One year on: torch relay and memorial service for Brent libraries

One year on, Brent SOS Libraries campaign marked the closure of our libraries with a torch relay between all 7 libraries, stopping at Barham Community Library, before winding its way to the newly inaugurated Preston Community Library where a marathon read of Alice in Wonderland was held. A vigil was held at Preston Library itself before we moved onto a party at the Windermere. Phew!

Sat 13 Oct – Light of Learning Torch Relay comes to Preston – 5pm

A year since our libraries were closed, Brent SOS Libraries will be running it’s own Light of Learning torch relay through each site, linking each and renewing our commitment to reopening all of them.

At 5pm it’ll arrive at Preston Library, where we will have guest readings, before a good old knees up at The Windermere at 6pm. Expect great music, raffles and free buffet! (Map + itinerary below)

But the fun will begin earlier at 2pm, when Preston Community Library will reopen at 235 Preston Road with a marathon reading of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. So come along!

Light of Learning - Brent SOS Libraries Torch Relay - Sat 13 Oct

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Preston Community Library Open Day

The bookshelves are gone – Brent Council has started work on the temporary classrooms that will live inside Preston Library for the next year or two. But the community library will be back, and on a sunny Friday and Saturday, we notched up loads more members.

Preston Community Library NOW OPEN

Titus the Barham Bear goes to Preston Community Library

Titus the Barham Library Bear, popped in to Preston Road Library on Friday to check out the new facilities. He was impressed. Photo: Francis P Henry

Envious of the success of temporary libraries by our Brent SOS buddies at Kensal Rise and Barham Park, Preston Community Library, long in the pipeline, is up and running – in the doorway of our beloved library.

Please borrow. Please return. Please get involved.

Mark Twain House: Brent needs ‘mental food’

An open letter to the powers that be from the trustees of Mark Twain House, Connecticut (US):

Dear Secretary Hunt, Minister Vaizey and Brent Council Members,
Good morning!

I would like to grab a moment of your time and some brief attention as you hurriedly prepare for the arrival of the Olympians this Summer.  Stateside, we are all very excited to see how you celebrate this monumental event!

There is great anticipation for the Olympics as it is a wonderful opportunity for the world to come together in the spirit of competition and excellence.It is, of course, also an opportunity for you to showcase the assets of your great city.
One of the assets of any city, any culture or any society great is its repository of knowledge. Mark Twain, the man we honor here at his home in Hartford, CT, USA, knew this when he said:

“A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.”

The one thing Twain might not have anticipated a library having to survive is our current economy. Another of his wonderful quotes:

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

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New hope for Preston Library campaigners following meeting with Brent Council leader – Kilburn Times

Cllr Muhammed Butt outside Kensal Rise Library

Campaigners from the Save Preston Library Campaign met with Cllr Butt to discuss potential plans for the future use of the site.

Philip Bromberg, who is part of the campaign to re-open the building in Carlton Avenue East, told the Times in a statement: “In what was a very friendly meeting, we spent an hour or so discussing the future of Preston Library and agreed to meet again in the very near future to continue the discussion.”

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“To destroy a culture you don’t need to burn books, only remove them” – Ray Bradbury

Image Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which books combust –  died this week aged 91.

We shall miss him.

 

 

Hat tip: the fair Geraldine.