CARNEGIE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AWARDED £1,000
The Friends of Carnegie Library’s charitable trust the Carnegie Library Association has been awarded £1,000 as a result of a competition run at the Charter School, Red Post Hill, Herne Hill (LB Southwark) where teams of students bid for funds for a charity of their choice.
The photo shows the winning team, Rosa Beuzwal, Oliver and Ellie, with Jeff Doorn, chairman of the Association and of the Friends. The funds will be used to develop the Association’s business plans to run the Carnegie building and library in Herne Hill Road as a community-led trust.(Please note – this is not the so-called Carnegie Community Trust – Ed.)
News of the £1,000 donation comes as Greenwich Leisure Ltd seek ‘feedback’ on their hugely controversial plans to turn the Carnegie library into a gym with some books as an exhibition begins at St Saviour’s church hall, Herne Hill Road today (Tuesday):
Public exhibition on the future of Carnegie
Carnegie library was temporarily closed at the end of March, to be refurbished and reopened next year as a community hub, with a new neighbourhood library, a gym in the basement and community space.
Come and see plans for the building
> Tuesday 21 June from 2pm to 8pm
> Wednesday 22 June from 11am to 6pm
at St Saviour’s church hall, Herne Hill Road
A Lambeth council leaflet announcing the event also says this will be:
*Speak to local councillors about the plans for the library and community space
*Meet representatives from GLL, who will run the gym facility
*See the proposed floor plans and what the building could look like
*Give feedback on the plans.
DEFEND THE TEN are encouraging supporters to visit Lambeth’s exhibition at the church hall and ask questions of Lambeth council about what is being offered.
“Let them know your views – though be aware that this event is not a formal consultation. “Why not pop in first to the campaign’s ‘pop up’, discuss the important questions and take part in our own surveys and library-like activities?”
Programme for Tuesday 21st June
Finsen Road, opposite St Saviour’s Church
2pm – 3pm Story time with Sara and Anne
3pm – 4pm Arts and Crafts with Lucy
4pm – 5pm After school drama – 5 yrs – 15yrs with Rachel and Sara
5pm – 6pm Carnegie Chess Club with Edward
6.30pm – 7pm Panel discussion: What is a Library?
7pm – 8pm Picnic and Folk jam – bring your instrument and some food
All day – Book swap – leave or take a book.
Programme for Wednesday to be announced.
Follow the pop up on twitter
Next campaign open meeting
Thursday 23rd June, Brixton Library 8pm.
Come to the meeting to plan our next moves.
FEEDBACK ON THE FEEDBACK
Announcement of the event prompted the following comments on the Brixton Buzz website
Posted June 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM
We love “MOCK” consultations especially ones where we take 10 things from you, then talk and give you back 4 things if you get lucky.
Posted June 15, 2016 at 11:54 AM
So, 13 hours exhibition viewing (only 2 of which are outside working hours) constitutes consultation? What happened to a the promises of public meetings, community engagement, and the line that all views would be properly considered, made by the Council, the fake ‘Trust’, and Helen Hayes? Interesting that the leaflet carefully avoids using the word ‘consultation’ – it’s clearly a fig-leaf mock event that just exacerbates the anti-democratic stitch-up being carried out
Posted June 15, 2016 at 4:01 PM
1. The basement is not empty. Excavating it would be an unwarranted intervention in our listed building and may destabilise it.
2. Carnegie Library is not/was not a “neighbourhood library” (small selection of books without dedicated on-site library staff) but a thriving full service statutory library of 20k books for adults, teens, kids.
3. It already was a true hub of the community with many groups, clubs & activities (not an imposed ‘community hub’) and natural (not imposed) healthy living centre, incl yoga, pilates, gardening.
4. An exhibition of plans is not consutation, and giving feedback to GLL & councillors about what they say “will” happen is insufficient.
Posted June 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM
At the meeting, Will the Council produce detailed costs for a) creating and equipping their new ‘community hub’ and b) running it? Then we can compare these with the costs of returning our library to its previous use and understand whether this is a cost-cutting exercise or something else.
Posted June 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM
You’re having a laugh! You can’t expect detailed costings!
DEFEND THE TEN AT LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW
Defend the Ten – the organisation campaigning to keep all ten of the borough’s libraries open – are hosting a stall at the Lambeth Country Show on Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th in Brockwell park, Herne Hill.
The move was among a variety of actions agreed at the latest Save Our Libraries campaign meeting. Others included:
To organise a public meeting with John McDonnell. Invitation to be extended to Lambeth… Date to be announced
Send message of support to Barnet library workers on strike 13/14/15th June
21st and 22nd June – to organise leafletting/input at Lambeth’s exhibition of Carnegie plans at St Saviours church hall
9th July (110 years since opening and 100 days since closure of Carnegie library) March between Minet and Carnegie libraries – Open the libraries!
13th July – Lobby the full council meeting. Delegation to be organised.
16th and 17th July – Defend the 10 goes to the Lambeth Country Show – details to be announced
Protest at GLL – date and place to follow…
Additional ideas, film showings (Fahrenheit 451), documenting our 10 libraries and more… details to follow.
Next campaign meeting – Thursday 23rd June (venue to be confirmed – usually Tate library Brixton)