Photo published for Young campaigner wins prestigious personal award for her work defending Carnegie Library

Rosa (left) receives her award from Eliza Rebeiro, founder of the anti-knife, anti-gang campaign Lives Not Knives.
Carnegie library occupier Rosa Beuzeval, 16, has won a prestigious personal award for her work to defend the Herne Hill library.
Her citation specifically mentions the occupation of the library in April this year, which Rosa took part in when still aged 15.

Rosa was acclaimed Student of the Year at a high-profile event at City Hall. The award is given by First Give, an organisation that encourages and trains school students to work for good causes.

More than 20,000 students from 107 schools took part this year, including Rosa’s, The Charter School in North Dulwich.

The Friends of Carnegie Library, Herne Hill, already have extra reason to be grateful for Rosa’s hard work.  In a debate at the school to choose the worthiest recipient of a grant, her group won the Friends the top grant of £1,000.

This is now being invested in expert legal and business advice to support asset transfer of the threatened library building to a new democratic community body, the Carnegie Library Association.

Rosa’s citation from First Give reads: “Rosa has been very involved in her charity after she and her team won £1,000 for them during First Give.

“She has completed three months volunteering and has become inspirational to others as a young activist – she slept in the library for 10 nights as part of a community protest against council cuts threatening to close the library.”

One of the library occupiers says: “Young people like Rosa were a mainstay of the occupation. “They joined to protect their precious study space, now expensively kept closed and guarded. “During the occupation they made full use of a room we set aside for study.

“They also helped with media – to very good effect, caring for the younger children, and the routine cooking and cleaning that ensured we left the library immaculate.

“Under the council’s security staff, the un-aired rooms are musty and water has leaked in several times, due to lack of basic maintenance.

“Rosa has continued to give us unstinting support. We really appreciate it. Her award from First Give is very well deserved – and it shows that direct action against an uncaring, ill-informed council is rightly seen as a valuable contribution to society.” (Source: Friends of Lambeth Libraries)

Three of Lambeth’s libraries have been nominated in the Time Out Love London awards.

They include the Minet library in Knatchbull Road SE5 – which Lambeth council want to turn into an unwanted gym – and       South Lambeth which was on Lambeth council’s ‘hit list’ to merge with the Durning library and build a new library elsewhere.

The other is Brixton. All three libraries have been nominated for the Local Culture award. (Minet in the Camberwell section, South Lambeth in the South Lambeth section, Brixton in the Brixton section.)

Minet is described by Friends of Lambeth libraries as  “the beleaguered local public library in a deprived area, still housing the brilliant archives collection.”

Nominations close October 31st.

Further reading: CLOSED CINEMA BUILDING NOMINATED FOR TIME OUT CULTURE AWARD News From Crystal Palace October 20th


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