23 May: come to the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library AGM

Find out what is going to happen to your library (as far as we can tell) at the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library on 23 May 2012, 6.45pm for 7.00pm at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

By then, we hope to have found out something about how Lambeth sees the implications of the VNEB development for the demand for a local library service – and how Lambeth proposes to meet this.

1. Minutes of the last AGM May 25th 2011
2. Chairman’s Report for 2011/12
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Elections: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and other committee members (some with designated tasks). New members VERY WELCOME! This year, we need all the help we can get….

5. THIS PART IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT – COME TO FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON – AND GIVE YOUR VIEWS Open discussion on the way ahead in the Cooperative Libraries regime proposed by Lambeth Council – looking at proposals for increased use of the library building and its resources to ensure the continuation of the library under very severely reduced funding.

Local writers at Tate South Lambeth Library

South Lambeth Library is surrounded by great writing talent and Lambeth Libraries with the Friends of Tate South Lambeth invite you to an evening showcasing the work of local authors.

From children’s writers and illustrators to non-fiction and the thrill of the novel, we’ll have it all for one night only.

Come along and share your writing, come along and enjoy the writing of Vauxhall and Stockwell people. All welcome.

Date: Wednesday 9 May
Time: 7pm
Library: South Lambeth Library


Are you a local author or do you know one who would like to take part? If so please email the organiser Tim O’Dell at TO’Dell@lambeth.gov.uk

Friends respond to Lambeth’s libraries consultation

The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library have sent a  have sent a response to the consultation process on the future of Lambeth’s libraries which ends on  27April 2012.

A report and “firm recommendations” from the Council officers running the consultation are to be presented to Lambeth Council in July.

Meanwhile the Friends are seeking a public meeting with a Council representative to discuss the big issue – the impact, implications and opportunities stemming from the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development which will greatly add to the population in Tate South Lambeth Library’s catchment area.

You can read the response here: Friends response condensed (1)

Digital Bazaar this Saturday, 21 April

The next Digital Bazaar  is on Saturday, 21st April between 10am and 12 noon at Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Just drop in. All are welcome, from beginners to the very experienced who want to try out a new programme or pick up new tricks.

As usual, we will offer a wide range of subjects. The final ‘menu’ will be set when we know exactly which of our trainers will be around on 21st.

Here are just some of the areas which we have been offering recently:

  • How to use the online e-resources offered by Lambeth Libraries, including
  • downloading electronic books and subscription genealogy sites
  • Learning foreign languages using the internet
  • Getting the best from your mobile phone, including iPhone
  • Effective internet searching
  • How to set up a free blog
  • Using Facebook and Twitter
  • Online shopping, including flights and holidays
  • Using Microsoft Word to write letters and documents
  • Enhancing your photos with Photoshop – bring your own if you wish
  • Using Excel to make spreadsheets and manage your money
  • How to make free calls with Skype

There will also be a chance to try out an iPad tablet or a Kindle e-reader

If what you need is not on the menu, just ask our trainers on the day – there is usually someone who knows the answer.

Please feel free to bring in your own laptop, mobile, camera or other equipment if there are things you don’t know how to use. Remember to make sure your battery is charged and/or bring your power cable, and an extension lead if you can as we have limited power points at the library.

For more info and to see what people say about the DIGITAL BAZAAR, go to www.digitaltuesdays.co.uk

Organic gardening

Did you miss the organic gardening workshop at the library on Wednesday 28 March 2012? If so, don’t worry. All is not lost. Attached are notes from the talk and some useful documents to help you develop greener fingers:

Notes on container growing

Transplanting seedlings

Thinning seedlings

Pricking out seedlings

Planting seeds

For more info about organic gardening visit mastergardeners.org.uk or gardenorganic.org.uk .

If you would like to join a garden group to share seeds, advice and/or work on our garden space at the back of the library please leave a note in the library or email friendsoftsl@hotmail.com

John Tradescant the Younger – a 350th anniversary talk at the library

John Tradescant The Younger

Biographer of the Tradescants Jennifer Potter is to give a talk at the Tate South Lambeth Library on Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 7.30pm.

The author of Strange Blooms, The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants will present In his father’s footsteps: the life and times of John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to King Charles I, exploring the son’s achievements as royal gardener, plant collector and guardian of the Tradescant cabinet of curiosities at South Lambeth, which in effect became Britain’s first public museum.

22nd April 2012 will mark the 350th anniversary of the death of John Tradescant the Younger which saw the end of the brief but extraordinary gardening dynasty that introduced and popularised so many of today’s favourite plants. Tradescant Road and Walberswick Street now stand on the site of the Tradescants’ gardens in South Lambeth so the Tradescant Area Residents Association has teamed up with the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library to mark the anniversary by organising this free event.

Drawing on her acclaimed double biography Ms Potter will take a sympathetic look at the difficulties the younger man experienced in following in the footsteps of his much loved and much respected father, and end by reading extracts from Advice to a Son, her fictionalised letter from the dying John Tradescant the Elder. Had the son followed his father’s advice, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum might today be celebrated as the Tradescantian Museum,
and the younger Tradescant might have ended his days a wiser and a happier man.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

In his father’s footsteps:
the life and times of John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to King Charles I
A talk by Jennifer Potter

Date: Wednesday 18th April 2012
Time: 7.30pm – 9pm (doors open 7pm)
Venue: Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road London SW8 1QP

Admission: free
Refreshments available

About Jennifer Potter

Jennifer Potter

Jennifer Potter has to date published three novels (set variously in Martinique, the Yemen in 1911, and France) and four works of non-fiction: Secret Gardens; Lost Gardens, written to accompany the Channel 4 television series on which she worked as associate producer and series producer; her double biography of the John Tradescants, Strange Blooms, The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants, long-listed for the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize; and most recently The Rose, A True History, heralded by Gardens Illustrated as ‘a remarkable and gripping work of scholarship’ and by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the finest disquisition on the early history and symbolism of the rose’.

Two new works will appear next year: a fourth novel, The Angel Cantata; and Flower Power, her study of seven flowers that have exerted power or influence over human societies. An Honorary Teaching Fellow on the University of Warwick’s Writing Programme, Potter reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and inSeptember returns to King’s College London as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

Strange Blooms, The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants is available in paperback, published by Atlantic Books, recommended price £9.99, ISBN 978-1-84354-335-0.

The Digital Bazaar – Saturday 24th March 10am to 12pm

Local people share internet, mobile phone, camera and computer skills like searching the internet, using email, online shopping, creating websites, sending photos, making free calls with Skype, setting up a blog, using Facebook and Twitter, managing money with Excel, adding soundtracks to your videos, trying out iPhone, iPad, Kindle e-reader etc.

Great for beginners, and also for those with lots of experience who want to explore new programmes or try the latest gadgets.

If you live or work in Vauxhall or Stockwell, just drop in.

Informal, friendly, fun and FREE!

For more information: www.digitaltuesdays.co.uk

Public meetings to discuss the future of Tate South Lambeth Library

Dates for your diary
Dates for your diary

Put these dates in your diary

Wednesday 4 April (7pm – 9pm)

Thursday 12 April (10am – 12 noon)

These are the public meetings, held at the library, to discuss Lambeth’s consultation plan for libraries. You can pick up paper copies of this at any library. (Plus feedback forms.)

In the last newsletter we circulated Edith Holtham’s paper spelling out the implications.

Download a copy here: Between Friends October 2011


Learn organic gardening at Tate South Lambeth

Come and learn the basics and sow some seeds with Christine, Garden Organic’s local master gardener, and Sue, Lambeth’s Green Community Champions Officer
on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 7.00pm at Tate South Lambeth library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8

If you plan to attend, please email friendsoftsl@hotmail.com

Master Gardeners www.mastergardeners.org.uk are volunteers managed by Garden Organic www.gardenorganic.org.uk offering growing advice and support. They don’t offer a gardening service. Participation for all involved is free.