Defend the Ten Tweeted: Council election countdown wk 24 & we have Amanda, Gwendolyn (12) & Griff (8). Amanda’s eldest son (not shown) is 10 & has autism; she says of @CarnegieLib “closing this library was a criminal act – we have felt it’s closure deeply.

Closing @CarnegieLib has significantly affected all the people featured so far in our election countdown. These are the real faces & voices of people living with the loss of a treasured & much-used public institution.

“…Yes we are lucky enough to be able to buy books but it takes a lot time and I don’t always know what to get. It feels so wasteful too… His favourite author is @davidwalliams…for all my family the library was invaluable particularly in Winter”

Of her eldest son Amanda says: “he reads at least 10 books a week & it was a simple trip to @CarnegieLib to meet his needs. Through books my son processes the external world. It is now much harder and more complicated to keep the book flow up…”


New Herne Hill Labour leaflet includes THIS:

“Despite the huge cuts to Lambeth council’s budget, we have secured, by working with residents, a long term future for the Carnegie Library with new investment that will see expanded services next year.”

Jackanory, Jackanory, Jackanory…….



SAT 2 DEC: Carnegie Christmas fair at St Saviour’s, Herne Hill Rd, SE24 0AY just down hill from library.


Defend The Ten Retweeted Carnegie Pop Up

All the evidence shows Lambeth spent more closing libraries than they would’ve by leaving them to serve their communities #toughchoices …


2.30pm, Walk round Minet estate led by Jon Newman

Carnegie Christmas fair at St Saviour’s, Herne Hill Rd, SE24 0AY just down hill from library. More info soon.

Cressingham Gdns demo to ask for proper ballot, outside Town Hall 2-3.30pm. Laura Swaffield of Friends of Lambeth Libraries will speak + others affected by Lambeth policies & lousy consultation. Common issues! Also poetry, samba, song, carnival atmosphere…

7.30pm, Martin Heath is chairing a meeting for Thurlow Park ward, candidates invited, again to air common issues re Lambeth council. Speaker from Defend the 10 & others. Rosemead School, 70 Thurlow Pk Rd, SE21 8HZ.

Noon onwards, Stand Up to Lambeth Council plan a rally outside Town Hall. Library supporters were a major element at rally last year & I think it’s worth supporting. No march this time, so much less hassle. Defend the 10 speaker + others. As before, lots of pink, lots of posters, aim at family-friendly feeling.

(Workshop SUN DEC 3 at Rotunda, Cressingham Gdns, to make stuff for rally.)

People’s Audit Lambeth hope to have public meeting before Christmas (& more after),still trying to get sense out of council. Libraries will obvs be an issue. (Source: Libraries campaigners)

But one event you won’t be invited to……

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The Log Lady‏ @gamecounsel Nov 15 Retweeted Brixton Splash

I’m hearing that people are registering only to be told later that their booking has been canceled. I’d love to know if this is widespread. Is this an #Eventbrite glitch @lambeth_council @LambethLabour or are you trying to keep people out? #Transparency …

(Editor’s note: using a terminal in one of Lambeth’s libraries, someone tried to access the Brixton Splash website – and was blocked.)

Lambeth Borough of Culture bid: Opportunity to put your views to Cllr Peck at a drinks reception, 16th Nov

Sid Skill had shared a link6 November at 14:38: This Thursday, Lib Peck will be wasting Lambeth Council’s budget on a drinks reception at the South Bank to launch her dodgy bid for Borough of Culture. The good news is that the event is open to anyone who’s interested


Defend The Ten Retweeted Alan Wylie‏ @wylie_alan Nov 11: Wonder if the London councils competing to become ‘Borough of Culture’ are reversing library cuts/closures & reinstating staff? After all you can’t be a ‘Borough of Culture’ without a comprehensive & efficient library service can you?

Brixton Tate Library‏ @brixtonlibrary Nov 11 Tweeted: We currently have no WiFi, PC booking or print service due to a council-wide network issue. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

To which sarabredemear‏ @sarabredemear Nov 11 replied: We currently have no WiFi, no books, no reading groups, no adult literacy classes, no chess club, no kids writing groups no silver surfers no librarians to help the vulnerable @CarnegieLib because @LambethLabour do not value community

On Tuesday November 14th News From Crystal Palace found this comment from Tom Keene on Lambeth Labour Party’s Twitter page:

Tom Keene @anthillsocial: The proposed demolition of @SaveCressingham would see 2 bed flats at £610,000 and ‘family’ homes at £800,000+. Yet median household income in Lambeth is £26,000! …

LambethLabour Retweeted Tom Keene: To pay for new council homes for existing tenants and families on the waiting list …


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