Lambeth Libraries celebrate the Windrush generation and Pride 2020


Library events for the Windrush Day and Pride Month celebrations

Colin Grant and Lewis Laney

Colin Grant and Lewis Laney

In addition to our normal activities and events, we've added two extra programmes this month that we hope you will enjoy. June is Pride Month and we just couldn't miss out on the party! This month we also celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation for Windrush Day on the 22nd June. Both Pride and Windrush have a special resonance for Lambeth and so, with a mixture of discussion and fun, we hope there's something to interest you.    

Stay safe and happy reading.

Windrush Day 2020

Windrush Arts pack

Lambeth Council wants to make Windrush Day 2020 an extraordinary collective event for the community
despite the restrictions of lockdown and social distancing.

Download this special art and activities pack for everything you need for you, your class, family and friends, to pay your respects to the people of Windrush by decorating your windows and doorsteps in time for June 22. We would like to see Windrush 2020 pictures all over Lambeth on your front door or window!

Before and after Windrush, a history of Black people in Lambeth

Ira Frederick Aldridge

Ira Frederick Aldridge

Thursday 18 June, 6.45pm
An illustrated online talk by Lambeth archivist Jon Newman, looking at the history of the Black presence in Lambeth from the 17th century up to arrival of the Windrush Generation after 1948. To book a place and receive log-in details, email

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation with author Colin Grant

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation

Friday 19 June, 6pm
Online: For the log-in details book at Eventbrite. 

Colin Grant is a historian and author of four highly praised books, he is an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and teaches creative non-fiction writing.

Homecoming draws on over a hundred first-hand interviews of the Windrush Generation, archival recordings and memoirs by the women and men who came to Britain from the West Indies. In their own words, we witness the transition from the optimism of the first post-war arrivals to the race riots of the late 1950s. These are stories of hope and regret, of triumphs and challenges, brimming with humour, anger and wisdom. Together, they reveal a rich tapestry of Caribbean British lives. Join Colin to discuss the Windrush generation.

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation – The Grocia Family

Sandra Grocia

Sandra Grocia

Sunday 21 June, 4pm
Lambeth Libraries Instagram account

From Jim Grover’s photographic exhibition 'Windrush: Portrait of a Generation', which featured the lives of south London first generation Caribbean migrants, Sandra Grocia - reads from her parents featured story.

Winston Nzinga – Windrush Storytime

Winston Nzinga

Winston Nzinga

Monday 22 June, 10am
Lambeth Libraries Instagram account

Old time stories come back again. Come and join in the fun. Play along with a drum, a shaker or bell. Listen and sing along with Winston Nzinga recounting special Caribbean folk stories with music and song from the Windrush generation. A lively storytime, where you will hear and be entertained by traditional tales. Ages 5 years and above.

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s

Windrush day

Wriggle and Rhyme Windrush day special

Monday 22 June, 10.30am to 11am
Facebook live @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.

Lambeth Libraries brings your Wriggle and Rhyme live in your home! Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s. All with a Windrush theme

Take our Windrush Reading Challenge

Windrush Reading Challenge

Windrush Reading Challenge

Why not check out our Windrush Reading challenge? See how many you've read, pick up a recommendation or authors to inspire you!

On Twitter? Follow @Lamlibs and join the conversation by letting us know which Windrush books you are reading.

Windrush history online



Leading up to Windrush Day, Lambeth Archives will be posting daily, selecting and highlighting documents and images from its collections that help tell the story of the Windrush Generation in Lambeth. This will include portrait photos of Windrush families as well as a look at some of the streets and estates (many since demolished) where families arriving in Brixton first got to live.

Twitter and Instagram: @LambethArchives

Pride Month 2020

LGBTQ+ Wriggle and Rhyme live

Pride month

Tuesday 16 June, 10.30am to 11am Facebook live @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.

Lambeth Libraries brings your Wriggle and Rhyme live in your home! Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s. All with an LGBTQ+ theme

Lambeth Libraries Celebrate Pride on Instagram

Librarian recommends

Hi VIS 2020

For all this and more on Lambeth Libraries Instagram account

LGBTQIA* KidLit Round-Up. Thanks to those that watched Zoey's KidLit Round-Up. As mentioned she is giving away the following books: 🔸️Pulp-Robin Talley 🔸️The Boxer-Nikesh Shukla 🔸️Out of the Blue-Sophie Cameron 🔸️Becoming Dinah-Kit de Waal 🔸️Birthday-Meredith Russo 🔸️Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls 🔸️Meat Market-Juno Dawson 🔸️Clean- Juno Dawson 🔸️Satellite-Nick Lake 🔸️All the Invisible Things-Orlagh Collins 🔸️They Both Die at the End-Adam Silvera

All you need to do is:
1. Follow us on Instagram.
2. Be a Lambeth library member
3. Email with the title of the book you would like and your library card number (you must live in the UK).

Can you guess which book we’ve chosen for Pride Month?
Wednesday 17 June. Fantastic animated fun on Instagram #PRIDE2020

LGBTQ craft session Thursday 18 June, 4pm. Make your own pop-up rainbow card with Magda 

Book of the week: Storytime
Monday 22 June, 4pm. Chosen by your local librarian and read to your child every Monday, this week will be a Pride Month Special.

The Little Book of Pride with Lewis Laney. Saturday 27 June. Lambeth Author Lewis Laney discusses the beginnings of Pride and gives a short reading from his new book ‘The Little Book of Pride’

Lewis Laney

Lewis Laney

Kanopy Film Club Watch Party

Hurricane Bianca

Saturday 20 June, 7pm.
Twitter @lamlibs

Hurricane Bianca is an American comedy directed and written by Matt Kugelman. The film's title derives from the starring actor, Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock), an American costumer and drag queen, best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Watch Party - you hit play on the film at 7pm. Tweet along with @lamlibs or send us a tweet sized review using #LamLibsWatchParty.

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.

LGBTQ+ Lockdown Quiz

Literary lockdown

Lambeth Libraries Literary Lockdown

Wednesday 24 June, 5pm
Online: Email for your invitation and password.

Join us for our LGBTQ+ themed quiz to celebrate Pride Month. 

Book at Breakfast

book at Breakfast

Book break

Thursday 25 June, 10.30am
Online: Contact Andrew at for meeting ID.

We’ve selected our favourite LGBTQ+ literature to read at our shared reading group for Pride Month. We will read from a novel, a short story or poem and then  stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need to read aloud or speak - its fine to just listen or to chat about books.

LGBTQ* Reading Challenge

LGBT Reading challenge

Why not check out our LGBTQ* Reading challenge this Pride Month? See how many titles you've read, pick up a classic you've always meant to read, or find some new titles or authors to inspire you!
See how many you can read by the end of 2020!

On Twitter? Follow @Lamlibs and join the conversation by letting us know which LGBTQ* books you are reading.

Free eBook and eAudiobook, magazine and comic downloads

RB Digital

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. 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Lambeth Libraries are proud to support the call that Black Lives Matter.

'We stand with the Black community and we will continue to support individuals as they speak their truth and document their stories of resilience. We see you, we hear you, and you matter.'

Check out our Anti-Racist Reading List available to download on RBDigital

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.


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