Sep 6 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
BOOK-LOVING campaigners have completed a petition to reopen their valued library.
Waheeda Bibi, a mother-of-three who runs a toddler group at Barham Volunteer Library, has collected more than 150 signatures from people calling on Brent Council to return the historic library building in Barham Park to the community.
The library was housed on Harrow Road and was closed by the council last year, along with five other branches. Since then campaigners have been fighting to reopen the premises.
Mrs Bibi, of Chaplin Road, Sudbury, runs a mother and toddler group at the Barham Volunteer Library and said: “It’s desperately sad to see the library standing there empty when we remember it buzzing with activity. “The building was donated to the council for the benefit of local people. It’s time the council lived up to that commitment.”
The Friends of Barham Library, which runs a volunteer library from temporary rented property in Wembley High Road, has offered to run library services from the Barham Park library building.
The library at 428 Wembley High Road, is open on Saturdays between 11am and 4pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays between noon and 5pm.