On Sunday October 16, Brent SOS Libraries organised its fifth light of learning relay to celebrate our steadfast commitment to our libraries. A torch was carried in relay from Kensal to Cricklewood to Tokyngton to Barham and finishing at Preston, with readings at each stop. This year the theme was celebrating community libraries across Brent.
Since the library closures five years ago, community libraries have opened in Barham and Preston, and will soon open in Cricklewood and Kensal Rise. These photos show the torch arriving at Preston Community Library.
An English teacher at a local secondary school has made a film to encourage her students to visit their local library. Check out the film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgu0X5-tFJY
Lots going on, another very busy year gone!Merry Christmas, & a Happy New Year.
Our Cinema Club will be screening a film based on the life of John Keats on Saturday evening 10th October.On Sunday 11th, four years on… our SOS ‘Light of learning relay’ between the six closed libraries, will finish at Preston Library at around 3.00pm. We will then be having activities to mark National Poetry Day, in the Library. All welcome.
As you can see it’s been a busy month for all of us at the Library. Pop in and see us.
Still here after three years! Come along and join us this Saturday 13th October between 3.00-5.00pm for our Annual Light of Learning Event.
On May 7 2014, at our Public Meeting, Councillor Roxanne Mashari made us this promise:
So Preston Community Library; I believe there is an opportunity over the next twelve months, and by January 2015 we will know whether the previous library building will be needed for school places as we know there is a massive school place shortage across the borough, but this is unlikely as there has already been a local school expansion in the area.
Therefore this Labour administration the Labour party in Brent will offer the building at a peppercorn rent to any local community group who can provide a sustainable community Library and that is our pledge.
We will not open to competitive tender in order to give preference to local groups if they can demonstrate health and safety sustainability etc. and we will offer help and assistance through Brent CVS the voluntary sector and continued support and networking through the Brent libraries forum which has proved successful for the likes of the Friends of Kensal Rise.
The Friends of Preston Library will be holding a pre-election Public Meeting on Wednesday 7th May at 7:30 pm in St Erconwald’s RC Church, Carlton Avenue East, Wembley. We will be updating the community about the ongoing campaign to restore our local library. All local Councillors have been invited.
Giving Robert Muchamore’s ‘The Recruit’
Pupils from Uxendon Manor outside the blue Oyester Fish Shop, Preston Road;
Pupils from two Willesden schools in ASDA, Wembley Park;
Sister Jacky, two staff nurses and a student nurse in ‘Jack’s’ the Children’s Ward at Northwick Park Hospital;
The Head Boy and Head Girl at Preston Park Primary, Wembley;
Park Lane Primary receptionst (who were also celebrating St Georges Day and Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the same time);
A delighted worshipper at Wembley Methodist Church.
FOPL also staged a successful ‘BookAway’ outside the Old Preston Library, and the indomitable Geraldine was also outside the Blue Oyster Fish Bar in Preston Road (sorry no decent pics).
Thanks to your support – and with your help –
Preston Library can reopen in 2015
How many of us who regularly used Preston Library or walked past it, knowing that we could drop in to borrow a book or DVD, read a paper, use a computer, study or read undisturbed, or enjoy all the cultural, social and essential activities that were hosted in the facility?
The loss of the library left a gaping hole in the heart of our community and deprived residents, young and old, and students of a vital service.
However, Brent Council has now promised to donate the Preston Library property to the local community to operate a volunteer-run library service.
The Friends of Preston Library, who have been campaigning against the closure of our library, and Preston Community Library, which has been offering book-lending and other services in the absence of a council-funded library, are delighted to be given the opportunity to restore and enhance the facilities offered by the Preston Library project.
This is great news for the community.
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