Brent Culture Service newsletter: July

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July 2019

Time for Blast Off!!!

The Summer Reading Challenge is here and this year we will be shooting off to space as Space Chase is our theme. The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual events for 5 to 11 year olds, children are challenged to read six books over the summer and take part in activities and pick up rewards and prizes along the way. It’s great fun and is also a good way to keep children learning and reading during the long summer school holiday.

To sign up you just need to ask in your library, it’s free, you do need to be a library member but don’t worry if you aren’t as we can quickly sign you up on the day.

Willesden Library

Willesden Library 125

Willesden Library celebrates its 125th anniversary this July. We’ll be marking the occasion with events on 18 July, which will include: live music, family craft, a history talk, face painting and…birthday cake!
The foundation of the library was not without opposition. It required the agreement of local rate payers as it would mean paying an extra penny in the pound on their rates this year. Not everyone felt this was a good investment, one anonymous resident wrote to the local paper in 1891:

 “Acquiring a taste to waste time reading foolish and frivolous literature may be less bad than acquiring a taste for some habits of a more actively vicious description. Nevertheless it is very much the reverse of desirable.”

But lucky enough people disagreed and the library was opened with the vote split 2257 in favour versus 1070 opposed.

Find out more about its history at our local history talk as part of the celebration.

Travel light: download your holiday reading from our elibrary

If you are doing any travelling this summer you should explore our elibrary for your reading and listening material for the journey. We have 1000s of ebooks, eaudio and emagazines that can be downloaded to your phone or tablet – saving weight and space in your luggage.
It’s free to access with a Brent Library card (make sure you know your pin as you will need this to sign up).

Getting started is easy as there are full instructions online, you can also ask in your library for help. Once you have signed up books can be downloaded in just a couple of clicks. And don’t worry if you are going on a long trip as there are no late fines on our ebooks and eaudio.

Journey to Justice in Brent

I hope you made it along to our Journey to Justice Celebration Day last month. We had great fun with live music, dance and lots of arts and craft activities. If not, never mind, as there are still lots of Journey to Justice themed events on over the summer, you can find the details on our online events calendar. And don’t forget to visit the exhibition itself which will be open every day in the Exhibition Space on the second floor of the Library at Willesden Green. It tells many fascinating and moving story of fights for social justice both around world and right here in Brent, it includes stories from the US Civil Rights movements and campaigns against apartheid in South Africa. Come and have a look, it closes on 1 September.

Kilburn Library garden

Kilburn Library Garden: volunteers needed

We need your help to keep our beautiful Kilburn library garden looking its best. We are looking for volunteers to come and help with the gardening. It would be the perfect role for a frustrated gardener who now lives in a flat, or a gardening expert wanting to demonstrate their expertise, or just someone looking to spend some time outdoors getting gentle exercise and developing a new hobby. Gardening skills are welcome but not necessary as we have jobs for various abilities.
If you are interested please ask in the library or you can email