Vigils will mark library closures

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Protesters at a Lambeth council cabinet meeting

Protesters at a Lambeth council cabinet meeting earlier this month

Supporters will this week mark the closure of two Lambeth libraries – and their determination to maintain the opposition to it –  with children’s events, a farewell party and candle-lit vigils.

From 4 to 6pm today there will be a children’s book at bedtime event at the Minet Library in Myatt’s Fields. “Bring a sleeping bag and pillow and read to your child (even if they’ve grown up) – everyone welcome,” say the organisers

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 30 March, the Carnegie Library in Herene Hill will host an Easter event for children with story time at 10.30am; an egg hunt at 11am; and crafts from 11 to 12.30am

On Thursday, 31 March, there will be a farewell party at the Carnegie from 4 to 6pm and a candle-lit vigil from 6pm to late at both the Carnegie and the Minet.

Jeff Doorn, chair of Friends of Carnegie Library, said: “Our Carnegie Library has provided the light of learning and inspiration for nearly 110 years. The vigil will be a fitting way to express our gratitude, as well as our determination not to let the light be extinguished.”

How to get there:

Carnegie

188 Herne Hill Rd, London SE24 0AG

Bus P5 from Brixton stops outside, 68 and 468 from Herne Hill or West Norwood

 

Minet

52 Knatchbull Rd, London SE5 9QY

P5 from Acre Lane (near McDonalds); 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 five-minute walk through Myatt’s Fields Park

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About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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