Oct 202014


Tuesday, 4th November 2014, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

 Naomi Klein, who has researched the lives of local men killed in the First World War, explores the way families were told of the deaths of their loved ones and how this often started a painful search for more information. She uses stories from Stockwell and other war memorials.

Naomi Klein is the author of These were Our Sons, a book about the 574 men listed on Stockwell War Memorial, and is chairman of Friends of Stockwell War Memorial.


Sep 302014


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 the product of ‘mood’ with no calculation involved. Of course, some, if not all, show the influence of others, but hopefully I am moving into a world where originality will enter.”


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 [...]

Aug 122014
Portuguese wine tasting

Wednesday, 17th September, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) Portugal was the first nation to create “appellations” to classify its wine regions: the Douro region was set up in 1756. At this talk and wine-tasting you can learn about and sample wines from different regions of Portugal. Admission free. This event is sponsored by Delicias de Portugal. [...]

Aug 122014
An evening of fado

Wednesday, 10th September, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) A talk about the history of fado, with a live performance, sponsored by the Instituto Camões  Fado is a performance genre unique to Portugal. It developed in Lisbon in the early 19th century, as a multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian song and local musical traditions. This event will help [...]

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