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Summer reading fun for all the family, events and loads of books ....

Summer reading fun for all the family, events and loads of books...

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge going online

We're now two weeks into our cautious reopening, it's been wonderful to see some of our readers even if our return to the full library we know and love will be a slow process. Currently we have a 'Select and Collect' book service and limited computer access by appointment. If you would like to use either of these services or have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on libraries@lambeth.gov.uk - we'll be happy to help.

It's August and the summer is well and truly here. The Booker Prize longlist has been announced and some great summer reads are here for the borrowing. For children we have the fantastic Summer Reading Challenge, and this year, a great book give-away. 

I hope you find something great to read and do. Stay safe and happy reading.

Online events and resources below:


Summer Reading Challenge and Free books for Lambeth children

Silly Squad

Lambeth libraries and Elevate Lambeth have joined forces with The Reading Agency and children’s publishers Harper Collins to gift free books to children aged between 4 to 9 years for children to begin their Summer Reading Challenge. This year we're with the Silly Squad – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson. The Challenge is to read 6 books over the summer and is open for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years. It runs from now until 13 September 2020.

When children sign up they will get a book pack from their library. Each pack contains 4 books, stickers a silly squad collector’s wallet and a special edition silly squad pencil. The journey does not end there- children will receive a medal and certificate for their efforts in September.

Every morning during the summer we will be hosting Wriggle and Rhyme sessions for under 5’s, weekly quizzes and silly jokes posted on social media and storytelling for older children. As the summer progresses there will be lots more online activities. Downloadable activity resources relating to Silly Squad are available by emailing Sandra Davidson sdavidson@lambeth.gov.uk

Future Stories: One Day in 2070

Future Stories

Future Stories

29 June – 6 September 2020​

Calling young writers with something to say! Future Stories is a writing competition and series of writing workshops for young people aged 11 to 16 who have a story to tell about life in the future. Join the fun - a collaboration between Utopia Now and Lambeth and Southwark Library services.

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle and Rhyme

Lambeth Libraries brings your Wriggle and Rhyme live in your home!

Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s.

Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 10.30am to 11am

Facebook live everyday @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help - photo: Pixnio

Monday to Friday 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Lambeth Library staff are here to support children and young people with their homework. If you have an enquiry with your homework, please contact us online at Ask a Librarian

Code Clubs for Kids

Code Club

Wednesdays 3.30pm – Contact Will at CarnegieLibrary@lambeth.gov.uk

Sundays 3pm - contact Ana at ARodriguezPanadero@lambeth.gov.uk

Code Clubs for children aged 9-13 provide step-by-step activity sheets to create games, animations, and websites, learning the key concepts of coding at the same time. Join Will on Wednesdays or Ana on Sundays, email the contact for the group you’d like for meeting ID and details.

CV Workshops

CV workshops

CV workshops

Saturdays 5pm to 6pm

Are you 14 to 18 years old? Get help with your CV, applying for jobs and posting on job sites. Contact Rachel at RMcglinchey@lambeth.gov.uk for event ID and details.

Book at Breakfast - book chat

book at Breakfast

Book break

A shared reading group experience from the comfort of your own home. Our librarians will read from a novel, a short story or poem and then we'll stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need to read aloud or speak - it's fine to just listen or to chat about books.

Wednesdays 9.30am. Durning Library with Edwin. Contact Edwin at EEMacrae@lambeth.gov.uk for  meeting ID.

Thursdays 10.30am. Brixton Library with Andrew. Contact Andrew at AOBrien@lambeth.gov.uk for meeting ID.

Reading Groups online

Reading group

Online reading group

You can find more information about each of the groups and what they are discussing on your local library Facebook page or email me at todell@lambeth.gov.uk. All welcome.

English Conversation Café

Conversation cafe

Café open Mondays 1.30pm to 2.15pm

Want to practice speaking English or need help with English pronunciation?

Visit our virtual café and join our friendly group, who will encourage you to be confident in a range of situations that will assist you to improve your spoken English in every day conversations.

Bring our own your cappuccino, espresso or iced tea! Contact Liz at durninglibrary@lambeth.gov.uk for meeting ID and log in details.


Rae Stoltenkamp: Six Dead Men

Rae Stoltenkamp

Rae Stoltenkamp

Tuesday 11 August, 7pm

Author Rae Stoltenkamp discusses her writing and her Detective Robert Deed series. Snapshots of six dead men. In life they infected what they touched and in death they continue to wreak havoc. But even contemptible men deserve to have their deaths explained. Don’t they? Author talk followed by general Q&A from attendees. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library, for more information, meeting ID and log in details contact Carnegie Library at CarnegieLibrary@lambeth.gov.uk

Lambeth history talks

Lambeth Archives talks

Lambeth Archives

A series of online Lambeth history talks by the staff of Lambeth Archives

Thursday 13 August, 6.45pm. Suburban Spread, Clapham, Brixton, Norwood and Streatham

To book a place and receive log-in details, email archives@lambeth.gov.uk

Lambeth Libraries Literary Lockdown Quiz

Literary lockdown

Lambeth Libraries Literary Lockdown

Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm

Lambeth Libraries book quiz to entertain and test your literary brain. Email brixtonlendinglibrary@lambeth.gov.uk for your invitation and password.

Business Start-ups in London Libraries

Business Start up

Our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our August schedule and register your place on one of the online workshops. This project is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their business idea into a reality.

Lambeth Heritage Festival 2020

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

September 2020

Lambeth Heritage Festival will run for the whole of September; the big difference being that this year everything will be online. With over 40 events - virtual walks, film screenings, online talks, podcasts, virtual reality events, film, banner making and drawing workshops, discussion groups, virtual building tours and author interviews - there is something happening every day of the month and hopefully something for everyone's tastes: music hall and theatre, black history, botany and wildlife, Vauxhall Gardens, local histories of chess, cycling, architecture, health - to list just a few. Look out for the full programme of events which will be coming out in mid-August.

From our Friends

Pegasus Digital Choir

Pegasus Digital choir

Pegasus Opera Company's Community Choir
Mondays, 7pm to 8.30pm starting on the 3 August
A choir which is open to anyone aged 10 years and over, all abilities welcome! We have an experienced choirmaster Aga and Thembe who are experienced in working with digital choirs.

Even though we can't all come together safely just yet we will still be rehearsing material for our Black History Month Legacy and Hope concert, that will also be a digital performance.

Our music is accessible and fun but we are not scared of a challenge! 

Register on eventbrite for your free place and we will email you the instructions on how to access our choir! 

The 2020 Booker Prize longlist announced

2020 Booker longlist

2020 Booker longlist

The longlist for The 2020 Booker Prize was announced on Tuesday 28 July. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland in the last year. Why not try one or two over the summer from your library? Just go to our Library catalogue, select the titles you'd like, reserve them and we'll let you know when you can pick them up! Simple.

The Snow Q Project

Snow Q

Filmpoem Crow from the Snow Q Project

If anyone had the chance to see the Maria Jastrzębska play Snow Q at Clapham Library earlier in the year, this is a little treat - This Filmpoem of Maria's poem Crow is quite extraordinary but do be aware it contains flashing images.


Say Your Peace: Three Recipes for Self Care

say your peace

In May, Spread the Word commissioned Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola, and former Laureates Caleb Femi and Momtaza Mehri, to create new poems that explore the impact lockdown has made on us, and the things we have found comfort in.The piece is now available to watch via BBC iPlayer

Follow the hashtag #SayYourPeace and keep posted for more activities in response to the film, which will be shared online soon.

Say Your Peace was commissioned as part of BBC Arts, Arts Council England and The Space’s Culture in Quarantine season. 

RB Digital

Free eBook and eAudiobook, magazine and comic downloads

With your library card you can use our e-library for free, just go to  www.lambeth.gov.uk/LibraryServicesOnline. When logging in use all letters in your library card number 'LMP'.

We've got thousands of eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines and Comics to download and they're all free. Get the RBDigital app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 

You’ll find some amazing eBooks longlisted for some of the most prestigious book prizes available to download on RBDigital. Here are some of our favourites. 


Fantastic Free Online Resources

There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital ArchivePressReader app (Over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries. Great for catching up on the daily papers from around the world or brushing up on your languages if you are a student) and Newsbank (archive of local and regional UK papers), and many more. Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply register at Lambeth KanopyTake a look at what's available. www.lambeth.gov.uk/LibraryServicesOnline

Lambeth Landmark

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Landmark is an online showcase of over 14,000 of the best images from Lambeth Archives’ collections of photographs, drawings, prints, watercolours, maps and documents. High quality photographic prints are available. To find out more contact archives@lambeth.gov.uk or by Twitter @LambethArchives 


UK's largest family history site. Billions of records; Marriage Records; Search Your Surname; Build Your Family Tree; Immigration Records; Search Census Records; Death Records... all for free with your Library card. Log into the Lambeth Libraries Catalogue and find the link on the home page.


Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at
www.lambeth.gov.uk/jointhelibrary. Once you've registered, just email libraries@lambeth.gov.uk with the UNREG number to complete your membership. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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