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Lambeth Libraries events May 2021

Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival returns with authors galore...

Festival Book covers

Library services are gradually opening up more across Lambeth. PC booking, study space, “Select and Collect”, and browsing to borrow books are all available by appointment. At the moment only West Norwood and Carnegie offer browsing, but this is being extended to all our libraries during May and June. If you know anyone who still can’t get out and would like some books, do put them in touch with us and we will arrange to visit them at home.

You can book an appointment to use a PC, to print, photocopy/scan, browse, or study just call or email your local branch during opening hours and, as always, we'll be happy to help. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at libraries@lambeth.gov.uk.

Our plethora of free online resources is still available for you to enjoy so happy reading / listening / watching / learning!


Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival 2021

Readers and Writers Festival brochure

Join Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Festival for a month-long programme of inspirational events: reading, writing, discussion or simply sitting back and listening - you'll all be welcome. For a full guide to every event see the Festival website

To book for each event see Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite

biography writers

Amazing biographies

Author discussions with Q&As. Sessions include: Costa prizewinner Jack Fairweather discusses Polish war hero Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to create an underground resistance; Lilian Pizzichini discusses Mariella Novotny, whose life and murder incorporated political scandal, the Profumo affair, JFK and bent London coppers in the highest places. A real highlight of the Festival will be music journalist Paul Morley discussing his new biography of Bob Dylan.  

fascinating fiction writers

Fascinating Fiction

Patrick McGrath introduces his new novel Last Days in Cleaver Square, a Spanish Civil War veteran confronts his past; Leone Ross discusses her much anticipated This One Sky DayStar-crossed lovers try to find their way back to one another across one day; Authors come together for A night to celebrate Love, Life, Laughter with Anstey HarrisJames Bailey, Mike Gayle and Eva Verde; and Nadifa Mohamed discusses The Fortune Men, Mahmood is a chancer - not a murderer - but when a shopkeeper is murdered, suspicion falls on him.

A night of love and laughter

getting activated writers

Getting activated...

Join Lola Olufemi in discussion with Yara Rodrigues Fowler on  Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power, Lola looks to reclaim feminism from consumerism, showing that the struggle for gendered liberation is a struggle for justice; Simon Hannah and the Radical Readers group discuss the Poll Tax rebellion that helped bring down one of the most powerful Prime Ministers in Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The Fight to Stop the Poll Tax and if you want to discuss a great LGBTQ+ classic, join the LGBTQ+ book club to discuss Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.

…and more...

Test your knowledge with our fun Literary Bingo, download your bingo cards and answer our daily literary quiz questions.

For Lambeth writers, enter our Writing Competition for Lambeth residents with publishers Simon & Schuster
Saturday 15 May 2021

Exclusively for Lambeth residents, this opportunity enables you to submit your first three chapters, for the first time, directly to the editorial team. For entry details and information see Simon & Schuster's Books and the City website

#DigitalOriginals #OneDay open submission day (#LoveLamLibOneDay)

Digital Originals

Children's Author Visits

Children's authors

Lambeth’s month-long Readers and Writers festival also gives young readers the chance to hear from and meet authors.

Thursday 6 May, 2 -3pm. For Under 3s. Hear author/storyteller Chitra Soundar read from her beautifully illustrated books You’re Safe with Me and You’re Strong With Me. Book via Eventbrite

Thursday 13 May, 2pm. New picture book Munchkin's Adventures follows the imaginary adventures of Karen Farrell’s daughter Alice. Book via Eventbrite

Thursday 20 May, 2pm. Hear Sandra Moodie read Aminata and the Bag of Seeds. Book via Eventbrite

Thursday 27 May, 2pm. Author/illustrator of The Crocodile Who Couldn’t Swim Lee Attard introduces us to a super fun collection of rhyming children’s books. Book via Eventbrite

Regular Activities for Children

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s


Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 10.30-11am
Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s on Facebook live every day @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.




Wednesday 26 May at 4-5pm

Chatterbooks - an online reading and show 'n' tell group for 8-12 year-olds on the last Wednesday of the month at 4-5pm.  It's National Share-a-Story month, so go on...share your or a story you love!

Email Sandra sdavidson@lambeth.gov.uk or Rita rchakraborty@lambeth.gov.uk.

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help - photo: Pixnio

Monday to Friday at 3.30-4.30pm
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 and Wednesdays 4pm – contact Will at  carnegielibrary@lambeth.gov.uk

Sundays 12pm - 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. 


Regular Activities for Adults

Lambeth History Unlocked

Edward Hollamby 10958 - Courtesy of Lambeth Archives

Edward Hollamby 10958 Lambeth Archives

Rebuilding Lambeth, Edward Hollamby and the last of Lambeth’s council houses.
Thursday 20 May, 7pm 

This talk is given by Lambeth Archivist, Jon Newman. To register to join please email archives@lambeth.gov.uk

Reading Friends

Reading Friends

Reading Friends is a UK-wide initiative that brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. It's your choice whether to read aloud or sit back and listen. Reading is about pleasure, not pressure! 

Wednesdays 9.30am - Book @ Breakfast Contact Erol at EMehmet@lambeth.gov.uk for details.

Thursdays 10.30am - Book @ Breakfast Contact Sophia at sneizerawuku@lambeth.gov.uk for details.

Thursdays 5pm - The Polish Community Reading Friends Contact Arthur at alech@lambeth.gov.uk for details.

Thursdays 4pm - The Caribbean Reading Friends Contact Pauline at pedole@lambeth.gov.uk for details.

Reading Groups Online


Carnegie Library

Want to chew the cud about a book you've just read? We have many friendly, stimulating reading groups to choose from. You can find more information about each group and what they are discussing on your local library Facebook page, or email Tim at todell@lambeth.gov.uk. All welcome.

English Conversation Café

English Conversation Café

Café open Mondays at 1.30-2.15pm
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.

From Our Friends

Bump, baby and me

Bump, baby and me

Free Lambeth baby festival
Tuesday 4 May to Friday 7 May

Great events such as baby massage, baby showers and baby games. Hear from health and early years experts on all aspects of pregnancy and the first year of your baby's life. Connect and make new friends with other local parents.

Register for as many sessions as you like.

Whether you’re pregnant – or you’ve had a baby in lockdown – we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Escape: One Day We Had To Run

Escape: One Day We Had To Run

Launch of Escape: One Day We Had to Run with Lantana Publishing
Tuesday 4 May, 7pm 

Written by Ming & Wah Chen and illustrated by Carmen Vela, this book shares emotive and inspiring personal narratives from refugees, asylum seekers and migrants across history and geographies, who have braved enormous challenges to find a safe home for their families. The event is hosted by the Holocaust Museum LA.

Listen to Ming & Wah talk about what and who inspired them to research and collect these courageous stories of resilience and determination, and learn more about Carmen's bold and striking illustrations. Register Here

Mental Health

Missing Mummy: A Book about Bereavement

Missing Mummy: A Book about Bereavement

For Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May, Librarian Sandra, reads a positive, helpful and touching story about losing a parent. Ages 4 plus 

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Create-write-connect: Free writing course with Spread the Word

Elle McNicholl

Starts 27 May

Elle McNicoll is running a FREE course all about writing for children and young people. This 5-week course will guide you through and discuss narrative style, genre, character and the importance of Own Voices as well as the dos and don’ts for children’s fiction. Activities and readings are emailed to you weekly; there is no need to 'show up' to anything, you can take part in your own time. Book a free place here

Elmer Day


Saturday 29 May is Elmer Day in all Lambeth Libraries. Help us spread the positivity of Elmer by getting your own free resources and join the online celebration. Contact your local library for more details.


Free e-book and e-audiobook, 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 e-books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to download and they're all free. Get the Libby app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 

Libby App  

New app for e-books and e-audiobooks

We've moved our digital library from RBdigital to the Libby app. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great e-books and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby from OverDrive.

Kanopy LGBTQ

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 your library card from. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

Follow Lambeth Libraries on Twitter @lamlibs and on Instagram @Lambeth_Libraries

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