the costs of the legal challenge. We are very grateful to Alan for supporting us. He was highly entertaining and at times very moving, and sharp.

One of the (additional) things I learnt on the evening was from speaking to a woman who works for Haringey Council. The Labour Council is chopping £850,000 from their libraries’ budget but they are not closing any libraries. Different priorities I suppose.

Telephone tree

We are going to have a ‘telephone tree’ so that we can keep any eye on the library and alert each other should anything ‘untoward’ happen. If you would be willing to be part of the tree please send your phone number to Caroline at

Queens Park Book Festival

We, along with friends from the other libraries threatened with closure (SOSBrent Libraries), will be having a stall at the Queens Park Book Festival on Saturday 11th June which takes place in the park from 11am-7pm. ( We need people to take turns at the stall. Come along and enjoy the festival and show your support for the libraries campaign. There will be lots of activities to enjoy for adults and children.


Thank you to the volunteers who have been leafleting the streets and stations. We still have many streets to cover for our appeal so if you can help please contact Deborah on 0797 0029 072 or We want people to do the leafletting of streets in pairs so if you can do a street or two with a friend or would like to be put in touch with someone let us know.

Fund Raising Ideas

As you know the legal challenge is costing all of the libraries a lot of money. We are well on the way to raising our share but we would be grateful for any ideas for fundraising. Contact me with any ideas you may have.


Margaret Bailey

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