A LIBRARIAN’S LOVE SONG: A disturbing number of young people don’t actually know how book-lending at the library works. / We’re funded based on footfall. I’ve seen staff cry because we lost a youth group to a private hall that has fancier facilities like a cafe. We need all the footfall we can get. We even put lightbulbs in./ Library staff can overcome many challenges but Book Gods help you if you deprive us of caffeine. You don’t want to see what happens then………………

The following has been Re-Tweeted by Defend the Ten Twitter*. (So please, next time you visit a library.......Ed.) Secret Library Gorgon  🐍‏ @grumpwitch Things I have learned about the general public whilst working at the library:  1. A huge number of people under 20 can't read face clocks, having grown up with only digital one.  … Continue reading A LIBRARIAN’S LOVE SONG: A disturbing number of young people don’t actually know how book-lending at the library works. / We’re funded based on footfall. I’ve seen staff cry because we lost a youth group to a private hall that has fancier facilities like a cafe. We need all the footfall we can get. We even put lightbulbs in./ Library staff can overcome many challenges but Book Gods help you if you deprive us of caffeine. You don’t want to see what happens then………………

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LAMBETHWATCH: AND THE WINNER IS……

Physical Category Winner West Norwood Library & Picturehouse – Lambeth Libraries Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Mar 4 Huge congratulations to the @lamlibs team on this award. Tremendous achievement and great recognition for a huge amount of hard work @wnorwoodlibrary. Well done! …AND THE STING IN THE ‘TALE’ Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Mar 4 And for those … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: AND THE WINNER IS……

“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)

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……