On Saturday 1 December 2012 at 2pm, Tate South Lambeth Library (180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP) will unveil a unique children’s book section sponsored by Montepio, the Portuguese mutual savings bank.
Montepio’s donation of a Portuguese children’s book section to the library in 2012 follows its previous donation of a book section for adults last year. The book collections have been donated by employees from across all of the bank’s branches in Portugal.
Montepio and the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are working with local, Lambeth-based partners, Apoio a Comunidade Portuguesa (ACPUK), Wyvil Primary School and St Stephen’s Children’s Centre to promote use of Tate South Lambeth Library which is located at the heart of ‘Little Portugal’ – the main Portuguese-language speaking community in South Lambeth – which includes many children in local schools.
Local volunteers are also helping to run basic English Language classes at the library for Portuguese adults resident in the area. The classes are being run by ACPUK in partnership with Wyvil Primary School and St Stephen’s Children’s Centre.
Guilherme Falcão de Rosa, spokesperson for Montepio said, “Montepio is the only Portuguese building society to invest a considerable portion of its profits in projects that will benefit Portuguese speaking people who need it most. We already have a solid track record in corporate social responsibility in Portugal, including donating 20 vans each year to Portuguese social enterprise organisations.
“By sponsoring Tate South Lambeth library’s Portuguese children’s book section, we aim to unite the Portuguese community in Lambeth, promote Portuguese heritage and culture in London and help to integrate the community into British society and Lambeth life.”
Cllr Sally Prentice, Lambeth’s Cabinet member for Culture said: “Tate South Lambeth Library is a great community library and Montepio’s kind donation will make Tate South’s services even better, helping children in the local community to learn Portuguese.
“It’s a great example of how Lambeth Council is working co-operatively with residents and businesses to make local services, like libraries, better meet the needs of the communities they serve.”
Edith Holtham, Chair of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library said, “This is yet another example – and the most extensive to date – of the support that has been given to Tate South Lambeth Library by the Portuguese community over the past ten years. The whole of the local community, of whatever origin, has benefited from the strengthening of a vibrant, responsive library. We are very grateful.”