Residents invited to open day at Barham Community Library

Friends of Barham Library volunteers headed by Paul Lorber are busy getting the new library ready fo

Friends of Barham Library volunteers headed by Paul Lorber are busy getting the new library ready for the community to enjoy - Credit: Archant

Volunteers at the new community library in Sudbury are inviting residents to come and look around as they work to spruce it up.

Friends of Barham Library are busy filling the new library for the community to enjoy

Friends of Barham Library are busy filling the new library for the community to enjoy - Credit: Archant

Friends of Barham Library (FoBL)are busy preparing their reading room based in the building of the axed branch in Barham Park.

The libary will be run by unpaid workers for use by local people.

Residents can go and have a first look at thenew premises at 660 Harrow Road on the weekend of April 2 and 3 between 10am and 5pm.

Paul Lorber, FoBL member, and other volunteers have filled the first bookcase but there is a way to go.

Barham Library is one of six branches that was shut by Brent Council

Barham Library is one of six branches that was shut by Brent Council - Credit: Archant


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They plan to recruit more volunteers and sell off some of their surplus books to raise much needed funds for resources and activities they are planning over the next few months.

Mr Lorber said: “All the hard work by Friends of Barham Library volunteers is finally paying off. We are back in Barham Park and looking forward to serving local people”.

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Barham Library, which opened in 1952, was controversially closed by Brent Council in 2011 alongside Kensal Rise, Cricklewood, Tokyngton, Preston and Neasden to save £1million a year.

In 2013 FoBL raised more than £35.000 as part of a bid to take over the running of the axed branch, fundraising for more than two-and-a-half years.

The new Barham Community Library is in the building on the frontage of Harrow Road opposite the junction with Chaplin Road. Buses 18, 92, 182 and 204 stop nearby outside Barham Park.

More information can be found on barhamlibrary.org or by emailing Paul Lorber on barhamlibrary@hotmail.co.uk

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