Margaret Bailey summed up the events of the day in a message which is so good there's no point in me re-writing it
Firstly, thanks for the magnificent response to the attempt by officers of the council to remove the books from the library today. Another great holding action.
And not just remove the books. The murals that were painted specifically for Kensal Rise Library in the 1930's are also propped up ready to be taken away. For display in the new £3 million library in Wembley? To remind them of the libraries that they closed? To be pulped? Who knows? Our very own Elgin Marbles!
It is just amazing how all of a sudden when the library is under threat people seem to materialise.
Thanks to your support and action and the intervention from Cllr Mohammed Butt, the new leader of the council, the council officers left the building without removing any of the books.
It would be very good if you could email him to thank him for his intervention on our behalf, firstname.lastname@example.org and also to remind him of the importance to this community of our library. He said he did not know there would be an attempt to strip the library today.
Hopefully we can look forward to a more conciliatory council leadership than the one we have known for the past 18 months. And our fingers are really crossed on that one.
The danger has not past and we need to be vigilant about the library.
Cllr Butt is said to be trying to organise a meeting between us, the council and All Souls, and we will also continue with our own negotiations with the college. Wouldn't it be fantastic if negotiation was the way forward, rather than the hostility and intransigence we have known during this campaign?
If it was thought that the campaign had gone away, today's action would dispel that notion.
Regards to all and job well done for today.
Read more on the Save Kensal Rise Library website including up to the minute tweets if you're not on twitter
And another great report by the Kilburn Times
and another report
And in the Guardian The pop-up library was open for business yesterday as usual
And on World Book Night (23rd April) there were readings and World Book Night give-aways at the Library which I didn't have time to blog about yet.... Despite the cold and damp it was a great event, and the Evelyn Waugh letter was really funny (click on the link in the photo caption) By the way, if you like letters, there's an excellent website Letters of Note by Shaun Usher, where he publishes "correspondence deserving of a wider audience". Shaun's on twitter too @LettersOfNote
|Richard reading a hilarious Evelyn Waugh letter|
|Rachael reading from an Agatha Christie|
|My box of World Book Night books|
|Annie and Estella with "How I live now"|