Candy Jar author, Terry Cooper, has recently turned his literary attention to an issue of personal concern – by helping out his childhood library. Terry was born in Cricklewood, in North-West London, and the library that he regularly visited as a boy has been forced to close.
Cricklewood library was commissioned in 1923, and has served the local residents of the area for 89 years, even remaining open during 1940 when the area suffered heavy bombing from German aeroplanes. Now, after a ten month campaign involving petitions, read-ins, legal action and garden parties – and support from the likes of Philip Pullman, Alan Bennett, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and The Pet Shop Boys – Brent Council took the decision to close the library last October.
|Terry Cooper and his donation
The next ‘Friends of Cricklewood Library’ event will take place on October 13th marking the date when Cricklewood, and several other libraries, were closed in the borough.
For more information or if you would like to get involved visit the ‘Friends of Cricklewood Library’ Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofCricklewoodLibrary
‘Friends of Cricklewood Library’ are keen to get as many signatures as possible, to help their cause please go here http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/all-souls-college-oxford-return-cricklewood-library-to-the-community-that-built-it
By Jake Rudge