Fun Palaces at Lambeth Libraries - now cuts loom

On Saturday, 3rd October, Lambeth Libraries opened their doors to create eleven Fun Palaces, at which local residents tried their hand at the arts and sciences, storytelling and play, exploration and adventure.

Following in the wake of the pioneering team at Brockwell Lido Fun Palace, Zoey Dixon of Lambeth Libraries led her service in delivering an amazing series of community events.

There were firefighters and footballers, aromatherapists and kickboxing archaeologists at Carnegie Library; zinemakers from City University and entrepreneurship workshops at Clapham; an Astronaut Academy at Brixton, 3D printers and urban myth writers at Minet Library and much, much more in every single venue run by Lambeth Libraries and Lambeth Archives.

Fun Palaces' presiding genius Stella Duffy led a thirteen-mile walking tour of all eleven sites, accompanied by, among others, a member of the national Libraries Taskforce. You can see more from the day's events on Storify.

Now Lambeth Council is planning reductions in funding and service to their libraries. Brixton Buzz reports on the plans, which include transforming a number of libraries into GLL leisure centres. You can read online the proposals which will go before the cabinet on Monday 12 October.

Laura Swaffield of the Library Campaign, herself a Lambeth local, advises that borough residents and other concerned parties should contact the council member responsible for the decision, Councillor Jane Edbrooke, at

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