Monthly Archives: January 2012

Community turns out in force to Save Preston Library

The fight is far from over. The hall was packed, reinvigorating all of us. Preston needs it’s Library and a fair deal from the council.

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Sat 4 February – National Libraries Day

Children’s activity day @ Preston Park School, College Road… 10.15am – 4pm… Storytelling, pop-up library, guest authors, art corner..and more.

What the Dickens! Celebrate 200 years of Dickens @ The Windermere… 7.30pm… Readings, Open Mic, guest poets and of course ale. Come dressed up in your favourite Victorian garb.

Who said Preston Library is dead??

Poster for Children's activity day

2012 – The Fight Goes On!

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Tuesday 31st January – Public Meeting

poster announcing a public meeting for Preston Library on 31 Jan 2012

Our campaign named one of 50 Great Britons 2011 by Independent on Sunday

Alongside Sir David Attenborough and Rebecca Adlington, our campaign seems to have inspired people across the country and The Independent on Sunday. Not quite as hilarious as employee of the week

Team of The Year of course, so we are very happy.

IoS Great Britons 2011

The Independent on Sunday brings you its highly subjective list of the 50 natives of these isles who did most to lift our mood in difficult times. We also mourn those we have lost; ridicule those who deserve it; and celebrate the most inspirational foreigners

Brent library protesters

Residents fighting the closure of six libraries in the London borough of Brent represented the outrage felt by much of the nation’s readers and researchers about cutbacks by staging a round-the-clock protest outside Kensal Rise Library, which was opened by American writer Mark Twain 111 years ago. The campaigners were the first in the country to seek a judicial review into library closures.

Pub Quiz TONIGHT

@The Preston Pub (opposite Preston Library)
7.30pm (for 8pm start)

Professional quizmaster, raffle and prizes!

Come along and show your support for a hard fought campaign. It’s not over yet!

£5/3

NYT: The Demise of the Public Library

Author Kamila Shamsie writes in today’s New York Times...

The part of North London I live in borders the council of Brent, now the site of an intense legal battle to save local libraries that has become the vanguard for similar efforts around the country. On Dec. 29, police officers held back protestors outside Preston Library while local government officials removed all its books, impervious to the nearby poster of Santa, a speech bubble over his head saying “Don’t rely on me; give kids their books back.” Since April 2011, 423 libraries have either closed down or been slated for closure — that’s almost 10 percent of all libraries in Britain.

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Brent is a Rotten Borough 2011

The team who closed your library won not one but two awards in December. While the cash-strapped council wasted another £15,000 in celebrating Sue McKenzie (below, centre) and her team’s noble achievement in destroying Preston, Private Eye came up with a rather more accurate award:

ROTTEN BOROUGH AWARDS 2011

WHO’S been bullying the electors; who’s been pocketing the brown envelopes; and who doesn’t know the difference between “astronomy” and “astrology”? Find out if your local authority is guilty of crimes against the council taxpayer and picked up a gong in the Rotten Borough Awards 2011…

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LIBRARY AWARD

Congratulations to Brent council’s “team of the year”. Yes, it’s the Library Transformation Team, whose successful 2011 has seen the closure of six of the London borough’s 12 libraries in the face of community outrage.

Sue McKenzie and her Library Transformation Team with council's ludicrous Team of the year

Shamed Council take down Wall of Shame

Council Leader Ann John criticised on the Wall of ShameYesterday, contractors pulled down the Brent ‘Wall of Shame’ hiding Preston Library. This follows a sneaky move to empty it of books and equipment last week, before any injunction to stop it could be issued.

The Wall, with its popular support from local artists and schoolchildren, has become a major embarrassment to the Council over the last few weeks and they have finally decided that perhaps it was not such a good idea after all

It would be interesting to learn exactly how much this futile exercise of paying contractors to erect the Wall – and then take it down again – has actually cost Council Tax payers.

Unfortunately for Brent Council, the Wall is unlikely to be forgotten – we have photos galore.

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