…and what a lovely space it is too!
Whatever you thought about the demolition of the old orchard and the total lack of real consultation about the library (Bad. There wasn’t one.) now that it is here, I think it’s well worth enjoying it.
Something that surprised me somewhat was that all the books in there are new. Apparently this is not unusual, and eventually a few of the books will be brought over from old library, but the rest will be distributed to other libraries, or sold. [Update (12th Nov): I’ve now been told this may not be the case. Will check and get to the bottom of this on Friday.]
The selection books is much wider than before, I got rather excited by the selection of art books that I otherwise could not afford.
There are a lot of events on both during the day, and in the evening, including some talks from well known authors at one end like Lionel Shriver this evening and Stella Duffy in a few weeks time, and (ahem) me somewhere beneath that!
I went to the talk by Dorothy Koomson which was well attended and very interesting but you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to book most of the talks. Having said that, the Dorothy Koomson one was theoretically fully booked but not everyone turned up, so you may be able to wing it!
Talks and events over the next month or so. Click on the photos to get full size images.
A full list of events is on the library website here: Camberwell Library Website.
The Children’s section of the library seems to be very, very popular. There were about 50 kids and parents there the other day for a storytelling session.
The library itself is mostly on one floor, but upstairs there is a long bench where you can work and study, with sockets for laptops.
There librarians have also brought in exhibits from the Cuming Museum relating to Camberwell, and also pictures of Camberwell are being put up from the Southwark Art Collection.
Some thought has also gone into the outside areas. The trees in front of the Magistrates Court now sport some really nice little bird boxes!
I also love the welcome to Camberwell vinyl at the entrance to the library. If you look carefully, you’ll find a lot of Camberwell institutions, including the Art School, St Giles, and even Sophocles and Crusons!
Which brings me nicely to a plug for a talk I’m doing this Friday 13th November at 7.30pm. [Updated 13⁄11 to correct the time)].
I was rather chuffed to be invited to do a talk on my photography series 36 Reasons To Love Camberwell. Unlike the other talks you don’t need to book, just turn up.
There will be a short question and answer session about the original project by the Head Librarian, Mark, and me. Then we’ll be opening up the floor to everyone and discussing the changes around Camberwell in the last few years, and those changes coming.
I’m going to update the series, and the discussion will form the basis for new photos and eventually a new book some time next year.
So please come along. It would be lovely to see you all, and while you are at it, you can have a look around this fantastic new edition to Camberwell.