Lambeth Libraries events January 2021


A happy New Year from Lambeth Libraries

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All at Lambeth Libraries wish you a happy New Year in the hope that 2021 might be better than the year gone.

Lambeth, along with the rest of the country, is again in a National Lockdown, which means that our Library service will be further limited for at least the next month or so. Libraries have been designated by the government as an 'essential service' and so we will continue to run essential PC use by appointment but we will be suspending the 'Select and Collect' service for the current time. We are really sorry about this but we need to do everything we can to help reduce the spread of the infection at the moment. We hope you find some great new reading via our online services

Our Home Visit Service for homebound readers will still continue and if you are unable to leave your home you can sign up for this service by contacting the team at

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on  - we'll be happy to help. Happy reading and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

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

Sundays 12pm - contact Ana at

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 for  meeting ID.

Thursdays 10.30am. Brixton Library with Sophia. Contact Sophia 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 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 for meeting ID and log in details.

From our Friends

Spread The Word’s Spring 2021 Season


We are delighted to announce our spring programme, running from January-March. We are continuing to keep our programme accessible to writers by offering free and low-cost opportunities alongside bursary places as part of our create-write-connect campaign.

Come and be part of an online writing community with our free Write Together workshops led by Michael Donkor for writers of all levels. Our free Developing Tutors workshop programme is back with Alex MarshallLui Sit and Christina Carè on developing your writing craft and practice. Our low-cost activities includes the following masterclasses: How to find the perfect idea for your children’s book with Jasmine Richards, Writing Love Scenes with Leone Ross and Research for Fiction Writing with Saeida Rouass. Each masterclass offers five bursary places for writers.

Our writing course this season is Getting Your Short Story Ready for Publication with Luan Goldie, which has concessionary prices and five bursary places for writers.

Writers will also have the opportunity to book onto our series of 1-2-1 sessions led by our Writer Development Manager, Eva Lewin, which includes three Fiction Surgeries (18 January, 15 February, 22 March) and two Getting to Where You Want to Be sessions (1 February, 15 March).

We welcome all writers onto our workshops. If you have access requirements and would like to attend, please email to discuss how we can support your needs.

Vickery's Folk Flora: An A-Z of the Folklore and Uses of British and Irish Plants

Vickery's Folk Flora

Tuesday 12 January, 7pm
Online event: To register email:

Join Roy Vickery of South London Botanical Institute to discuss his book, Vickery's Folk Flora: An A-Z of the Folklore and Uses of British and Irish Plants.

Roy’s book is a dictionary of British (native, naturalised and cultivated) plants and the folklore associated with them. Unlike many plant-lore publications Vickery's Folk Flora tells us what people currently do and believe, rather than what Victorians did and believed. The result is a vivid demonstration that plant folklore in the British Isles is not only surviving but flourishing; adapting and evolving as time goes by, even in urban areas. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

Together for Mental Wellbeing with Linda Bryant

Linda Bryant

Monday 18 January, 7pm
Online event. To register email: 

Together was formed in 1879, they have always believed that people with mental health issues have the right and the abilities to lead independent, fulfilling lives as part of their communities. Join CEO Linda Bryant to discuss the work of this local organisation based in Walnut Tree Walk. Organised by the Friends of Durning Library.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust memorial Day

Be the light in the darkness is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2021. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depth’s humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide. Join the online ceremony live. Register here to receive information about how to watch the ceremony at 7pm on 27 January.

Anna Blasiak discusses the life and times of Lili Stern-Pohlmann, Polish Holocaust survivor

Lili Stern-Pohlmann

Monday 25 January, 7pm
Online event: Eventbrite booking

As part of Lambeth’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day we will be in discussion with Anna Blasiak, author of Lili – a book-length conversation with Lili Stern-Pohlmann. This is the story of Lili Pohlmann's incredible childhood and survival as a Jewish girl during the Second World War in Lwów (Lemberg under German occupation, now Lviv in the Ukraine). After the war Lili came to London in the first of three transports of Jewish children from Poland. She arrived in the British capital on her sixteenth birthday. She still lives in London. Anna’s book focuses on Lili's childhood, wartime experiences, her arrival in London and years shortly after the war. These experiences are accompanied by historical commentaries, as well as more personal pieces from Anna Blasiak, framing and contrasting Lili's story and experiences with those of a different generation, growing up years after the war in Poland, a place where the vanished Jews left a painful, gaping hole.

Join Anna to discuss Poland and the Holocaust through the eyes of one survivor.

When the World Was Ours with Liz Kessler

Liz Kessler

Wednesday 27 January.
Online event for Schools bookings: Contact Sandra on

A powerful and heart-breaking novel about three childhood friends living during the Second World War whose fates are closely intertwined, even when their lives take very different courses.

Vienna. 1936. Three young friends – Leo, Elsa and Max – spend a perfect day together, unaware that around them Europe is descending into a growing darkness, and that events soon mean that they will be cruelly ripped apart from each other. With their lives taking them across Europe – to Germany, England, Prague and Poland – will they ever find their way back to each other? Will they want to?  Inspired by a true story, When The World Was Ours is an extraordinary novel that is as powerful as it is heartbreaking, and shows how the bonds of love, family and friendship allow glimmers of hope to flourish, even in the most hopeless of times. Join Liz and Lambeth Libraries to discuss her book and the Holocaust.

Business Start-ups in London Libraries

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

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 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.

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 or by Twitter @LambethArchives 

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at 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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