It’s what everyone’s been asking.
Simple question. Slightly more complicated answer.
The beautifully refurbished space has been open since May, in fact, for venue hire (parties, workshops), community activities such as Kensal Green Councillors’ monthly surgeries and residents’ association meetings (next Kensal Green RA meeting is Tuesday October 30th) – and of course,the Friends of Kensal Rise Library’s fabulous fundraising events like our Indoor Markets, Actors’ Nights, Trend Forecasting Fashion Events, Wine-Tasting etc.
It gets more complicated trying to estimate when the lending library will be fully operational and open at regular hours. At the moment, the closest we can come to a realistic answer is: ‘before Christmas’.
1. We have found damp under the floor, particularly in the smaller space (the meeting and teaching room). We are monitoring this, have replaced our lovingly restored parquet with a temporary floor, and are in discussions with the developer/landlord, Uplift.
2. A few snagging issues left over from the Phase 1 refurbishment still need sorting. We are in talks with the builder.
3. Shelves that have been delivered need to be altered and we are in discussions with the supplier and our architect.
4. We are hoping very soon to build the children’s library and the reception/retail areas in the larger space. To help fund this build and open the library sooner, please, please donate via this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofkensalriselibrary
Following interviews, the trustees have appointed a Library Manager. As well as the above issues, the Library Manager is also handling administrative matters and fundraising.
Diary Date: Saturday November 3rd at 2pm Year of Culture Public Engagement. Come to the library! Along with all other Brent libraries, we are to receive £10,000 to create a lasting piece of art celebrating the library and the stories of the community surrounding it. This is part of the Year of Culture 2020, which the London Mayor has awarded Brent Council. We have exciting ideas for this – you may have your own. Please come to the library to hear all about it, tell us your thoughts and register your interest in getting involved. Other attractions include a book sale, entertainment and free refreshments.
…So there’s been plenty of stuff to deal with. Meanwhile, thank you very much for your patience and continuing support.
YOU ARE WONDERFUL. THANK YOU.
Thanks to your swift and generous response, we have reached the fundraising target of £2,000 set for the Blenheim Triathlon. That is a great show of support for our team of first-time triathletes!
The money will go towards building a children’s library, which will cost around £12,000. Thank you to our Kensal Rise Library and Daniels’ Teams and to the brilliant help from Malorees school parents, especially Giles Deards.
First time in the library!
Our ever popular cast of local actors and other talents supporting the library.
Still time to watch the World Cup and come to this event to calm down or celebrate, or both!
Tickets Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2u7PzPY or at C&D wines (opposite the library) or on the door £10
Kensal Rise Library and Community Centre Manager
Salary £22,822 – 30 Hours per week
The Trustees of the Kensal Rise Library and Community Centre are looking to appoint a suitable person to act as Library and Community Centre Manager.
The Kensal Rise Library and Community Centre is a unique and truly community driven resource developed over several years from a campaign to save an historically significant building and library from closure. Through a huge effort, the Friends of Kensal Rise Library have successfully fought, rescued and renovated the distinctive facility and are now in a position to open to the public to serve our thriving and diverse community.
Kensal Rise is a vibrant community of huge contrast at the heart of North West London with a strongly unique population reflecting the diversity, environmental, ethnic and social make-up of London.
The post will entail a close working relationship with the Trustees and volunteers, whilst being answerable to the Chair and Board of Trustees. The successful applicant will be responsible for the operational service offer and to develop sustainable income streams, whilst ensuring a programme of activities to guarantee community engagement and collaboration.
Candidates should demonstrate an ability to communicate, lead and manage groups and be able to establish a true community rapport through stakeholder commitment. The responsibility for the day-to-day financial business of the library, the centre’s resources and assets, will be a key expectation.
For further details, a full job description, person specification and an application pack, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: Monday 9th July 2018
Interview date: W/B 16th July 2018
Start date: July/August 2018
The Trustees of the Kensal Rise Library and Community Centre are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable young adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check prior to taking the post.
The Trustees of the Kensal Rise Library and Community Centre are an equal opportunities employer and committed to enabling full equality of opportunity.
Geraldine is very generously donating the evening’s proceeds to Kensal Rise Community Library.
Advance £10 Tickets available NOW from Queens Park Books, Salusbury Rd, and CD Food & Wine opposite library.
Blenheim Palace Triathlon June 3rd.
Our supporters and friends are going on the run…… and cycle and swim …..
Members of Daniels Estate Agents Kensal Rise team will be swapping their office suits for swimsuits in June when they take part in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL).
We need about £70,000 to complete the refurbishment of the library: the children’s section; shelves; furniture.
They’ll be joining parents and supporters of the local Malorees Junior School’s Triathlon team on June 3 to take on the three-disciplined event.
Kyle Clark, Mat Plocharski, Umar Ahmed and Leigh Givnan, will all be taking part in their first triathlons which will see them take on a 5k run, 20k bike ride and a 750-metre swim. They will be well supported by Elaine Sheppard and Joanne Woodall from the Friends of Kensal Rise Library.
The event takes place within the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace and any money the Daniels’ Team raises will be donated to support the Friends of Kensal Rise Library’s ongoing efforts.
The Malorees’ Team will be fundraising to buy computer equipment for the school.
Kyle Clark said: “We were talking in the office about ways of raising money for the FKRL as we’ve been long-time supporters of them. Someone suggested doing something energetic and healthy and we were then approached by the Malorees’ Triathlon Team so their timing was perfect.
“We are all getting into training and trying to lose a few pounds where necessary. It’s a good event for a great cause and we’ll be doing our best on the day.”
Stephanie Schonfield from the Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL) said: “We’re delighted that Daniels and FKRL have taken up the challenge of the triathlon to raise funds for Kensal Rise Community Library. They are all longstanding supporters of what we are trying to achieve here, and we wish them lots of luck with their training efforts and on the day. I hope lots of people will be inspired to sponsor them.”
To sponsor the team’s efforts please visit:
As well as over 20 stalls and a ‘mini-massage retreat’, the May Market will include an exhibition of QPCS and Capital City students’ entries for our library-card competition. Entries were judged by Paul Stolper, who represents some of the country’s most famous living artists e.g. Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Brian Eno.The library-card competition is sponsored by Queen’s Park Books.This is an exciting collaboration between Kensal Rise Community Library, local schools and business – and the contemporary British art scene.
Kensal Rise Community Library receives no public funding, but has to generate its own revenue – so with the May Market on Saturday May 5th, it is joining other community businesses around the country to celebrate the third annual Community Business Weekend.
Aimed at shining a light on the 7,000 community businesses across England, Community Business Weekend offers a unique opportunity for local people to visit and see how they can get involved.
1. November 30th 2017: we signed our lease – on Mark Twain’s birthday.
Signing our lease.
2. December 2017: our library refurbishment works began.
First phase of works to be completed by end of February 2018. This means all the basics will be in place, including flooring (we have restored the original parquet), heating, lighting, plumbing, the ceiling, etc. The Second Phase will then begin and will be completed dependent on funding. The library space, though not yet fully furnished, will be useable and available for hire from March 2018.
Fully appointing and furnishing the library may take a little longer, but we will use the space to continue fundraising to meet final refurbishment requirements.Our newly restored parquet floor.
3. Our Operations Committee continue to meet at 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of each month in the Long Room behind St Martin’s Church on Mortimer Rd. Kensal Green. This group works on the operational needs of the library; books; policies; volunteers; cataloguing; supporting events; IT; communications.
We particularly need more IT support and website design expertise.
Please contact: email@example.com if you would like to become involved.
4. Events: ‘Lionel Shriver In Conversation with Tim Lott’ on Sunday January 28th was very successful, raising over £1000 for the library refurbishment. Attended by over 120 people it was thought-provoking and sparked some lively debate.
Lionel Shriver signing books at our January event.
Thanks to Graham Noyce for letting us have the event at St Martins, Alex at Berkmann Wines for donating the bar and all the volunteers who helped on the night. We are also grateful to the raffle prize donors: Tulip Siddiq MP, The Paradise, Jivita Ayurveda and Straker Hair.
Other events are being planned and we look forward to holding our first in the library.
5. Funding applications and grants: We have been successful with our bids for funds to both the Community Infrastructure Levy and the Harvist Trust. From the former we have two grants totalling £95,000 and from the latter £5,000. All will go towards the refurbishment of the library space, computers and books.
6. Support from local businesses, schools and organisations: we would like to thank the incredible generosity of all our local friends, including: Daniels Real Estate; The Paradise Pub Kensal Green; The Royal Oak Pub Harlesden; The Whippet Inn Kensal Green; MDS Builders London; Topps Tiles; Cresswell Carpets; Curry Nights; Messapica; Tesco; Nandos; The Parlour; Nuffield Health;Howdens Kitchens; Rajvel Deco (paint); Jivita Ayurveda; Gracelands; Scarlet & Violet; Bel and Nev; Berkmann Wines; Borough Wines; St Martins; Kensal Green Under Fives; Malorees Parents; QPCS; Princess Freds Parents; Brent Library Service; our Ward Councillors from Kensal Green, Brondesbury Park and Queens Park.