Oct 312014
 

Saturday October 11th saw the seventh library public forum at Tate South Lambeth – the face-to-face meeting of library managers and local people, held every three months, where the library’s plans are set out and its performance is held up to scrutiny by the general public.

This session – in contrast to recent ones – gave us answers to major questions. That was possible because of the composition of the panel. The head of the library service, Susanna Barnes, chaired the meeting. Sitting with her were Chris Sipidias (lead commissioner, with oversight of libraries and community buildings), Maria Kwofie (the manager of TSL) and Councillor Jane Edbrooke (Oval ward councillor and cabinet member responsible for – amongst other things – libraries). We particularly appreciated Jane’s presence – and also that of another Oval ward councillor, Claire Holland – since they squeezed this event into a previously scheduled away day for Labour councillors.

So what did we find out this time round? Continue reading »

Oct 312014
 

In October the library received two more additions to its resources, bought by Friends of TSL.

First, a  large external notice board to display detailed information on what’s on at the library. It is located on the open section of wall to the left of the front door, so is clearly visible to anyone on South Lambeth Road.

An external notice board of this type was the next-to-top request (after a functioning public lavatory) at a public consultation held at the library in late 2012. Responding to this demand Friends bought the notice board, using donations from two local businesses, CLS Holdings plc, a major developer at Vauxhall Nine Elms, and Citywire Financial Services Ltd, which is based in Vauxhall. Thanks to both.

Second, a selection of games – chess, scrabble, ludo, trivial pursuit, dominoes, draughts, boggle, pictionary, articulate – for the new Saturday sessions aimed at primary and secondary schoolchildren. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sep 302014
 
Tate Local:The Moods of Brian Barry

Brian Barry lives on the Ashmole Estate and attends the Wednesday art classes at the Ashmole Tenants Hall, which are funded by the Metropolitan Housing Trust. The works in this exhibition in the library’s gallery area were done at home and at the art class. In the artist’s words “They are not ‘inspired’ but are [...]

Sep 302014
 

Saturday October 11th is the date of the next library public forum at Tate South Lambeth – the face-to-face meeting of library managers and local people, held every three months, where the library’s plans are set out and its performance is held up to scrutiny by the general public. The main questions that the committee [...]

Sep 302014
 

We’ve now seen the budget for Lambeth Libraries for 2014/15 (April 2014 to March 2015). This plans: a very substantial reduction in overall spending (operating costs only) on the previous year’s result, of £1,372,000 – a fall of 28.8%. This is in large part down to the reduction in employment costs as a result of [...]

Sep 302014
 
Portuguese TV – and the Portuguese ambassador – drop in at TSL

TSL, Friends of TSL and other volunteers have received high-level public recognition for their service to the Portuguese community – in meeting the specific needs of that community, promoting integration and enhancing local knowledge and appreciation of Portugal’s culture (in the widest sense). First, two Portuguese television stations – the national public service RTP Internacional [...]

Sep 302014
 
A vote of thanks to Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s at Nine Elms has donated a large trolley-full of snacks and drinks for the children’s reading club held every Friday at 3.45-5.00pm. Supporters of the library’s activities for children are very appreciative – as of course are the children. Thanks.

Sep 182014
 
The Amazing House at 575 Wandsworth Road

Tuesday 23rd September, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) A talk by Tessa Wild, curator of the local National Trust property at 575 Wandsworth Road. This house was acquired by the National Trust in 2010, because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935-2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil [...]

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