Friends of Barham Library Big Lunch at Barham Park Library 2nd June 12 onwards
The Big Lunch encourages local people to get to know their neighbours by sharing their lunch with them. This year the Big Lunch falls a few days after the anniversary of the opening of Barham Library on the 31st of May 1952 ( 61 years ago). Friends of Barham Library will have book stalls outside the closed Library on Sunday the 2nd of June 2013 and are inviting you to come and have a picnic in the park with your family, friends & neighbours. Bring a rug & your own food & drink to share with your friends at Barham Park from 12 noon onwards.
After a year of operating a Volunteer Library in temporary buildings the Friends of Barham Library are ready to return to the original Library building in Barham Park.
Barham Library was closed by Labour Councillors in October 2011 and the building has been standing empty for 19 months. The Council has now wasted thousands of pounds on keeping the building empty while the local community is calling out to get their library back.
Friends of Barham Library have now raised their target £25,000 to pay for their return to the closed library building. They have also build up a 8,000 strong book collection and a group of loyal volunteers keen to reopen a Library in Barham Park.
Friends of Barham Library have ambitions plans for the reopened library and are keen to resume a library service for local people of all ages and backgrounds. They already provide space for a mothers & toddlers group in their temporary library and are keen to provide study spaces, access to computers, a children and adults library, English language sessions, a book club and provide space for other groups providing leisure and educational activities for local people.
“There is a need for Barham Library to reopen. Thousands of young people have been deprived of a library facilities while older people have no where to go for internet access and local information. Friends of Barham Library have shown how volunteers can provide a service and help meet local needs. It is now time for the Labour Councillors running Brent to come to their senses and do the right thing” says Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Paul Lorber one of the local library volunteers.
Barham Library was originally opened on 31 May 1952 and served local people in the Sudbury & Wembley area for almost 60 years. The building and park in Barham Park were donated for the recreation of local people by local benefactor and owner of Express Dairies Titus Barham in 1937. Young people under 19 made up the Library’s most active users.