On 31st March, the library was scheduled to be closed until 2017. Instead, over 60 occupiers - of all ages - took over the building, and have been there for the last three days. News updates can be found on twitter, hashtag #carnegieoccupation. There has been coverage by the BBC and Financial Times, and support from many other groups. Regular rallies outside the library are being organised in support - note that currently Lambeth is not allowing anyone to enter the building - not even to let children rejoin their parents.
Defend the 10 also has updates on the situation.
There will be a march starting from the Carnegie at 11.30am on Saturday 9th.
A video about our library and its current plight has been posted for view on YouTube. Made by brilliant young film maker Kaatje Jones, it runs for just under ten minutes and highlights some of the groups and activities in Carnegie Library, which are all under threat of ceasing on 31 March, if Lambeth persists in its plans.
Please watch the video on Video and support our campaign to keep a full library service, run by our dedicated professional staff, with all the clubs, groups, events and activities we now enjoy, plus more being developed and facilitated by the Friends.
Tate South Lambeth is facing similar problems, here is their recent newsletter:
Tate South Library Newsletter
Details of the library service management plans to keep all 10 libraries operating are here:
Library service plan.
Saturday 6 February is National Libraries Day. Come and show how much you love and need the library and what it means to you. Highlight of the day will be a rally at 2.00pm on the steps of the library. Look out for leaflets and posters and come out in force. Afterwards, visit our tea and yummy cake stall, play chess, do some gardening or attend Councillor Agdomar’s surgery.
On Wednesday 27th January there will be a Council meeting at which the Lambeth libraries campaign have a motion calling on the council to support the libraries management plan to continue a genuine library service at all 10 of Lambeth's libraries. Please come along to show how important libraries are to Lambeth residents.
The Friends annual Winter Fair will be in the library on Saturday 28th, from 11am to 3pm, featuring all the usual community stalls, arts & crafts stalls, food, games, events, Santa, etc.
Poster A4 2015(1)
Lambeth Council's Cabinet has approved plans to convert the library into a "healthy living centre" based on a fee-paying gym with a "small selection of books" in the gym's lounge. There would not be any library staff; it is unclear whether the gym would be staffed. The conversion works are estimated to take at least 9 months and close the building for most of 2016. The Friends are holding a public meeting on Monday 16 November at 6.30 for 7-8.30pm in the Carnegie, to discuss the plans, and our work to oppose these and to promote alternatives.
Here are the slides from the meeting: Friends of Carnegie Library(1)
We will be posting more information on the campaign shortly. Thanks to everyone for your support!
Exhibition open until 31st May.
Pleasure and Beauty: six contemporary artists at the Carnegie Library Gallery. An exhibition of paintings, book works, prints and sculpture. Alison Bickmore, Sumi Perera, Julia Langley, Jane Langley, Jason Shuttleworth and Shane Greeves.
Private View 6pm - 9pm Friday 15th May (Italian Buffet from Home Cooking SE24).
Artist's talk Saturday 16th May 11:30am - 12:30 pm.
Inkhead are running two exam preparation courses over the bank holiday weekend, for children 7+ and 11+.
The Friends of Carnegie Library invite you to come to TEA WITH SHAKESPEARE. A celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday in Words & Songs Performed by The Friends’ Musick in period costume. Directed by Marilyn Harper. Refreshments provided and all voluntary contributions gratefully accepted. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Lambeth at 3.30pm. Tea (Elizabethan style) will be served from 3pm.