WiFi is on at the library

At last, after years of lobbying and rather faster than we thought likely after Lambeth Council undertook earlier this year, wifi was installed in mid-July at Tate South Lambeth Library and is now up and running.

To use it all you need is your library membership number (on your library card) and a PIN. If you don’t already have a PIN for your library card the staff will furnish you with one.

Enjoy.

The shape of things to come – the Cooperative Libraries policy goes before Lambeth Council

Lambeth Council officers have now submitted their proposals for library policy for consideration by the Council cabinet on July 9th 2012.

These proposals have been drawn up after three months of public consultation (in January-April) which has prompted some modification of the original set of proposals.

The latest proposals represent :

  • no change in the underlying principle
  • a significant change in the share out of the cut in overall funding of the service
  • some uncertainty both as to the exact evolution of the community hub model for smaller libraries and as to the size of capital funds available for investment

What remains the same?

No current library will face closure.

The library service will in essence be two-tier – three large “central” libraries (at Brixton, Clapham and Streatham) which will be the focus of service development and six smaller “local” libraries (seven if Upper Norwood, jointly funded with Croydon, is included).

All but one of the six libraries will become “community hubs”, offering a wider range of services to the local community but with library service as the “themed service priority”. There will be scope for local partnership, with its exact nature and extent depending on local conditions, capacity and interest.

What has changed?

Responding to widely and strongly expressed public objections, the burden of the cut in library service funding over the years 2012/12 and 2013/14 has been more evenly spread. Specifically more cuts will be made in central, borough-wide services, allowing smaller cuts in funding for the smaller libraries.

How much funding each of the small libraries gets is determined by local need. The original proposals also took into account past performance (visits, items borrowed).

These two changes have left Tate South Lambeth Library with a significantly higher settlement. Spending in the current year will be reduced by £3,000 from £230,000 last year and by £29,000 next. This represents a reduction of 14% between 2011/12 and 2013/14 – instead of the 42% proposed in the consultation document, which would have meant a cut of £96,000 per year.

What is uncertain?

What remains unclear at this stage is how Tate South Lambeth Library will evolve as a community hub library and what adaptations of the building this will entail. Lambeth proposes to fund a survey, condition and options appraisal.

The other current uncertainty is about the £6m capital programme of investment and renewal that is now being proposed (half to make libraries “fit for purpose” and half for the development of community hubs). That sum will be provided from the sale of Council assets – which, as the documents recognise, is” subject to market conditions”.

If you want to see the details…

The detailed proposals – for both Cooperative Libraries and Community Hubs –together with an analysis of the consultation results can be found on: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=225&MId=8105&Ver=4  (Follow the link to Agenda reports)

Tradescant’s Retreat will become a public space

Tradescant's Retreat at Tate South Lambeth LibraryTradescant’s Retreat -the courtyard and garden area at the rear of the library which was developed by Friends of TSL with funding from Lambeth Council’s Ward Purse -will soon be open to the public.

A new entrance gate will be installed at the side, the library door modified to allow access to the library, and a CCTV camera fitted for security. This development will tie in with the recent renovation of the adjoining square in Wilcox Close, creating a larger and more agreeable public space.

This much needed improvement has been made possible by a grant from CLS Holdings plc, a leading property investment company which is active in the local area in Bondway, Wandsworth Road, Miles Street and Vauxhall Cross.

Work is due to start in July, with completion planned for August.

The British Interplanetary Society – a talk by Colin Philp

Founded in 1933, the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) is the world’s longest established space organisation. Its headquarters have been in South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, since 1979.

Colin Philp, a Fellow and Council Member of the BIS, will talk about the Society and its pioneering work in space flight, its history and its relationship to the local area.

Free entry.  Refreshments available with donations to Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

THE BRITISH  INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY – TALK BY COLIN PHILP
Tuesday 18th September 2012 at 7pm
Doors open 6.45pm.
Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Copyright: NASA

Next Digital Bazaar: Saturday 21 July 2012

The next DIGITAL BAZAAR will be on Saturday 21st July 2012 from 10.00 to 12.00 at Tate South Lambeth library.

It’s a wonderful chance to learn about new devices like the iPad, Kindle e-Reader and iPhone, but also to get friendly help with basics like setting up email, surfing the internet, using Lambeth’s online resources or getting the best from your mobile phone.

If you live or work in Vauxhall or Stockwell, do drop in – you can bring your own laptop, camera, mobile phone etc and ask anything you like from our friendly neighbourhood trainers.

Total beginners and experts who just want to try a new programme all welcome!.

Further information can be found on the website digitaltuesdays.co.uk/wp/digital-bazaar/

Next Digital Bazaar: Saturday 23rd June 2012

The next DIGITAL BAZAAR will be on Saturday 23rd June 10.00 to 12.00 at Tate South Lambeth library.

It’s a wonderful chance to learn about new devices like the iPad, Kindle e-Reader and iPhone, but also to get friendly help with basics like setting up email, surfing the internet, using Lambeth’s online resources or getting the best from your mobile phone.

If you live or work in Vauxhall or Stockwell, do drop in – you can bring your own laptop, camera, mobile phone etc and ask anything you like from our friendly neighbourhood trainers.

Total beginners and experts who just want to try a new programme all welcome!.

Further information can be found on the website www.digitaltuesdays.co.uk

NEWS: We are delighted to announce that THE DIGITAL BAZAAR has been selected as one of just three  national finalists for the prestigious CILIP Libraries Change Lives award.  The results will be announced at the Houses of Parliament on 26th June.  You can see a film about us and the press release for the award http://www.cilip.org.uk/about-us/medalsandawards/libraries-change-lives/Pages/lclawardintro.aspx

FoTSLL’s library “co-production” paper

The committee of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library has sent a paper to Lambeth Council (Adrian Smith, John  Kerridge, Gareth Edmundson, Praveen Maghani) setting out the role it is offering to play in the new “co-production” regime proposed for the running of the six smaller libraries in the borough. A summary is below or you can read the full version of the FoTSLL in the co-production era document here. Continue reading “FoTSLL’s library “co-production” paper”

Film Night: Revolution

The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library’s free monthly film night (every 3rd Wednesday of the month) goes Cuban in July.

Revolution is an award winning documentary by young Cuban Director Mayckell Pedrero looking at the lives and struggles of the highly acclaimed Cuban Hip Hop group Los Aldeanos.

Shot in Havana and told principally through the words of the two group members – Aldo and Bian –  Revolution offers a fascinating insight into modern day Cuba.

Rhodri Holtham (who has written a post-graduate dissertation on Cuban Hip Hop and is a friend of the director) will give a short introduction and will be on hand to answer any questions after the screening.

Event details

  • Wednesday, 18th July 2012
  • Doors open at 7.30pm, film screening at 8pm
  • Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP
  • Light refreshments available with suggested donations to the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library

The Sugar Girls – a talk on factory life in the 40s and 50s

Everyone has a bag of Tate & Lyle sugar in the cupboard and the  Tate family is remembered for the galleries and libraries – including this one that bear their name.
Yet the lives of the ordinary East End girls, some as young as 14, who toiled in the company’s factories and made the Tate’s their fortune, have been forgotten from history.  Until now.
The Sugar Girls: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle’s East End tells the true stories of girls who worked at the factories in Silvertown in the 1940s and 1950s revealing the hard work and sometimes hazardous conditions they endured, as well as the friendships, romance and fun that factory life provided.
Come and hear former ‘sugar girls’ Gladys and Eva’ talk  about their experiences, along with authors Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi.
THE SUGAR GIRLS – TALK BY DUNCAN BARRETT & NUALA CALVIT
Tate South Lambeth Library
180 South Lambeth Road. 
18th June 2012  Doors open 6.45pm.