35 CLA members attended and endorsed the Carnegie Library Association trustees continuing to represent them and to support the Carnegie Library Users Consultative Group. Following is the trustees report presented at the meeting.
The Friends of Carnegie Library and Carnegie Library Association CIO
invite you to their Annual General Meetings on
Thursday 14th March 7pm (Gathering from 6.30pm)
St Saviour's Church Hall on the corner of Herne Hill Road and Finsen Road SE24 9LY
Find out what's happening, and then enjoy
The Friends' Musick chamber choir performing a short programme of songs to commemorate the centenary of the death of Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919), comprising Scottish songs, popular drawing-room part songs and a famous song from the American Civil War.
There will then be an open discussion where you can have your say!
All are Welcome
"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert." Andrew Carnegie
Friends of Carnegie Library will be holding a public meeting on Saturday September 8th from 2pm to 4pm with speakers and an open discussion on carrying the campaign forward.
We have deliberately chosen a venue slightly outside our usual area to bring out the need for the supporters of each library to work to make the campaign a success. It is in central Brixton:
St Matthews' Estate TRA Hall, 10 St Matthews Road, Brixton SW2 1NH
We need as many people as possible to come along and show that the public are still demanding a proper library service.
Join Dr Iain Boulton and his bat detectors for a guided nighttime bat walk around Ruskin Park on Saturday 8th September:
7pm Meet at the steps of Carnegie Library for a fun pre-walk event, with food, activities and prizes for fancy dress
7.30pm Assemble at Ruskin Park (Ferndene Road entrance) to begin the walk
The bat walk is free and open to everybody. Jointly organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library and the Friends of Ruskin Park.
Three important upcoming events for library supporters:
- People's Audit public meeting on the dubious and wasteful finances of Lambeth Council: Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Rd, SE1. From 11am-14pm Saturday 24th March.
- Defend The 10 demo at the Carnegie Library, 4pm Tuesday 3rd April, to mark 2 years since the closure and occupation, and 1 month to the 2018 council elections.
- Lambeth Democracy public meeting, 2pm, Saturday 7th April at Effra Space, Effra Parade. Speakers from Justice for Grenfell, Haringey housing activists, etc. The meeting will also be a campaign launch for a unified slate of pro-library candidates for the elections.
Amidst the gloom & doom about Lambeth's mad actions (spending £1.25 million digging out the basement for a gym, awarding the library to a group that has no community basis, etc) we've received the good news that the Carnegie UK Trust project (run in 2016-17 by the Friends together with Lambeth library services) to provide IT courses in Lambeth libraries will be continued for another year with Widening Participation funding. This will provide funds for 4 courses for local disadvantaged young people. At least one, we hope, will be in the Carnegie.
A 'Community Liaison' meeting on 20th July between Herne Hill Councillors, Helen Hayes MP and residents living near the Carnegie Library gave local people their first opportunity in a public meeting to express opposition to the library redevelopment as a gym with 'neighbourhood library'. Residents had not been consulted on these plans except via the planning application - where 300 objections were recorded.
Councillor Dickson repeated the assertion that the redevelopment would save money in the long term - although no income from the gym will go to the library until 2023, and its viability has never been justified. After long delays, the development schedule is now being pressed at full speed, with basement excavation + building work from 8am to 6pm on weekdays, 8am to 1pm on Saturdays -- for 7 months.
Minutes of the August CLG are here.
Hustings for the Dulwich & West Norwood constituency will be held on Wednesday 31st May, 7pm at Elmgreen School, Tulse Hill. The current MP, Helen Hayes, and other candidates will be there - this is a good opportunity to question them on what actions they have taken to support libraries (Upper Norwood, West Norwood and the Carnegie are in the constituency)!
Over 200 residents and library campaigners attended the April 1st event to mark 1 year since the Carnegie was closed, and to call for its re-opening, along with the Minet, as a public library. Speakers included Stella Duffy, Rachel Heywood, Toby Litt, Jeremy Hardy, Laura Swaffield, and Friends chair Jeff Doorn.
A video showing our human chain around the library (well, around the parts that can be reached) is here.
We began our 19th year with an AGM which, despite being off-site, was very well attended. Over 80 people filled St Saviour’s including 79 Friends and 40 members of Carnegie Library Association, whose AGM followed on.
The Chair’s report outlined the events and activities staged during the past year to keep the spirit of the library alive following the closure and subsequent 10 day Occupation. Consistent campaigning to reopen the library and support for the displaced clubs and groups continues, though Lambeth councillors and officers have been distant and largely uncommunicative.
The library is now being cleared of all books, shelves and furniture, including items belonging to the Friends. While sorting these, we have seen the dreadful damage caused by water ingress, which has not been repaired since last summer and which could have been prevented had the gutters been cleared in spring. Images of the damage are
The first anniversary of closure, 1 April will be marked by a gathering on the library steps at 1.00pm to celebrate the library at the heart of our community and all that we miss and aim to reinstate. Expect music, rousing speeches, colourful costumes and fun. Come and take part, then surround the building as a symbolic gesture of protection and love.
That event will begin a year of action, led by our newly elected committee, to show we are not giving up and not going away.