CLOWNING AROUND AT THE CARNEGIE – First anniversary of library occupation celebrated this Saturday (April 1st)
TV star Trudie Goodwin – who played Sgt June Ackland in The Bill and Georgia Sharma in Emmerdale will be at the Carnegie library, Herne Hill as part of an event marking the first anniversary of the library’s occupation.
Youngest occupiers were the “Carnegie twins” Olivia and Millie, aged 10 months. Now they can walk, they’ll be there to protest the loss of their local library – in suitably silly outfits.
Friends of Carnegie Library say: “The first anniversary of closure, 1 April will be marked by a gathering on the library steps at 1.00pm to celebrate the library at the heart of our community and all that we miss and aim to reinstate. “Expect music, rousing speeches, colourful costumes and fun. Come and take part, then surround the building as a symbolic gesture of protection and love.
“That event will begin a year of action, led by our newly elected committee, to show we are not giving up and not going away.”
A Friends of Lambeth Libraries spokeswoman said: “April Fool’s Day is the obvious date to mark Lambeth council’s silly decision to gut the busiest children’s library in the borough, where usage was rising sharply – and spend millions installing a gym nobody wants.
“Expect clowns, jokers, mad March hares, bad jokes and lots more family fun. “Wear something silly and join us!
“The library closed on 1 April 2016 – and was occupied by local people for 10 days, with massive support and worldwide publicity.
“Since then it has stayed closed – still paying all the building and staff costs, while racking up tens of thousands extra for security guards. “Pleas to re-open it – and thus save money – have been ignored. ”
Further reading: http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk
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