Lambeth Libraries events July 2020


Summer Reading Challenge, Country Show, events and loads of books...

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge going online

Everyone's asking, when are the libraries going to re-open? As you'll be aware we've been closed physically for a while now under government covid guidance. This is starting to change and we have been busy getting ready for re-opening, but this will be a slow process with the likely first stage being 'Select and Collect' and limited computer access by appointment. As soon as the details are all signed off and we're certain that the buildings are safe and ready to accept visitors we will email out again. In the meantime we are continuing to renew your items and ask you to bear with us.

So, we're still online and working even harder to find you fun, interesting and entertaining things to do. It's the summer and as is the tradition we have the fantastic Summer Reading Challenge for the children - do check out all the things children can get involved in - they will love it, and of course, it will all help for their inevitable return to school at some point. 

I hope you find this month's selection of events and activities fits the bill 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.

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 3pm

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

Lambeth Libraries Film Club

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.

Library Film Club

Film Club

Saturdays 6pm

Watch the movie at your leisure via Lambeth Kanopy and feel free to join us online to discuss the film on Saturday at 6pm.

For more information and your invite link, contact Marie at All films chosen for the film club are available to stream for free on Kanopy with your Lambeth library card.

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.

Best booksAward winners

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

Louise Candlish: The Other Passenger

Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish

Tuesday 14 July, 7pm

Author Louise Candlish discusses her latest novel The Other Passenger, followed by general Q&A from attendees. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library, for more information, meeting ID and log in details contact Carnegie Library at

Lambeth history talks

Lambeth Archives talks

Lambeth Archives

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

The July and August Local History in Lock-down programme includes a virtual history walk from Vauxhall to Camberwell, an account of the bitterly contested campaign of the 1880s to create those free libraries in Lambeth that we now all take for granted, and a look at the growth of the borough's southern suburbs.

Thursday 16 July, 6.45pm. Camberwell and Vauxhall and Saunter

Thursday 30 July, 6.45pm. Knowledge is Power: The battle for Lambeth's Free Libraries

Thursday 13 August, 6.45pm. Suburban Spread, Clapham, Brixton, Norwood and Streatham

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

Lambeth Libraries at the Country Show

Lambeth country show

This year the famous Lambeth Country show is going virtual and Libraries will be there!

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July.

Country Show Wriggle & Rhyme special for under 5s. Saturday 18 July, 11am to 12pm
Lambeth Libraries brings you Wriggle and Rhyme live in your home! Join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s, reflecting the journey to the show, the stalls, food, people, animals, plants, fair, music and the park. Facebook live @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.

Summer Reading Challenge kids quiz. Saturday 18 July, 11am
Join Librarian Zoey for a fun book quiz for children, lots of fun and book prizes to be had! Join her on Lambeth Libraries Instagram

Code Club Tasters. Saturday 18 July, 4pm and Sunday 19 July, 3pm
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 Ana on Saturday or Sunday, email for meeting ID and details

Lambeth Libraries Literary Lockdown Quiz. Saturday 18 July, 6 to 7pm
Lambeth Libraries book quiz to entertain and test your literary brain. Join Library quizzer Rossella. Email for your invitation and password.

Garden Storytime with Miranda. Sunday 19 July, 10am
Our Book of the week is specially chosen by your local librarian with the Country Show in mind. Join Miranda in the garden on Sunday at Lambeth Libraries Instagram.

Lambeth Archives at the Country Show. Saturday and Sunday 18/19 July
Lambeth Archives are spending the weekend reflecting on Country shows from Lambeth’s past – check out some wonderful memories on Twitter @LambethArchives. On Sunday catch the wonderful talk by Lambeth Archivist Jon Newman on Why Parks Matter! Available on Lambeth Libraries Instagram at 2pm.

Stop the Traffik: Online talk

Stop the Traffik

Stop the Traffik

Monday 20 July, 7pm

'People shouldn’t be bought and sold', and with the Stop App anyone can help prevent that. The international charity Stop the Traffik, founded and based at Lambeth North, disrupts human trafficking through intelligence-led prevention. Hear about their important work. Event organised by the Friends of Durning Library.

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 July 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.

From our Friends

Get into Writing


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

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.

Lambeth Carers Card

Lambeth Carers Card

Carers’ Hub Lambeth and My Social have developed a new Lambeth Carers Card scheme offering carers free access to a Lambeth version of Carers UK Digital Resource for Carers. 

Library Instagram

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 read to your child every Monday at 4pmVirtual 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.

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. 


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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