Karola Gajda at Preston Library – 360 Video exclusive



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.

New film about Preston Community Library – Now available on YouTube

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

Grunwick 40 at the Cinema Club


What’s on Summer 2016

Where we are & Opening Hours July 2016

General film leaflet July 2016


Comedy at the Cinema Club

In conjunction with the 5th LOCO London Comedy Film Festival we will be screening ‘SUPERBOB’ on Saturday 23rd April.All welcome.

March ’16 Newsletter

Spring ’16 Cinema Programme

So good I had to post it twice! (With amendment)

Cinema Club Spring ’16

Some new dates for your diaries. Exciting programme coming up this spring, including a collaborative screening with The 5th London Comedy Film Festival. Pop in to the Library for further details.

In the News

Great day at Preston Libraryhttp://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/education/childrens_laureate_reads_books_to_youngsters_at_preston_community_library_from_pakistan_1_4412202

2016 Cinema club

New program for January February now available in the Library for members. All welcome to join for free.

December Newsletter

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

National Non-Fiction November

Fun, Games & Puzzles in the Children’s Library.

Festive fund-raiser 2015

Promises to be a great night in the Windermere Pub. Great music, buffet. See you there!

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.

New arrangements

Roald Dahl Day

Childrens’ film and event to celebrate Roald Dahl Day, Sunday 13 September 2015; for Library members, come and join.

Film night

Another night of community entertainment!

Alfred, Lord Tennyson@thehub#

Another cultural event at The Hub.

August Pub Quiz

Great fun night out! See you there.

July Newsletter

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

Films for July

All our members welcome.

June Newsletter

Lot’s happening in Preston Community Library & Hub this month.More to come soon!

PRCL Newsletter

A landmark publication for Preston Community Library!

Open at last!

We need your help to open up for as many hours possible. Get in touch if you can help , or pass this on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

World Book Night ‘Bookaway’

Our amazing Geraldine is at it again! She will be carrying out her duties as a ‘giver’ on world book night.

St Partick’s Day event

Come along for the ‘Craic’ and wear something green!

Community Library & Hub Opening Soon – Get Involved!

Preston Community Library & Hub Opening Soon. With your help! Volunteer, Donate, Get Involved. Email PrestonCommunityLibrary@gmail.com 07801 697712

Preston Library can re-open!

A wonderful opportunity for anyone to be part of this exciting development!
Help us achieve this in any way you can.

October Quiz Night

Come along and bring your friends for another fun night!

3 Years on…

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.

We’re back!

Preston Park School Annex, Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, HA9 8PL

September Pub Quiz

It’s back! Come along and bring your friends for another brain-teasing evening!
Looking forward to seeing you all again, and hopefully some new faces.

July Pub Quiz

Come on along on Monday evening another night of fun in store!

Pub Quiz 9th June

Come along and pit your wits, all good fun!

The Council makes us an offer…

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.

Public Meeting announcement 2014

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.

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