Barham Library has now been closed for over 15 months. As Paul Lorber shows the building still looks great even covered by the January 2013 snow.
Friends of Barham Library made a bid to Brent Council to rent the closed library building so that we can reopen it as a Volunteer run Library to serve local people.
The Council is expected to make a decision on a new tenant at a meeting at Brent Town Hall on 13 February 2013.
As Titus Barham gifted the buildings and the park for the ‘recreation of local people’ – a library use is both appropriate and what many local people want. The revival of the local library would clearly fulfill Titus Barham’s wish.
WE CONTINUE TO CAMPAIGN TO GET OUR LIBRARY BACK.
With are getting an ever growing supply of book donations and our Volunteer Library now contains over 6,000 books for all age groups.
Despite providing extra shelf space our paper back fiction section is over flowing to such an extent that we need to sell much of our surplus stocks.
As our paper back fiction cost just £1 or less we provide fantastic value for money. Although second hand – many of our books are in an almost mint condition.
We have books from all the best authors catering for all tastes.
Come and help us out to create space for the ever flowing supply of new book donations by coming to buy a few books from us. Our library/2nd hand bookshop at 428 High Road Wembley HA9 6AH is open on Saturdays 11 to 5p.m., Mondays & Wednesdays 12 to 5p.m.
We are close to Argos, KFC and Daniels Estate Agents between Park Lane and the Wembley Triangle and many buses including 18, 92 and 182 stop right outside our library.
PS. If you prefer you are always welcome to borrow instead.
Friends of Barham Library have raised over £10,000 from April to December 2012. We hope this will be enough for one year’s rent for the closed Barham Library building in Barham Park.
All we need now is for 5 Labour Councillors acting as Trustees of the Barham Park Charity to agree to rent the building to us.
Our fundraising continues as we need to raise more money to afford a long term lease for the building and secure the library for many years to come.
Come and support us by coming to our temporary library at 428 High Road Wembley HA09 6AH (near Argos, KFC & Daniels Estate Agents. We are currently open on 3 days each week – Saturdays 11 to 5p.m. and Mondays & Wednesdays 12 to 5p.m.
While we continue to run our Volunteer Library from the shop premises at 428 High Road Wembley (near Argos) our ambition remains to get back to the original library building in Barham Park.
The current Labour Administration running Brent closed our library, and the other 5, on 13 October 2011 and the building has remained empty and abandoned ever since.
The Council seems determined to stop community uses. They have decided to rent the building out on “commercial terms” and are asking rent of £14,000 + service charges. We estimate that with rent, service charges, business rates, insurance and utility costs we would need around £25,000 a year to run a library from the building.
While we are applying for grants to other charitable bodies we have also launched a £25,000 Pyramid appeal asking local businesses and individuals to donate in ’pyramid’ building blocks of between £25 and £500.
If you can help please use the Gift Aid form on the ‘get involved’ page and support our fundraising effort. Please ask others (individuals, organisations or businesses) to help too.
Getting back OUR LIBRARY is still a cause worth supporting.
Libraries should be fun and that is what we provide at our Library in Wembley.
The photos shows a bunch of happy visitors and volunteers at our Library before sharing our celebration cake.
Come and join us and show your support. Help to grow our library from strength to strength.
Peter Corcoran (Wembley Ironman) meets Keith “Gussy” Young (Sudbury Olympic Torchman) at Barham Volunteer Library 428 High Road Wembley.
Visitors to our Library delighted to meet both Peter and Keith on Saturday 11 August.
Hillside Arts come to 428 High Road Wembley to dance at our Library Opening on 11 August 2012