In light of recent UK Government advice that public venues should no longer be visited, we have made the difficult decision to close the library with immediate effect, for the time being.
We have decided this with the health of our community in mind and apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause. We feel that this is the responsible approach to minimise the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of all of our volunteers, visitors and members.
Be assured that we will continuously review the situation as it evolves and will post further updates as necessary through our mailings and social media. We ask that you bear with us during these unprecedented times and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and continuing support of the library.
We intend to resume our services as soon as possible.
If you have the virus, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, then follow the link below:
This Saturday, together with Queer East Film Festival and The Hidden Voice Film Festival, we are co-hosting a special screening of the Hong Kong transgender drama ‘A Woman is A Woman’, as part of LGBT+ History Month. This will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be free, but donations are requested.
The film is widely considered as a landmark in Hong Kong cinema, for both it’s portrayal of transgender characters from Hong Kong and for being the first feature film production in the region where women occupy all of the key production roles. The story follows two transwomen, one going through puberty and the other midway through her life, who both crave integration and acceptance in a hostile environment. The Film is in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles.
Tuesday 17 September 2019 at Preston Community Library, 7.30pm
Please join us for an evening with
Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi, the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a
Zen master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition. He will be talking about and
reading from his new book, Rough Waking.
Dazian is also the teacher of
Samantha Warrington, Preston Community Library’s yoga and meditation teacher.
Rough Waking is a project to
raise funds for and awareness of people who are homeless or in prison, and to
provide them with yoga and meditation, under the motto:
CHANGE YOUR BODY; CHANGE YOUR MIND; CHANGE YOUR LIFE These are the three elements to the book.
Prize-winning photographer and meditator, Laz, uses words and images and an intimate knowledge of homelessness to illustrate his path through brokenness to creativity.
Zen Master Shinzan’s joke that Zen life combines prison and homelessness,
“Autumn in the monastery and other poems,” by Julian Daizan Skinner depicts
pains and joys arising through his three decades in the Zen world.
Zen artist Kazuaki
Okazaki who, after 18 years incarceration on death row was executed last
summer, contributes a sequence of images depicting a spiritual journey from
lostness and wandering, through the intense confinement of Zen training, and then
onwards into a new homelessness – a vastly expanded realm of liberation and
The whole book
underscores the Zen emphasis on direct confrontation with reality and how for
all of us that alone leads to liberation.
Please join us for
this unique event.
For further information,
please contact Samantha
Invitation to Local Artists to Produce Art Work for the Library
the Brent London Borough of Culture 2020, the Council is commissioning
local artists to work with each of the libraries. This includes the
four community libraries. More information, including the brief for
Preston Community Library, is on the LBOC website. Go to https://www.lboc2020.com/opportunities, then look at column headed Museum of All Brent Life: call out for artists and click on link to download the brief. The closing date for submissions is Friday 12th July at noon.
October 30: 6.30pm at Preston community library, Elisa Segrave talks about her book ‘The Girl from Station X’ – a moving story of a hidden life about her mother, among the first women to enlist, who worked throughout WW2 at Bletchley Park and elsewhere.
From Easter to the end of June, there will be additional quiet study space available in the Library on Mondays and Fridays, from 5-7pm . We hope this will help local school students – especially those preparing for summer exams.
Police Surgeries at the Library
The Preston Safer Neighbourhood Team have organised weekly contact sessions at the library. Residents can report crime in person to a Police Officer of seek general help and advice. A Police Offer will drop in at the dates and times below. Their contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07920 233 753.
Do you remember what it was like going to the cinema in the 1960s?Did you go to the ABC or into the West End to see the latest film?Was it a big occasion or did you go every week?What stands out from the experience – the films, the cinemas, the atmosphere, the advertisements?
Over the last 4 years, University College London has run a research project on 1960s cinema. They collected memories from almost 1000 people of ‘going to the pictures’ half a century ago. Come to the Library on Saturday, September 30 at 7.15 and the team will tell us about the fascinating results of this project. We will also watch a film from the period and discuss our own memories of going to the cinema in the 1960s.
Presented by Ray Turner “The Story of Wembley Park Studios” tells the fascinating history from the 1920s onwards of the film and television studios located in Wembley Park, North West London. Recorded before the studio’s closure the film hears from celebrities and crew who were involved in the early days of film and television right through to modern day shows. Hear about shows including On The Buses, Ready, Steady, Go!, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent which were all recorded at Wembley during it’s near-100 year history.
We had a great summer event at Preston Community Library. There were yoga taster sessions, stalls, music from Leon Rosselson – and the Bake-Off competition produced a wonderful selection of delicious cakes. The winner of the PCL Bake-Off award was Brigitte, seen here with runners-up Frances and Jessica.
Come as a team or come on your own and join a team on the
evening. Everyone is welcome. There is also a raffle. Donation: £5.00 (£3.00 concessions).
Doors: 7.30 for a 8.00 pm start.
Proceeds to the Library campaign.
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.)