Someone recently kindly donated to us two huge (and I mean HUGE) boxes of children’s books. They were lovely books, in good condition, despite being ‘pre-loved’ by someone’s little darlings. And there were loads of them, which is fab, as our children’s books collection is somewhat underfed. Sadly, though, instead of calling or emailing us to say there was a donation coming our way, the donor left the books outside the library. By the time I found out they were there, the local low life had started using the boxes as bins for their empty booze cans and fag packets. Not so nice.
So, the books will not be going into the library collection after all, which is a great shame.
If you have books to donate, we’d love to have them. If they’re a bit tatty, please donate them directly to any one of the pop up libraries around the borough. We have off-shoots now at Cricklewood station, Willesden Green Station and at St Catherine’s Church in Neasden. If the books are a in good nick, we’d love them for the library when it opens. Please email Sonja on firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll arrange to collect them or tell you where to bring them, whichever is most convenient.
But please, PLEASE, dear book lovers, don’t just leave books on the doorstep of the library. They’ll get ruined, and become an eyesore, which is not going to make us popular with our new neighbours upstairs in “Chronicle Heights”.
We’re in the news! The Brent and Kilburn Times recently covered the issues we’ve had with Octavia Housing taking forever to complete the remedial works we need in order to get into the library and begin our fit out. They were supposed to start at the beginning of the year and take just a few weeks, but here we are nearly in August and we’re none-the-wiser about when they’ll be finished.
We’re very excited about all of our summer courses (for details see CCT) but none more so than Cricklewood Tales, the informal oral history group that’s happening on Tuesdays at Ashford Place. We’ll be building a bank of Cricklewood memories of the ordinary and extraordinary people who live, work and play in Cricklewood. Could one of them be you? Check out some first memories of Cricklewood below – and why not share your own?
If you like your exercise to be sociable, why not get yourself down to our fundraising ceilidh at the Crown Hotel on Friday 13 April? We’ll be dancing to the rousing tunes of the Wraggle Taggle ceilidh band. They’re awesome – but don’t take our word for it! Here’s a review from their website:
“Everyone was dancing”
“Amazing!!! The band was superb. (16th September 2017 Saturday Granta, 14 Newnham Rd, Cambridge CB3 9EX) The songs were performed to the highest standard, and they were FUN. Our guests had an amazing time, and by the end, everyone was dancing. At one point, the band even called a miniature impromptu ceilidh dance: we don’t know who initiated this, but it was a fantastic read of the crowd, who adored it. Again, we received so many compliments on the band” Morgan & Scott Shepard 28th Sept 2017
You can check them out for real by buying a ticket here: http://buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary/153658. There’s a limited number of concession tickets available, so don’t be slow!
It’s the second birthday of our pop-up library at Willesden Green Station. Yes, it’s been two whole years since TfL allowed us to install our shelves and publicity materials at the station. In that time, we estimate we’ve placed over 1000 books. The library gets an approximately 500 visits a week, which is pretty amazing. Most of the stock is provided by Sonja, who also houses our larger collection of around 15,000 books in her garage, and has done for the last four years. The stock is topped up by donations to Sonja (who can also arrange to collect books locally), and by kind and generous supporters who drop books off on their way through the library.
In the time since the Willesden Green pop up was established, two more outposts have sprung up – one in Cricklewood Thameslink station forecourt, and the other in Kilburn Station. Both are restocked by volunteers, and are also very busy and much appreciated by visitors.
Recently, we’ve noticed that replenished stock has been cleared out very quickly – possibly by people not borrowing the books to read, but taking them to sell. There’s not a lot we can do about this, as the books are open access, but if you spot this kind of thing happening, please let the station staff know. Be assured that no-one from the library organisation will ever clear books out of the pop up libraries – we have enough books to stock our library when it finally opens, honest!
In order to help reduce theft, we’re thinking of introducing a stickering system, to make the books less saleable, but this will be labour intensive. If you’ve a better idea, please share! We really want the library to carry on, even after the permanent library is restored opposite Gladstone Park as we know it’s very much valued by residents and commuters. Please help us by continuing to borrow and return books and keeping your library alive.
Following up on our fundraising campaign pledge, we’ll be holding a public meeting in February to update all our supporters on the progress of the library project. We also want to encourage you to help us to plan the future shape of the library service. We’ll be holding a public meeting on 28 February at Ashford Place. More details will follow shortly, but please make a note of the date so you don’t miss out.