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.

SELF – CONSCIOUS

The exhibition has opened. Here’s a little glimpse of what it looks like.

Viewings every Saturday and Sunday, 1200-1600, until 13 December.

BRENT BIENNIAL: BRIAN GRIFFITHS

SELF – CONSCIOUS is an artwork by Brian Griffiths at Cricklewood Library. Conceived as a parallel lending library of selected books paired with sculptures. The artwork is on view every Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4 pm, and by appointment.

At time of publication this new community library is not complete. SELF – CONSCIOUS will be installed and wait for the library to open before lending. SELF – CONSCIOUS is on view during this wait.

‘We are told that there is a tall wooden cupboard in Cricklewood Library, standing somewhat incongruous. This holds nine books and nine boxed, and therefore hidden, sculptures.

We are told when loaning one of these books a bespoke sculpture will be loaned for the same period, to be taken home.

We are told that at the end of the loan period, the sculpture and book must be placed back in the box and returned to the tall wooden cupboard, still standing somewhat incongruous.’

We are told that Griffiths has always loved a good story. He believes that stories help us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that tell a deeper truth.

We are not told that the artist has his own agenda in the story. He may mislead or cover mistakes, to do anything else is not staying in character.

We are not told that Brian is concerned with point of view, experimenting in the persuasions and limits of a first-person narrator.’


“Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in the late 1990’s I have been making sculptures and object installations full of overblown theatricality and pathos.

I like to tell stories however clichéd and timeworn. I want to make art that is staged, always pretending. I value the dramatisation of space, and work to direct audiences both physically and imaginatively. Objects, images and characters become materials to be laid out and persuaded to perform. My approach to visual languages and genres feels like trying on ornate fancy dress – to be enjoyed, and changed frequently.

I think with things, they become vocabulary, a way to start. I am driven by a curiosity in objects and our complex relations with them – how objects come to shape us; how we use them to create meaning, to organize our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears and shape our fantasies’.

I make sculpture because it sits in the world with us, like us. For me, self and stuff is always mixed up.”

– Brian Griffiths


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Opening Soon

We’re aiming to try and be open for the launch of the Museum of all Brent Life on 16 May. There will be a launch event with our Brent 2020 artist, and no doubt there will be a few choice refreshments too. It’s free. Do drop in.

Paint the Library

We’re painting the library on Saturday 1 February, starting at 1000. We’re looking for anyone who’d like to help to get in touch.

If you can bring your own materials, fantastic – but some will be provided. Just wear comfortable old clothes.

We’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits, and there will be a few laughs along the way.

To sign up, please send your full name, postcode and mobile number by email to info@cricklewoodlibrary.org,uk and say you want to volunteer for painting duty. If you think you’re ever likely to do a shift in the library when it’s open, please also say so.

We are especially keen to hear from people who have experience of leading teams on physical activities like this – you’ll need humour, tact, patience and a firm demeanour! Please get in touch!

If you can’t paint, but would like to contribute, we have a wish list over at Amazon. Even if you’re not an Amazon fan, you can view the items there and buy from somewhere else, we don’t mind.

Warm and Toasty

Visited the library today to explore the new alarm settings and view the fittings up close. It’s looking lovely, peeps, and I’m happy to report it’s nice and warm and toasty in there! The spaces are now more defined with the walls and doors up. The only bit missing is the acoustic screen separating the meeting room from the activity room at the back, but I’m happy to report we have funding for this from the Bernard Sunley Foundation, so this should be in place before we open. Which for those of you wondering [They’re ALL wondering – Ed], is likely to be around March. Ish. We’ve announced opening dates too often now for me to fall into that trap again.

Don’t forget to sign up to our volunteering pool to help paint this space soon, peeps! The link is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScn040vtky95r1orIwCUad70hg4VmAcJxipudV9PnJeBvQbZw/viewform

Happy New Year to all from the library team. See you in there in 2020!

 

 

Brent Community Lottery

Have you heard about the Brent Community Lottery? You can be in the running to win up to £25,000, while supporting a worthwhile cause – US!

To view our page and buy your ticket, head here: https://www.brentcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/friends-of-cricklewood-library.

 

Could You Be a Councillor?

Brent Council is organising a Be A Councillor! event for residents in the London Borough of Brent who are interested in becoming more involved in local government.

The event on Tuesday 15 October from 6.30pm will offer information about what is involved in becoming and being a councillor. It will feature a panel discussion with three current members of Brent Council, and there will be the opportunity to find out more about the role and responsibilities of a councillor. The event is taking place during Local Democracy Week 2019.

Programme:

6.30pm Registration and refreshments

7pm Welcome and Introductions

7.05pm Presentation: Councillors and Local Democracy in Brent

7.15pm Councillors’ Panel Discussion

8pm Q&A

8.30pm Close

To register please book a ticket on Eventbrite at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-a-councillor-tickets-75130793225

Alternatively you can email email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 020 8937 1068. If you have any questions contact James Diamond on 020 8937 1068.