November Campaign Update

Kensal Rise Library 16 Oct 2011Hi Everyone.

Good news for library campaigners in Gloucestershire and Somerset. In the High Court Judge McKenna quashed the decision by Somerset and Gloucestershire councils to close large sections of their library networks and should give councils elsewhere pause for thought in their often reckless closure programmes. Their lawyer Mr Carey said,

These two councils and others have ruthlessly ignored reasoned argument that the destruction of a large proportion of the public library service is a very short sighted course when the UK languishes in 25th place in PISA international reading rankings and citizens have so few local resources to promote community pride and cohesion.

Well done Somerset and Gloucestershire!

We are delighted with the result and wish them well and take heart from the decision while we await the outcome of our own Appeal hearing.

Cake Sale

Saturday 19th November from 10-2pm at the Pop Up Library.

Bring cakes or come and buy them. Proceeds from this sale will go towards ‘finessing’ the library.

While you are there you can put your name down for the roster. Any time you can spare in one or two hour slots is very welcome.

The library survey that we have had online will also be available for you to fill in.


Classical Concert for Libraries

7.30pm Monday 28 November in St Martin’s Church Mortimer Rd Kensal Green

The Razumovsky Ensemble and Academy

Artistic Director: Oleg Kogan

Music: Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn

“Each Razumovsky member may be king of their chosen instrument, but they scale the heavens as a team. England’s sport teams could learn a great deal” The Times.

Tickets: £10 (£5 unwaged/children) from:

Queens Park Books Salusbury Rd, L’Angolo’s deli College Rd, Minkie’s deli Chamberlayne Rd, The Pop Up Library, Kensal Rise Library Piazza.

Refreshments thanks to Mionetto Prosecco

Doors and bar open at 7pm


This month, November 2011, it will be a year since our library campaign began. Thanks to all of you that have worked so hard for the campaign. Thanks to all of you that have supported and continued to support the fight to keep the library open for our community. We should be proud of ourselves for maintaining this fight. It is fantastic that it is a fight to save our library that has united us all. Wonderful that the library has such importance for us all. Noble even.


Very, very ‘big up’ to Kensal Green and Kensal Rise.




Margaret Bailey


Thanks also to Estrella Galicia for kindly supporting the comedy event.

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