Saturday 28 September 2pm.
Saturday 28 September 2pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Friends of Kensal Rise Library, registered charity no. 1141606
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
Tuesday 7 May 7.30pm in Kensal Rise Library
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
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.
CHILDREN’S LIBRARY APPEAL LAUNCH!
Queens 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.”
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)
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.
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.
Question & Answer Session. Book Signing & Refreshments
Tickets Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2VyTzpI
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.