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Lambeth Libraries events December 2020

A happy festive season from Lambeth Libraries

Winter Mini Challenge

What a year its been! With the Christmas holidays fast approaching we have some great books to get you or children through the holidays, so why not use our 'Select and Collect' service - treat yourself and ask your local Librarian to select a bunch of books for you - just tell them the sort of thing you like (and ask them to throw in a surprise). It's also a great service to keep the kids busy and reading! 

...And what better for the kids to do but sit back and enjoy a great book. Why not sign them up to The Winter Mini Challenge. The Challenge encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing books. Over the school holidays children can experience a 'dip' in reading skills and learning, and due to the disruption to education caused by Covid-19, this year is set to be hard for them. The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Tuesday 1 December 2020. 

...and if you want to send a letter to Santa this Christmas you can get a little help from Peppa Pig and Ladybird books.

 Next week Waterloo Library will be opening (appointment only) to bring all of our 10 libraries back into use.

If you would like to use the library, use 'Select and Collect', or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on libraries@lambeth.gov.uk  - we'll be happy to help. Happy reading and we look forward to seeing you soon.


2020s favourite reads from your local Librarians

Favourite reads

Throughout December on Lambeth Libraries Instagram.

Check out our Instagram throughout December to see some of the great reading recommendations from Lambeth Library staff. Tell us what was your 
favourite? Let us know.

Dystopia Now!

Dystopia Now!

Lambeth Libraries are delighted to be partnering in the launch of Dystopia Now! 

The project looks at how we can improve pandemic life for young people locally. There are online activities and competitions for young people to get involved in with top prizes including a laptop, vouchers and books. Check out: 

THIS IS THE YEAR poetry and spoken word competition for young writers (ages 11-16) competition open until 11 December
DREAM LOCKDOWN Minecraft competition for young town planners, architects, and Minecraft enthusiasts (aged 6-16) to build their ideal lockdown neighbourhood in Minecraft server open until 20 December
LIFE IN A DAY OF CORONA Film challenge and competition for young film makers (aged 16-19) to help us make a film "Life in a day of Corona" on Saturday 5 December.

Christmas Bedtime Stories

Xmas storytime

13 to 24 December. 7pm on Lambeth Libraries Instagram.

Get ready for Christmas and join in the festive spirit with Tamika for a 12 day bedtime Christmas count down of your favourite stories including the Night Before ChristmasI Love you father Christmas and many more . Bring your favourite cuddly toy and settle down with a cup of hot coco. For all the family.

Regular Activities

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s

Wriggle and Rhyme

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

Tuesdays 4pm – 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. 

Book at Breakfast - book chat

Book at Breakfast

A shared reading group experience from the comfort of your own home. 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 Sophia. Contact Sophia SNeizerAwuku@lambeth.gov.uk for meeting ID.

Reading Groups online

Reading Groups online

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

English Conversation Café

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.

Business Start-ups in London Libraries

SiLL logo

Our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our December 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.

From our Friends

100 great black britons home school

The 100 Great Black Britons home school competition is open to all age groups and is a fantastic way for children, young people and adults to learn more about the legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain. Find out about the competition. Entries open until 31 December.


Seasonal Verse or Worse

Seasonal Verse

Monday 7 December, 7pm
Online event. To register email:

It's Do-It-Yourself time again! Join the Friends of Durning Library with a selection of verse suitable for December and January. With all the festivities there should be no problem finding a short (2-5 mins) reading to fit the description. We'll start off and then hope at least some of you will join in with your choice. Like quizzes, hate poems? Try our 5-minute Mistlequiz! Pencil and paper optional. To help us into the spirit, bring your own glass and perhaps some festive garment or ornament. Organised by the Friends of Durning Library.

By her own consent with Naomi Clifford

Naomi Clifford

Tuesday 8 December, 7pm
Online event:
 To register email:

By her own consent - Rape Culture in the Georgian Era and the murder of Mary Ashford.

When the man accused of the rape and murder of Mary Ashford, a young Birmingham servant, was found not guilty, local gentlemen were so outraged they funded a second trial. So why did they also blame Mary for her own death?

Stockwell-based author and historian Naomi Clifford looks at a 200-year-old crime and asks if anything has really changed for women in the #metoo era. Vauxhall History event organised with the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

Dulwich College: Cradle of Writers with Patrick Humphries

Patrick Humphries

Tuesday 8 December, 7pm
Online event: To register email:

It is widely known that P.G. Wodehouse was a proud old boy of Dulwich College. It is a little less well-known that Raymond Chandler, CS Forester and Dennis Wheatley were also alumni. Or that two Booker prize winning writers, Michael Ondaatje and Graham Swift, attended the school in the 1950s and ‘60s respectively. And that Booker nominated Tom McCarthy (‘C’) and Tom Rob Smith (Child 44) followed them in the 1980s and 90s.

Join author and historian Patrick Humphries talking about the life and works of these writers. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

A Night of Festive Fun with Milly Johnson

A Night of Festive Fun with Milly Johnson

Thursday 10 December, 8pm
Online event: Eventbrite: Book here

Join Sunday Times bestselling author and indisputable queen of romantic fiction Milly Johnson for an evening of festive fun and frolics. 

It’s time to start feeling festive, and this year - more than ever before - we need a bit of fun and Christmas cheer. No one embodies the joy of Christmas more than bestselling author Milly Johnson, who will be swooping down on her virtual sleigh to read from her latest book, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, with lots of cracker jokes, hilarious anecdotes and a Christmas quiz thrown in!

So, don your best (or worst) Christmas jumper, pour yourself a glass (or two) of mulled wine, and join us for a joyous evening of festive fun!

Sheltering World

Sheltering World

Friday 18 December, 7pm.
Online event: Eventbrite: Book Here

Sheltering World is a short film, it is a collaboration which features new media, animation, music and poetry. Where is your shelter? Do you have ideas about what that means? Why do we need to care about this? Watch the film and talk to the artists and producers. For further information on the project, contact: terrimbroughton@gmail.com or fiongunn@live.co.uk

Down the Garden Path with Sam McDonald

Down the Garden Path

Saturday 19 December, 4pm.
Online event: to register email:

Get away from winter blues by taking a virtual stroll around local gardens with  Sam MacDonald, a young local Brixton  allotment holder, sharing an afternoon reflection and discussing his book Down the Garden Path- Snippets from the Cottage Gardener. Event will include a Q&A with a small panel of enthusiastic local gardeners. Event organised by Friends of Brixton Library.


Windrush: Portrait of a Generation - A photo-story by Jim Grover

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation - A photo-story by Jim Grover

Throughout December 
Brixton Library.
To book a free slot to view the exhibition please call: 020 7926 1058.

Celebrating the Caribbean community in South London. This photo-story by award-winning social documentary photographer Jim Grover looks at the community following the arrival of SS Windrush. 

For further information: www.jimgroverphotography.com www.windrushportraitofageneration.com, Twitter/Instagram: @jimgroverphoto

Black Lives Matter: Signs and placards from a summer of protest

BLM Exhibition

Throughout December. 11am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Viewing by appointment only (closed Bank Holidays)
Minet Library
Bookings: tel: 0207 926 6073 email: minetlibrary@lambeth.gov.uk

An exhibition of some of the signs and placards left behind after the recent Black Lives Matter protests in London. Do you see your sign here?

Booker winner 2020

Booker winner 2020

Following last Thursday's announcement that Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart won The 2020 Booker Prize, here is the winner on the The Booker Prize podcast.

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. 

Kanopy KIds

Fantastic free online resources and free film streaming

There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital Archive and PressReader 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 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 

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at
www.lambeth.gov.uk/jointhelibrary and contact the library you wish to collect their library card from. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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