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.