Protesters outside Tate South Lambeth – photo credit Vivienne Lewis
CANDLELIGHT VIGILS AT DOOMED LIBRARIES
Protesters from all over Lambeth will gather this week at the TWO libraries condemned to death on April 1 – to be converted into unwanted fee-charging GLL gyms at huge expense. (Two more are doomed to close soon – although keeping all 10 much-needed Lambeth libraries open would cost MUCH LESS than the brutal closures).
Children’s events, a farewell party and candle-lit vigils will celebrate the popularity of these much-used libraries
– and Lambeth residents’ determination to FIGHT ON.
There is still time for Labour Lambeth to see sense, save money and save face. That is what the whole borough wants.
TUESDAY, 29th MARCH
4 – 6pm Children’s book at bedtime
Bring a sleeping bag and pillow and read to your child (even if
they’ve grown up!) everyone welcome.
WEDNESDAY, 30th MARCH
Easter event for children
Storytime 10.30am, Egg hunt 11am, Crafts 11-12.30am
THURSDAY, 31st MARCH
Farewell Party, 4pm – 6pm
THURSDAY, 31st MARCH
Carnegie Library AND Minet Library
Candlelit Vigil, 6pm until late
Jeff Doorn, chairman of Friends of Carnegie Library, says:
“Our Carnegie Library has provided the light of learning and inspiration for nearly 110 years. The vigil will be a fitting way to express our gratitude, as well as our determination not to let the light be extinguished.”
188 Herne Hill Rd, London SE24 0AG
Bus P5 from Brixton stops outside, 68 and 468 from Herne Hill or West Norwood
52 Knatchbull Rd, London SE5 9QY
P5 from Acre Lane(near McDonald’s); any of the buses from Brixton to
Oval such as 3, get off at Loughborough Road and walk through or 436,
36 or 185 from Oval towards Camberwell, get off at Coop and 5 minute
walk through Myatt’s Fields Park
MORE DETAILS OF THE LAMBETH CAMPAIGN:
http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk (Source: Friends of Lambeth Libraries)
UPDATE: FIGHT FOR CARNEGIE AND OTHER LIBRARIES CONTINUES SAY FRIENDS
After a 110 years of serving the community, Carnegie Library is being shut by Lambeth council at 6.00pm on 31st March. The Friends of Carnegie Library will hold a candlelight vigil on the library steps at 188 Herne Hill Road, SE24 to protest the closure.
Chairman of the Friends of Carnegie Library Jeff Doorn said “Far from this vigil marking the end of the campaign to keep the library open, we intend to step up the fight to reopen this and other libraries closed by the council.”
Current plans from the council involve planning a massive excavation in the basement of the library to turn it into a gym space. Carnegie Library is a Grade 2 listed building.
The same night the Minet library is closing its doors as a lending library, with plans again to turn it into a gym. Waterloo library is closing as well to be sold off at a future date.
Backstory: In early March Lambeth Council announced it was pushing ahead with its unpopular Culture 2020 library plans which involved library closures and turning some, like Carnegie, into gyms with a few unstaffed bookshelves.
They rejected the Chief Librarian’s alternative plan for a staff/community mutual which would have saved all ten libraries.
Consultations have shown no support for the council’s gym plans and led to growing protests and demonstrations led by Defend the Ten libraries campaign (http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk/).
It forced one concession in early March with Durning and Tate South Lambeth Libraries being spared the fate of being turned into gyms. (Source: Friends of Carnegie Library)