Any questions time at the library

The next public library forum is on Saturday April 29th  from 2pm to 4pm. The head of Lambeth libraries, Susanna Barnes, and Tate South Lambeth Library’s manager, Maria Kwofie, will give an update on what’s happened at the library, its performance, and plans for the future. This is the opportunity for the general public – both users of the library or non-users  -to state their questions, proposals – and complaints.

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English Heritage Festival Limerick competiton April 2017

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A festival to celebrate English heritage and history

English Heritage Festival 2To mark St George’s Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare – both on April 23rd – Tate South Lambeth Library, backed by local businesses, organisations and  volunteers, is putting on an English Heritage Festival, over the period April 22nd  to April 29th.

The presentations, workshops and activities are all free of charge.Here’s the programme.


Saturday April 22nd

Activities in Wilcox Close

Displays in the arena (to be temporarily roped off) include demonstrations of skill at arms in a tournament, the training and arming of knights and –weather permitting – medieval dancing

11.30am -12 am Punch and Judy puppet show

11am-4pm Games – Medieval stocks , Skittle alley and Throw the hoops

2.00-2.30pm Morris dancing

2.40-3.05pm Punch and Judy puppet show

Performances, competitions and games inside the library

11am-1pm Facepainting

11am-11.20am In-Harmony Ensemble

12 -12.30 Kennington Community Choir

12.30-1.30pm Passamezzo (Shakespeare’s music)

2-4pm Facepainting

2-2.15pm Guess the name of the dragon

2.15-2.35pm Medieval fancy dress competition

2.40-3pm Shakespeare Readings

3.05-3.25pm Limerick competition announcement

Guess the weight of a cake

3.30-4pm  A capella performance

Exhibitions inside the library

Four displays are planned – on St George (the English, Portuguese and Polish  versions) and  on Shakespeare

Activities in the neighbourhood

Sunday April 23rd

 A Vauxhall riverside guided history walk, led by lcal historian, publisher and activist, Sean Creighton  (organised by the Vauxhall Society in cooperation with Friends of TSL) – 10.30 am sharp at the library.

This walk will centre on the St George Wharf/ MI6 stretch of the Vauxhall riverside and cover local history, past and present, in particular the question of local identity.

Monday April 24th

Classes from two local primary schools will be attending a presentation – with participation – on three famous Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Saturday April 29th

Tea and a tour of Brunswick House – 11am



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The library market is back

Poster - Tate Community MarketWith the arrival of spring and warmer weather, the Tate Community Market is back again on Saturdays, every two weeks, in Wilcox Close just beside the library.

The market is now managed and coordinated by the Business Women Network UK, in a cooperation with Tate South Lambeth Library that will generate income to support our local library.

At the sessions in April (on the 8th and the 22nd, from 10am to 4pm) there’s an extra – live music – to add to the familiar market produce (food, wine, arts and crafts, health and beauty products).


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A crime writer spills the beans

Wednesday March 29th  7pm (doors open at 6.30)

John Nightingale, author of The Appearance of Murder, selected as one of John Nightingale Mar 29 2017 The Times books of the year in 2015, talks about his life and his writing.

Admittance free. Refreshments available.

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Visit numbers at TSL have doubled in just two years

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.

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London in Fragments: A Mudlark’s Treasures

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?

London in Fragments coverThose figures were likely to be Thames beachcombers, called mudlarks, searching among the flints and gravel for fragments of London’s history. The River Thames is astonishingly generous with the bounty that it gives up to those who look for it.

Every community that lived by its banks has left traces in the river’s mud: Bronze Age swords, sacrificed to its waters; Roman pottery, broken and thrown away, and monumental statuary, iconoclastically disposed of; Tudor gold; Georgian pipes; Victorian everything.

Today’s mudlarks set out to find these traces, as they’re churned up by the Thames’ tides.


Do you fancy joining them? Or just finding out about the history found along the nearby river banks?

Come along to an illustrated talk by Ted Sandling, author of London in Fragments.

Michael Leapman, prolific writer and journalist – and a well-known local resident – will provide an introduction.

Wednesday February 8th  7pm (doors open at 6.30)

Admittance free. Refreshments available.

This talk is jointly organised by Friends of TSL and the Vauxhall Society.

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A welcome to – and from – our US neighbours (and neighbors)

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 received an offer of one hundred books. This was followed by a presentation on November 2nd on US politics, society and culture by Jennifer Williams, press officer at the embassy. The audience comprised over fifty Sixth Form students from two Lambeth schools: Archbishop Tenison and Dunraven. The presentation was interactive, with the students registering their perceptions and raising questions.


Jennifer Williams from the US embassy meets Kate Hoey MP and students from local schools.

The dialogue was enlightening for both sides. Kate Hoey, Vauxhall’s MP and a staunch supporter of libraries, came along to meet the speaker and the students.

We hope that further links will be forged with the US embassy and its staff in the years to come.

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We are the Champions!

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 winner too.)

So thanks to everyone who sent Time Out your votes for TSL. And a big thanks to the staff and volunteers who make this library so welcoming, diverse – and special.

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It’s time to party

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 renew or take out a new one-year Friends membership subscription at the door. It’s only £3.

party-2016 Kennington Community Choir

Kennington Community Choir

And feel free to contribute food and drink to the party.

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