Martin Francis informs us that there will be a torch relay today. The theme is "closed libraries," and the organisers don't seem to have moved on from 2011. I notice that one of the stopping points is Willesden Library at 11.30am. This is of course an open library, which opens at 10am every Sunday morning as the old Willesden Library did not. Of course if the organisers were to rely solely on Martin's blog for information, they could easily be forgiven for failing to notice any mention of the opening of a £10 million library in Willesden Green.
Rather than touring round former library buildings, I would have thought it would be better to highlight Brent's improved libraries _ especially the refurbished Ealing Road library, the extensively improved Kilburn library and the entirely new Wembley Library. Wembley Library is particularly well used, with 707,125 visits in the first half of the current year. If that kind of number is repeated in the second half of the year, than Wembley Library by itself will have had almost as many visits as all twelve Brent Libraries had in 2011/12.