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Kensal Rise Library entrance

Hi Everyone,

We met yesterday with the Bursar from All Souls College, Thomas Seaman and their property agent from Cluttons  Sam Graham.

The College has rejected our proposal for running the library.

Disappointingly and surprisingly the college has gone for a developer who wants to develop the building by putting in flats and would be willing to offer a small space to us.

When we met with the College in August we had the impression the College wanted to keep the building in community use and was not prepared to see it developed into flats and we tailored our proposal accordingly.

We will meet with this developer next week to see if there is any room for negotiation.

There is also another bid being prepared by a developer that would be much more generous to us (in terms of space and terms) and this will be with the College on Monday.

Once we know what is on offer we will be having a public meeting to share these details with you and to find out how you want to proceed,

Still standing.

Regards,

Margaret Bailey

The Guardian has an article on the latest from the campaign.

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Campaign Anniversary Photos

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Library campaigners will mark the first anniversary of branch closures tomorrow – Kilburn Times

Kensal Rise LibraryThe Brent and Kilburn Times reports on the campaign:

Library campaigners will mark the first anniversary of branch closures tomorrow

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Mon 22nd Oct: Preston Pub Quiz

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10th November: Speak Up For Libraries Conference

Speak up for librariesFollowing on from the success of our Parliamentary lobby day in March, Speak Up For Libraries are pleased to announce that we will be holding a conference in central London on 10 November 2012 to champion public library services and library staff, which is open to all to attend.

The day-long event will pull together library campaigners and supporters from across the UK and give them the opportunity to build on their existing campaigning skills and tactics, share ideas and strategies, and focus on a way forward to make their local campaign as effective as possible, with the goal of ensuring library services are supported and protected, now and in the future.

  • Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • Venue: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE
  • Cost: £20.00 per person

 

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October update

Kensal Rise Library on National Libraries Day
Hi Everyone,

1. Support libraries in the UK!

We are delighted to announce that the partnership between Bilbary and Kensal Rise Library is now active.

This groundbreaking collaboration will promote and encourage reading by providing access to over 300,000 e-books available via e-readers, computers, tablets and smart phones.

Bilbary, an online e-book service (run by Tim Coates former MD of Waterstones and respected library campaigner and advocate) is running in the USA and will now operate through Kensal Rise Library in the UK.

50% of revenues raised through our website will go to our library.
Everyone in the world can now buy their books through us not Amazon, Nook or Kobo and support libraries at the same time!

Just click on the e-books button or Bilbary.com logo on our website www.savekensalriselibrary.org to order your books.

2. Saturday 13th October Light of Learning Relay and First Birthday Celebration for the Kensal Rise Pop up Library.

From 10am at Kensal Rise Library.

Kensal Rise Library
A year ago on this day six libraries in Brent were closed by the council.
On Saturday we will be marking these closures with campaigners from all six by holding a relay between the six closed libraries.
The relay will start at Kensal Rise Library at 11am, then on to Cricklewood, Neasden, Tokyngton, Barham Park and finishing at 5.30pm at Preston Rd.
Peter Grigg has agreed to run for Kensal Rise and we would like to see as many of you as possible join us at the library to send him off.
We will be having a gathering and a reading before he goes.
Thank you Peter for doing the running while we stay behind and eat cake.
More details on the relay can be found on our website www.savekensalriselibrary.org

This day of closure of the libraries also marks the establishment of our Pop Up Library which will have been running for 12 months on October 13th.
Our Pop Up Library has become a powerful symbol of the determination of this community to support the campaign to keep our library open.
The campaign itself has been going for nearly two years!
It has been a magnificent achievement and we believe our community should be congratulating itself.
We will be celebrating this achievement with refreshments and activities for adults and children.
We will also have We Love Kensal Rise Library Wall where you can write messages.
Come along and bring cakes and we’ll drink a toast and sing happy birthday and hopefully it will be the last birthday we will have to celebrate outside.
We are expecting a decision by All Souls College on the proposal we submitted any day now.

They said when we met with them earlier this year that they hoped to have made a decision by October.

And after the fantastic success of our pledge drive (over £80,300) they must know that we continue to have massive support and we are still here and won’t go quietly …….

Regards and hope to see you from 10am on Saturday October 13th at the library.

Margaret Bailey

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Support libraries in the UK!

www.Bilbary.com and www.savekensalriselibrary.org partnership now active!

We are delighted to announce that the partnership between Bilbary and Kensal Rise Library is now active.
This groundbreaking collaboration will promote and encourage reading by providing access to over 300,000 e-books available via e-readers, computers, tablets and smart phones.
Bilbary, an online ebook service (run by Tim Coates former MD of Waterstones and respected library campaigner and advocate) is running in the USA and will now operate through Kensal Rise Library in the UK.
50% of revenues raised through our website www.savekensalriselibrary.org will go to our library.
Everyone in the world can now buy their books through us not Amazon, Nook or Kobo and support libraries at the same time!
Just click on the button to order your books.

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Sat 13th Oct: Light of Learning Relay

Light of Learning relay poster 13 Oct 2012

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September Update

Kensal Rise Library on National Libraries DayHi Everyone,

Just so you know what is going on ……………

Library fundraising total has reached £78,439 in pledges!

The Friends of Kensal Rise Library set a pledge target of £70,000 for the first year’s running costs (including urgent repairs to the building) to give All Souls College confidence in our Bid proposal.

 

The Bid submission to All Souls was due on the 7th September allowing just 3 weeks to fundraise. Amazingly, we exceeded the target and have reached £78,439 to date! Pledges have been made from the local community, from across London, the UK, and the world. We would like to thank everyone who has made a pledge, in particular Daniels estate agents, who very generously gave £10,000.  Pledges are still gratefully received and very much needed.

 

What was in the Bid proposal to All Souls College?

The Friends have submitted a very detailed and fully costed Bid proposal to All Souls, via their agents, Cluttons. Our proposal sets out our vision for a community library and requests a long lease (with an initial rent free period to allow for the current state of the building), including an option to purchase in the first few years of the lease. It also explains how the Friends would run the library, and includes details of potential partnerships, as well as revenue and fundraising plans.

 

OUR VISION: To develop a library for the 21st century

Our Library has always been at the heart of Kensal Rise. We will preserve this great history & build an innovative institution of learning & culture.

 

A sample of potential partnerships:

  • Bilbary, an online book lending system (run by Tim Coates, former MD of Waterstones). Bilbary is running in the USA, and will operate through Kensal Rise Library when it is launched in the UK.
  • IntoUniversity, a charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds attain university places. IntoUniversity will rent space in the building if the Friends’ proposal is accepted by All Souls.
  • Eco Computer Systems, a social enterprise that reuses and recycles computer equipment. Eco Computer Systems will generate income for the library by the resale of computer equipment donated to the library.
  • Brent Artists Resource, a local art based organization. BAR will also rent space in the building for studio and exhibition areas if the Friends’ proposal is accepted by All Souls.

 

When do All Souls College, Oxford announce a decision?

All Souls are currently reviewing all of the Bid proposals submitted to them, and we hope to receive their decision by October or November this year.

 

Why did we have to Bid for the library building?

How did we get to this point, having to bid for a building that was council owned, paid for by our taxes, and given to us as a gift 112 years ago? Simple, Brent Council returned Kensal Rise Library to All Souls College, Oxford and in so doing denied the community a chance to use the building free of charge. Needless to say, this did not have to happen.

 

Before Brent returned the Kensal Rise Library to All Souls, the Friends put a proposal to Brent, offering to run the library at no cost to the council. All Souls advised Brent they were happy with this proposal, and asked Brent to reach an agreement with the Friends. Brent refused to work with the community, and, as a direct consequence, the Friends have been forced to bid for the building on the open market, along with all other interested parties, including businesses and developers.

 

What can I do to help?

There are lots of things that you can do to help Save Kensal Rise Library while we are waiting for a decision from All Souls:

  • Make a pledge: www.savekensalriselibrary.org
  • Sign the petition to All Souls College: http://chn.ge/PaCD2K
  • Join our mailing list. www.savekensalriselibrary.org/get-involved/
  • Join our Facebook group: Save Kensal Rise Library!
  • Follow us on Twitter: @SaveKRLibrary
  • Volunteer at the Kensal Rise Pop-Up Library

 

The Friends are also recruiting volunteers to help at Kensal Rise Library once we are in the building (fingers crossed!). We will need volunteers for a variety of library activities including: day-to-day running and staffing, IT support, homework clubs, community outreach, fundraising, and more.

 

If you can help, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with Paula with details of how you would like to assist: paulagomezmedina@yahoo.co.uk.

 

Thank you to all those involved in getting the bid together, including our antipodean friend who despite being very busy found time to assess the document.

 

Regards,

 

Margaret Bailey

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A strong presumption against intervention: no inquiry in Brent – Public Libraries News

Public Libraries News reports on the campaign in Brent.

 

Boyd Tonkin in The Independent

Has the axe woman thrown a boomerang?

The IndependentMaria Miller has fallen at the first hurdle. The novice culture secretary has refused to set up an inquiry into Brent council’s closure of six out of its 12 branch libraries. She finds the cuts justified by low usage, considers access to remaining branches to be adequate, and thinks that library policy should remain a local affair. This free pass handed to a deadbeat Labour council seems to give authorities rather more congenial to Miller carte blanche to wreck their own libraries. When this happens, she will not enjoy the political fall-out.

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