Hi JFriends, we are volunteering on Mitzvah Day in 2 weeks: Sunday 19 November 2017 for the 3rd year now, join us for a Mitzvah (it’s free). Let’s make a difference!
Picture this in mind: Sunday 1pm in Hampstead, cosy warm community library, the smell of old books, students working and us JFriends spread between the rows of books-cleaning and tiding up the shelves. After the session there is an option of going together for drinks.
About the Charity:
Keats Community Library is local volunteer-run community library. It is run by the community for the community.
When Camden Council closed Heath Library in 2012, a group of local residents started a charity to take it over, and soon 40 volunteers had stepped forward to run it. It’s a much loved local hub now, providing not only a brilliant library with up to date fiction and non-fiction, but also rhyme-time for toddlers, creative writing and chess classes for children, and occasional events such as a magician, a puppeteer and family concerts. For the grown-ups there’s a Reading Group, and fabulous (and affordable) evening events with such luminaries as Michael Palin, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Diana Rigg, Howard Jacobson, Sir David Hare, and recitals by singers from the Royal Opera House.
The Library is housed in a lovely Grade II listed building with a beautiful stained glass dome. It is next to Keats House Museum, surrounded by a lovely garden.
Whilst the volunteers have their hands full dealing with the books and the borrowers, the library needs extra volunteers to give the shelves a good old clean. Just an hour or two of your time would make a difference and they will provide cleaning materials, tea and biscuits!