St James St Library Campaign

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).


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 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!

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

See here for details

Open-air library in the news
February 7, 2008, 8:26 pm
Filed under: libraries, press coverage

Drop in at The Londonist blog to see the latest coverage:

We’re also in Libraries for  Life for Londoners.

ding dong merrily on high…(updated)
December 14, 2007, 12:41 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, walthamstow

Fantastic night of Carol singing against the cuts both outside and inside the Town Hall on Wednesday night – big thanks to all of you who came, we counted about 50 people of all ages outside, serenading the councillors by candlelight as they went in. Not bad for something hastily organised in 24 hours to get round the council’s sneaky shifting of meeting timings!

See the video and read the press coverage here 

Some of us then went inside and sang joyfully from the public gallery. But rather than stay and listen to our musical rendition of what is going on in Waltham Forest, or even join in, the councillors trooped out of the Council chamber (though some were chuckling) after we’d done a few of our favourites.

Some councillors indicated their support verbally to the campaign to re-open St James St Library and protect services in Waltham Forest more widely – but the acid test will be their votes and actions over the next month or two as the budget setting finalised. We’ll be keeping a close eye, trying to lift the veil of secrecy over decision making and keeping you as informed as possible – now is a great time to be lobbying your councillors via letters, emails, and at their surgeries.

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

WF Libraries in papers again, and Private Eye
December 10, 2007, 11:15 am
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, press coverage

Yet more coverage of the disastrous mismanagement of WF Libraries all over the local papers this week. The WF Guardian makes the link between destruction of thousands of books and falling local educational standards here , investigates those infamous fishtanks here
plus loads of letters to the Editor here , the front page of this week’s Yellow Advertiser here, .

The national’s are on the case, too. Following The Independent‘s coverage last week, angry comments about WF Libraries are even making the national papers’s letters page too. Finally, Private Eye (Clyde Loakes’s favourite reading matter, apparantly) has begun to pick up what is going on in WF Libraries – see this piece from the latest issue.

tell council to budget now to re-open st james st
December 3, 2007, 8:14 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, local voices, walthamstow

The council is finalising its budget and voting very shortly (i think on 12th Dec). Here is the text of a letter the Campaign sent to all councillors today, especially Clyde Loakes, Geraldine Reardon and Keith Rayner. (copied also to the local paper and our current MP Neil Gerrard and prospective MP Stella Creasy). Now is a great time to urge the council to spend their money wisely!!!