Saturday 28 September 2pm.
Saturday 28 September 2pm.
When will the library open? We are working towards opening as a fully functioning lending library in the autumn and plan to announce the date in the next library newsletter. We are already open for events, classes, and councillors’ surgeries on the first Saturday of each month, 11am to 12 noon.
Volunteer training day: We will be running volunteer training on Tuesday 10th September 2019 for everyone who wants to volunteer in the library once it is open. Training will be 10am to 12 noon and 7pm to 9pm at the library. You only need to attend one session. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. If you can’t make that date please get in touch anyway. Regular commitments are weekly or fortnightly for a four hour shift but we do need ad hoc volunteers as well.
Author Talks: We have had two very successful author events in the last month: Antonia Fraser and Alyisha Malik both gave very interesting (and quite different) talks.
Antonia Fraser & Ayisha Malik
Our next author event is James Swallow on Saturday 21st September at 3pm at the library. Please come along.
Getting involved: if you want to help with everything that needs doing to open our library, please come along to the next Operations Group meetings which are at 7.30pm at the library on Thursday 15th August, Thursday 29th August (extra meeting) and Thursday 12th September 2019, or email us to offer help. We are currently cataloguing books, checking policies, preparing volunteer training, setting up IT, working on the library website, and planning for our opening weekend.
Donate to the library when you shop online! Please click through www.giveasyoulive.com and nominate us as your chosen charity. Most big retailers and lots of small ones will make a donation to us when you shop online, and if you do so regularly it adds up to a lot of money for us.
We are looking for new trustees for the Friends, the charity that runs the library. We particularly need more trustees with skills in IT, and finance. If you are interested please contact Margaret Bailey, chair of trustees, via email@example.com
Who owns the library and how is it funded? The Friends of Kensal Rise Library run the library and have a 999 year rent free lease of the library space, so long as it remains a library. Our immediate landlord is All Souls College, Oxford, who originally gave the land for the library in around 1900. There are residential long leaseholders in other parts of the building. The library is funded by grants and community fundraising. It will cost about £100 per day to keep the doors open.
Why did the library close? The library was formerly run by Brent Council and was closed by them in 2011 despite overwhelming opposition, locally and beyond. In recent years Brent Council’s Library Service have been supporting us with training and advice. We have received some grants from the council though we do not receive any regular or guaranteed public funding.
Friends of Kensal Rise Library, registered charity no. 1141606
Join distinguished, award-winning author Maggie Gee in a discussion of her new novel, “Blood”.
13th April 3pm at Kensal Rise Library.
Tickets £4 on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2KlOPC5 and at C&D Food & Wine College Rd NW10.
“…violent, sardonic, funny and fierce … written with style and dash, without pity, without fear.” Hilary Mantel
Audience Q&A, book signing, refreshments.
SATURDAY, JULY 1st 12 – 3pm!
You are invited to see inside before the refurbishment works begin. Come and tell us what you think.
Refreshments and new merchandise available too.
We have raised £3,863 so far, thank you!
Every contribution, no matter how small, has helped and we are on our way to creating a library and public space.
If you have not donated, and would like to, please visit our website: www.savekensalriselibrary.org and press the Mydonate button or go direct to: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibrarykitout/334830
For our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture we have author Ali Smith, author of Public Libraries and Other Stories, (Kensal Rise Library gets a mention) and winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Literature in 2015 for her book, How to be Both.
This lecture will take place at 7pm in St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green on Sunday 6Nov.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-mark-twain-lecture-with-ali-smith-tickets-27367533028 …
Tickets, £10, also available locally at: Daniels Real Estate, 77 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10, and Queens Park Books NW6.
We have other events planned for autumn. We will let you know details when they are finalised. Other events we are lining up include a Comedy Night, and a Music celebration for Christmas and we hope to continue with our Cake Sales outside the library. We may be holding our first ever event in the library too if our building works go to plan.
All skills and enthusiasm welcomed. For more information about how you can help email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2016 marks the sixth year of our campaign to restore the library. We have always been able to rely on the support of the community and those beyond. We have come a long way and it is gratifying to hear that the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammad Butt, at the September Cabinet meeting announced plans to formulate a strategy to work in partnership with all the Community Libraries in Brent. That is a dramatic change and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the council for the benefit of our community.
For the moment, we are planning the design and refurbishment of the library space and continuing to raise the necessary funds to accomplish this. We have a tall order to fill – but with your continued support we will get there.
Friends of Kensal Rise Library