Save Libraries Day – Brixton

Posted: February 5, 2011 by lambethsaveourservices in Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!, Libraries
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Today Lambeth Save Our Services supported the Friends of Libraries groups and Lambeth UNISON at a Save Libraries protest in Brixton. Children drew a beautiful Save Our Libraries picture in chalk on Windrush Square and a balloon was released for each letter of the alphabet. Speeches about the importance of libraries were made by Tim O’Dell the local Unison rep, Toby Litt a local author, Vanessa Wood Chair of Friends of Brixton library and members of Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group.

The library door says ‘we welcome you to society’

[Toby Litt, local author]

The protest was well attended and had a lovely atmosphere with children playing and home-made banners. Letters to councillors were busily drafted and testimonials gathered to teach the council the value the people of Lambeth feel libraries add to the community.

After the speeches a large group of the protestors went into the library, picked up a book and began reading. There was not enough room so most simply sat on the floor. Having never been to a ‘Read In’ before I have to admit there was something pretty magical about it.

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