“EIGHT MILLION POUNDS THROWN AWAY BY LAMBETH ON ITS LIBRARY POLICY- AND COUNTING” Library staff doing a lot in their own time – with zero funding” (+ social media comments)

"You have thrown away £8 million pounds on your library policy" Lambeth's Labour councillors have been told. In a strongly-worded speech Laura Swaffield of the Defend the Ten libraries campaign, told a full meeting of Lambeth council: "I wish Lambeth council understood how much it needs its library service." At the end opposition councilors applauded … Continue reading “EIGHT MILLION POUNDS THROWN AWAY BY LAMBETH ON ITS LIBRARY POLICY- AND COUNTING” Library staff doing a lot in their own time – with zero funding” (+ social media comments)

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LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: ‘HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE’ OPENS IN CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL – Er….WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

@JimDicksLambeth (Cllr Jim Dickson, Labour Cllr for Herne Hill ward - Ed.) 1/3 Dropped in at end of 1st wk of @CarnegieLib operating with the gym below. Library refurbished, had plenty of residents in there; full book stock, IT, kids library, staff on hand, toilets, full disabled access. Book issuing straightforward but help on hand … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH DIARY: ‘HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE’ OPENS IN CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL – Er….WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

“CULTURE 2020 A FINANCIAL DISASTER” – Defend the Ten

From Defend the Ten: Here’s a sad story in two simple columns – the disastrous waste of money incurred by the “Culture2020′” plan for libraries. This column shows the annual cost of running 10 well-used libraries in 2014-15. Then came Culture2020…most of the 2014-15 expenditure has carried on. But Culture2020 has added EXTRA costs. For instance, … Continue reading “CULTURE 2020 A FINANCIAL DISASTER” – Defend the Ten

BIG ISSUE WANT YOUR LIBRARY MOMENTS!

 Defend The Ten Retweeted Helen‏ @jhgm50 Oct 21 @FrndsofCarnegie @defendtheten Big Issue piece on libraries appealing for user experiences before Lord Bird’s 30 Oct meeting with government. Send in your story editorial@bigissue.com. Well done @BigIssue.

LAMBETHWATCH: FROM THE TWITTERSPHERE

Defend The Ten Retweeted Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit Sadly, the other day witnessed a teenager being turned away from the Minet as there was no librararian to issue a library card. A moment that could have changed a young person's life lost because of short-sighted policies @defendtheten Defend The Ten Retweeted SaveLambethLibraries‏ @SaveLambthLibs Oct 23 SATURDAY 3 … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: FROM THE TWITTERSPHERE

LIBRARY CAMPAIGNERS TO LOBBY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Library campaigners are lobbying tonight's full meeting of Lambeth council at the town hall in Brixton (Wednesday). Organisers Defend the Ten say: "Unfortunately the council have refused our (request for a) deputation but we have to keep the pressure up and we will be lobbying them as they arrive. "So far with library staff removed, … Continue reading LIBRARY CAMPAIGNERS TO LOBBY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

LAMBETH PEOPLES AUDIT -101 QUESTIONS FOR LAMBETH COUNCIL’S CABINET – Part Four: Questions 89 to 101

News From Crystal Palace also thought that all 101 questions we sent to all Lambeth council cabinet members back in July 2017 had also been posted. They hadn't been. (No replies, no acknowledgements.) For the record here they are, including: AND WHY DON'T LAMBETH START HAVING GENUINE, MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT WITH CITIZENS LIVING IN  THE BOROUGH? (NOTE: Fifteen … Continue reading LAMBETH PEOPLES AUDIT -101 QUESTIONS FOR LAMBETH COUNCIL’S CABINET – Part Four: Questions 89 to 101

IF LIB PECK EVER WANTED PROOF THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH SHE SHOULD READ THIS……

From Defend the Ten: Last August, Defend the 10 sat in at Waterloo library, then the only one of the new-style small-scale barely-staffed 'neighbourhood libraries' hailed by the council as great success.  With our observers monitoring the use of Waterloo library for a week, we were able to tell a very different story: http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk/2018/04/17/report-on-waterloooasis  Now … Continue reading IF LIB PECK EVER WANTED PROOF THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LIBRARIES IN LAMBETH SHE SHOULD READ THIS……

LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSURE

News From Crystal Palace asked Lambeth council: Is this because cables to fire alarms were cut or another reason? Please could you also say what has happened to the - apparently listed - doors from the library which have been removed? A Lambeth council spokesman told News From Crystal Palace on Tuesday:  “It had to … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: CARNEGIE LIBRARY CLOSURE

“LIBRARY CUSTODIANS IGNORE CARNEGIE’S PROMISE” – SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE OVER LAMBETH’S LATEST MOVES ON CARNEGIE ‘BUILDING’

News of Lambeth Labour's latest plans for the Carnegie were revealed on the Brixton Buzz website on Friday and provoked  immediate outrage: Friends of Carnegie‏ @FrndsofCarnegie Jun 9 Andrew Carnegie agreed to fund building the library on Lambeth's assurance they would maintain it through the local rates & there was "no fear the library would be starved". … Continue reading “LIBRARY CUSTODIANS IGNORE CARNEGIE’S PROMISE” – SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE OVER LAMBETH’S LATEST MOVES ON CARNEGIE ‘BUILDING’