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.
Have you noticed the road narrowing outside the library? They’ve been at it for a few weeks, and, according to the lone chap working there last Monday, he’ll be at it for another 8 weeks to finish it off. I’m not surprised, if he’s doing it all on his lonesome. It will make a substantial difference to the library surroundings and access to the park will be much easier for pedestrians. No more whizzing round the corner at top speed, motorists!
Yet another momentous piece of news, hard on the heels of the last momentous piece of news. This time it’s that the WINDOWS ARE IN! Forgive the all caps, but we’re giddy with excitement round here that the glass has finally landed and is being installed in the window frames of the library space. Two chaps (pictured) were hard at work this afternoon fixing the panes into the frames. If you waft past the library now you’ll be able to actually see inside and get an idea of the size of the space we have. There’s a fundraising special newsletter winging its way to your inboxes right now if you’re signed up for it. It contains lots of info on ways you can raise funds for the library, some of them at no cost to yourself. Take a read and help us make this library real. If you’re not on the mailing list yet, what are you thinking?? Sign up now!
It may not look like much, but this is huge progress. After months of no work on sealing the ground floor, window frames have appeared on the front and sides of the library premises. The glass is still M.I.A., but we have hopes of it appearing soon.
In the meantime, this photo makes a nice desktop pic, don’t you think?
The more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a flurry of activity on the new library site of late, after a long hiatus. The good news is that there is now a newly poured floor in the library, which is getting us tantalisingly closer to our opening date. Sadly, no specific date available just yet, but rest assured you’ll be the first to know as soon as we do. Remember you can get all the news direct to your inbox by joining our mailing list here: http://bit.ly/1UkuxqJ.
Bits of the building have been exposed during the demolition process and it is hard to know what bit went where any more. Let’s not get into the stages of beginnings and endings that makes us all feel like failed Churchills. This load of rubble will be cleared, holes will be dug and walls will be built. Throw in a couple of windows, some doors and dress with bookshelves, books, table, chairs, coffee and people and hurrah! The new Cricklewood Library lives.