Jul 022016
 

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 with no on-site staff. The library was due to be shut at the end of March. However a consultation on this proposal showed a massive majority (95% in the returns at TSL, and 80% overall) opposing the plan. Taking other – undefined- factors into account Lambeth Council abandoned its proposal. TSL, along with Durning library in Kennington, is now to be the interim “town centre” for the north of the borough, pending the establishment of  a new single library (scheduled for 2022).

Members at the meeting expressed their relief at this outcome, but also their continuing concern about the council’s intentions for our ;library – both the current one (no-one favoured the limitation of library service to a single library located  some distance away from the much better placed TSL) and any other “surprise” fate before 2022. The meeting agreed that we must be eternally vigilant.

The chairman outlined Friends’ activities in the past year, with sixteen talks and events, exhibitions in the art gallery area, and contributions to the library’s resources, including  a console and games for the teen programme, four gazebos for the planned library market and a laptop bar (jointly with Vauxhall CIC).

Library management and staff were thanked for their energy, initiative, hard work and friendliness.

The treasurer’s report showed a rundown in our bank balance last year, by around £2,300 to £1,297. This reflected outgoings on the campaign to save the library, the carryover of spending on Portuguese women’s workshops and the neighbourhood map, and two major purchases for the library ( gazebos for the community market and games for the teen club).

Below-the-line figures include a mutual trust/campaign kitty that was created after people signed up to the staff/community trust proposed by the head of library service. These funds – amounting to £257 – are kept in trust by Friends. Despite Lambeth Council’s rejection of the staff/community trust proposal, the meeting agreed that Friends of TSL should retain this special fund while the future of the library service in Lambeth (now under review by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports) is unclear.

(Both reports can be read on our website www.tatesouthlambethfriends.org)

In voting for the committee for 2016/17 the following were elected:

Chairman                                         Edith Holtham

Vice-chairman                                  Laura Swaffield

Secretary                                           Philip Inglesant

Treasurer                                           John McCay

Membership secretary                     Helen Holmes

Portuguese Outreach Officer        Patricia Marcelino

Other members                                 Jana Hale and Ben Rymer

All of these were re-elections. The chairman stressed that we are very keen to bring new members on to the committee – either taking over existing posts or bringing in new responsibilities.

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
 
Defending the Ten: 10 days of the #Carnegie occupation

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 […]

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
 
OUR LIBRARY'S STILL ALIVE -COME ALONG AND CELEBRATE

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 […]

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