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2nd Annual Mark Twain Lecture

 2nd Annual Mark Twain Lecture

Sunday 8th November from 7.00pm

Melvyn Bragg

St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Road NW10

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Brent Council honours Kensal Rise library campaigner

 The London Borough of Brent announced Margaret Bailey, Chair of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library, as one of its 2015 Community Champions at its awards ceremony on 4th November at the Civic Centre in Wembley .

The Brent Community Champions Awards are held annually by Brent Council to honour and recognise individuals who have given outstanding community and voluntary service in Brent. For the last five years, Margaret Bailey has led the campaign to save the library service in Kensal Rise. In a fight that has drawn local residents together in defense of a beloved institution, Ms. Bailey has been a tireless champion of community values. Since then FKRL has fought to restore the library service under the building’s subsequent owners. Campaigners, led by Ms. Bailey, have now secured a guaranteed space on the ground floor for a volunteer-run library. That space will be rent-free in perpetuity, while the rest of the building will be converted into residential units. Margaret Bailey, Chair of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library commented: Im delighted by this award but it should really go to everybody in Kensal Rise and beyond who has worked over the last five years to save our precious library. Above all, we now need to raise the funds to make our new community library viable, so I appeal to businesses, donors and trusts to help us secure our future…

 www.savekensalriselibrary.org

 

   

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Mark Twain Comes to Kensal Rise!

The Friends of Kensal Rise Library present

Mark Twain in England

A talk by Dr. Cindy Lovell,

of the Mark Twain House and Museum, Connecticut, USA

With readings by Tim Lott, award winning author & journalist

Sunday 7th September at 7pm

St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd,

Kensal Green NW10 5SN

(2 mins from Kensal Green tube station)

 

Tickets: £5, available from L’Angolo Delicatessen, 120 College Road NW10,

C & D Food & Wine, 62 College Rd NW10,

Queen’s Park Books, 87 Salusbury Rd NW6, and on the door.

Bar: wine and soft drinks

 A fundraising event in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library

Did You Know?

America’s greatest writer, Mark Twain, visited Kensal Rise in 1900 – and opened Kensal Rise Library!

 

“I formally declare this reading-room open, and I think that the legislature should not compel a community to provide itself with intelligent food, but give it the privilege of providing it if the community so desires.” Mark Twain

  

Mark Twain’s many works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn  and The Prince and the Pauper. Twain has been called America’s conscience on racial issues, famously supporting the abolition of slavery. He educated himself in public libraries.

This is a unique opportunity to find out more about this extraordinary man and his surprising links with our community from expert speaker Dr Cindy Lovell. Dr Lovell is the executive director of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Connecticut.

Tim Lott’s books have won a number of awards including the Whitbread First Novel award and the PEN/JR Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. His latest novel is ‘Under the Same Stars’. His column on family matters appears weekly in The Guardian Family section. Tim Lott lives in Kensal Green.

Save Kensal Rise Library Update – Exciting News

After four years of non-stop campaigning against the library closure, we have won (at last!) a new community library and public space on the ground floor of the old library building. The developer has named the Friends of Kensal Rise Library as the actual tenants, subject to agreement of the lease and management arrangements. FKRL are now working on plans for the running of the library. If you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you – contact us at kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk and keep an eye on our website www.savekensalriselibrary.org for details of more events. Come along to the Mark Twain event on 7th September 2014 for a campaign update.

 

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