Events in Lambeth libraries June 2019

May slides out and June is upon us. We still have a couple of events in this month: How Hard Can It Be? Special Menopause Reading Group on Wednesday 29 May, 7pm at West Norwood Library and inter-generational theatre in Common Ground on Friday 31 May, 7pm at Brixton Library. Do come along. Our literary festival ramps … Continue reading Events in Lambeth libraries June 2019

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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………………

EVENTS IN LAMBETH LIBRARIES THIS APRIL

Lambeth Libraries: awards, activities and fun in the sun. Lambeth libraries are awash with new books, big ones, small ones, something for study and more for pleasure. Come in and check out the burgeoning shelves - I'm sure you'll find something to delight. It's award time in the book world and a couple of shortlists are … Continue reading EVENTS IN LAMBETH LIBRARIES THIS APRIL

SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Secret emails about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill have FINALLY been revealed by Lambeth council following a series of Freedom of Information requests by News From Crystal Palace. The only controversial element the emails reveals relates to consultations on a questionnaire issued by the Carnegie library project group / shadow trust board. The freshly disclosed … Continue reading SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

LAMBETHWATCH: AS LONG AS THEY GAZE ON WATERLOO LIBRARY…. ARE THEY IN PARADISE?*

DEFEND THE TEN ON THE FORMER WATERLOO LIBRARY...AND THE CURRENT WATERLOO 'LIBRARY': Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Feb 18 Shoppers browsing in the boutique store or working in one of the workstations at the ‘Granby Space’ at 114-118 Lower Marsh in SE1 would have no way of knowing the history of the site, which was previously a public … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: AS LONG AS THEY GAZE ON WATERLOO LIBRARY…. ARE THEY IN PARADISE?*

“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)

 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