Grand Opening Kensal Rise Library!

Saturday 28 September 2pm.

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FKRL Libray in sun Jan 2019

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UPDATE JULY – AUGUST 2019

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 kensalriselibraryvolunteers@hotmail.com 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.

FKRL Antonia Fraser Jun 2019

FKRL Ayisha Malik Jun 2019

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 kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk

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.

www.savekensalriselibrary.org

Friends of Kensal Rise Library, registered charity no. 1141606

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UPDATE: MAY-JUNE 2019

Kensal Rise Library News 

When will the library open? We are already open for Story Time (with songs) for under fives on Fridays at 10am, author events, Zumba classes Thursdays at 10am, the Kensal Rise Choir Wednesdays at 7.15pm, and Councillors’ surgeries on the first Saturday of each month, 11am to 12 noon. We plan to open as a library in the coming months and hope to set a definite opening date soon. We are working hard on final preparations towards opening including fundraising for the Children’s Library, book cataloguing, a reception desk, and computer and IT system setup.

Study Space Sundays for students! During the summer exam period we are running Study Space Sundays at Kensal Rise Library from 10am to 6pm on 26th May, 2nd June and 9th June (free of charge). Use our beautiful and peaceful space to help you collect your thoughts and focus on your revision. Free wifi. Open to students only, please bring student ID or similar.

Forthcoming author events include Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with Nick Rankin on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm, Ayisha Malik on Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm and James Swallow on Saturday 21st September at 3pm. Please come along. Tickets on the door and Eventbrite.

 Children’s Library Appeal We need to raise about £11,000 to create the Children’s Library. We are sending a team to the Blenheim Palace triathlon on 2nd June 2019, please support them! Donate online at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/kensalriselibrarytri/489061.

James Denselow ran the London Marathon for the Children’s Library Appeal on 28th April 2019 with an impressive time of 3 hours 38 minutes, a personal best. He has raised over £2,000 and you can still support him at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamesdenselow where you can also see an illustration of the proposed Children’s Library.

Book donations Thank you for your amazing response to our book donations week in April. We are building up a fantastic selection of books. We are in the process of cataloguing and shelving donations. We have limited shelf space but anything not suitable for stock is being sold via Betterworld Books to raise funds for the library or passed on to another charity or literacy projects.

How can I help? We would love you to get involved in whatever way you can. We need volunteers for our IT team to help with IT support and administration when the library is open. We will provide training. Some experience with IT admin would be useful but enthusiasm is an acceptable alternative! The Operations Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the library, please come along to find out more, all welcome. We also have a Books Committee. We will need a regular team of volunteers to run the library when it opens. Contact us via kensalriselibraryvolunteers@hotmail.com to offer help if you can. We are also looking for new trustees for the Friends, the charity that runs the library. We particularly need more trustees with skills in IT, finance and events management. If you are interested please contact Margaret Bailey, chair of trustees, for an initial discussion, via kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk

 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. You can donate online via our website: http://www.savekensalriselibrary.org

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 and we will be moving to their Library Management System later in the year. We have received some grants from the council though we do not receive any regular or guaranteed public funding.

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Blue: a memoir – John Sutherland.

Tuesday 7 May 7.30pm in Kensal Rise Library

FKRL Blue John Sutherland Sep 2018

John Sutherland is the author of Sunday Times bestseller, Blue: A Memoir: Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces

“A stark account of a talented police officer’s breakdown…a startlingly honest book ” – The Times.

John rose quickly to become Borough Commander in Southwark, having commanded armed sieges, saved lives and removed dangerous people from the streets. But in 2013, after a career of being at the centre of catastrophes, John suffered a breakdown.

The book asks some pertinent questions about what society expects of its police, and the human toll that takes. It invites us to think more deeply of what we ask of our police.

Audience Q&A, book-signing, refreshments and bar.

Tickets £5 Eventbrite and on the door: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-sutherland-in-conversation-tickets-58590001271

https://policecommander.wordpress.com  twitter.com/@policecommander

FKRL John Sutherland Mar 2019 (2)

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Maggie Gee talks ‘Blood’ – 3pm April 13

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.

FKRL Maggie Gee website Apr 2019

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Kensal Rise Children’s Library

CHILDREN’S LIBRARY APPEAL LAUNCH!

FKRL Children's Library Marathon Jan 2019Queens Park Councillor, James Denselow, is running the London Marathon for our Children’s Library Appeal. We are so grateful for his amazing effort!

Update: He has already raised over £1000 and now he has raised his target to £1,500!

James says: “After everything the library campaigners have gone through in the last few years, it’s brilliant to be able to help them. Theirs really has been a marathon campaign; I’ll just be running for a few hours.”

FKRL 2 James Denselow Marathon Jan 2019 cropped
Please support – even £1 will help- on James’s My Donate page: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamesdenselow

We are so much closer to becoming fully operational. Everyone’s waited so long and so much work has been put in to saving our library and creating a beautiful space. Now’s the time to help us finish the final plans by clicking on the link.

(Images: artist’s impression of children’s library at Kensal Rise and Cllr Denselow running for charity)

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Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel

Author’s Talk Saturday 9 February 3pm

Like detective novels, urban fantasy, mystery, comics, wizards?

We will be hosting a talk in the library with Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London Series) and Andrew Cartmel (Vinyl Detective Series).

Ben Aaronovitch wrote for Doctor Who, before becoming a novelist. His best-selling Rivers of London novels (over a million sold) follow Peter Grant, a Met constable and apprentice wizard, as he solves crimes across London in a blend of urban fantasy, mystery thriller and comedy caper. The latest in the series, ‘Lies Sleeping’, has just been published.

FKRL Ben Aaronovitch Feb 2019

Andrew Cartmel’s history as a comic writer led to a collaboration on several graphic novel spin-offs of Ben’s bestselling Rivers of London series. Andrew has also written his hugely successful Vinyl Detective series and has been script editor for Dr Who. Andrew is currently writing a stage play. He has also written extensively on how to become a script editor and television writer.

FKRL Andrew Cartmel Feb 2019

Question & Answer Session. Book Signing & Refreshments

Tickets Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2VyTzpI

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December 2018 Update

FKRL Wreath Joanna Marshall Dec 2018

Building and Works
We are continuing to work hard towards opening as a lending library. We are already open for venue hire and have hosted parties, meetings, workshops yoga classes and community activities like local councillors’ surgeries. If you would like to book one of our beautiful rooms please email: kensalriselibraryusers@hotmail.co.uk
When we first got the building’s keys the space was little more than a building site. Today, after a lot of hard work, it looks stunning. However, we still have to build a children’s library, reception area, shelves and back office. Plus we have found damp in the smaller of the public rooms. So we have had to take up the floor there and are in discussions with the landlord and our insurer. We do not know currently, how long this will take to resolve.
It’s frustrating, but so much has been achieved already by the community to create a beautiful public space – and, soon, a lending library – at the heart of the neighbourhood. We have to raise money for everything we build and install inside the library space. We get no regular public funding from the Council or Government. To help us get there sooner, please donate on our BT MY Donate page: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofkensalriselibrary
Events
Activities have been wide-ranging, from a Christmas Market attracting 460 visitors and stallholders (including the Mayhew Animal Home), to a Community Culture Concert featuring local talent of all ages and an opportunity to discuss our ‘Year of Culture’ artwork, and a Literary Wine-Tasting. These eclectic events have in common a wonderful, joyous community spirit, as people get together to actively engage with one another in their public space.
Forthcoming events include on Saturday February 9th at 3pm: a joint authors’ talk by novelists Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel. Both have written for Dr Who, as well their Rivers of London series. The event is a must for fans of crime fiction, London  and Dr Who.
Other plans
  1. We are hoping to start Story Time/Rhyme Time sessions in the New Year, aimed at the under-5s. It will be run by two local childminders and Kensal Green Under Fives Community Nursery.
  2. We are also hoping to offer local students free quiet study space for homework, as we wait for our building works to be completed.
Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer to help with library operations and events, please email: kensalriselibraryvolunteers@hotmail.com
Thank you to Joanna Marshall for the beautiful wreath for the library door.
All good wishes for the festive season and we look forward to seeing you all in the library in 2019.
Margaret and Stephanie

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Wine Tasting Extraordinaire!

In the  library Sunday 9 December 7.30-10 pm.

Alex Canneti from Berkmann Wines curates and  hosts a pre-Christmas literary wine-tasting.  With readings by Peter Stafford-Bow, Author, Consultant and Minstrel of Wine, from his latest humorous novel, Brut Force – the further staggering adventures of a professional wine buyer.

Drinks, laughs. and a Question and Answer session, sober or not.

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FKRL Wine tasting Dec 2018

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Christmas Market 11-3 pm 2 December

Book your stall for our magical Christmas Market in the heart of our friendly neighbourhood.

Seasonal gift ideas, new and vintage. Also food.

Sunday 2 December – 11-3 pm

To book your stall: cost includes Eventbrite fee.

Library in snow

Photo: Allen Samuels

 

 

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