May 202016

Wednesday May 25th 7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)

 Naomi Clifford’s recently published book The Disappearance of Maria Glenn tells the true story of the mystery surrounding the abduction of a teenager in 1817. What seemed a simple newspaper report of elopement gone wrong turns out to be a rollercoaster story of crime, coercion, illusory triumph and fraudulent defeat.

The author will talk about this book, and also about the work she is now researching – on women who went to the gallows in the early 19th century.

Naomi has lived in Stockwell for 25 years and is a well known community activist and writer.Under the name Naomi Lourie Klein, she wrote These Were Our Sons: Stories from Stockwell War Memorial, published in 2012.

 Naomi Clifford_edited-2This talk is jointly organised by the Friends of TSL and Lambeth Libraries, forming part of May’s literary festival at Lambeth libraries.

 Admission free. Refreshments available.

May 202016

Tate Local – the gallery space in Tate South Lambeth library – is hosting an exhibition of documentary photographs by Richard Baker about the occupation of Carnegie Library in Herne Hill in April 2016.

After 110 years of library service at Carnegie, Lambeth Council closed this Grade II listed building on April 1st 2016 to turn it into a health facility centred on a gym. Local residents strongly objected and a group protested with a sit-in at the library. The group –multi-age, multi-ethnic – received support, not only from other locals but throughout London and far beyond. After ten days, when Lambeth Council had secured an eviction order, the occupiers left the building peacefully and joined over 2,000 people in a protest march to Brixton town hall.

These photos tell their story.


This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of Carnegie Library , a fellow member with Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library of the Defend the Ten campaign to maintain all Lambeth’s ten libraries.




May 042016
Come and have your say at our AGM on May 18th

The annual general meeting of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will be held at the library on Wednesday May 18th , starting at 6.30pm The meeting starts with the standard “official” items: reports by the chairman and the treasurer for the past year (2015/16), followed by elections to next year’s committee ( for which […]

May 042016

The rise in the number of visits to Tate South Lambeth Library continues at the top of the league of Lambeth libraries – further confirmation of the immense popularity of our local library. In the 12 months April 2015- March 2016 visits to the library were up by a spectacular 65% (ie two thirds) on […]

Feb 072016
Covent Garden Nine Elms – then, now and in the future

Wednesday February 17th 7pm (doors open at 6.30) Covent Garden Market Authority’s Helen Evans gives an update on the explosion of activity that is Nine Elms/Vauxhall’s New Covent Garden Market. This talk is organised by Friends of TSL in cooperation with the Vauxhall Society Admission free. Refreshments available

Feb 032016

On January  27th Lambeth’s Labour councillors – who have an overwhelming majority on the Council – voted yet again to support the library policy set out in the Culture 2020 document. They approved an amendment, by Councillor Jane Edbrooke, to a motion supporting the mutual trust proposal from the head of Lambeth Libraries, presented by the […]

Feb 032016

During the Council session on January 27th Councillor Edbrooke stated that an independent expert would now evaluate the feasibility of the staff/community mutual fund proposal. That sounds encouraging. Deceptively so. Councillor Edbrooke gave no indication as to how long this evaluation would take. The suspicion of all the library friends groups campaigning to keep a […]

Apr 082016

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library invite everyone – Friends or not – to a party to celebrate the survival of our library after months when we feared it would shut its doors on April 1st. The date: Friday April 22nd The time: 7pm on The place: the library (of course!) There’ll be cake and […]

Apr 082016

On March 4th Lambeth Council announced that it would not close Tate South Lambeth Library – just four weeks before it was scheduled to cease operation as a library, as all Council funding was cut off. TSL and Durning library, in Kennington, will now operate as “interim town centre libraries” until a new single town […]

Apr 082016

The library was saved because of the massive local opposition to the Council’s proposal to convert our library into a gym (with a few books and no staff), leaving Durning as the single public library in the north of the borough. That opposition was registered in the public consultation in the final weeks of last […]

Apr 082016
Paul O'Grady - aka Lily Savage - loves our library

The campaign to save Tate South Lambeth received support from a wide range of local people, including celebrities – Joanna Lumley (who was the poster girl in Friends’ consultation campaign), Will Self ( who addressed the demonstration on March 5th), and Paul O’Grady ( otherwise known as Lily Savage) who sent us this personal testimony: […]

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