Lambeth Libraries Events April 2019


Lambeth Libraries: awards, activities and fun in the sun.

Lambeth libraries are awash with new books, big ones, small ones, something for study and more for pleasure. Come in and check out the burgeoning shelves - I'm sure you'll find something to delight.

It's award time in the book world and a couple of shortlists are worth a delve. The Wellcome Book Prize looks at books that illuminate the many ways that health touches our lives. This year's shortlist ranges from the enthralling mysteries of the human heart to the darkly comic fiction of one woman’s desire to sleep away the hours and covers pressing themes including concepts of gender and experiences of mental illness. This years Women's Prize for Fiction also has a strong list including Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite - a real favourite in the library.

Finally, April is the 50th Anniversary of the brilliant West Norwood Library and we'll be celebrating all the years running up to its recent refurbishment and a bright future ahead. Come and join us, libraries really have some great things going on!    

Sunday Sausages

Sunday Sausages

Sunday Sausages

Sunday, 31 March. 11.30am to 12.30pm
Clapham Library. 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB 

Life Under Water: Join Moulded Theatre for an hour of storytelling, games and creative activities all about life underwater. You’ll be exploring oceans and the creatures that live in the deep! Everybody is welcome to be part of the adventure!

Pay what you can! Ages: 3-8. Refreshments available. Contact Alex on

Explore Learning competition and Easter workshops

Explore Learning

Explore Learning

Join our free Easter workshops with Explore Learning.

Free Competition: First prize is a school assembly with famous popstar (and, now children’s book author) Alisha Dixon, £500 of books for the school of the winning child, and a trip to Disneyland Paris for the winner. Every child who enters will receive a certificate, and have their work read by us. Contact your library below to enter.

Creative writing: Free workshops on creative writing, story-planning and narrative structure where the kids will be able to enter their completed works into Explore L earning's Writing Competition.

Handwriting: We take a day out to the zoo (in the library!) to see all the animals, from the lions to the zebras. The animals guide the children through their perfect letter formation, the giraffes’ tall necks help with the letter ‘h’ and the pigs curly tails help with the letter ‘e’.

Waterloo Library 
Tuesday 9 April
Creative Writing: ages 4-11. 1pm to 2pm
Handwriting: ages 4-6.  2pm to 3pm
Limited places: Booking

Upper Norwood Library
Friday 12 April  
Workshop 1: ages 4-8, 2 to 3pm, 
Workshop 2: ages 8-14, 3 to 4pm
Limited places: Booking or phone 020 7926 1063

Carnegie Library
Friday 12 April  
Workshop 1: ages 4-8, 10 to 11am, 
Workshop 2: ages 8-14, 11am to 12pm
Limited places: Booking

Minet Library
Thursday 18th April
Workshop 1: ages 4-8, 12 to 1pm
Workshop 2: ages 8-14, 1 to 2pm
Limited places: Booking

West Norwood Library 50th Anniversary

West Norwood 50th Anniversary

Friday 12 April to Monday 15 April
West Norwood Library

IT makes sense! Free Introduction to python programming

IT makes sense! Free Introduction to python programming

IT makes sense!

Start date: Wednesday 17 April 10.30am to 12 noon. 3 week course Free. Brixton Library

For details email

The Peter Blegvad Quintet (Peter Blegvad / John Greaves / Chris Cutler / Bob Drake / Karen Mantler)

The Peter Blegvad Quintet

The Peter Blegvad Quintet

Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm
Clapham Library
Tickets £10

Clapham Library Live is proud to host a preview performance of the first ever UK appearance from the Peter Blegvad Quintet. All five performers are flying into London for a major one-off gig – and to celebrate libraries - are putting on a special preview show here at Clapham library. The cream of Avant-garde experimentalism coming together. This truly isn’t to be missed!

“Peter is joined by longtime comperes John Greaves and Chris Cutler, on bass and drums respectively, and of course they are maestros… he fills out the band with Bob Drake on guitar and Karen Mantler, who plays keyboards, chromatic harmonica and provides backup vocals. Greaves and Cutler comprise one of the most innovative and intricate rhythm sections in modern music... Drake and Mantler fill out the band's sound beautifully; the result is some of the warmest, most humane music Blegvad has ever produced.” – Glenn Kenny

Peter Blegvad Quintet tickets

EU Settled Status advice

EU Settled Status

EU Settled Status

Saturday 13 April, 3pm to 5pm (in Polish language). Streatham Library

Saturday 27 April, 3pm to 5pm Tate South Lambeth Library 

At the time of writing, 12th of April is the date that the UK is due to leave the EU. All EU citizens living in the UK will have to apply for “settled status” to be able to remain in the UK.

Come and find out about Brexit and the settled status: how you can apply, when to apply and how to preserve your rights in the UK after Brexit, what documents will you need, and where to seek support and help with your application.

Organised by Stockwell Partnership, East European Resource Centre and LEAP in partnership with Lambeth Libraries. The event will also include a session of questions and answers.

For more information on the council's preparations for Brexit visit and links to useful resources visit:

Easter Egg Hunt and Crafts

Easter Egg Hunt

Easer Egg Hunt

Wednesday 17 April, 2.30pm
Brixton Library

On The Other Side Of Freedom with DeRay McKesson

DeRay McKesson

DeRay McKesson

Monday 29 April, 7pm
Brixton Library
Tickets: Free

Five years ago, DeRay Mckesson quit his job as a school teacher, moved to Ferguson, Missouri, and spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist, helping to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into being. DeRay, in his distinctive blue vest, became a regular sight on TV screens and a spokesperson for a new generation of activists. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a growing liberation movement.

DeRay will be in the UK for two days only, join him at Brixton Library in conversation. Limited seats available, so free booking essential 

DeRay McKesson tickets

April Bank Holiday libraries

Lambeth Libraries and Archives will be shut on Friday 19 April, Sunday 21 April and Monday 22 April. We will be open on Saturday 20 April except at Waterloo Library. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.