Jun 14 2011 By Tara Brady
Library campaigners raised £1,500 to pay for their legal fight against Brent Council.
GENEROUS members of the public showed their support to Brent's libraries last weekend at events around the borough.
At a comedy night in Kilburn on Friday (June 10), called Stand Up For Libraries, £700 was raised for the campaign to save six of the borough's reading rooms. While at Queen's Park Book Festival on Sunday (June 12), £800 was taken in donations.
A new umbrella group, called Brent SOS Libraries, has been set up to represent all of the libraries which are earmarked to shut its doors for good this year. They are Preston, Barham Park, Tokyngton, Neasden, Cricklewood and Kensal Rise.
Money raised will go towards taking the case to the High Court for a judicial review.
Last week papers were issued to the High Court from the campaigners who believe the decision to close the libraries is unlawful. It is now up to Brent Council to prepare its defence before it is decided whether there should be a hearing.
Brent SOS Libraries will have a stall at the Gladstonbury Festival on Sunday, June 19, in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill.
More fundraising will take place at the Open Garden Party at 121 Anson Road, Willesden, on Sunday, July 3, between 3pm and 6pm. Hosted by Willesden resident Helen Marcus, in her garden, there will be tea, cake and raffles at the party and entry on the door is £5.
Proceeds will go to the legal fund to save Brent's libraries.
Friends of Preston Library Campaign will hold their next meeting in Preston library on Saturday, June 18, at 10am.
For more information and to see how much the campaigners have raised visit