Keeping entertained and involved with Lambeth Libraries


Pyjamarama, homework help, natter chatter and, of course, loads of book...

Pyjamarama day

Lambeth Librarians celebrating Pyjamarama Day

Its six weeks into the lockdown and we hope you’ve enjoyed some of the services we’ve moved into the online world. The cultural sector has been great at filling the space too and so here are a few of the podcasts and online fun our librarians have recommended to keep you busy.

Mondays with Michelle! Join Michelle Obama in a reading of one of her favourite children’s books. Catch up with weekly Puffin Podcast storytime featuring Jacqueline Wilson, Sam Copeland, Nick Sharratt and Alexis Deacon! Tune in each week at 3:30pm on weekdays for brand new readings. Julia Donaldson and Friends: Every Thursday the Gruffalo author will broadcast a show for families on her Facebook page and Axel Scheffler, the Gruffalo illustrator, lays out the coronavirus, and the measures being taken to control it, in a way that is comprehensible to children with a free picture book and video. The British Library’s Discovering Children’s Books website gives you free access to book-inspired creative activities, from making your own miniature book to writing a comic strip, and finally BBC Bitesize for 5 to 7 year olds with fun maths and history sessions for those wanting some fun learning.

#Librariesfromhome is an online resource to showcase the fantastic remote services that libraries are delivering to people across the country. The website pulls together some of the excellent rhyme times, story times and Lego clubs to keep children engaged and support early literacy and creative thinking and 
National Shelf Service is a live daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations for children and families by UK librarians. 

The Big Book Weekend (8-11 May 2020) is a three-day virtual book festival that brings together the best of the cancelled British literary festivals, with a range of events ‘sponsored’ by the relevant festival, featuring the authors and other artists who would have appeared.

The Penguin Podcast by Penguin Books UK offers conversations with some leading authors and creative thinkers. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work and Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert asks what you could do if you dedicated just one hour each day to improving yourself and your life. I hope you find something you like on the links above. 

One of my favourite things this week though was Pyjamarama where Librarians wished you good reading in their pyjamas - I've posted some pictures above but if you fancy a go, why not share your bedtime reading with us on our Instagram account . Below you'll find what new events we have available and as always we hope you find something great to read. Stay safe and read well.

Online events and resources below:

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

Lambeth Libraries Literary Lockdown Quiz

Literary lockdown

Lambeth Libraries Literary Lockdown

Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm

Lambeth Libraries book quiz to entertain and test your literary brain. Email for your invitation and password.

Book at Breakfast - book chat

book at Breakfast

Book break

A shared reading group experience from the comfort of your own home. Our librarians will read from a novel, a short story or poem and then we'll stop and talk about what we have read. 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 Andrew. Contact Andrew at for meeting ID.

Teen Forum

Teen Forum

Saturdays 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Young people - exchange ideas, discuss your interests and hobbies and share advice with other like-minded teens. You can talk about what’s happening in the world, politics and fads, books and ideas... Join Rachel on Saturday, email her for meeting ID and details

Code Club for Kids

Code Club

Saturdays 4pm
Sundays 2.45pm

Code Club for children aged 9-13. It provides step-by-step activity sheets to create games, animations, and websites, learning the key concepts of coding at the same time. Join Abby and Ana on Sunday, email for meeting ID and details

Free film streaming with Kanopy



Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply register at Lambeth Kanopy and please use all the letters and numbers on your library card with no spaces.

Kanopy Film Club Watch Party

Watch Party

Film Club

Saturdays 7pm

We choose the film, you hit play at 7pm. Tweet along with @lamlibs or send us a tweet sized review using #LamLibsWatchParty. Check the latest film under discussion on our Twitter. 

Reading Groups online

Reading group

Online reading group

Our Reading Groups have gone online
bringing people together to discuss a particular book. Don't miss our weekly get-together's.

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.

Share a book review with Lambeth readers

Women's prize

Looking for a good book to share? Check out our Reading Group blog where readers review and share their book thoughts and why not submit your own review #LockDownReading, email

Free eBook and eAudiobook, magazine and comic downloads


RB Digital

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. 


Prize nominated books on RB Digital

V.E. Day Lambeth

Allan Wilmot,  photocredit Windrush Foundation

West Indian service men, including Lambeth resident Allan Wilmot, at RAF training camp in Yorkshire taken in 1944 after his arrival. Photocredit Windrush Foundation

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Lambeth Archives will be showcasing a series of historical images from its collections on Twitter, photographs that capture the lives of ordinary people in Lambeth in the lead-up to the celebrations of May 1945, and also commemorating the contribution of the servicemen from the West Indies, many of whom then went on to live in Lambeth after the war.

Polish Heritage Day with Clare Mulley

Polish Heritage Day

Polish Heritage Day

Saturday 9 May - Twitter @Lamlibs

For Polish Heritage Day historian, author and journalist Clare Mulley joins @HistoryHack to talk about female SOE agent Krystyna Skarbek, AKA Christine Granville. We were planning to host Clare, award-winning biographer of The Spy Who Loved with @polesconnect celebrating #PolishHeriatgeDay. Unfortunately this had be cancelled but you can still enjoy listening to the remarkable secret life of extremely charismatic British female WWII special agent Christine Granville with History Hack

Sisters in Arms with Julie Wheelwright

Julie Wheelwright

Julie Wheelwright

Monday 18 May, 7pm 

Sisters in Arms: female warriors from antiquity to the new millennium. Local author Julie Wheelwright discusses her new book, bringing alive stories from the Scythian women who begat the myth of the Amazons to passing women of the eighteenth century and the re-emergence of women in today's armed forces. Organised by the Friends of Durning Library.

Contact Liz on for meeting ID and log in details.

We're on Instagram



You can find Lambeth Libraries on Instagram! Check out some of the fantastic videos and pictures that are being posted there, why not join us by sharing your favourites too. Highlights include:

Our Book of the week chosen by your local librarian and read to your child every Monday at 4pm.

Virtual Code Club challenge - cool things to get you investigating coding with your Librarian every Tuesday at 4.30pm

Book inspired Arts and Craft Club sessions every Thursday at 4pm.

Join Joy Rhoades, an award-winning writer of historical fiction, in her creative writing podcast broadcast on Lambeth Libraries' Instagram. Designed particularly for writers beginning their path in creative writing, Joy is recording the podcast weekly with writers and learner writers under lockdown in mind, to provide some creative diversion.

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle and Rhyme

Lambeth Libraries brings your Wriggle and Rhyme live in your home!

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.

Wriggle and Rhyme Grown Ups Natter Time

Wriggle and Rhyme Grown Ups Natter Time

Fridays 11am

An online get together for parents, grandparents, child minders or nannies to develop support networks within a safe space. A weekly chat to touch base and support each other, with a simple smile from a familiar face, a chat or shared tear and hopefully some giggles.

Email Tina at for the meeting ID and invite

Lambeth history talks

History Talks

Lambeth Archives

A series of online Lambeth history talks by the staff of Lambeth Archives

Tuesday 5 May 1.15pm to 2pm
A Place of Public execution.
The gallows at Kennington and other former execution sites in Lambeth. (Jon Newman)

Thursday 14 May 6.45pm to 7.30pm Lambeth in Literature.
How this part of South London has been represented by writers as diverse as William Blake, Charles Dickens, Jake Arnott and Alex Wheatle. (Jon Newman)

Tuesday 19 May 1.15pm to 2pm Lambeth’s history online.
An introduction to some of the main online sources for researching Lambeth's history and how to access them. (Len Reilly)

Thursday 28 May 6.45pm to 7.30pm
A walk around Waterloo.
A virtual walk around the Waterloo area. (Len Reilly)

To book a place and receive log-in details, email

Fantastic Free Online Resources

There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital Archive, 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 Newsbank (archive of local and regional UK papers), and many more. Take a look at what's available.

Online Resources

Lambeth Landmark

Lambeth Archives

The Lock-down Diaries is a Lambeth Archives project to collect local people’s experiences of the Corona virus epidemic in Lambeth. To participate and to find out more contact or by Twitter @LambethArchives 

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.

UK's largest family history site. Billions of records; Marriage Records; Search Your Surname; Build Your Family Tree; Immigration Records; Search Census Records; Death Records... all for free with your Library card. Log into the Lambeth Libraries Catalogue and find the link on the home page.


Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at Once you've registered, just email with the UNREG number to complete your membership. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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