St James St Library Campaign


The people of St James & Coppermill community speak
November 8, 2010, 2:53 pm
Filed under: campaigning

The people of St James & Coppermill community speak:

“What we think should become of the St James Library building”

Compiled Sat 3rd July 2010 by St James Street Library Campaign

IT SHOULD BE SOMEWHERE FOR EVERYONE

“OAP groups, teenage group space, toddler groups, single parent associations, special needs groups, Citizens Advice, party rooms”  Karen Reed, Haroldstone Road E17

“I want to use it as a community centre, because there is nothing around here.  And we need something for the whole community to benefit.  Especially young people”   JK Mensah, Coppermill Lane

“It  could be a place to share ideas and knowledge about different religions and cultures”  Shamin Aktar, Glenthorne Road

“We would like this area used for the community.  An area where children can come, especially for classes or groups such as toddler groups, reading area or for classes such as yoga.  Definetly for all the community”   The Walsh family

“Community centre- things for everybody- exercise classes, childrens parties, events for the elderly” Hargreaves family

“Important to keep it as a community building, for yoga studio, food co-op, art workshops or community support”    Anna Bushan, Riverside Close

“Reading room, toddler group, computer training, meeting place for the community”    Mohebat Ali, Hazelwood Road

“Would like to see the library re-opened and used as a library and other community engagements such as local surgeries”   Justine and Matthew Wilkinson  Haroldstone Road  E17

“Toddler groups, young people community group, rooms for rent for meetings or parties”  Chad Leonce, Rensburg Road

“A library”  Christine Roberts, Hervey Park Road

“A library or community centre”  Steve and Sharon, Edward Road

“St James Street needs all the help it can get.  Closing the library was the nail in the coffin.  No community facilities will not help the community”  L. Haukim*

ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

“Would love to see library re-opened, my exams are coming up and I would love a space to revise in” Vernisha Campbell

“A community centre, maybe a youth group for children 11+, a homework or quiet study zone.  Hold exercise classes or yoga for all ages.  A venue to host a club for the elderly”    Rachel and Kier Lawson, Salop Road

“Playgroups, arts& crafts, youth clubs, space for parties, teaching rooms to help kids with maths and English” Dee Mistry, Morland Road E17

“Community centre not a drug centre, a space for the local children and young teenagers” April Beeson, Rensburg Road

“Library and somewhere for various clubs for young children”  Louise Mitchell,  Cazenove Road

“Reading for teenagers.  Could be based on computers as part of the scheme so they don’t feel threatened or self conscious.  Teenage material of course.  Maybe with some music in the background”

“Homework club that kids need somewhere on the weekend.  Some younger secondary school students and older primary not allowed to go to central library on their own as they are worried about gangs”

“It’s a real strain going to central library.  Its too far for the kids to go by themselves to Central.  It would give them independence if they could go to the end of Coppermill Lane. Also a space for older people”  Coral Jepson, Chester Road

 

THE ELDERLY NEED A LOCAL, FRIENDLY SPACE

“A space for the Community Council to meet, could hold it more regularly or during daytime for elderly people, like they do in Priory Court”   B. Marsh, Pretoria Road

“OAP centre, reading room, council meeting centre, toddler group, arts and crafts”    Mussarat Butt, Coppermill Lane

“A friendly home from home for people who are old or disabled and don’t have chance to go out much”*

“My father is 85 and he used the old library a lot as he lives in Hazelwood Road.  This gave him the opportunity and reason to come out of the house”  Zahoor Ahmed, Markhouse Road*

FOR EXPANDING MINDS AND HORIZONS

“Would love library back or rooms opened for community space- yoga, reading room, arts and crafts, toddler groups, play sessions in school holidays, computer and internet basic training and teaching” Amanda Simonson and daughter Azrael

“Use it for craft classes and have sewing machines.  I could show people how to use the sewing machines”   Florrie Cleary, Leucha Road

“Sewing and Cake making classes”

“Music venue- one off gigs, folk club, lessons, jam sessions” Chloe, Lloyd Road

“It should be a library, or have fitness centre, mini-cinema or language centre”  Jasmin Begum

“The library helped me a lot when I just arrived to the country, when I didn’t know the neighbourhood at all. I got all what I needed from it, information, culture, leisure”  Lamia Berrant Hazelwood Road*

Other ideas for community uses we collected by email submissions in July 2010:

  • Local artist exhibition space
  • Community language schools
  • Space for job finders
  • Welcome new arrivals to the community
  • Councillor surgeries
  • Adult education classes
  • Homework club
  • Computer and internet centre
  • Gardening clubs
  • Photography clubs
  • Bike maintenace and repairs
  • Food co-op distribution centre
  • Community toilets
  • Baby change
  • Arts and crafts

 

*Quotes compiled in 2007

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Rally 12 noon Saturday 7th June – protect our libraries
June 1, 2008, 3:52 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, walthamstow

flyers and poster to print off and display in your window, car, local business, tree…! Hope to see you on Saturday!

(if you can’t print but want some flyers and posters, hopefully i’ll get this sorted tomorrow!. Please do take the time to read the post below if you would like more background).



brilliant new website
April 9, 2008, 10:02 pm
Filed under: campaigning

sorry haven’t posted in a while… but the open air library is going strong and there’s still time to fill in our consultation.

in the mean time i stumbled across this website and recommend all walthamstovians check it out!



Survey – your views needed
March 8, 2008, 3:09 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, library

Got a view on what should happen to the library? Help us by filling in the St James St Library Campaign survey here

library questionnaire

you can drop it back to the open air library outside St James every Saturday afternoon during March, or email it to stjamesstlibrary@gmail.com by 31st March.

We will be presenting the results to the council in April, when they are meeting to discuss the future of library provision in the St James St area.  Many thanks for your help!



Every saturday in March!
March 8, 2008, 3:00 pm
Filed under: campaigning, library

By popular demand we will be holding our ‘open air library’ every Saturday in March, from 1-3pm.  Come and bring books to swap, have a chat, find out about the campaign, and fill in a survey (for more on this see ‘survey’ post, above).

Hope to see you there!



Forthcoming events Feb 2008
February 7, 2008, 8:38 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries

See here for details



a valentine for st james library
February 7, 2008, 8:10 pm
Filed under: campaigning, library, local voices, walthamstow
A big thank-you to everyone who came and helped make Saturday’s St James
Street open-air library event another success, and a welcome to all new
supporters. To all those who publicised it, helped set it up, ran the
stalls, spent ages preparing, swapped books, donated goods, made music,
expressed your good wishes or added your names to our supporters’ list:
thanks, all of you, and we look forward to next time. Same time, same
place, outside the library in Coppermill Lane, 1 March 2008.Some people asked for leaflets to give out at other events they go to.
This is an excellent way to publicise our events, so I’ve attached a
flyer that can be printed out and copied.Many people asked if the bookswap was every Saturday. We had to tell
them it’s only the first Saturday of the month at present — but as
the weather gets better, who knows? Saturday was freezing cold, but as the
wind and rain held off it was the most comfortable event so far.
Especially for those of us who forgot to bring gloves last time but
remembered this time … And as we’ve survived deepest winter weather
already, we can hope it will be even warmer next time.

The best thing, along with being thanked so often for providing books
in a book-starved area, was the fun we had. So many interesting people,
fascinating books to browse while taking a tea break, wonderful music
(thanks, Russ and Jim) and the great feeling of community and
solidarity.

One visitor asked for audio books; can anyone get us some for next
time? A new element was the video stall, as one kind supporter donated
what must have been her whole video library – I’m delighted with picking up Lord of the Rings. I was impressed by the high
quality of books we’ve been given, too. More than one customer said the
range was better than in the dumbed-down Walthamstow Central library!
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As always, lots of passers-by were excited because they thought the
library was reopening, then of course looked terribly disappointed.
That always makes me feel sad. One elderly chap who used to spend a lot
of time browsing in the library said today “It gets very lonely sitting
at home”. As with all the children who coloured in our handmade
Valentine’s hearts today and stuck them on the library windows — these
people deserve better and are worth campaigning for.

You probably know that our councillors voted last year to close St
James Street to save £70,000 a year, while voting payrises for
themselves totalling £230,000 a year. Though the council claimed they
had been underpaid before, they were in fact paid pretty much the
London average. If you want to ask them to reopen the library, you can
contact the three local councillors for this (High Street) ward:
cllr.liaquat.ali@walthamforest.gov.uk (Labour)
Cllr.James.O’Rourke@walthamforest.gov.uk (Lib Dem),
cllr.johar.khan@walthamforest.gov.uk (Lib Dem)

or Clyde Loakes, the leader of the council, at
leader@walthamforest.gov.uk

or find councillors for other wards here

Do contact us if you have any thoughts or questions. Looking forward to
seeing you next time!