October 13th, 1900: Mark Twain opens Kensal Rise Library. October 13th, 2011: fight begins as library closed

Kensal Rise Library 16 Oct 2011

Kensal Rise Library was closed exactly 111 years after it was first opened by Mark Twain. But residents are continuing to pitch camp day and night outside the library in protest – and children have prevented council contractors boarding up the library. As the world-famous author said in his speech at the opening ceremony:

Mark Twain - under attack from Cllr James PowneyI 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.

Those words still hold true today, as residents continue to defend the library. Read the full speech here.

If you’re nearby, please come and join the fight!

Press coverage continues:

BBC NEWS – Brent library campaigners plan to hold daily vigils

Kilburn Times – Campaigners vow to continue vigil to save Kensal Rise Library

Harrow Observer – Kensal Rise library guarded by passionate residents

Guardian – Protesters resist library closure

Daily Telegraph – As libraries close, is that the end of the stories?

The Sun – Libraries key to kids’ futures

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Comedy night tomorrow in support of the campaign, with Phil Jupitus, Robin Ince, Alexei Sayle, Helen Arney, Robyn Hitchcock – more details

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