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The Tate South Lambeth Library is piloting some pioneering new aids for users with visual impairments – with financial support for one gadget coming from ASSA through the monies we raise through community fundraising activities.

ASSA contributed £350 towards the costs of a pioneering new mouse reader plus screen. The mouse, which is larger than the average computer mouse and has an in-built camera, is plugged into a TV screen and can be dragged or nudged across text, which is then magnified to be easily read on the large screen (see photo). This gadget should do much to help visually impaired readers make even more use of the library.

The project, developed by Vauxhall CIC (Community Interest Company), had an airing in the library during National Libraries Day on Saturday 8 February, and has since been installed, along with new accessible keyboards on all the public computers in the library – the first in the UK to install such keyboards, which are very visually clear and user-friendly.

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, visited the library on 4 March to see the new equipment in action, and was clearly impressed by the project, as well as by the regulars at the Digital Tuesdays for visually impaired users, who spoke very forcefully of the need for such aids and how life-changing the weekly events are for those who lose their sight.

Christina Burnett, a director of Vauxhall CIC, says that the TV mouse and screen “will make it possible for people who can’t see small print to access all the books, newspapers and other printed information in the library once again.

“We are very grateful to ASSA as the equipment will make a huge difference to the lives of many local people.”

Tate liobrary

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A first for Albert Square on Thursday 27 June – an evening production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors – with Motown soundtrack! The garden opens from 5.00pm for picnics before the show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10/£5 (children free).

For tickets and further details, contact: Albert Square Garden Trust, c/o 27 Albert Square SW8 1DA or: albertsquaregardentrust@london.com


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Tuesday 4 June 2013, 7pm

(doors open 6.30pm) at 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP

Portuguese maritime explorations which led to connecting East-West trade from the late fifteenth century onwards had unexpected effects on the sociocultural fabric of the peoples they encountered.  Effects on religion have been well recognised but other areas, such as language, music and dance, are less well known.   This lecture concerns the intangible Lusitanian heritage.

Dr Shihan de Silva is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London), a member of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee (Paris) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain & Ireland).  She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in international journals, and has also written eight books in the fields of Portuguese Studies, Historical Linguistics, Ethnomusicology, African Diaspora Studies and Ethnography.

Admission free.Light refreshments available.  Suggested donations £2.


Portuguese talk

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van gogh walk

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Saturday 16 March – Easter egg hunt in Vauxhall Park – organised by Friends of Vauxhall Park

Entry is free to all children between 1 and 10, BUT children must register and be accompanied by an adult.

To book your place call Louise on 020 7735 4816


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South Lambeth Wild West Line Dance

Saturday 23 March 2013 


Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane, South Lambeth SW8 2UP

Bring your own drink and something for the buffet.

Prizes for the wild west’s best dressed.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for TARA members) in advance only.

Please buy your tickets from Trend Dry Cleaners, 123 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XA (cash only)

or email tara@tradescant.net



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The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are inviting local residents to the following events at the library in South Lambeth Road:

  •  January’s free film screening – Sicko:  Wednesday 16 January, 6.45pm (doors open at 6.30pm). A documentary by Michael Moore, comparing the quality of health care provided in the United States with free, universal care in Canada, the UK and France. Moore contrasts reports in the US media on Canadian care with Canadians’ experience of hospitals and clinics there. He also interviews patients and doctors in the UK. Screening permission granted by Lambeth’s Keep Our NHS Public (KNOP).
  • Gardening group – Saturday 10 January, 3-4pm. A workshop on building an earth box.
  • Annual party for Friends – and friends of Friends; Wednesday 23 January 7pm. A pre-Burns Night Party, offering the traditional fare of haggis (including a veggie version) neeps, tatties, whisky (as well as other drinks) . Entertainment will include Scots poetry, a singing session and an introduction by May Anderson, the well-known local artist (and a proud Scot), on her exhibition at Tate Local. Entrance is free to members of Friends of Tate South Lambeth library. But you can join Friends at the door – and be welcomed in.
  • Gardening group – Saturday 24 January, 3-4pm.  Lambeth Council’s Dr Compost gives advice.

For further information on the Friends of Tate South Library –www.tatesouthlambethfriends.org

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