“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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 A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION QUESTION LAMBETH HAVE ANSWERED: “Lambeth council welcomes the input and involvement of its customers in decision making and shaping the libraries service.”

From: Spencer Gasson 24 December 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Under the Freedom of Information Act can you provide details regarding Lambeth council's plans announced a few years ago to involve local people in the decision making regarding their local libraries? How as a local resident can I still get involved in this and if … Continue reading  A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION QUESTION LAMBETH HAVE ANSWERED: “Lambeth council welcomes the input and involvement of its customers in decision making and shaping the libraries service.”

LAMBETHWATCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA TWO

Jane Darling #NHSLove‏ @janeydarling1 Dec 14 Retweeted Defend The Ten I spoke to a lady who said that Carnegie had been her lifeline, she could turn up and always know someone in there. Since it closed she never goes out and has lost the connection to people and her community. Shame, big, big shame on … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA TWO

LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

News From Crystal Palace can reveal why the Carnegie library at Herne Hill has security guards there: the library is not connected to an alarm receiving centre. The current security cost is £10,314 per month. This includes one security officer who is on site overnight, ensuring a 24/7 presence. The library is currently closed for … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – WHY LAMBETH COUNCIL ARE FORKING OUT £10,314 A MONTH (that’s more than £123,000 a year) FOR SECURITY GUARDS AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY: IT’S NOT CONNECTED TO AN ALARM RECEIVING CENTRE

“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

LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN NOVEMBER

     Welcome back West Norwood Library The brand new West Norwood Library and Cinema will officially open on November 9, providing a fantastic addition to Lambeth's social and cultural scene. West Norwood Library, 1-5 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX. The library will provide the whole community with a wonderful resource for learning, culture and entertainment. We hope you enjoy the excellent book stock, study space, IT … Continue reading LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN NOVEMBER

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.

NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE TODAY VOICES A GRAVE CONCERN THAT AN ITEM IN THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF LAMBETH COUNCIL’S LATEST MEETING BEARS VERY LITTLE RELATION TO WHAT WAS ACTUALLY SAID

This is how the OFFICIAL minutes of the full Lambeth council meeting held on October 10th are reporting a supplementary question from Cllr Becca Thackray (Green) on the council’s Culture 2020 plans: 9. Cllr Becca Thackray to the Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Cllr Sonia Winifred Supplementary question It was requested that the Labour … Continue reading NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE TODAY VOICES A GRAVE CONCERN THAT AN ITEM IN THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF LAMBETH COUNCIL’S LATEST MEETING BEARS VERY LITTLE RELATION TO WHAT WAS ACTUALLY SAID

LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER: WINDRUSH, WORKSHOPS, AND THE REBELLIOUS WOMEN OF WIMBLEDON

Wow what a month in Lambeth Libraries! This is our second mail-out for October and although we generally only bother you once a month (!), I hope you'll agree that October is deserving of an extra email. So much happens in October in Lambeth Libraries that it's hard to keep up - so far we've already … Continue reading LAMBETH LIBRARIES IN OCTOBER: WINDRUSH, WORKSHOPS, AND THE REBELLIOUS WOMEN OF WIMBLEDON

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