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Kensal Rise LibraryKensal Rise Library was first opened by Mark Twain in 1900, and has served the local community for over one hundred years. Read more about the library by author Maggie Gee…

Our campaign to save Kensal Rise library has gained widespread support and attention from the local community, the national press, high-profile figures including Alan Bennett, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Zadie Smith, and as far afield as the Mark Twain House and Museum in the US.

We’ve had press coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, The Sun, Evening Standard, New Statesman, Spectator, Harrow Observer, Willesden & Brent Times, and on national television on BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, and also on national radio, and international news coverage, from France’s Le Monde and Italy’s La Republica to India’s Tribune.

For all enquiries, e-mail kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk.

  • Benjamin Eley

    Dear all,
    If this important local heritage asset is to continue to serve the local community are there any th0ughts on re-use? Does the building have a heriage designation? Perhaps the building could continuing functioning as a community library will also providing services which make it economical.
    Kind Regards,

  • http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk Tara

    My name is Tara Brady and I am a reporter for the Harrow and Wembley Observer series. We have an edition in Wembley and Willesden and this week we are running a story about saving Brent’s libraries. I would be really interested if you could send me comment which could be used in the story about why the libraries should be saved. Hope you can get back to me asap.
    Best wishes and hope you can help
    Tara Brady

  • http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk Tara

    Concerned library users in Brent can also email me their comments at tarabrady@trinitysouth.co.uk
    Tara Brady
    Wembley and Willesden Observer

  • http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk Tara

    Hi everyone,
    Thank you to everyone who has contacted me. I had to turn the story around quite quickly so the comments I didn’t use in this article, I will keep for follow-ups. This week the campaign to save Brent libraries is on the front of the Wembley and Willesden Observer and on page 5. The Observer has pledged its own support to the campaign. Here is the story which has gone online. Please keep emailing me your thoughts and comments about the plans. I am also now on Twitter. Come follow me @Tara_Brady
    Best wishes,
    Tara Brady


  • Tara

    Please sign this petition calling for six libraries in Brent to be saved from closure.


  • Staff Member

    You might want to look at this link: http://democracy.brent.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=4949
    It is the report from Brent Libraries to the Executive which meets on April 11th. It is ludicrously long and without a contents page, so navigating the document is difficult in the extreme – something created on purpose I assume. To find the section looking at the proposals made by other interested parties you need to go to page 141. To find the part relating to alternative proposals for Kensal you need to look at pages 157 – 162 where the excellent paper produced by campaigners is rubbished.

  • JamieB

    I suggest this campaign reads Toby Young’s very sympathetic article in The Spectator, 9 April. The last two paragraphs have the way to keep the library open, which you’ll find interesting. Pretty fascinating
    Good luck.

  • http://twitter.com/SaveFriernBtLib FriernBarnet Library

    Hello fellow Kensal Rise campaigners!
    One of our friends who is going to uni this year,  has made a short video about the importance of libraries and his ambitions on how he would ‘make his mark on the world’. It’s for the HSBC bursary competition…
    Please take 1 minute to check out the video and VOTE for Kim Lee – ‘Libraries serve as lifelines’


    Please share with others!

    NB: You will need to login to Facebook to VOTE. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can view the video here: http://youtu.be/VhlewLpMJ_E

    Kind regards,

    Save Friern Barnet Library campaign

  • http://twitter.com/SaveFriernBtLib FriernBarnet Library

    The Save Friern Barnet Library group invites YOU to….

    Take a Leaf out of our book!
    on Saturday 15th October at 2pm at Friern Barnet Library, Friern Barnet Road, N11 3DS

    Come along to our event – apple bobbing, fancy dress & banner competition,  craft activities and more!

    View/download the flyer here: https://sites.google.com/site/savefriernbarnetlibrary/party-invite

    Buses: 43, 221, 382
    Nearest Tube: Arnos Grove then bus 382 towards Mill Hill East

    See YOU then!

  • Dave Peddie

     it was the first Library I went to as a child. Tragic!

  • Tony-1966

    I have been told the removal of books is to take place Sunday night now so keep eyes open

    • Lcollignon

      What is the source of your information?

  • Kayla Forde

    Bring along your poems to read alongside poets of world renown 

    The Kilburn Comedy Festival continues….

    Thursday 13th September

    Comedy Poetry Slam@ The North London Tavern
    375 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7QB

    Featuring Tim Wells. His work as a poet and performer has seen him touring the US and is writer in residence with reggae sound Tighten Up Crew.He is joined by Fran Isherwood – a regular performer on the London Spoken word scene. Her poetry is a wry, awry, word-playful gallop through the vagaries of life encountering mail stealing snails, lollipop ladies, Glam Rock, insomnia and macabre part time jobs en route.Kilburn’s own Chuquai Billy a native American from the Lakota Sioux Nations, now based in London will preform his friendly, funny and (mostly) historically correct observations on life on Native reservations, along with his views on America, Europe and current affairs “….he is a genuine entertainer” – Chortle”They are joined by a quick fire succession of performance poets.Door opens @8 for an 8.30 show Tickets £8 or £5 for concessions and Friends of Preston Community LibarayAvailable on the door or from 07773951099

  • Simon

    Why not start a viral campaign for a boycott of All Souls. I would thin that they must be recruiting in India, Malaysia, China etc. Start a call for a boycott there. Also, put a paypal button on your site for people to contribute.