Lambeth Libraries events March 2021


International Women's Day, Reading Friends and more. Check out all the online events and resources available at your fingertips...


We are very happy to reopen Lambeth libraries for essential PC use and are reviewing other services in the hope we can resume these soon as this space!

For the time being please hold on to your books; fines are still suspended so you won't be penalised for overdue items. Don't forget, you can renew your items online. Alternatively, call your local branch during opening hours and, as ever, we'll be happy to assist.

Although we can't yet offer you physical books and services, as a Lambeth library member you have an entire realm of free online resources to enjoy, including but not limited to: film streaming, e-books, e-audiobooks, local and global newspapers, driving theory test practice, guidance on Universal Credit and so, so much more. Happy reading / listening / watching / learning!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at - we love hearing from you and will be happy to help. Enjoy your e-library, online events and the resumption of essential PC services; we look forward to seeing you soon.

Lambeth History Unlocked

Beauty queen portrait by Harry Jacobs, Ref: 13747

Beauty queen portrait by Harry Jacobs 13747

Thursday 4 March, 7pm - A great survey - the census
21 March is census day. Find out about the history of the census and what it can tell us about Lambeth past and present. Talk hosted by Lambeth Archivist Len Reilly.

Thursday 11 March, 7pm - Charles Dickens and Lambeth
How did Lambeth feature in the fiction and journalism of our greatest Victorian novelist, and what can Dickens tell us about the history of our area? Talk hosted by Lambeth Archivist Jon Newman.

Thursday 18 March, 7pm - What we do in the day job
Find out what goes on behind the scenes at Lambeth Archives to capture and preserve Lambeth history for future generations. Talk hosted by Lambeth Archivist Len Reilly.

Thursday 25 March, 7pm - Private lives and public history: portrait photos in the Archives
The humble portrait photograph offers a social history of Lambeth, from the earliest daguerrotypes and ambrotypes to the studio portraits of Harry Jacobs. Talk hosted by Lambeth Archivist Jon Newman.

To book and get the meeting log in details contact

Paul Mason on Trump

Paul Mason

Paul Mason

Monday 15 March, 7pm - Trump and the alt-right: what went wrong in the USA? with Paul Mason
Award-winning local journalist Paul Mason has been covering the evolution of Donald Trump's presidency and the rise of the new far right. In a preview of his forthcoming book, How to Stop Fascism, he explains why American conservatism and a new form of fascism formed a fatal attraction. Event organised by the Friends of Durning Library. Book a ticket here.

World Book Day!

World Book Day

Thursday 4 March is World Book Day! Once we resume book collection services you can collect a £1 token from your local Lambeth library for your child to be used against one of this year's World Book Day titles, available from major (and some independent) bookshops when they reopen. 


On Thursday 4 March at 2pm celebrate World Book Day with Librarian Miranda who will be retelling one of children’s favourites, Winnie the Witch and the Midnight Dragon on Instagram.

A full list of this year's WBD titles and more information and resources can be found here.

Regular Activities for Adults

Reading Friends

Reading Friends

Reading Friends is a UK-wide initiative that brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. It's your choice whether to read aloud or sit back and listen: reading is about pleasure, not pressure! 


Mondays 6pm - LGTBQ+ Reading Friends Contact Andrew at for details.

Wednesdays 9.30am - Reading Friends: Coffee with Edwin Contact Edwin at for details.

Thursdays 10.30am - Reading Friends: Book @ Breakfast Contact Sophia at for details.

Thursdays 3pm - The Polish Community Reading Friends Contact Arthur at for details.

Fridays 4pm - The Caribbean Reading Friends Contact Pauline at for details.

Saturdays 1pm - Zine, E-Comic & Manga Reading Friends Contact Sahara at for details.

Reading Groups Online


Carnegie Library

Want to chew the cud about a book you've just read? We have many friendly, stimulating reading groups to choose from. You can find more information about each group and what they are discussing on your local library Facebook page, or email Tim at All welcome.

English Conversation Café

English Conversation Café

Café open Mondays at 1.30-2.15pm
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.

Regular Activities for Children

Lambeth Libraries Wriggle & Rhyme for under 5s

Wriggle and Rhyme

Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 10.30-11am join our librarians for songs, stories and rhymes for the under 5s on Facebook live every day @ Facebook/Lambeth Libraries: Wriggle and Rhyme Online.


World Book Day Special
Tune in on Friday 5 March at 10.30am for a special World Book Day Wriggle & Rhyme session with Winnie the Witch, a craft activity and rhymes.

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help - photo: Pixnio

Monday to Friday at 3.30-4.30pm
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

Code Clubs for Kids

code club

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4pm – contact Will at

Sundays 12pm - contact Ana at

Code Clubs for children aged 9-13 provide step-by-step activity sheets to create games, animations, and websites, learning the key concepts of coding at the same time. 

Build a CV


Tuesday 2 March at 6.30-7.30pm - Build a CV
We have a new online CV building tutorial for young people aged 14+ on the first Tuesday of each month.

It's never too late (or too soon!) to start your CV for college, a weekend job or university. 

Join Librarian Abdul, who will demonstrate the process of starting a basic CV structure and layout. Contact for details.

Business Start-ups in London Libraries


Our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out the schedule for March and book your spot. This project is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their business idea into a reality.


Monday 1 March at 10.30-11.30am - Cobra Support 
is the complete business reference adviser and contains all the information you need to turn your idea into a business.  Join Project Co-ordinator Rachel as she shows you how to make best use of this excellent free resource. Email Rachel at for details.

International Women's Day 2021


International Women's Day is on 8 March, so of course we have a superb line-up of free online events to celebrate.

Tuesday 9 March, 7pm - Recovering Stories of Women in History with Naomi Clifford
The rape and murder of Mary Ashford in 1817 became a huge scandal and eventually led to a change of homicide laws in England. The truth, Naomi says, in discussion of her book The Murder of Mary Ashford, has been hidden in plain sight for two centuries... Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library. Book a ticket here.


Naomi Clifford

Wednesday 10 March, 7pm - A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance with Stella Dadzie
In her novel A Kick in the Belly Stella shows how women, in subtle acts of insubordination and conscious acts of rebellion, came to undermine the very fabric and survival of West Indian slavery. Book a ticket here.

Stella Dadzie

Stella Dadzie

Tuesday 16 March, 7pm - Peace Adzo Medie discusses her latest novel, His Only Wife
Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick and Marie Claire's October favourite, His Only Wife has been described as a Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa! Join Peace in conversation about her modern Ghanaian love story with a healthy splash of feminism. Book a ticket here.

Peace Adzo Medie

Peace Adzo Medie

Friday 5 March at 2pm - Celebrating Women: Good Reads for Children
Join Librarian Colette on Instagram as she picks her top reads for children to celebrate International Women's Day.


Women's Day List Challenge
Don't forget to check out our book recommendations from 8 March with our List Challenge of women’s history, feminism and female many have you read?

British Science Week 5-14 March

Explore Learning

Saturday 13 March at 2pm - Natural Disasters Workshop
Interested in learning how tropical storms are formed? Celebrate British Science Week with Explore Learning in this special workshop, where children will explore how natural disasters impact those living around them, and use their creative writing skills to write a speech to local communities from the government in response to a devastating hurricane. For ages: 9-12 (Years 5-7). Contact Sandra at for details.

Shakespeare Week 15-21 March

Shakespeare Week

Thursday 18 March at 2pm - A retelling of one of Shakespeare's plays
Join Librarian Audrey on Instagram for a special child-friendly retelling of one of The Bard's plays to celebrate Shakespeare Week.

Writing Competition for Lambeth residents with publishers Simon & Schuster

Digital Originals

Lambeth Libraries and Simon & Schuster are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a #DigitalOriginals #OneDay open submission day (#LoveLamLibOneDay) exclusively for residents of the London Borough of Lambeth, enabling authors to bypass the traditional route to publishing and submit, for the first time, directly to the editorial team.

S&S are inviting residents of Lambeth to submit the first three chapters of their unpublished fiction manuscript on 15 May 2021 for consideration for #DigitalOriginals, the S&S eBook first publishing programme, as part of the Lambeth Libraries Readers and Writers Literary Festival 2021.

Simon & Schuster’s Sara-Jade Virtue said: ‘I’m immensely proud of the #OneDay open submission initiative. We know that sometimes the route to publishing can be a daunting, confusing and at times terrifying road, but with #OneDay, all of the usual rules and regulations are cast aside. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with the team at Lambeth Libraries and am excited to receive submissions from residents.’

For entry details and information visit Simon & Schuster's Books and the City website.

Library Instagram for the kids...and big kids!


There's fresh new content for kids, big and little alike, every day on Lambeth Libraries Instagram. From librarians' fave reads to the eggy book challenge: we've got your biblio needs covered.


Mondays - Book of the Week with Miranda
Every week Miranda the Laughing Librarian reads her pick of the picture're welcome.


Fridays - Spanish Storytime: Cuentacuentos with Ana
End your week in Spanish style with amazing Ana, our nautical Librarian. Bienvenida, everyone.


Book Review with Lucie
Stuck in a reading rut? Befuddled by what book to choose next? Lovely Librarian Lucie is ever-ready with her excellent reviews.


Global Literary Authors You Should Know with Rossella
Afraid you've missed those global big-hitters everyone else seems to know about?  Get comfy with Librarian Rossella in her book corner for an immersive introduction.

From Our Friends

Celebrating Andrea Levy with the British Library

Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy, courtesy of the British Library

On Thursday 4 March at 6.30pm journalist and broadcaster Gary Younge is joined by family and friends of novelist Andrea Levy to celebrate her life and work. This event, part of the Leeds Lit Festival, marks the British Library's acquisition of Andrea Levy's archive and also her birthday. Book a free ticket here.

An Evening with Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse, courtesy of The Reading Agency

On Thursday 11 March at 7pm join global no. 1 bestselling author, Lesley Pearse, as she discusses her incredible life and career plus her latest book, Liar.  This event is organised by The Reading Agency. Book a free ticket here.

Schools Q&A with Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle, Manchester Children's Book Festival

On Wednesday 17 March at 1pm award-winning YA writer, Alex Wheatle, looks forward to answering questions put by young people. This event is suitable for pupils aged 12-18, but open to all, and is part of the Manchester Children's Book Festival.  Book a free ticket here.

New app for e-books and e-audiobooks

Libby 2

We will be moving our digital e-books and audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app on Tuesday 2 March. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great e-books and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby from OverDrive.


Free e-book and e-audiobook, 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 e-books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to download and they're all free. Get the Libby app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! 

Kanopy LGBTQ

Fantastic free online resources and free film streaming

There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital Archive and 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 many more. Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply register at Lambeth KanopyTake a look at what's available.

Lambeth Landmark

Lambeth Archives

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. To find out more contact or by Twitter @LambethArchives 

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at and contact the library you wish to collect your library card from. Alternatively, call 020 7926 0750 or email as above and we will enrol you.  

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