Tate South Lambeth Library needs your views on the future

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The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library with support from Stockwell Partnership and Lambeth Council have launched a campaign to gather your views on the future of the library. This is what they say:

  • The Council has now agreed budgets for all libraries. Together we want to shape ideas on how the Tate South Lambeth library budget could be spent whilst facing a cut in funding to be achieved by April 2014.
  • Some changes are inevitable but funds should be spent on what local people most need and want. New activities would be welcomed. We could expand community use of the library as well as bring in additional income.
  • We want views, ideas and proposals from the community and potential partners – so please get involved and make sure our future service is the best it can be.

Bring your views, ideas, proposals to:

Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road
on Wednesday 8 August, 6-8pm

If you are unable to attend but wish to comment,, you are invited to email friendsoftsl@hotmail.com

 

Dickens, Lambeth and the River Thames: a talk at Durning Library

Dickens' Lambeth talk at Durning Library

Dickens' Lambeth talk at Durning LibraryThe Friends of Durning Library have announced a new speaker for Monday 16 July – Lambeth Archivist Jon Newman explores Dickens’ overlapping accounts and descriptions of the place, and in particular of the River Thames that flowed around it and made Lambeth distinct from the rest of London.

Monday 16 July 2012, 6.45 for 7.15pm

Durning Library

167 Kennington Lane

London SE11 4HF

Light refreshments. Everyone is welcome. There’s no admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.

(This history talk replaces the scheduled talk by Paul Mason, economics editor of Newsnight, which has been postponed because current events in Europe are taking him abroad. The Friends hope to hear him talk in the autumn.)

Friends of Tate South Lambeth: free film screening of ‘Revolution’

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RevolutionThe Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are screening at the Tate South Lambeth Library as part of their free monthly (every 3rd Wednesday) film night.

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 postgraduate dissertation on Cuban Hip Hop and is a personal friend of the Director, will give a short introduction and will be on hand to answer any questions after the screening.

Wednesday 18 July 2012, 6.45 for 7pm
Tate South Lambeth Library
180 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1QP.

Light refreshments available with suggested donations to the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

 

Two important library meetings: Wed 23 and Mon 28 May

Here are two important events coming up via the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

Wednesday 23 May 2012, 6.45pm for 7.00pm
Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library AGM

at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Including an open discussion on the way ahead in the Cooperative Libraries regime proposed by Lambeth Council. New members and would-be members are very welcome – and especially if you are willing to join the committee and get stuck in.

Monday 28 May 2012, 6.15 to 7.45pm
VNEB & Tate South Lambeth Library
Public meeting with Adrian Smith,  director of cultural services at Lambeth Council
at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Has Lambeth understood the impact of Vauxhall’s development on demand for our local library? That is the question that Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will put to Adrian Smith, the director of cultural services at Lambeth Council.

More details on the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library website.

The meeting on May 28th is your chance to raise these – and other – questions. Come along to Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Andrew Saint reviews Vauxhall Gardens: A History

Vauxhall Gardens: A History, David Coke, Alan Borg

David Coke and Alan Borg’s monumental work on Vauxhall Gardens has been reviewed by Andrew Saint for The Vauxhall Society. David Coke has curated The Triumph of Pleasure: Vauxhall Gardens 1729 – 1786, an exhibition opening at the Foundling Museum on 11 May. Drawing from the collections of major museums and galleries across the country, the exhibition will display works by Hogarth, Canaletto, Hayman, Rowlandson and Gainsborough. One of the last surviving supper box paintings will be on display alongside objects associated with the Gardens and the Foundling Hospital. The exhibition will also be the first time François Roubiliac’s three terracotta portrait busts of William Hogarth, George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Tyers have been seen together. In addition, David Coke will be giving a talk – ‘The delight of all persons of reputation and taste’ – an introduction to Vauxhall Gardens 1661-1859 - at the Durning Library on Monday 21 May, 7pm.

Read the review here.

Start to grow your own fruit and vegetables – However small the space

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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 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.

 

Libraries Campaign: Lambeth’s guide to how you can take part

Lambeth Libraries campaign

Thanks to The Friends of the Tate South Lambeth, the Durning and other Vauxhall libraries and community groups such as The Vauxhall Society, Lambeth’s politicos and officials at last seem to have got the message that closing libraries is both a legal minefield and an election-loser.

Jo Cleary, who runs Lambeth’s Adults and Community Services, has now put together a useful guide on how you make yourself heard on the libraries issue between now and when consultation ends on Friday, April 20. From Ms Cleary’s officialspeak about ‘our journey to becoming a cooperative council’ being ‘about giving people the power to decide how things are run and who runs them’, could it be that on libraries, Lambeth would like to take a back seat, while of course continuing to collect the Council Tax? [Read more...]

Help Durning Library Friends – just fill in their quick survey

Durning Library Friends

Durning Library FriendsYour help is needed! The Friends of Durning Library have launched a survey to assess how best to plan for the library’s future. They say:

“Lambeth Council is currently considering the future organisation of its library service.  We know that there are to be severe budget cuts and if the community does not step in, our library may not survive.

“As the library’s Friends, we need your help to decide how best to plan for its future, and so we need to hear your views, whether or not you use the library.

“Please complete our short survey – available online on our new website and as a downloadable PDF. There will be a public meeting at the Durning Library on Monday 27 February to enable everyone to give us their views and the results of the survey will contribute to this discussion. The deadline is Monday 30 January.”

The website address is: www.durninglibraryfriends.org.uk

When history stops in Lambeth

Lambeth Archives

Researchers beware – Lambeth Archives is closed for stocktaking from Monday 23 January to Saturday 4 February. Staff won’t be dealing with personal, phone or written enquiries – this is Lambeth, remember. Normal service (and history) resumes on Monday 6 February, and The Minet lending library in the same building will be open as normal throughout.

 Lambeth Archives

 

 

 

Libraries Campaign: now tell MPs what you think

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Like to put a spoke in Lambeth’s plan to sell off historic public library buildings like the Durning and the Tate South Lambeth and either move the libraries themselves to or merge them in some dreary municipal ‘space’?

You have until 12 January to post or email your point of view on the value of your library to the Parliamentary Select Committee on library closures. [Read more...]