This Monday, I had an extremely intriguing conversation with the members of Tinsley ‘Pop Up ‘ Library, which included various volunteers and the person who manages the library from Sheffield City Council.
We began talking about the story of the library, from how it began in the Roundabout Centre, and then due to lack of funding, Sheffield City Council had to rent two shop units at the Highgate Shopping Arcade for the new Library. 2 years ago, due to city wide budget cuts on library services and a break clause in the lease contract, the Tinsley Library was closed for 1 year and a half until the pop up library was opened in the Tinsley Forum this June, which is a small room located in the Tinsley Forum. Conversations began more interesting as we engaged with the volunteers which revealed ‘hidden’ layers, stories and prominent themes within the social and spatial context of Tinsley which related to their personal lifestyles, habbits and experiences.
‘MAINSTREAM’ SYSTEMS AND FEASIBILITY
-Council run VS Community Run
-City wide budget cuts from the Council>transformation to volunteer run libraries
-Leasing contracts and tenancy.
THE LIBRARY’S IMPACT ON LIFESTYLE
-It was not just a place for books, but a community hub for social gatherings and events.
-Language barrier—leads to employment barriers—Need to provide qualifications for low educated residents.
-Ethnical and Religious barrier
-Urban barriers—M1 Motorway/traffic issues
-Public green space and potential green spaces
-Alternative spaces that COULD have been the new school
-Lack of public spaces for multi-use hire.
-Unpleasant and defensive public private realm.
PERPECTUAL TRANSGRESSION OF STRONG CORPERATIONS
-New Tinsley Meadows Academy on Tinsley Green
-IKEA on the doorstep
-Outokumpu proposal for 5 new steel distribution plants
EMERGING ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIES AS A RESPONSE TO A PROBLEM IN THE COMMUNITY
-Volunteering as librarians
HIDDEN STORIES AND ANECDOTES-(what’s underneath the iceberg?)-reference to JK. Gibson Graham
-School pupils are obliged to go to library afterschool to download worksheets from the internet.
-Local mums gathering petitions to prevent the construction of the New Tinsley Meadows Academy.
-Young litter pickers saying, “we need trolleys”, to put all the litter in.
-Routes, experiences and personal highlights of daily journeys to and from the library.
-The idea of moving the library to the school being rejected by the council.