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Professional Community Librarian? Apply for our innovative post!

Following a successful grant bid to Brent’s Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund, the four Community Libraries in Brent, Kensal Rise, Cricklewood, Barham and Preston, are now able to appoint a professional community librarian.

Position description

Title: Professional Community Librarian

Funding Available: up to £40,000 for a period of approx 20 months to 31/10/18

Commitment: Actual hours will be negotiated but should start by or before 1/04/17

Project ends: October 2018

Location: working across Brent

Travel information: Brent is within London Transport Zones 2/4.

Professional community librarian is sought by a network of libraries in Brent, North West London, operating as independent volunteer-run community libraries.

The Brent Community Libraries (BCL) network is made up of four community libraries, spread across Brent, which are at different stages of development and operation. The libraries are all registered charities and each library is supported by a strong group of residents. Brent is one of the most diverse areas in the country and this post offers the opportunity to develop services for people across a wide range of ages, backgrounds and abilities.

The libraries are committed to providing a lively top quality service in their diverse neighbourhoods. We are in an innovative position, collaborating with each other, the local community and the council. This is a great opportunity to create an imaginative way of  providing a library service.

Applicants should have a professional library/information science qualification and at least 18 months’ experience of working in a library. Experience of working with community organisations and volunteers is desirable.

The successful applicant will work to develop a community library strategy with the Trustees of each library, train and develop the volunteers who provide the services, and liaise with the Brent Library Service, which is strongly supportive of this project, attending meetings as required. He/she will work at each library, meeting representatives of the community library network by arrangement.

Brent Community Libraries:

Brent Council has agreed funding of £45k (ending Oct 2018) to BCL with the Friends of Barham Library as the contracting entity. £40,000 of this is available for this position.

Application form, job description and person specification can be requested from

Paul Lorber at

Closing date for applications is Friday 10 February.

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Crowds of residents outside Kensal Rise Library

We have raised the £80,000 needed to complete the second phase of works – the kit out of the library – and well before the December 31st deadline we had set ourselves.

We have just been told that our application for £75,000 to Power to Change (PTC) has been successful!

PTC is an independent charitable trust set up with an endowment from The Big Lottery Fund. The PTC grant augments the funds that we have already raised from our events and donations.

We have already raised £80,000 for the initial works.

This means that altogether we have raised £160,000 in just under seven months – a remarkable achievement by The Friends of Kensal Rise Library and with the generous support of the community, an anonymous donation of £10,000, the Foyle Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Brent Council and our sponsors Daniels Real Estate, Kensal Rise.

This is a wonderful early Christmas present and we will be celebrating with you all!


Margaret Bailey


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Kensal Rise Library Poetry Evening

Kensal Rise Library Actor’s Night

Back by popular demand – Sunday 27th November

Audiences have loved our star-studded, live performances of poetry and literature by award-winning local actors. So we are very pleased to welcome them back on Sunday 27th November at The Masons Arms pub, Harrow Road. Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Performers include Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Samantha Spiro, Ron Cook, Richard Leaf, Stephanie Schonfield, plus Radio 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe, award-winning writer and Guardian columnist Tim Lott, and Allen Samuels.

There will also be a raffle!

Tickets at £10 are available in advance from C&D Food and Wine (opposite Kensal Rise Library) and Daniels Estate Agents (Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise).

All proceeds will go directly to the library.

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Third Annual Mark Twain Lecture with author Ali Smith – 6 November 2016

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For our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture we have 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: …

Tickets, £10, also available locally at: Daniels Real Estate, 77 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10, and Queens Park Books NW6.

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  Hi Everyone,

  1. Fundraising Phase 1: thanks to your generosity, the success of two of our grant applications, The Foyle Foundation and Garfield Weston, a Brent Council Ward Working award, and our events, we have achieved our goal of £80,000 for the fit out of the library – flooring, wiring, electrics, plumbing, heating etc. It has been hard work but very heartening to have so much support.
  2. Fundraising Phase 2: we now need £80,000 to kit out the library – desks, computers, lighting, storage, wifi, furniture, etc.

    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: and press the Mydonate button or go direct to:


  3. Our fit out works are due to commence soon. Handover day from the owner, Uplift Property Ltd, is 21st October. There have been many delays but they have given us a chance to get the funding we need to commence the refurbishment works. The space will be left as a very basic shell and we have to start from scratch to make it, not only beautiful and practical, but safe for public use. We hope to begin using the ‘meanwhile’ space for fundraising and events while we raise the finance we need to complete the works.


  4. Events:

    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: …

    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.


  5. If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, especially if you have financial, IT, website or marketing expertise, please come along to our next monthly meeting. We have three committees, Finance, Operations and Communications, which meet on the first Thursday of each month in The Long Room behind St Martin’s Church in Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green, NW10 The next meeting is at 7.30pm on 6 October.

    All skills and enthusiasm welcomed. For more information about how you can help email:


    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.



    Margaret Bailey


    Friends of Kensal Rise Library






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We have achieved our Phase 1 refurbishment target of £80,000 by July 31st, a deadline we set ourselves just three months ago.
We thank Daniels Estate Agents for their very generous £2,500 cheque, which Daniels presented at the volunteers’ tea party on Saturday 30th July. The cheque is in addition to Daniels’ sponsorship and support of FKRL events.
Daniels’ cheque, together with donations from our fantastic supporters, revenue from our events, plus grants from Brent Council’s Ward Working Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Foyle Foundation have all contributed to this remarkable achievement.
It will let us start work on fitting out the library space (currently a bare shell requiring flooring, heating, plumbing etc etc), as soon as the developer hands us the keys.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped achieve this outstanding result.
We now look forward to working towards our Phase 2 target to kit out the library.

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Library Campaign Update July 2016

Hi Everyone,

Great news!

We are £3,582 off our first phase target of £80,000.

Thanks to your generosity and two grants (one from the Foyle Foundation for £5,000 and one from Garfield Weston for £15,000), and our latest fundraisers – A Soul Music Night which raised over £1,600 and Dinner at Ida’s which raised nearly £500, we have almost achieved our target for the first phase of works for the fit out of the library. It has been hard work but worth it and great to know that we are well on our way to putting a library at the heart of our community.

If you have not donated yet, but would still like to, please go to our fundraising page at Mydonate:

If you would like to contribute in another way please contact me at   

We have until the 31st July to reach our target!

Please help us to achieve this. This amount will allow us to get into the library and commence the works to make it safe and useable.  We hope to be starting these works in the next few weeks. We will then have our meanwhile space – a space where we can hold events to raise the rest of the funds to kit out the library.

Thank you so much to those of you who have helped.

It is not too late to help, if we all contribute we will get the amount we need.


Margaret Bailey

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Jon Scott and Space UK blew the roof off last Sunday and got everyone up and moving to their funky beat! They played  soul covers, as well as their own new numbers at our Live Soul Night on July 17th, in aid of our  Big Fundraising Drive to refurbish, equip and operate Kensal Rise Library.  Much dancing, drinking and fun had by all – taking us even closer to achieving our phase 1 fundraising target of £80,000.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event, to our lovely volunteers and to Berkmann Wines for donating some of the fine wine.
Special thanks go to Queens Park Community School’s retiring Headteacher, Mr Mike Hulme, for hosting us – and for  all the other 100-and-1 things he has always done to help our events run super-smoothly and have such impact on the night. (Mike even found time to rig our stage lights!) We deeply value our partnership with QPCS and look forward to it continuing and expanding.  Meanwhile, we send Mike our warmest wishes for his ‘retirement’, and are delighted that he has agreed to continue being an FKRL Trustee.  
We also thank  Daniels Estate Agents for their generous and continuing sponsorship and support.
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