The next meeting of the Friends of Marcus Garvey Library is scheduled for next Saturday August 15th at 2pm at the Library. The meeting is scheduled to take one hour, so please be on time as we have a busy agenda:
Meeting 15th August Agenda
Plans to change Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham Green by taking over most of the first floor for council offices include closing the library for at least six months, starting in September. This is being classed by the council as improvement works, not a restructuring – and so they don’t need to consult anybody.
Save Marcus Garvey Library meeting with David Lammy MP.
3rd August 2015
A packed meeting in the library on Monday called by the Friends of Marcus Garvey Library, brought MP David Lammy into the discussion. Like many people, he knew nothing of the plans to close the library, especially at this three weeks notice. He says he has no power over what happens at Council level, but will do what he can to stop this short-notice closure.
The Council has made NO local provision for an alternative, for the thousands of library users. They have been advised to use St Anns library instead. Some classes are moved to Wood Green. There are three hours of toddler sessions offered at the Bernie Grant Centre. St Ann’s is a mile away, and is tiny. There is an empty school building next to MG Library, recently vacated by a private nursery school.
The whole story is a scandal that has been spun as a benefit – cut library space in half, re-schedule all the library staff as ‘advisors’, make them reapply for their own jobs, bring a steady stream of people looking for housing advice into the library past the children’s corner, throw away or sell for 20p thousands of books including many from the specialist Black Triangle collection – and Cllr Jason Arthur, responsible for library services, calls this ‘enjoying a significant makeover’. They must think we are totally stupid.
We now wait to hear back from Mr Lammy re how he gets on with his call for a freeze on the closure. He was clearly displeased to know nothing of this despite being the local MP.
Save the Marcus Garvey Library facebook page
Press release with more information. mgl press release
The newly formed “Friends of Marcus Garvey Library” are running an event to celebrate *amazing libraries*.
Come and join us!
At Marcus Garvey Library
13th June 2015
Stories, Singing and acting!
All ages welcome!
The next “Friends of Marcus Garvey Library” meeting will be held on-13th June 2015
Time: 2-3pm at the ground floor meeting room. All are welcome to attend.
Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, London N15 4JA