Update: Minet Library and Archives

25 May 2016 7:23 PM | Friends of Minet Library (Administrator)

NEWS: MINET LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

Meeting with Lib Peck

Marjorie (chair of Friends of Minet Library) and Tori met with Lib Peck on Thursday 19th May and discussed our business plan for the library. The plan, which was submitted to the council last April, includes applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to redevelop the Archives and building flats on top of the library to provide investment and income for the library and archives.

Consultants have been appointed to carry out an options appraisal to determine the future of the archives and where they should go. We have asked to be included in the appraisal and that one option is to stay where it is. We hope that Friends of Minet Library and Archives will be consulted as part of the appraisal which will be carried out over the next few months. We will keep everyone informed of this process....


Gardening session: Saturday 28th May

Everyone is invited to find out more by coming along to our gardening session which will be held outside the library and archive from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday. Plus we’ll have live music, free veggie burgers, cake and tea. You can also show your support for the library and archives by picking up posters for your front window/car and tying yellow ribbons on the railings (all posters and ribbons provided). See poster attached for more details about the event.


Use the archives

You can use the photocopier/scanner producing A3/A4 colour and b/w copies and the archives offer study space with free wifi. Local history publications and postcards are on sale and of course there is access to the local studies library and the archives and expert advice on how to use the collections.


Get into reading

Erol will lead Get Into Reading every Friday, from 2pm to 4pm. You don’t have to read anything in advance as everything is read aloud to you each week. You can simply drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to a good story or poem - There’s no pressure to talk, to read, or even to drink tea.


MINET IN THE NEWS

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/22/lambeth-council-closed-libraries-security-guards


NEWS FROM AROUND LAMBETH

Council meeting debacle on Wed 18th - decent turn-out for demo, but chaos when we tried to speak for 2 mins re libraries emergency (they had refused to allow a deputation because nothing is new since our last one in November!!!!)

http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2016/05/lambeth-full-council-meeting-ends-in-farce-as-residents-are-prevented-from-having-say-over-library-closures/


Next public meeting Thurs 26, Brixton library, 8pm


KEEP WRITING TO GLL

Please keep writing to GLL - this has to be top priority now. Write to: Mark Sesnan (Mark.Sesnan@gll.org) Managing Director, GLL.  


Their website (www.gll.org) says: "We’re a charitable social enterprise, which means we work for the benefit of everyone: the public, the communities we work in, the environment, our staff and our partners. ...We act as a charity and are are here for the good of the communities we operate in ......We believe social values are just as important as financial performance."


MANY/MOST PEOPLE HAVE HAD NO ANSWER FROM THIS MAN - SO PLEASE WRITE AGAIN!



SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN

  • Print out the poster (link here) and put it in your front window or car window.
  • Tie a yellow ribbon on the railings outside the library and leave messages of support.






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