DIGITAL TUESDAYS creates vibrant digital communities around public libraries. The scheme has been running since 2011 at Tate South Lambeth Library (TSL) in Vauxhall in central London. It was created by Christina Burnett and is delivered by Vauxhall CIC in partnership with Lambeth Libraries and Archives and local residents.
**Lambeth’s ‘Culture 2020′ plans mean that TSL is due to close on 1st April 2016 and be handed over to GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) for rebuilding as a fee-charging gym. If this happens, all the Digital Tuesdays work – and the work of many other voluntary groups who support our community at the library – will have to stop. Please see the Defend the 10 website, run by local people supporting all Lambeth’s 10 libraries, to find out more.
Kate Hoey MP is supporting the campaign to keep TSL open as a fully-staffed library, particularly important because of our nationally recognised work supporting people with visual impairment and dyslexia so they can read books and use the internet in libraries like other citizens. See a one minute video of Kate Hoey speaking up for Tate South Lambeth on YouTube here.**
Digital Tuesdays has a number of strands, including the regular DIGITAL BAZAAR® (runner up at the prestigious 2012 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Awards); Libraries for Everyone/ DTvip for visually impaired people (VIPs) and the FAMILY HISTORY GROUP for people interested in tracing their ancestors. During 2013 we also delivered the Digital Bazaar® at Durning Library in Kennington.
In 2011 Digital Tuesdays pioneered free SCREENINGS at TSL of films with local interest. In 2013 we helped library staff to set up the MOVE MATINEES programme – free winter afternoon screenings of classic films chosen by the community (with tea and cake!). The next film is THE PINK PANTHER at 2.30pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2016, pick up a brochure at the library. The Movie Matinees are now organised by members of the local community in partnership with the library. Vauxhall CIC helped residents of Castle House Sheltered Scheme secure a grant from Lambeth Living to purchase the necessary screening licence, allowing other local groups to also show films at the library during the year. Castle House residents now also have their own multi-award-winning website, which we helped them to set up, again with the support of Lambeth Living: www.castlehousedigital.co.uk
We also create special events like DESIGN PHILANTHROPY, a collaboration with the Royal College of Art (2011) and COME AND SEE!, a showcase for digital assistive technology, which ran in October 2012 and June 2013.
Tate South Lambeth (TSL) is one of four libraries given to the people of Lambeth by Henry Tate, founder of the Tate Gallery. The library featured on Channel 4 News on 14th February 2011 in an item comparing the Big Society concept with Victorian philanthropy.