Exploring the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together. London Borough of Culture 2020.

Film Saturday 21st April

‘Winstanley’ our second Kevin Brownlow film shown on April 21st. Oscar and BAFTA winning director addressed us last week for screening of ‘It Happened Here’. Tonight we were entertained by celebrated Leon Rosselson (Children’s author and songwriter) and Introduction by Historian Professor Ann Hughes (co-editor of Winstanley’s writings.)

Film: It Happened Here Certificate PG Saturday 14th April- Doors open at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

This week’s film is a drama exploring how British people would have responded if the Germans had invaded the UK in World War Two. The Director, Kevin Brownlow, is coming along to introduce the film.

Films free to members [join at the door], but donations are requested to finance future films.

New novel by Karola Gajda: Are my roots showing?

On November 18, Karola Gajda visited the library to talk about her new novel Are my roots showing? Karola was born in Yorkshire, to Polish parents, who came to Britain as refugees after the Second World War. Her novel tells the story of Magda, with a similar background to the author, who sets off to Warsaw to teach English – but also to explore her roots and see how her parents’ homeland has changed. You can see part of Karola’s talk in the Library in this 360* film made by Tim Woolford of Trekwireless www.trekwireless.co.uk .

Ever wondered… how does a baby learn language? …what effect does bilingualism have on brain development? …what happens to the brain from 0-5 years?

Ever wondered……how does a baby learn language?…what effect does bilingualism have on brain development?…what happens to the brain from 0-5 years?

if you are interested in finding out the answers to these questions then come along to:

Preston Library

Monday 5th December


Speech Therapist Kate Palmer, from Brent Children’s Centres will be discussing brain and language development in young children and the benefits of being bilingual.

Followed by a short Q & A session.


Quiz Night, Mon 28th November at The Preston

Friends of Preston Library present:
Quiz Night, Mon 28th November at The Preston

On your own and want to come?  Join a team on the night for brain teasing fun. There will also be a raffle.

Donation: £5.00  (£3.00 concessions)

Doors: 7.30 for a 8.00 pm start.

Proceeds for the Library campaign.

Location:The Preston, (opp. the Preston Library building) 161 Preston Road,  Wembley,  HA9 8NG.

Only food and drinks purchased from the bar may be consumed on the premises.


Brent SOS Libraries Organised it’s Fifth Light of Learning Relay

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.

December Newsletter

Lots going on, another very busy year gone!Merry Christmas, & a Happy New Year.

National Poetry Day 2015

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.

July Newsletter

As you can see it’s been a busy month for all of us at the Library. Pop in and see us.