The Joy of Painting and other hard work

The last post on here (before the latest lockdown) was about painting preparations. Well, painting work is well underway now, and in fact almost finished. The dust sheets are still up, but if you peer in you can just about make out what’s going on. Joe, Gerry and Alan, with help from other volunteers, have been beavering away in two-hour shifts, broken up by two-hour intervals. The intervals allow for airing the space out between volunteers. Because they’ve been working alone, it’s been a lonely task, but at least they’ve not spent their time chatting, eh? Gotta look on the bright side. Huge thanks to all of them.

Here’s what one volunteer (Joe Keating, pictured), said about why he volunteered.

“I volunteered for painting to support the important library project.  It feels good to play a small part in this long-term voluntary effort.  Those involved in the planning, fundraising and monitoring of the building process have given enormous amounts of time, work, expertise and persistence over several years.  They deserve every assistance in completing the library for our community.”

Thanks also go to the generous donation of quality paint obtained for us by supporter Ellen Alsbrooks. This is truly a community effort and the library is very much a joint effort. It will be lovely to see all contributors in the library when we finally open later this year.

As well as the painting work, Alan is also now working on a solution to affix all of the shelves to the walls, and to build our movable shelving. Once this is completed, we’ll be able to restart book cataloguing, as far as Covid regulations permit. Once the stock is catalogued, it will be sorted and shelved. We’ll be making calls to the book stock team in due course for volunteers for these tasks.

Meanwhile, the background preparations are also ongoing. There are volunteer handbooks and policies to write, instruction manuals and training programmes to finalise, an intranet to be built, and many, many more tasks. So far this year we’ve clocked up an impressive 113 hours of volunteering time between us.

Painting Prep

If you’re passing the library this week you may well see us in and out getting ready for painting the library, sorting out materials, prepping the surfaces, that sort of thing. The painting task is about to begin. Sadly, it won’t be the big, sociable community event we had originally planned, due to that pesky Covid-19, but it has to be done! So we’ll be working in small groups, in a well-ventilated space, with changeover time between shifts to air it out.

Alan Carter, who’s running this activity, will shortly be in touch with volunteers via Three Rings. If you’re sad at missing out on this, don’t worry, there will be many more tasks to get stuck into.

Get Your Flu Jab!

It’s going to be more important than ever this year to make sure you’re protected against seasonal flu.

If you

  • are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • are a frontline frontline health or social care worker

you are entitled to a flu jab. Your doctor’s surgery (list of Brent GPs here) can provide a flu jab in a safe environment.

Brent 2020 Biennial Art Festival – Map and Brochure

The Brent Biennial is now underway, with over 20 brand new artworks by artists such as Imran Qureshi, Dawn Mellor and Brian Griffiths. The library is hosting Brian Griffiths’ SELF – CONSCIOUS, which you can view every weekend between now and 13 December.

Brent have produced a leaflet and map to help you navigate the artworks. They will shortly be announcing walking tours – so check out the calendar for further details on the Brent 2020 site here: https://brent2020.co.uk/whats-happening/programmes/brent-biennial/

You can also download the brochure there.

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