Monday, 8 October 2012

Kensal Rise Library October 2012 update

While Kensal Rise Library Campaigners wait for the decision from All Souls College (and by the way the pledge target of £70,000 was exceeded by £8,300 (and still rising), something else is planned....

Next Saturday 13th October is a year on from Brent's closure of the six libraries.
Not much to celebrate, you might think, but a brilliant idea has been hatched. Campaigners from Save our Six Libraries will run a relay between the buildings, beginning at Kensal Rise Library at 11am, then on to Cricklewood, Neasden, Tokyngton, Barham Park and finishing at 5.30pm at Preston Rd.

Great name too - it's the Light of Learning Relay

Ann John (former leader of Brent council) thinks the closed libraries are in "inaccessible locations" so I hope the runners will be able to find them.... Ann makes a brief appearance in this excellent film which you've probably already seen (but it's worth watching again)

Margaret Bailey explains "Peter Grigg has agreed to run for Kensal Rise and we would like to see as many of you as possible join us at the library to send him off. We will be having a gathering and a reading before he goes from 10am at Kensal Rise Library.

Thank you Peter for doing the running while we stay behind and eat cake.
More details on the relay can be found on our website"

I know it's impossible to read the timings on the copy of the poster so here they are (all approx)

11am Peter Grigg running for Kensal sets off from there

11.30am Peter collects runner from Willesden Green Library Centre

12 Those two pick up the Cricklewood runner

12.30 Then those three pick up the Neasden runner

1pm Tokyngton runner joins them

1.45pm Arrival and pit-stop at Barham Pop-up at 428 Wembley High Road (near Argos)

4.30pm Barham Park Library

5pm Preston Road Library for guest readings at 5.30pm

6pm Much deserved (well for the runners at least) drink in the Windermere Pub. Also great music, raffles and free buffet! Just outside South Kenton station (Bakerloo and Overground) so no need to run there unless you want to.
See a map

More from Margaret "This day of closure of the libraries also marks the establishment of our Pop Up Library which will have been running for 12 months on October 13th. Our Pop Up Library has become a powerful symbol of the determination of this community to support the campaign to keep our library open.
The campaign itself has been going for nearly two years!
It has been a magnificent achievement and we believe our community should be congratulating itself.
We will be celebrating this achievement with refreshments and activities for adults and children.
We will also have We Love Kensal Rise Library Wall where you can write messages. Come along and bring cakes and we'll drink a toast and sing happy birthday and hopefully it will be the last birthday we will have to celebrate outside."

Suggested reading - Haruki Murakumi's "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" which also covers swimming and is a great book even if you prefer reading to running or swimming.
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