Our May Market on May 5th raised £925 towards our final refurbishment push.
We still need about £70,000 to completely finish the works – these include the children’s library, furniture and shelving.
We are getting there by raising funds through local events and grant applications.
Thanks to all who helped at the May Market, donated and attended to make it another very successful FKRL community event – strengthening our links with local schools, businesses and local radio, Kilburn 2 Kensal, as well as local residents.
There was a terrific exhibition of the winners and runners up from our Library Card Competition by students from Queens Park Community School and Capital City Academy.
The May Market had many elements, including a public consultation, an antiquarian book stall – and even a popular mini-massage retreat (!).
Satisfied customers of the Massage Retreat!
A recent application to Brent Council’s Love Where You Live has been successful and we have been awarded the maximum of £500. This will go towards our ‘Official Opening’ in September. Two other awards are pending decisions.
You can help our fundraising efforts by sponsoring our fantastic Triathlon Team at the Blenheim Triathlon. The target is £2,000; the current total is £430. It’s easy to sponsor – just click on this link:https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibrary/457218
As well as these fundraising events the library is also available for hire and we have had our first customers and bookings as far as November, including NHS Well-Being Workshops.
We have also held our first ‘Storytime’ in the library, with children from a local nursery.
Our May Market efforts were part of the ‘Community Business Weekend’, run nationally by Power to Change – which has previously awarded us £75,500.