Save Minet Library!

  • 11 Feb 2011 9:49 AM
    Message # 520220
    Friends of Minet Library (Administrator)

    Lambeth Council is currently discussing the possibility of cutting and or closing Public Libraries in the borough and have already decided to stop the mobile/housebound library service altogether. The possiblity of actual branch closures is very real.

    As a small, branch library, MINET PUBLIC LIBRARY, on Knatchbull Road, is particularly vulnerable, despite it offering some key community activities such as Surestart Under 5s storytelling; a weekly reading group for 7-11 year olds; the free use of 12 computers for internet access, email and word-processing; a small collection of books in French and Spanish; as well as what we all know and love as typical library service: lots of real books!

    Minet not only has a Classics section (including Charles Dickens, Jose Luis Borges, Graham Greene etc.) but has DVDs and CDs for loan, a reference and information service, and is wheelchair accessible.

    Did you know that when you become a member of Lambeth Libraries you also get free access to online resources such as e-books from Bloomsbury, the Oxford English Dictionary, and a fully searchable database of the Times newspaper from 1785 to 1985 (with many more we've no room here to name!)

    The building which now houses the Minet library was originally part of the estate of the Minet family. In 1887, Mr William Minet, in memory of his wife, decided to turn the building into a library. It was designed by George Hubbard and opened in 1890, and although partially destroyed by incendiary bombs on December 8, 1940, with the help and support of the local community it maintains a lively, thriving existence to this day!

    But all this is under threat, and without your help we could see our local library close!

    In a demonstration of local support for Minet Library we are holding a read-in on Saturday 12th February, from 2.30pm- 4.30pm *52 Knatchbull Rd, SE5 9QY*

    Featuring readings by SARAH WATERS (author of "Tipping the Velvet" and "The Nightwatch") and "EDMUND DE WAAL (author of "The Hare with Amber Eyes")

    Please come along to show your support and help us protect this amazing, vital community focus!

  • 21 Feb 2011 4:42 PM
    Reply # 530091 on 520220
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  • 25 Apr 2011 11:58 AM
    Reply # 576961 on 520220
    The Council will be seen to believe that there's no such thing as society if they allow Minet Library to close.
  • 02 May 2011 5:57 PM
    Reply # 582469 on 520220


    London on Film:  Minet Library, summer 2011




    Our next screening is ‘Blow Up’ on Tuesday May 3rd 6.30 pm at the Minet Library.


    Antonioni made his London film Blow Up in 1966.  

    Did David Hemming’s photographer really witness a murder in a Charlton Park? This is very cool film that never quite makes up its mind whether it is a murder mystery or something more whimsical. Shot across 1960s London, it stars Hemmings, Jane Birkin and Vanessa Redgrave and features music by Herbie Hancock and a live performance by the Yardbirds.

    To see the full programme of screenings go to our blog at Minet Library Film Club

    There is a London theme to this summer’s season.   All films will be shown on the first Tuesday of the month at 6.30 pm.

    We kicked off on Tuesday 5th April with a screening of the original 1955 version of The Ladykillers.

                Refreshments provided by The Friends of Minet!

  • 07 May 2011 4:51 PM
    Reply # 586348 on 520220

    The council have launched their consultation regarding the future of Lambeth Libraries whilst pushing forward with a deeply flawed restructure programme which includes proposals to make all librarians redundant.

    You can find details of the Libraries Commission and it's consultation events and other ways of getting you opinions heard here...

    The staff and service users of all Lambeth's libraries value the support of our Friends groups and Minet are particularly proud of their friends and all the hard work and support you have provided in facing the current threat and those in the past.

    Please help now to keep Minet Library and Lambeth Archives open and professionally staffed.

    Come in and borrow a book, CD or DVD.  Come to our film club (next screening June 7, Young Soul Rebels), Join the reading group (third Tuesday each month from 6:30pm) and come to Story and Rhyme Time with your under 5s every Friday from 11:00 to 12:00.

    If you use Twitter please follow @Minet_Library @SaveLambthLibs & @LambethArchives

    Thank you.

  • 07 May 2011 8:25 PM
    Reply # 586404 on 520220
    P Phillips
    Unbelievable! Many of the people who are passing these destructive changes in our community have shelves in their houses filled with books which they have bought. Many of the members of our community do not. They borrow their books from the local library then return them, as have generations before them. Minet Library was built for the local community and is vital. It is public money that built it and it is public money that maintains it. We want to read books and the library is where we get them. Many of us who live locally can not afford to buy books for ourselves and our children, especially when, like my children and I, we read several books a month. It is truly ridiculous for the Council to suggest closing Minet Library. Especially when the nearest library is over a mile away in Brixton. We want education, entertainment and good community resources and we pay our taxes for this purpose. Do not, dear Council members, be so ignorant as to suggest we do not. We must keep Minet library open.

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