Vauxhall’s library again at risk of closure as Lambeth councillors are 3½ years overdue

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Vauxhall’s Tate South Lambeth Library is again at risk, three years after a campaign supported by The Vauxhall Society averted closure by Lambeth Borough Council. Closure would be ‘particularly perverse’ say The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, a TVS affiliate, because local property development backed by the council ‘will generate a massive rise in population and so demand for public services’.

The Tate South Lambeth Library (TSL) ‘will be at risk’ the Friends newsletter warns, if Lambeth officials and councillors persist in their current policy of denying this library a share of the capital investment in the council’s current mantra, ‘income-generating facilities’.

TSL is has nearly doubled its 2014-2015 target for ‘income–generation’ in response to demands by ‘the Library Commission’ Lambeth set up to ‘consider the future of’ (i.e.prune) the library service. The Friends say there is good money to be made by out-of-hours rental of the library by adult education groups. But after three and half years of telling the ‘Commission’ and the library service so, verbally and in writing, the Friends have had ‘zero response’.

Meanwhile, Lambeth is pocketing existing income from TSL. The library was donated to the library service the sugar-refining magnate Henry Tate. Lambeth councillors, however, rent out the two top floors of the building as flats and the council pockets the money. Lambeth transferred the two floors, without compensation, from the library service to a council satellite company, Lambeth Living. The Friends are now asking for much or all of the rental income on the flats, to whose maintenance costs the library service still contributes.
The Friends also report that Lambeth is slow in providing them with the a copy of the overall libraries budget for April 2014-March 2015, which the Friends need to see how the proposed cut for TSL compares with that for the library service as a whole. Meanwhile TSL’s visits and borrowings for the year to March 2014 are up.

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Tate South Lambeth Library is in Vauxhall’s Oval Ward, whose three councillors are listed at: www.moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk

An event a day and then some in Lambeth Heritage Festival month

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Lambeth Heritage Festival: 1-28 September 2013

Lambeth Archives and Libraries have teamed up with the Lambeth Local History Forum and local groups to offer a programme of 40 events including talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops and guided walks. There’s a series of evenings with Lambeth archivists Jon Newman and Len Reilly, plus local speakers.

On Thursday 26 September, there’s a festival event at the Durning on the story of Kennington, a place where for once the waves did what King Canute told them to, and where nowadays politicians become property millionaires on expenses. Jon Newman will give tips on how to trace the history of a Kennington home, with contributions on Kennington’s own history from English Heritage’s Andrew Saint, a Kennington resident, and The Vauxhall Society’s Ross Davies.

The month will close with Lambeth Archives Open Day, ‘1913 – Edwardian Swansong,’ on Saturday 28 September with talks, exhibitions, book stalls and local society stands, whose theme will be life in South London at the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914. A second edition of Edmund Bird’s ‘Lambeth’s Edwardian Splendours’ will also be launched.

Full details:

Information about the festival and open day including the full programme can be downloaded free at www.lambeth.gov.uk/heritagefestival2013

All events are free unless otherwise stated in the programme. Paper copies of the programme are also available in all Lambeth Libraries.

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Landmark

Lambeth Archives

52 Knatchbull Road

London SE5 9QY

0207 926 6076

Tate South Lambeth Library, the good news and the bad news

First, the good news: Lambeth Libraries managed to field a couple of councillors and a brace of managers at TSL on 20 April 2013 for what promises to be the first of a quarterly meet-the-suits evening.

The audience was clearly in favour of libraries management and councillors facing the public so officialdom’s decisions and actions can be publicly challenged. The right level of management there, and the audience was lively.

And the bad news? First, The suits and the councillors have yet to say where spending cuts will fall. Jobs are likely to go at TSL, but are still being negotiated with the unions. Second, Lambeth Libraries seem to think that TSL can raise its income (currently fines, photocopying charges) by charging for functions.

But getting in the customers will require a level of initiative, skill and dynamism rarely met with in Lambeth libraries.

Lambeth is already putting the financial screws on existing users such as TVS associate group, the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, which may have to stop showing local-interest independent films. Read about why here.

Gabriel Gbadamosi launches his novel Vauxhall on Wed 1 May

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Gabriel Gbadamosi: VauxhallVauxhall Society committee member Gabriel Gbadamosi, who grew up locally and used Kennington’s Durning Library extensively, launches his first novel.

From his sister’s taunts to a series of house fires, from his parents’ crumbling marriage to police harassment and the realisation that the council intends to clear out the ‘slum’ he calls home, young Michael learns to navigate his way through an array of obstacles. Vauxhall is an edgy, moral tale from the childhood slums of 70s London.

Signed copies available.

Music by Vauxhall’s Lambeth Youth Wind Band – donations towards their sheet music will be welcomed.

Part of Lambeth’s’ Readers & Writers Festival.

Durning Library, Wednesday 1 May, 6.45 for 7pm.

Light refreshments.  Everyone welcome.  No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.

20 April: want some straight answers on your public library?

Here’s some straight questions.

Here’s a chance to have your say on your local library (while you still have one). It’s at a Lambeth Libraries public meeting between 2pm and 4 pm on Saturday April 20 at The Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Here’s some questions the Lambeth Libraries top brass would not like to answer and would prefer you not to ask:

  1. You talk about being a ‘Co-operative Council’: does that mean that you expect we, the public, to fill the gap in services and resources? If so, how, exactly?
  2. What mechanism will there be to oversee that there is transparency in the terms, conditions and funding for any partners working with the library to provide services?
  3. Is the Council committed to maintaining The Tate South Lambeth Library (TSL) if the gap cannot be bridged?
  4. Is the Council committed to maintaining TSL if the locals opt for regular public forums as the mechanism for its involvement rather than setting up a formal group to work with the Council?
  5. When will the cut in TSL’s budget scheduled for this year (April 2013-March 2014) start?
  6. How will you go about the cuts?
  7. The consultations in the past 12 months came up local proposals by local people for improving services and resources at TSL. Do these go out the window when the cuts start?
  8. Isn’t the truth that the Council wants to sidestep being completely and exclusively accountable for the library service?
  9. What is the size of the libraries budget over the past five years, and how much is diverted to Lambeth Council overheads, and how does that compare with other local authorities?

Win Tate Modern tickets in Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library art competition vote

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art_competition_009The 25 entries in the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library art competition are now on display in Tate Local, the library’s gallery area.

You are invited to come along and pick your favourite – voting forms and a ballot box are at the desk. Everyone who votes will be entered into a free prize draw to win tickets to the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition at Tate Modern (donated by Tate).

Closing date for the votes is Friday 29 March, with the result announced at 11am the following day.


LIBRARY HOURS
Monday – 1pm-6pm
Tuesday – closed
Wednesday – 10am-6pm
Thursday – 10am-8pm
Friday – 10am-6pm
Saturday – 9am-5pm
Sunday – closed

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library
020 7622 8673
friendsoftsl@hotmail.com

Tate South Lambeth Library
180 South Lambeth Road

London Eye architects to talk at Tate South Lambeth Library

eyeFriends of Tate South Lambeth Library are offering a unique opportunity to hear about the projects undertaken by David Marks and Julia Barfield, who have lived in Lambeth for over 30 years and have run their architectural practice from Clapham Common for more than 20.

Julia will talk about a selection of their projects, both local and global, including the London Eye, Kew Tree top Walkway, Michael Tippett School, Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice, Cambridge Mosque and Clapham Gateway.

Visit Friends of Tate South Lambeth website.

Tuesday 12 March, 6.30 for 7pm

Tate South Lambeth Library

Admission Free

Light refreshments available.

Suggested donation £2.

Wed 20 Feb: film screening – “Tempest”

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tempestThe Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library present a screening of “TEMPEST” on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 6.45pm (doors open 6.30pm)

“TEMPEST is both a celebration of contemporary urban youth culture, and a 21st Century re-imagining of Shakespeare’s last great play. 17 young actors from South London struggle to put on a production. Their story unfolds alongside Prospero’s as The Oval is transformed into Shakespeare’s magical island and the outcast Duke conjures the spirits in his quest to regain his kingdom. In the aftermath of the youth and student uprisings, the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games, TEMPEST is also a contribution to the ongoing debate on English identity”.

Admission Free. Light refreshments available. Suggested donations £2.

Film night: “TEMPEST”
Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 6.45pm (doors open 6.30)
at Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP

SPINE – Vauxhall Voices: Attention all young performance poets

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SPINE Vauxhall VoicesAre you an aspiring writer, rapper, poet or spoken word artist aged 12 to 19? Do you know someone who is?

Tate South Lambeth Library is hosting an exciting new FREE programme of workshops at which the work of young writers – of all kinds – are showcased. Writer and spoken word artists Malika Booker and Francesca Beard will be working with workshop delegates to develop writing and performance skills – and there will be an opportunity to perform work at a live event held at the Tate South Lambeth Library .

Workshop dates (all at 4.30 to 6.30 at the Tate South Lambeth Library):

26 February 2013

5 March  2013

12 March 2013

19 March 2013

2 April 2013

9 April 2013

16 April 2013

To book you place contact daisy@applesandsnakes.org or text SPINE VAUXHALL  and your name to 07952 279410, or just turn up.

More information: www.applesandsnakes.org or call 0845 521 3460

On Tuesday 12 February at 6.30pm at the Tate South Lambeth Library there is also a free screening of We are Poets, a film in which six teenage poets represent the UK at America’s biggest slam poetry contest.

SPINE – Vauxhall Voices is a pilot project focused on engaging young people with spoken word, live literature and their local library.

 

Tate South Lambeth Library 2013 Art Competition

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Tate South Lambeth art competitionAre you an artist? Is Tate South Lambeth Library your local? Enter the Tate South Lambeth Library Art Competition and see your work exhibited at the library for two months.

There are two top prizes of £50 to be won. One winner will be chosen by a popular vote of visitors to the exhibition, the other by the distinguished panel of judges:

Martin Caiger-Smith is a curator and lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art
Frances Morris is Head of International Collections at Tate Modern
Munirah Olton is an artist & creative director at Salongo Arts

The entry fee is just £5.

To enter, visit the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library website, where you will find a downloadable entry form (they are also available at the library), a list of key dates and the rules.

All entries must be submitted by Saturday 9 February 2013.