Join Our Virtual Poetry Group
Enjoy reading and discussing the old and the new in the comfort of your own home.
We’ll be looking at poems that have a particular resonance just now for the participants who have chosen them.
The initial session includes works by Carol Ann Duffy and Dorothy Parker.
Choose your own (short) poem, or just join to listen and discuss.
Future sessions will focus on particular poets and themes.
The Virtual Poetry Group takes place by Zoom.
To join, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to support the library during lockdown and when we re-open?
Play Brent’s Community Lottery and get the chance to win £25,000 every week – and help Kensal Rise Library.
We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are well.
Have you heard of the fun way you can support the library remotely –
helping us to re-open after lockdown and making sure we can stay open?
You could win up to £25,000 in the Brent Community Lottery, while
supporting a worthwhile cause – Kensal Rise Library!
You can play for as little as £1 a week – and help towards the library’s bills of £100 a day. We have to keep paying the bills, even while we’re shut.
How does it work?
You can play for as little as £1 per week (£4.34 a month). 50p of every £1 you play is guaranteed to go straight to Kensal Rise Library and support our work. 10p goes to all Brent good causes (including us). The remaining 40p will be used to provide prizes and cover administration costs. For just £1 per week you will be allocated or can choose a Brent Lottery number, which will remain yours for as long as you wish to keep playing. You can purchase more than one number if you wish. Every Saturday at 8pm, the lucky winners are selected at random and prize cheques posted directly to you, so there is no need for you to claim.
You must be 16 or over to enter.
To support the library, please visit our Lottery page: https://www.brentcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/friends-of-kensal-rise-library
Every ticket you buy makes our community stronger, even when we’re apart.
From Wednesday 18 March, Kensal Rise Community Library is closing temporarily due to Covid-19.
The safety of our users, volunteers, staff – and wider community – is of the utmost importance.
We will continue to keep in touch via updates on our social media platforms:
Facebook: Save Kensal Rise Library!
We regret the disruption and thank you for your understanding during this crisis.
We hope to play a role in the local initiatives that are emerging.
Margaret Bailey: Chair, Friends of Kensal Rise Library
Stephanie Schonfield: Library Manager
Your Library needs New Trustees!
7.30pm Thursday 12 March 2020
Kensal Rise Library
We are looking for these skills/qualities:
· Good people skills (e.g. team working, problem solving)
· Knowledge of, and commitment to, the local community
· IT, Finance, Libraries, Communications, Safeguarding, HR
· Fundraising experience or connections with potential funders
· A Secretary to the Board
The commitment comprises attendance at 4 Trustees meetings a year, and from time to time a willingness to be hands on with
activities to do with the operation of the library.
This is a great opportunity to help a local popular cause with a proven track record.
Friends of Kensal Rise Library is the registered charity with educational purposes set up to save the library when it was closed by the council in 2011.
The Trustees share responsibility for governing the charity, deciding strategy and its overall operation.
For more information or an informal discussion please contact:
Margaret Bailey, Chair of FKRL, email@example.com
or come to our information evening.
For more information about being a Trustee: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/governance/board-responsibilities/legal-duties-of-trustees
Top Prize £25,000!
Support the library!
Brent Community Lottery draw every Saturday at 8pm.
Win prizes up to £25,000!
Buy tickets from only £1 per week. 50% of sales go the library and 10% to other good causes in Brent. Help us reach our target.
Our Library and community space provide a much loved and valued service for everyone in the community. We all own it!
We depend on donations to keep going.
We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our services!
Thank you for your support and good luck!
We are closed from 1pm on Saturday 21 December 2019.
We will re-open on Friday January 3 at 10am.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
We are in the process of designing a new website – should be coming in the new year.
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.