Tuesday October 23rd 7pm
Nine poets – Tamar Yoseloff, John Canfield, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Shazea Quraishi, Sophie Herxheimer, Rishi Dastidar, Rick Dove, Anne E Cooper and Molly Rowan -discuss and read their poems on an issue that has a wide resonance, exploring how a community shapes and is shaped by those who share its public spaces.
The theme is inspired by the library and by the growing concern from Lambeth’s residents about how the spaces we share are being closed off, privatised and neglected. Each poet has a strong Lambeth connection, and the readings will highlight that the work created here is a product of our community and therefore our shared spaces, and celebrate the deep well of Lambeth talent.
Entry free. Refreshments available.
Come along to this annual celebration of fun – for all ages – between 10am and 4pm. Here’s the programme:
10.30am Cardboard architecture – build a cardboard Tate South Lambeth Library
1.30pm Gardening – pot your own spider plant to take home
2pm Making slime – to take home
2pm Foot massage – taster session
2.30-4pm Science club – homework help for 7-14 year olds. On every week at the library but pop in for a taster.
3pm Food and drink
Throughout the day knitting, a library quiz, card-making, chess, piano lessons and book sale
And the library’s till busy setting up more….
As from this September the councillors for Oval ward – Claire Holland, Jack Hopkins and Philip Normal – will be doing surgeries at the library on the third Saturday of each month from 11am to 12 noon.
So you can drop by on Saturday September 15th, put your name on the waiting list at the library desk and talk to the councillor in the privacy of the office.
Naomi Clifford talks about her latest book
Monday 3rd September at 7pm
Admission free. Refreshments are available.
This talk is part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival. Please note that this replaces the originally scheduled talk on Samuel Johnson and the darker side of 18th century Lambeth.
In early July the committee of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library organised a week-long survey of the use of our library.
We wanted to get a picture of how a fully-staffed small local library operates – how many people use it, what they do and what role the staff play – and how this contrasts with the largely unstaffed “neighbourhood” libraries that have replaced the former staffed libraries at Carnegie, Minet and Waterloo.
How did we go about it?
Ten volunteer monitors sat at the library entrance on the five days July 9th and July 11th-14th, counting the number of people, who came in, by gender and age group – sometimes guess work (we didn’t question people) and sometimes incomplete when there was a rush of entrants. We did not conduct the survey on Tuesday July 10th since – while the library hosts two major activities (the support session for the visually impaired and the English class for foreign language speakers) each Tuesday – it is not open to the general public.
The monitors then observed what the users did – borrowing or returning books, reading books or newspapers, using the library’s computers or their own laptops and devices, sitting around and chatting, taking part in a library activity, seeking help from staff.
What were our main findings?
Numbers. We recorded 937 people using the library, almost equally divided between male and female, with females a little ahead.
Breakdown by age. About one tenth each were pre-school and school-age , three tenths were young adults (18-30 years), just over a third were adult ( 31-60 years) and one seventh were seniors. (This survey was within the school term, so the numbers of school age children were lower than in holiday periods.)
What library users did. All types of activity were registered. Particularly strong numbers were use of library computers and borrowing/returning books (one fifth each), seeking help from library staff (one sixth of the total) and taking part in a library activity (just over one tenth)
So what did our survey show?
The dependence on library staff – by number and by nature.
We recorded 153 cases of people seeking help (and always receiving it).
The type of help provided was very diverse – answering membership enquiries, setting up or renewing library membership, helping with printing and photocopying, giving help and guidance on the use of the library’s computers, sorting out a cabling problem on the library’s computers, helping on the book issue machine, searching for books on the library system, providing information on library services and activities, registering children for the Summer Reading Challenge and helping them select books.
Our monitors commented on the unfailing patience and friendliness of library staff in dealing with users. Particular sensitivity was displayed in talking to a recently bereaved elder and in conversing with a man with a speech defect.. A young woman was allowed access to the desk computer to resolve a problem. Understanding and calm was displayed in dealing with a man furious at his computer
All this help, unfailingly offered, is critical to the warm, and relaxed atmosphere of our library. Many satff members and users were already well known to each other.
So we need our staff – all the time – if this library is to remain a place where all community members feel welcome and sympathetically treated..
During the current school holiday period the library is running its regular Summer Reading Challenge – a programme aimed at children from 4 to 11 years. The “challenge” is straightforward and enjoyable: reading at least six library books (any sort of book – library staff will be on hand to help choose) and visiting the library regularly.
This year’s programme is entitled Mischief Makers. Children can help characters from the Beano comic on the trail of buried treasure.
To get started children sign up at the library. Then for each book they read, they will get a sticker to put on a map of mischief of Beanotown. Tool stickers will help them find the treasure.
Here’s the list of special activities the library is offering during this period, all on Thursdays – except the celebration party on September 15th -and from 2pm to 4pm.
July 26th Arts and crafts
August 2nd Quiz and treasure hunt
August 9th Paper planes and paper darts
August 16th Board games
August 23rd Face painting
August 30th Comic creations
September 15th Party and awards ceremony
Full details of this programme, which is entirely free of charge, will be found in the leaflet at the library desk. Places are limited, so booking is needed – at the desk or at 0207 926 0705.
Prices are modest – £1 for hardbacks, 50p for paperbacks, 40p for children’s books (with three for £1).
All proceeds will be used to buy equipment or materials for the library or to fund special activities.
Please add to our stock of books for sale (all in good condition), by dropping them off at the library desk, in a bag or box clearly labelled Friends Book Sale – by mid-day Friday June 15th.
COME ALONG AND BUY – AND SUPPORT OUR LIBRARY
Saturday June 9th 10am-4pm
Wilcox Close, alongside Tate South Lambeth library
There’s live music from midday on, stalls offering Portuguese and African food and drink, handicrafts, garden produce, hairdressing,and a wellbeing tent with health services.
There’ll be activities for children in Wilcox Close ( face-painting, a cooking workshop, and games) and inside the library ( storytelling and a photographic set up to take family portraits).
And more – the list is still being added to.