Success for National Libraries Day event in Wembley

Preston Library Campaign celebrated National Libraries Day with fun activities

Preston Library Campaign celebrated National Libraries Day with fun activities - Credit: Archant

A community enjoyed a day of readings, singing, art activities and a book giveaway to celebrate National Libraries Day (NLD).

Preston Library Campaign celebrated National Libraries Day with fun activities

Preston Library Campaign celebrated National Libraries Day with fun activities - Credit: Archant

Members of Preston Community Library (PCL) also decorated their former branch with a Harry Potter theme for the special event on Saturday.

Preston Library was one of six branches closed by Brent Council in 2011 to save £1million a year.

The building is now used by Preston Park Primary School but PCL run a volunteer library on the site

Local authors Leon Rosselson and Dan Ridley-Kitts MBE gave reading from their books Rosa’s Singing Grandfather and The Gruffalo, respectively, and Margaret Smith’s Art Room was hugely successful.


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Geraldine Cooke, PCL volunteer and one of the organisers, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this important national event at Preston Library and welcome all our local families from this culturally diverse community.

“Now in its fourth year, every year people ask us if we can hold this event every Saturday, demonstrating how important it is that we reopen the library.

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“When people come from so many different backgrounds and speak so many different languages, the one thing that can unite them is books and the stories they tell.”

PCL, the charity set up to run the volunteer library at the Preston Library building, urgently needs storage space for its stock of 6,000 books, while it awaits the go-ahead to move into the library building.

If you can help with dry, local, temporary premises, please contact Samantha Warrington on 07801 697712 or email PrestonCommunityLibrary@gmail.com

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