Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library

We are the friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. For official information about the library, including opening hours and contact details, please visit the library’s own website here.

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  • 17 July 2013: film night – CineKongo (46mins) + director Q&A

    Born in Kinshasa in D.R.Congo 1982, Ne Kunda Nlaba is a Congolese film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, actor and political scientist living in Lambeth. “THE STEEL PAN” (2010), 30mins, a documentary about the creation, development and construction of the Caribbean musical instrument invented in Trinidad and Tobago.   Screened at the 7th Montreal Black Film Festival…

  • AGM – our end of term report, our new committee

    Friends of TSL held their annual general meeting, at the library, on May 22nd 2013. The chairman’s annual report traced Friends’ role in the cooperative libraries regime being introduced by Lambeth Council – and the firm limits to our involvement in that policy. The major rise in the number and range of our activities over…

  • Book sales – we’re on a roll

    After the success of out first book sale – which raised money to buy ten chairs for the children’s section of the library – we’ve scheduled a second one, on Saturday June 15th 2013, from 10.30am to 4pm. As before we’re looking for donations of books (in good condition) which we will first offer to…

  • Early start for literacy support classes for young children

    The library plan for 2013/14 that was presented at the public forum on April 20th proposed the setting up of literacy classes to support young readers –one of the priorities identified by local people at last year’s open day. Pauline Edole, TSL’s customer service manager, is leading on this project. The schedule called for contacts…

  • A trip to our mysterious neighbour on South Lambeth Road – the British Interplanetary Society

    On May 1st Colin Philp, fellow and council member of the British Interplanetary Society – the world’s longest- established organisation dedicated to promoting the use and exploration of space – gave a talk at the library for Friends of TSL. He invited his listeners to visit the BIS offices – two formerly derelict houses in…

  • 19 June 2013: film night – Routes: Dancing to New Orleans + director Q&A

    ‘As a DJ, people asked me where I learned to dance. I didn’t know so I went to find out’ – Alex Reuben Commissioned by Arts Council England, Alex Reuben’s debut feature Routes: Dancing to New Orleans, is a road movie through the dance and music of the American Deep South. Inspired by Harry Smith’s Anthology of American…

  • Friend on Gardeners’ Question Time

    Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library Gardening Group member Penny Noy featured on today’s edition (24 May 2013) of Gardeners’s Question Time on Radio 4. Penny asked the panel for suggestions for long-living, robust flowering plants which would be suitable for planting at pavement level around trees in the streets. Suggestions included durable creeping thymes which have lovely flowers and…

  • Friends’ film screening programme will resume…

    Friends have now received assurances from Lambeth Libraries that enable us to resume our film screening programme – and within weeks (on June 19th 2013) These assurances are: there will be no charge for the use of the library out of hours (our films are usually screened at 7pm in the evening) the performing rights…

  • A local craftsman steps in to help …

    Friends bought ten chairs for the children’s section of the library from the proceeds of the book sale held on April 13th . To keep the costs down, self-assembly chairs were chosen so we needed someone with DIY skills and tools. As often in the past, we turned to local skills – and of a…

  • 4 June 2013: Portuguese influence in the East – a talk by Shihan da Silva

    Portuguese maritime exploration, which led to the development of East-West trade from the late 15th century onwards, had unexpected effects on the socio-cultural fabric of the peoples they encountered. Effects on religion have been well recognised but other areas such as language, music and dance are less well known. Dr Shihan de Silva is a…

  • In the Tate Local gallery: The Natural World – as seen by Year 10 at Platanos College

    Our very successful art competition in Tate Local (the gallery area of the library) is now succeeded by art from a younger generation – Year 10 at Platanos College (previously Stockwell Park High School) – on the theme of the natural world. The exhibition will be in two parts – the first in May, the…

  • Mosaic nippers at work – a participant’s account

    On Saturday 13th April 2013, 14 adults and children worked for over four hours – under the guidance of Creative Sparkworks and with materials donated by Topps Tiles – to make mosaics that will be placed on a wall in Tradescant’s Retreat – the garden at the rear of the library.

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