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Four libraries in Lambeth remain Friendless
(Brixton, Clapham, Streatham, West Norwood).
Contact FOLL if you are interested in helping

Friends of Lambeth Libraries (FOLL)

Pam Gray

FRIENDS OF CARNEGIE LIBRARY (HERNE HILL)
56 Frankfurt Rd, SE24 9NY 7274 7008

On 7th Nov. 2005, FoCL made a submission to the Executive of Lambeth Council on the subject of permission for alterations to library buildings. The submission may be found at focl_sub.htl


FRIENDS OF CLAPHAM PARK LIBRARY

16 Parkthorne Road, London SW12 0JW 8674 5156 H.Jefferies@icrf.icnet.uk
The library was closed on 1 April 2000.
Current activities focus on continuing research & lobbying to ensure that Lambeth honours its promise to replace the lost building with other local library facilities AND to consult the local community on its plans. Plenty to do.

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FRIENDS OF DURNING LIBRARY (KENNINGTON)

New Chair to be elected shortly. For the moment: C/O FRIENDS OF LAMBETH LIBRARIES, details above


FRIENDS OF MINET LIBRARY (MYATT'S FIELD)

66 Lilford Road, London SE5 9HR 7733 5279

Current activities include: children's events, monitoring developments at the library, lobbying when needed.


FRIENDS OF TATE SOUTH LAMBETH LIBRARY (VAUXHALL)

7622 8673
13 Lansdowne Gardens, London SW8 2EQ edith@holtham.fsnet.co.uk


A Typical Tate South Lambeth Library User -
a six year old from a local school

The Record of Friends of TSL
Since its creation in 1999 Friends of TSL has initiated a range of actions and activities at the library.
We have promoted the renovation and refurbishment of this landmark library (built in 1888 and one of the first public libraries in Lambeth)
This has included:
a new sign outside (funded by Friends)

a large mural in the childrens area and three large oil paintings in the reading room (secured through donations to Friends)

restoring the reading room to its former size and repainting it (funded by Friends, with work by students at Lambeth College)

repainting the lobby and the kitchen (funded by Friends, with work by students at Lambeth College)

rehabilitating the exterior (a Friends-proposed project, funded by LBL and with work by Lambeth College students)

renovating the derelict back yard and installing a small garden, creating Tradescants Retreat (funded by Friends and by a Ward Purse grant secured by Friends)

installing a film-showing facility (funded by a Ward Purse grant secured by Friends)

We have developed Tate Local, a new gallery space within the library, and have run a continuous programme of exhibitions there since late 2000
These have included:
etchings by Paula Rego

paintings by Lilia Pegado, Geoff Routh, Aldous Eveleigh, Ian Montgomerie, David Western and May Anderson

Notting Hill Carnival costumes

artwork from local workshops for the over-50s and from Lambeth Mencap

artwork from local primary and secondary schools (ongoing)

Art workshops have also been run for classes from local primary schools, with a series of nine held in the two school years 2001/02 and 2002/03.

We have organised activities geared to enhancing the librarys links to the local community
These include:
events directed at the large Portuguese population in Lambeth, with a week-long Portuguese festival, a talk and exhibition on Portugals leading 19th century novelist, readings of Portuguese poetry, and a Portuguese wine-tasting session. Friends also secured donations of Portuguese-language books from the education section of the Portuguese consulate and of English translations of Portuguese titles from a Gulbenkian-funded arts charity

retelling local memories of the 1930s and 1940s

talks on famous local people ( illustrator Arthur Rackham, gardening pioneers the John Tradescants, poet Drummond Allison the latter two in cooperation with Lambeth Libraries in the May literary festivals and on locating the grave of William Blake, in cooperation with the Blake Society)

a performance of poetry and music to celebrate Black History Month (in cooperation with the library service)

an Afro-Brazilian music and drumming workshop for local children

poetry workshops for both adults and teenagers

two local archaeology workshops

celebrations of Bloomsday, St Georges Day, Burns Night, the Portuguese national day and International Womens Day

hosting the launch event for the Stockwell Festivals in 2001-2005. and staging exhibitions and talks as part of the Vauxhall Festival in 2001-03

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library have:
promoted a programme of renovation and refurbishment
of this landmark library (built in 1888 and one of the first public libraries in Lambeth) which has included a new sign outside, the restoration of the reading room to its former dimensions, and - with the participation of students at Lambeth College - the repainting of the reading room, the lobby and the kitchen, and the renovation of the exterior. Friends also obtained a grant for the redevelopment of the derelict rear yard as a paved courtyard and small garden. Donations or loans of artwork have been obtained for the librarys walls.

Developed Tate Local, a new gallery space within the library, and run a series of exhibitions there, including etchings by Paula Rego, paintings by Lilia Pegado, Notting Hill Carnival costumes, artwork by the over-50s and by local primary and secondary schools, and works by local artists. Art workshops have also been run for classes from local primary schools.

Enhanced the librarys links
to the local community, in particular the large Portuguese population in Lambeth, through staging events, including a Portuguese festival, a retelling of local memories of the 1930s and 1940s, a performance of poetry and music to celebrate Black History Month (in cooperation with the library service), a talk and exhibition on Portugals leading 19th century novelist, an Afro-Brazilian music and drumming workshop for local children, poetry workshops, readings of Portuguese poetry, a Portuguese wine-tasting session, and celebrations of Bloomsday, St Georges Day, Burns Night and the Portuguese national day. Friends also coordinated the launch receptions, at the library, for the Stockwell Festivals in 2001-2005.

Served as a channel for communication and consultation with the librarys management and staff, via quarterly meetings between the manager and the committee and ad hoc meetings with Lambeth Libraries officers. In May-June 2001 Friends carried out an extensive opinion survey in the librarys catchment area.

What have we done?

fought to save the library from closure in 2000
campaigned and raised resources for the librarys refurbishment, both interior and exterior
developed Tate Local, a new gallery space within the library, and run exhibitions of art and design from eight local schools and from local artists
organised events at the library, including: the retelling of local memories of the 1930s and 1940s; art, poetry and drumming workshops; talks on the Tradescants, Alexander technique, and Portuguese literature; Portuguese wine and food tastings; celebrations of Bloomsday, St Georges Day, Burns Night and Portugals national day: and music and poetry launches for the Stockwell Festival
obtained donations of Portuguese books, in the original or in translation, to build up a Portuguese collection at this library
acted as a channel for communication and consultation with the librarys management and staff.


 

More information on all these activities is available from the library at 7926 0705 or Friends of TSL at 7622 8673

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FRIENDS OF STREATHAM VALE LIBRARY

20 Stockport Rd, SW16 5XF tel/fax 8480 7000 simonhooberman@plts.fsnet.co.uk
The library was closed on 1 April 2000.
Current activities focus on continuing research & lobbying to ensure that Lambeth honours its promise to replace the lost building with other local library facilities AND to consult the local community on its plans. Plenty to do.


UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY CAMPAIGN
8670 3040

?????POSSIBLE FRIENDS OF NORTH LAMBETH LIBRARY (WATERLOO)
Emma Winkley, Waterloo Action Centre, 7633 9291; fax 7401 2469 14 Baylis Road, London SE1 7AA. emmawinkley@wcdg.fsnet.co.uk

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