Good news! In line with the latest government advice, we will be opening up the library for hire from Monday 17 May. While we finish work on cataloguing the book stock and fundraising to build the cafe/reception area, the activity room is now ready for use. We have three bookings already, so if you are interested in hiring, don’t delay – availability is limited, and we’re hiring on a first come, first served basis. Check out our online availability calendar, and if you’d like a quotation for hiring, please use this form.
Hirers should have their own liability insurance, and we will be requiring all hirers and attendees at events to check in for Test and Trace purposes. For an informal chat, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and have your questions answered.
Would you or a friend or family member like some help with using Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing platform which can be used for:
keeping in contact with friends and family
joining in with meetings
attending religious services
Our trained volunteers from Cricklewood Library can help you to install Zoom and will demonstrate how to set up and join meetings. They will talk you through step by step until you feel confident.
You will need Internet connection and a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Interested? Please contact Annie on email@example.com
We’re starting an exciting new project in March. We’ll be training up to 10 volunteers to teach local residents how to access Zoom. The training will cover
- Overview of the Zoom interface (as a refresher and to make sure everyone is on the same page)
- Consideration for facilitation, safeguarding guidelines
- Creating invites
- Some of the common issues for helping other access Zoom.
Once trained, the volunteers will contact local people who would like to start using Zoom, to keep in touch with friends and family, or to enjoy our up-coming online programme of events. If you know of someone who could benefit from this training, get in touch! The training will help beneficiaries to overcome concerns and potential barriers faced, develop online skills, build confidence, become more independent, and do useful things like access online applications and services.
The Brent Solidarity fund provides assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. They aim to provide funds for up to £50 (maximum of once per month, per applicant).
“This fund can be used for anything: we are not there to judge you and there is no obligation to pay back the money. The fund is run with respect and trust, in accordance with principles of mutual aid: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”.
Call or e-mail your nearest Mutual Aid group out of the ones listed below to access the Solidarity Fund. Someone from the group will discuss your circumstances with you, and they may suggest alternatives to using the fund if there are other options available.
Brondesbury Park firstname.lastname@example.org 0208 050 3929
Dudden Hill email@example.com 07588 541 399
Harlesden firstname.lastname@example.org 07446 557 715
Kensal Green email@example.com 0208 638 8291
Kilburn firstname.lastname@example.org 020 3488 4916
Mapesbury MapesburyMutualAid@gmail.com 020 8914 7950
Northwick Park NorthwickPark.MutualAid@gmail.com 020 8050 1768
Queens Park email@example.com 0208 050 3875
Sudbury firstname.lastname@example.org 07770 678 714
Welsh Harp email@example.com 0330 043 1787
Wembley Central firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8050 1617
Willesden Green email@example.com 07593 426 959
If you need funds in larger amounts for specific things, the Turn2Us grant finder is a good place to look for further resources: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk
So exciting! The ten review copies of Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life have arrived from The Reading Agency!
I thought it would be nice to kick off the book group with a book you might not normally read, and it’s a bonus that it’s free! The publisher asks for reviews once we’ve read it. More details on that shortly.
In the meantime, if you haven’t claimed your free copy yet, drop me a line and I’ll arrange to get it to you. Just a reminder that the information session on the book group will be this Sunday afternoon. See my earlier post for details.
Fancy joining a book group, but not sure how to go about it? It’s difficult during the pandemic, to be sure. Well, look no further. We’ve done the leg work for you by starting one of our own at the library. In an ideal world, we’d be holding group meetings at the library, obviously, but during lockdown, that’s not possible. So, we’re inviting interested parties to sign up to an online book group for now, with the idea that we’ll transition to in-person meetings as soon as the pandemic allows.
We have four potentially interested readers already – why not think about joining them? There are no hard and fast rules about anything at the moment – when and how often you meet, how many members the group will have, how you will choose your reading materials – all that is yet to be decided by you, dear readers.
While borrowing books is difficult due to the pandemic, we’ve negotiated a discount for bulk purchases from local bookshops, so sourcing books once chosen should be a cinch.
For more information on how it could work, email firstname.lastname@example.org.