Carnegie and Minet library supporters keep up the fight with celebration and vigil tonight, 31st March

Carnegie and Minet library supports keep up the fight with celebration and vigil tonight, 31st March

With the doors set to be locked for good tonight, campaigners fighting Lambeth’s wildly unpopular decision to close the Carnegie Library in SE24 and turn it into a privately-run gym with a few books lobbed around will be holding a party and a vigil today.

Carnegie and Minet library supporters keep up the fight with celebration and vigil tonight, 31st March

[Opened in 1906,  the Carnegie is an “imposing formal group of buildings of two and three storeys designed in free Renaissance style…. All the roofs are of green slate and each wing is surmounted by a small octagonal lantern. [] ]

London Mayoral Green candidate Sian Berry visited the Carnegie this morning to lend her support, and from 4pm-6pm this afternoon there will be a ‘celebration party’ at the library where supporters will affirm their determination to fight on.

From 6pm – when the library closes its doors for good – there will be a candle-lit vigil at Carnegie and also one at the nearby Minet library an hour later, which also faces closure on April 1.

Carnegie and Minet library supporters keep up the fight with celebration and vigil tonight, 31st March

Carnegie and Minet library supporters keep up the fight with celebration and vigil tonight, 31st March

[Lambeth’s website entries for the Carnegie and Minet libraries. For ‘self service’ read ‘unstaffed,’ and for ‘healthy living centre’ read ‘privately run gym.’]

From tomorrow onwards, Lambeth will immediately mount 24/7 security to keep out people who want to use the libraries, adding further costs to their crazy plans to spend millions installing and supporting unwanted gyms in both libraries.

Event details, Thursday 31st March, 2016

4-6pm: celebration party at Carnegie – to mark determination to fight on.
6pm: Vigil
Carnegie Library
188 Herne Hill Rd, London SE24 0AG
Bus P4 from Brixton stops outside, 68 and 468 from Herne Hill or West Norwood
Tel: 020 7926 6050
Get directions

Take a look around the library in our photo feature.

7pm: Vigil at Minet Library
52 Knatchbull Rd, London SE5 9QY
P5 from Acre Lane(near McDonald’s); any of the buses from Brixton to
Oval such as 3, get off at Loughborough Road and walk through or 436,
36 or 185 from Oval towards Camberwell, get off at Coop and 5 minute
walk through Myatt’s Fields Park

Carnegie and Minet library supporters keep up the fight with celebration and vigil tonight, 31st March

[Above pic © Amit Lennon]

More info and background:
Defend The 19 website
friendsofcarnegielibrary.org.uk/

 

Gym-Trification: Lambeth's dodgy scheme to turn libraries into books parodied in Private Eye

(Private Eye’s take on Lambeth’s scheme. Click here to see a larger scale version)