St James St Library Campaign


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!

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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!



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!




Singing in the rain…
December 10, 2007, 11:34 am
Filed under: campaigning, library

The miserable weather, and being locked out of our much loved library, didn’t dampen the spirits of 150 adults and children who turned out on Saturday to say to the council ‘give us our library back!!!’.

See the St James St Library Campaign press release here – pics to follow shortly!



Festive Fun Day – Saturday 8th December 2pm
November 22, 2007, 1:54 pm
Filed under: campaigning, library, walthamstow

Dear friends,

The St James St Library Campaign is organising a Festive Fun Day outside St James St Library at 2pm on Saturday 8th December. Activities for all the family will include face painting, an appearance from Big Brother’s Carol, a bookswap (bring a book to swap), a mass ‘decoration’ of the library, and more – come along, take a break from Christmas shopping, and show the council what you think about their closure of our library!

Tell your friends – here is a leaflet that you can download and either print off or send round on email.

If you would like to help organise the festive fun day, there is an organising meeting this Thursday 22nd November at 7.30pm in Blackhorse Rd Baptist Church, Baptist Rd.

The council seems to be increasingly on the back foot over libraries – let’s keep the pressure on!