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Day of celebration for Friern Barnet library

Friday, 14 October 2011

'Second home': Residents opposed to the closure of Friern Barnet library at a previous protest

'Second home': Residents opposed to the closure of Friern Barnet library at a previous protest

Campaigners to highlight the community hub

By Kim Inam

SUPPORTERS of Friern Barnet Library are holding a day of celebrations to highlight the library’s place at the heart of the community. 

Members of the Save Friern Barnet campaign are offering residents to take a “leaf” out of their books and support the library in Friern Barnet Road which is expected to close, alongside orth Finchley library, and merged into a landmark arts and cultural library at artsdepot. 

In July Barnet Council’s cabinet approved a new strategy, which will also see Hampstead Garden Suburb library relocated and those in Grahame Park and Colindale rebuilt. 

More than 5,000 residents have signed petitions against the closures and Robert Rams, cabinet member for customer access, gave residents three months to come up with an alternative community proposal. 

Saturday’s celebrations will take part in the green in front of the library from 2pm. Children will be able to take part in apple-bobbing as well as arts and crafts, while adults find out more about the village green application and visit the various stalls. 

This week campaigners in the neighbouring borough of Brent lost their High Court battle to stop the authority closing six libraries. 

Martin Russo told The Press: “We were disappointed about the news in Brent campaign this week but we are keen to push on with our ideas.” 

The campaigners will be making a presentation to council officers next week. He added: “We want to keep the library a public service. It’s so important to the community – it’s more than a library, it’s like a second home to many.”