Brent Culture Service newsletter: October

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October 2018

Borough of Culture: Get Involved!

Planning is well underway for our 2020 Brent London Borough of Culture year. We are gathering ideas for works of art that are going to be created in Brent Libraries as part of this one year cultural celebration. We want the art that is created to reflect the spirits of the varied areas of Brent. If you have some ideas about what you would like to see or have something to share about what makes your area special please email your ideas to or pop into your Brent library where we are collecting ideas on special postcards (ask staff for details) we also have consultation events still to come at Kingsbury Library and Harlesden Library Plus.

Another way you can get involved is to come and work with us! We are now recruiting for people to join the team working on our year as borough of culture. If you are passionate about arts and culture and have the skills to help us make the year truly amazing we want to hear from you. Have a look at our vacancies and see if there is a role for you (or someone you know maybe). We also have contract opportunities for creative freelancers or organisations. If you have questions about these opportunities (or any other area of our culture year) you can email the team on


Something old (but maybe new to you!)

As the nights close in and the temperature drops now is the time to snuggle in with a good book. This month why not discover (or rediscover) a classic? Revisit the books you were forced to read at school with more willing eyes or read that famous old tome you never got round to. There is so much to choose from. You could go all the way back to the first recognised European novel, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, a comic tale of an old Spaniard who believes himself to be a heroic knight. Try an 18th century adventure by Daniel Defoe or Jonathan Swift. Or head into the prime era of British novels, the 19th century, where you have the likes of Austen, Dickens and the Brontes to choose from. If you can’t find what you are looking for on our shelves just order a copy, we can access books from across other London libraries and it’s free to reserve a book. See what we have in your library or browse our catalogue or elibrary.

Benefits of reading

If it wasn’t enough that reading is entertaining and free (when you borrow from the library) it
also has benefits you might not expect. Studies show that regular readers have lower levels of stress and depression and reading helps people relax more than watching TV, listening to music, playing video games or gentle exercise. And if that isn’t enough it can even help you live longer! Here’s the science bit: according to Yale University School of Public Health reading regularly increases connectivity between brain cells which helps fight off neurodegenerative diseases. Wow! So pop into your local library today to pick up a book and quite possibly a healthier longer life too!

Children's craft

Half Term Activities

Lots on for families in Brent Libraries this half term. In Wembley Library we have special craft sessions themed around Wembley Stadium on every week day during half term starting at 11am each day. We have a variety of family craft and learning activities across our libraries including telling the time in Willesden and a creative cards workshop in Kilburn. At Ealing Road Library we will be exploring under the sea at a talk about coral reefs with a curator from the Natural History museum. Halloween is coming up so we will have some especially spooky craft on the Thursday of half term along with a best costume competition. On Friday at Harlesden with have a visit from author Tola Okogwu who will be reading her latest children’s book and leading us in some fun craft.
To find out all we have on during the school holiday pick up a What’s On brochure in a library or check our events calendar online.

Events for under 5s in all our libraries

You’ve now heard about the benefits of regular reading so why not make sure your kids pick up the habit early by bringing them to one of our free under 5s story and rhyme times? These sessions are fun and friendly plus the songs and rhymes can help children pick up vital language skills. It’s also a great way to get them into the habit of visiting the library and choosing their own books. We have under 5s sessions in every library every week, to find out which days they are on in your library ask the staff for a leaflet or check the times online.

story session for under 5s in library