Brent Culture Service newsletter: September

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September 2019

Ealing Road Library temporary closure

Ealing Road Library is due to close to the public for three weeks, 23 September to 14 October. This is due to essential building maintenance. We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause – we hope the improvements made to the building will go some way to making up for this! Any books that would be due back during this period will automatically be extended to 15 October and all our other libraries (and 24 hour e-library of course) will be open as normal – the closest alternative Brent Library to Ealing Road is Wembley Library. Any events due to take place at Ealing Road Library during the closure period have had to be cancelled.
Harlesden Library will also have to be temporarily closed, though at this location it will just be for one day, Friday 13 September. Essential electric work is needed on the building. The Zumba class which normal occurs at Harlesden Library on Fridays will be cancelled on this one day. Book loans will be extended to the next open day. The nearest alternative library to Harlesden is the Library at Willesden Green.

Archive accreditation


We are delighted to announce that Brent Museum and Archives have become the 150th archive service in Britain to obtain Archive Service Accreditation.
Representatives from the National Archives came to present the award to the service on Thursday 6th September.
Brent Museum and Archives is here to ensure residents can enjoy and learn about the history and diverse cultures of the Borough by collecting, recording and making accessible Brent’s past and present.
You can visit the archives on the second floor of the Library at Willesden Green. Visit the website for details of opening hours and contact information.


People at Willesden Gallery

Our latest art exhibition at the Library at Willesden Green is called People and has been created by artist Michael Segilola.
Barber and Brent resident, Michael, has been greatly influenced in his art by Nigeria which is the country of his birth. He was inspired to paint only a few years ago, however, he took it up after suffering a period of ill health in 2013. He displayed some of the pieces he had created while away from work in the salon he co-owns and customers were soon enquiring whether they were for sale! He realised he had talent as well as passion for art and began to take his hobby more seriously.
Michael’s pieces are vibrant, strong and experiment with colour and texture. They also have an environmental element as he creates his art from reused materials including: fabric, bottle tops, sweet wrappers, cans and plastic.

The exhibition is free entry and will be on until 21 September.

Changing Sudbury 

Our new local history exhibition is now open at the Library at Willesden Green. Brent Museum and Archives are working with Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre to explore the rich social and cultural history of Sudbury from the 1950s onwards. The content of the exhibition is built upon first-hand accounts from Sudbury residents.
As well as the exhibition staff from Brent Museum and Archives will be visiting Sudbury Primary School and St George’s Catholic Primary School to deliver workshops and assemblies on the themes uncovered by the exhibition. Children will explore stories told by local residents about their lives and experiences in Brent.The exhibition is on until 6 October, entrance is free.


Find a great crime read this autumn

As the nights draw in and there is a chill in the air you may begin to feel more in the mood for reading a spooky mystery than you did when the sun was beating down this summer! Find some great recommendations for excellent new crime books on the CWA Daggers Award shortlist. Each autumn they present awards for the best in new crime books, and they cover several categories including: new authors, historical crime, Non-fiction (True Crime) and thrillers – there should be something to suit all whodunnit fans. You can find the shortlist for this year’s award on the CWA website, the shortlisted titles can be borrowed or ordered from Brent Libraries.


Well done to the Summer Reading Challenge participants!

We would like to say a big ‘well done’ to all the children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Over 3700 children took part! The theme for the challenge this year was Space Chase, chosen to mark the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon. To complete the challenge children had to read six books over the Summer. We also had lots and lots of fun space themed events and a book review competition – we hope taking part in the challenge will help children develop a lifelong love of reading and that they will keep coming to visit us in the libraries all year round.