2020s favourite reads from your local Librarians
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.
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
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 Christmas, I 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.
Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s
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 - 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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All welcome.
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 email@example.com for meeting ID and log in details.
Business Start-ups in London Libraries
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Down the Garden Path with Sam McDonald
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
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
Throughout December. 11am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Viewing by appointment only (closed Bank Holidays)
Bookings: tel: 0207 926 6073 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.