Pop up library opens in Cricklewood station

Michelle Ferguson , Diana Daniel, Mick Richards and Caty Delmont in the new pop up library at Crickl

Michelle Ferguson , Diana Daniel, Mick Richards and Caty Delmont in the new pop up library at Cricklewood Station - Credit: Archant

A new chapter has opened in Cricklewood’s train station as a community joins forces with rail chiefs.

Cricklewood Town Team (CTT) and Friends of Cricklewood Library (FOCL) have helped Thameslink open a pop-up community library at its railway station.

Now passengers can drop off, borrow or exchange a book with fellow travellers.

The bookcase was funded by NorthWestTWO Residents’ Association and bought from the nearby British Heart Foundation charity shop, while FOCL supplied a set of books to get things started.

It’s the latest in a series of projects by CTT who adopted Cricklewood station earlier this year and worked with Thameslink to revamp the entrance. The dingy wall, which attracted litter, is long gone and in its place sits a flower bed, striking station sign and photo collages.

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CTT’s revamp won a silver medal in the “It’s Your Station” category of the Association of Community Rail Partnership awards.

James Gillett, Cricklewood Station manager, said “I think our customers will love the idea of a pop-up library and it’s another great way to integrate the station further into the local community. The library will continue to support the station with as many books as we need.”

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Marie Hancock, from the CTT, added: “Our thanks to Mick, Diana and James from Thameslink for all their help setting up this excellent new addition to the station we all love. People will also notice the burgeoning flowerbed with plants donated by residents and the new logs to attract bees. Cricklewood is now looking blooming marvellous.”

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