Wednesday March 29th 7pm (doors open at 6.30)
Admittance free. Refreshments available.
The latest figures for library performance, from Lambeth Council, show that visits to Tate South Lambeth Library have risen from 93,592 on 2014 to 180,623 in 2016.
That’s a doubling in numbers in just two years (well, just a bit under – a rise of 93%) – an amazing increase.
We all know why – the enormous rise in the number and frequency of activities at the library, under the leadership of our manager, Maria Kwofie, supported by the hard work and commitment of the library team and local volunteers.
Have you ever walked over a London bridge and looked down to see the tide was out on the river, and the freshly exposed beaches were dotted with little hunched figures, picking their way across the foreshore? Those figures were likely to be Thames beachcombers, called mudlarks, searching among the flints and gravel for fragments […]
2017 will see the arrival of an important new neighbour for the library – the new US embassy in Nine Elms, now in the final stages of construction. Against this background the embassy is developing its relations with the local community – for which Tate South Lambeth library is an ideal channel. First the library […]
Tate South Lambeth Library has been voted winner among “local culture” venues in South Lambeth in Time Out magazine’s Love London 2016 ballot. This is particularly pleasing because TSL is not just the only Lambeth library to win in the local culture category, it is the only one in South London. (North London got one […]
Friends of TSL are holding their annual party on Friday December 9th (7-9pm) . Technically this is a party for Friends – but everyone is welcome to enjoy seasonal food and drink, and entertainment by the ever popular Kennington Community Choir. If you’re not a paid- up member of Friends of TSL (for the year July 2016-June 2017) just […]
S aturday December 3rd is the date for the Tate South Lambeth Community Christmas Craft Market – timed just right for you to buy gifts, cards and decorations for Christmas. Come along between 10am and 4pm and see the range of crafts made by local people – jewellery, stained glass, artworks, cards, decorations, knitting, sewing and […]
The October 22nd public library forum at TSL (where managers present a rundown of what has happened at the library, its performance, and plans for the future) gave us reason to rejoice, but also grounds for continuing concern. The good news first. Our library’s performance figures remain very strong, In the first six months of […]
A presentation by Tamiko O’Brien, Principal of City and Guilds of London Art School. The Art School is located in our neighbourhood (in Kennington Park Road), an area that is taking its place on the map of the contemporary art scene. Tamiko will trace the evolution of the Art School’s ethos, what it stands for […]
Find out what’s going on at the library At the library forum on Saturday October 22nd, from 2pm to 4pm, library managers will present a rundown of what’s happened and is happening at the library, its performance, and plans for the future. This is the opportunity to put your questions, proposals – and complaints. Everyone is […]
On Wednesday October 12th, starting at 7pm, you can see the second section of a two-part documentary – Panomundo – that explores the history of the steelpan, the emblematic music of Trinidad-Tobago, and its global influence. Three years ago, a screening at Tate South Lambeth Library of Panomundo Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan […]
Saturday 1st October 2016 10:00 – 4:00 pm Food and drink, face-painting, storytime sessions, live music, dance performances, balloon modelling, cake competition, cycle safety awareness, gaming club – Playstation4, knitting workshop, information stalls, raffle, and much more … Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP 020 7926 0705 Including: Bake-off competition to […]
The official launch of Vauxhall History, a free online community archive of eyewitness accounts, articles, images and original documents, backed by the Vauxhall Society. Tuesday September 6th – 7pm (doors open at 6.30) This is a get-together for anybody interested in Vauxhall Past. Join readers and writers of Vauxhall history and guests who include: David […]
Michelle Johansen, researcher and writer on Victorian public libraries, tells the forgotten stories of the pioneering generation of public librarians in London – who helped create the “universities of the people”. Among these was Frank Burgoyne who managed the newly established public libraries in Lambeth – including Tate Free Library in South Lambeth Road (our […]
Tom Hughes, the new member of staff at Tate South Lambeth, will be running a Beginner’s Drawing Class on Fridays from 10:30am to 12 noon. This will involve drawing from still-life with pencils and paper. The emphasis will be on basic traditional drawing skills rather than creativity, but the inner artistic genius in everyone usually […]
The committee of Friends of TSL will have empty spaces coming up in the next six months, as some members leave the area or take on pressing family or work commitments. So we’re looking for volunteers to: develop and run our programme of talks (in cooperation with the Vauxhall Society) pursue fundraising opportunities run the […]
The library forum reports no progress so far on renovation and repair… The public library forum held on July 30th 2016 reported no forward movement on the renovation of the library or the repair of the non-functioning public lavatory. However the head of library services, Susanna Barnes, was able to assure the meeting that some […]
The last Sunday and Monday of August is the date for the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party. Tate South Lambeth Library is to run its own version – a community festival on Saturday August 27th. The Tate Carnival, which runs from 10am to 4pm, will feature: Food and drink Live music Face-painting and […]
Friends of TSL held their annual general meeting, at the library, on May 18th 2016. The chairman’s annual report highlighted the battle to save the library from Lambeth Council’s plan to convert it into a “healthy living centre” – a fee-paying gym with a small, undefined area dedicated to a few bookshelves, a few computers and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It looks as though – at long last – Lambeth Council will spend some money on the library’s building and its facilities. That was the message from the head of Lambeth libraries, Susanna Barnes, at the library public forum on April 23rd . The work to be done consists of: Sorting out the drains so […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
At the beginning of January 2016 Susanna Barnes, head of libraries, sent Lambeth Council officers her plan to maintain a full service at all ten of Lambeth’s libraries, while making all the savings required by the Council in the next four years, on a financially sound calculation. This would be achieved through a staff/community mutual […]