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 .
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.
FREE EVENT ALL WELCOME
Proceeds for the Library campaign.
Only food and drinks purchased from the bar may be consumed on the premises.
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.