Lambeth Libraries events June 2020


Explore more with your Library card and of course, loads of books...

Lambeth Librarians on Instagram

Lambeth Librarians on Instagram

We hope you have the chance to enjoy the fantastic weather - and what's better than sitting out with a good book. To help, we've added loads of new titles to our online library as well as new resources - have a look below. 

There's more things to do everyday on our Instagram account. In this Newsletter you'll find what new events we are putting on and as always we hope you find something great to read. Stay safe and happy reading.

Online events and resources below:

English Conversation Café

Conversation cafe

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.

Business Start-ups in London Libraries

Business Start up

Our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our June schedule and register your place on one of online workshops. This project is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their business idea into a reality.

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.

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

Kanopy Film Club Watch Party

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.

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. 

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

Check out some of our new online offers – plus some old favourites


We’ve added some great new online resources for you to explore.
Encyclopaedia Britannica: this famous illustrated encyclopaedia is now really interactive. You can select age ranges so it is great for helping children do their homework and it has lots of images and videos.

Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions: the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, these books offer concise introductions to an amazing 699 subjects from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Poverty to Sexual Selection, Economics to Literary Theory.

Oxford Language Dictionaries: German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and French are being added to the English and Spanish that we already have. There will also be access to Grove Music, Grove Art and hundreds of other Oxford subject encyclopaedias and companions.

New Oxford Shakespeare: We now have all the works of Shakespeare online with explanatory notes. Great for playgoers and students alike.

Who’s Who: with over 34,000 autobiographical entries of famous and influential people and in Who Was Who over 94,000 of famous people who are deceased. If you want a more in depth read of historical figures lives it is worth looking at The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, with over 60,000 entries from Boudicca to Olive Morris. You can search by borough and local area and find famous people who used to live in your neighbourhood.

Cobra: Ever wondered if you could be your own boss or make some money but didn’t know where to start? Have a look at Cobra. From dog walker to cake maker, from mobile grocer to novelist, Cobra has hundreds of ideas and walks you through everything you need to know to be successful. If you already have a business it has a Coronavirus section with weekly briefings and sector updates to help you cope.
Life in the UK Preparing for UK citizenship? This site has hundreds of questions in the same format as the test to let you practise and see if you are ready to pass.

There is much more so have a look at Lambeth online resources.

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

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.

Hi VIS Fortnight


Hi VIS 2020

Monday 1 to 14 June

Hi VIS is a celebration of accessible library services and alternative formats, championing and raising awareness of the range of library services and activities that are available to visually impaired people to access. The theme this year is celebrating the word in all its forms and formats. Please get involved and spread the word! Check out what Lambeth Libraries are doing on all our social media channels. #HiVIS2020

Lambeth history talks

History Talks June

Lambeth Archives

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

Thursday 4 June, 6.45pm
Vanishing Act, The River Effra in Lambeth
Jon Newman talks about the history and disappearance of the underground river that still flows through Lambeth and traces its course today.

Tuesday 9 June, 1.15pm
A walk around South Lambeth
Join Lambeth archivist Len Reilly for a virtual walk around South Lambeth and discover the development of one of Lambeth earliest suburbs.

Thursday 18 June, 6.45pm
Before Windrush, the earlier history of the Black community in Lambeth.
Jon Newman tackles the 'Windrush myth', that there were no Black people living in Lambeth before 1948.

Tuesday 23 June, 1.15pm
Health and Health care in Lambeth
Len Reilly takes a look at the development of all aspects of health care in Lambeth, including hospitals, dispensaries and public health.

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

Empathy Day

Empathy Day

Tuesday 9 June 

Empathy Day this year happens at an uncertain time, when empathy has never been more significant. In this very different year, there is a wonderful new Family Activities Pack designed to bring you together to explore, understand and practise empathy. On the day you'll be joined by favourite children’s authors and illustrators including Malorie Blackman, Cressida Cowell and Rob Biddulph on the EmpathyLab website

Street trees in Lambeth and beyond: A virtual tour with Paul Wood

Paul Wood - London's Street Trees

Paul Wood London's Street Trees

Monday 15 June, 7pm

Paul Wood is author of London’s Street Trees, a second edition of which has just been published. Paul will take us on a live virtual tour using his own pictures and Google Streetview. He’ll show us many interesting trees from around the borough, some familiar and some probably less so, and tell us about their origins and the story of how they come to be found on our streets. Event organised by the Friends of Durning Library.

Signed copies of Paul's book are available directly from him at

Contact Liz at for meeting ID and log in details.

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

From our Friends

Puffin Festival of Big Dreams

Puffin Festival of Dreams

Puffin Festival of Dreams

Monday 8 to 14 June

The Festival of Big Dreams, features exciting events, incredible competitions and brilliant books with a range of its authors and illustrators including Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt. Events will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Get into Writing

We're featuring some of the great writing opportunities available online to celebrate National Writing Day. 

Spreadtheword have a hosting an online workshop: Openings with Jarred McGinnis. A practical, example-driven session focusing on the importance of capturing a reader’s attention from the first sentence, on 10 June, 6.30 - 8.30pm - bookings are FREE. 

The Stephen Spender Prize for poetry, in association with The Guardian, is now open for entries. This annual competition is the ideal activity for remote learning, and this year there are lots of virtual resources to make it fully accessible from home. Deadline 17 July.

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 30 September.

How to write a brilliant story with Jacqueline Wilson. Looking for tips on how to be brilliant at creative writing? Jacqueline Wilson gives us her best advice and ideas, so you too can be a master storyteller.

National Writing Day

National Writing Day

Wednesday 24 June 

The National Writing Day 2020 programme is dedicated to children and young people. All activities are happening online - on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube - and all resources are free to access. It’s really easy to get involved and everyone’s invited to join in.

#WriteFromHome. If you need more inspiration or guidance, to put pen to paper? No problem - there are some awesome video tutorials on the website.

We want to hear your voices and we want to share your stories with the world @writeday.  

Loads more online...

Ladybird storytime

Ladybird storytime

Here are some of the highlights our librarians have recommended this month to keep you busy.

Art UK has launched Curations, a free digital tool allowing anyone anywhere to create an online exhibition. The tool allows anyone to choose artworks from Art UK and publish their own Art Exhibition!

The Stem organisation has a new page on their website providing free content and resources for home learning covering primary and secondary and across maths, science, computing and D&T. and In response to school and college closures The National Literacy Trust has created Zone In for students aged 13+. The free online portal is packed with fun activities and resources to help young people improve their literacy during lockdown.

Want to improve your digital skills during lockdown? Try these free online courses with offerings such as getting started in using a computer, how to make a video call, everyday beginner’s maths or improve your CV. There are also advanced courses in coding and digital marketing.

Unite for Literacy is a site that encourages bilingual reading of stories for children. The books can be read aloud in English and Spanish. There is also a title about COVID-19 that may be helpful to use with children.

Ladybird + Raver Tots storytime! Head over to the Ladybird Facebook page for 5 brilliant storytime readings, including Peppa Loves Our Planet and Goodnight Duggee and get activities for the little ones with puzzles, games, crafts and more in this fun-filled Ladybird Education activity pack!

If you’re ready to treat your bump, try Bump Booster where there are links to loads of rhymes for parents and families to join in with and sing along to at home - not just when baby is a bump but throughout the early years.

Finally (and excitingly), J K Rowling is releasing a standalone fairytale called The Ickabog and is asking children to illustrate the published edition for her. You can share your artwork on Twitter using the hashtag #TheIckabog. Let your imagination run wild!


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.

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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