As you know, this Saturday is the first anniversary of the closure of six of Brent's libraries, including Preston Library. There will be events at all six of the closed libraries, which will be linked by a torch relay leaving Kensal Rise Library at 11am and arriving at Preston Library at around 5.30pm. (See attached flyer for more details).
During the day there will be a pop-up library at 235 Preston Road (times tbc). From 5pm there will be readings outside Preston Library in Carlton Avenue East and the torch will (I very much hope) arrive from Barham Park. To commemorate the closure, we hope people will bring flowers and light candles outside the library.
From 6 o'clock there will be a party at The Windermere, Windermere Avenue, to which all supporters of the library campaigns are invited. There will be a free buffet, entertainment, and a raffle. Incidentally, this is as good a time as any to thank Noel, The Windermere's landlord, for the huge amount of support he's given us throughout the campaign. I hope lots of you will come.
There are a couple of things I should say about the campaign. Many of you will have seen that the library is now surrounded by a new fence. This is because work has started on converting the building into temporary classrooms for Preston Park School. We have been talking to Brent Council and PPS about, amongst other things, the future use of the building outside of school hours. We have had two meetings with Muhammed Butt, the new(ish) leader of the council, about which we haven't said very much in public. These were friendly meetings, but, in all honesty, very little of substance has so far been offered. We are meeting Mr Butt again on Thursday; I remain optimistic that eventually we will have something good to report.
The campaign has now been running for the best part of two years, and has involved a huge amount of work by more people than I can possibly mention. Your support remains vital, and I hope to see many of you on Saturday.