Finishing Work Has Started!

We are so happy to announce that the building contractors are on site NOW to start the work of turning the empty shell at Chronicle Heights into a functioning library. Sally Long, Chair of Friends of Cricklewood Library, handed over the keys today, with work anticipated to take four months. With luck and a following wind, we hope to have a finished library some time before the end of the year.

Now is the time to think about how you might light to get involved. Some of you have already volunteered for painting duties, and we’ll be coming back to you as soon as we have a date for that to start. Others have said they’d like to put their names down for a shift running the library. And some of you have said you’d like to volunteer to run a course at the library when it’s up and running. We’re seriously compiling a list of all volunteers now, and will be calling for you to register your availability on our volunteering management platform. There will be more on this in a future newsletter.

The Lease is Signed

It’s officially the end of the beginning. We’ve agreed the terms of, and signed the lease with All Souls College. Now the work on fitting out the library that you’ve all been waiting for for so long can finally begin.

Work will begin on site week beginning 24 June, and is scheduled to take four months. We’d love to be open by Christmas, but for this we’re going to need your help.

We have an Amazon wishlist – can you help us out by buying us something we need? You can find our wishlist here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201503180

While you’re shopping on Amazon, don’t forget to shop using smile.amazon.co.uk and choose us as your charity.

If you’re excited at this news, and want to get involved, please volunteer on our website. We’re always looking for more hands on deck.

Ceilidh Time

It’s that time again! We’re dancing for fun, and funds. Join the throng at the Crown Hotel, Sala Room, on Friday 10 May, 2000-0000, for another fun ceilidh and fundraiser. We’ll have the marvellous Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band again, with caller (so you don’t need to know all the moves).

There will be a brief update on progress with the library (yes, there is some progress to report), but the focus is on the dancing and general merry-making. We’ve listened to what some of you said last time, and introduced a limited number of family tickets so you can bring the kids without breaking the bank. To get your tickets, click here: http://buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary/255138/r/website-24-april 

Doors open 1900, bar opens 1930 (with extra staff this year!) and band starts 2000 sharp. Chucking out time midnight. It’ll be a blast, do come.

3rd Annual Fundraising Ceilidh

Excited to announce it’s that time again – back by popular demand, or annual ceilidh event. Last year it sold out, so get your tickets quick to avoid disappointment.

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Kids Table Sale

Well, that was fun! We held our first event actually in the library on Sunday – a table sale of kids’ stuff, with coffee, cakes and entertainment for the kids thrown in.

The marvellous Alec and his team did a great job of getting the sale organised, tables delivered, set up and all the electricals logistics sorted. Luckily it wasn’t too gloomy a day (for November) so when the fuse blew we still had enough light to work in to get the emergency cables sorted out and the lights (and the coffee machine!) back on.

It was a very jolly event, and we made some money, and although I don’t think anyone’s going to retire on the proceeds, it was lovely to see the community come out and support the library, meet the neighbours and have a cuppa. It was particularly nice to see all the little ones in the library – we’re so looking forward to the day when we have a nice, bright, comfy, well-stocked children’s reading nook for them to enjoy, listen to stories in and discover the joy of reading for themselves.

A big thank you to Alec and Nadia, to all those who donated buns and biscuits to sell, to James from Cricklewood Coffee for his cheery refreshing beverage ser

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