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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Outreach from Brent Libraries

The refurbishment of Kilburn Library, which amazingly the Liberal Democrats frequently criticise, has helped Brent Library service to be much more imaginative about its outreach service during the interim.  I wish some of the people who criticise the Libraries Transformation Project would pay more attention to all the good work the Libraries staff do.

Since work began at Kilburn Library, the staff have visited about 3,000 children in Brent school assemblies to publicise the Summer Reading Challenge.  They have also set up book deposit collections at Cost, Starbuck's, Gail's Cafe, Salusbury Road Primary School and Princess Frederica Primary School.  I gather there is an adult reading group based in Costa, and an under five group in Gail's Cafe.  There is also an outreach service based in BACES Carlton Centre in South Kilburn.

I doubt whether any of this would be happening without the refurbishment or the wider Libraries Transformation Project, suggesting that what might appear a downside can be turned to good account.  Of course, when the refurbished library opens in September, we will also get a much improved Library.

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