Lambeth Libraries Children's book Festival and much more for June...


Lambeth Libraries Children's book Festival and much more for June...

Lambeth with Lambeth Libraries Children & Young Peoples Readers and Writers festival

June is another busy month and we've got a fantastic line up of events and activities for you to do online. There are many celebrations during June and hopefully we have something for everyone whether you're celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride, the Windrush generation, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, Refugee week or are a lover of authors and great writing. 

In particular this month we have wonderful stories and children's authors for the young ones. Do check out the Lambeth Libraries Children & Young People’s Festival 2021 where you'll find much to do and enjoy.

In the physical world, library services across Lambeth continue our gradual opening up. You can book an appointment to use a PC, to print, photocopy/scan, browse, or study just call or email your local branch during opening hours and, as always, we'll be happy to help. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at

Our plethora of free online resources is still available for you to enjoy so happy reading / listening / watching / learning!

Lambeth Libraries Children & Young People’s Festival 2021

Lambeth with Lambeth Libraries’ Children & Young People’s Readers and Writers festival

Join Lambeth Libraries month-long Children & Young People’s Readers and Writers festival for storytellers, quizzes, workshops and much more. For a full guide to every event see the Festival website. To book for events see Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite

Throughout June, Lambeth’s Children & Young People’s Readers and Writers’ Festival celebrates diversity with events to mark Refugee Week, Empathy Day, Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month (GRTHM), Windrush Day, and LGBTQ+ Pride. We hope you find something you enjoy.

childrens books

Book up for brilliant reads

Book up for regular empathy storytimes or Harry Potter ‘fans’ day the Gruffalo’s Child and many other favourite stories.

Join Anna Maria Hellberg Moberg reading from her fairy tale, Hug – Snow Days, Patrice Augustus-Brown reading Sky Up and Sandra Moodie reading Aminata and the Bag of Seeds

Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival read by Edwin: One day, Ravi lets out the angry tiger within. But who wants a growling, roaring, noisy, wild tiger who won’t share or play nicely?

Venessa Taylor’s People’s Book Prize-winning football-themed Baller Boys series – the books boys love. Contact: to book and for further details. 

Bookings for Events can be found at Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite.


June 22 marks the anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in 1948, bringing workers from Caribbean islands. Join Lambeth Libraries for a live quiz to commemorate Windrush Day and the birth of multiculturalism, and read ‘Coming to England’, Baroness Floella Benjamin’s true-life journey from Trinidad to the House of Lords via Windrush.

Dr Eiad Zinah

Refugee Week
Every refugee has a story to tell and a shared experience. Dr Eiad Zinah fled from Syria in a boat with 400 others, and Tamika reads Nicola Davie’s The Day War Came – a powerful story of the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.


Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month
Celebrate GRTHM with Saturday quiz time, Guest Storyteller Richard O’Neill with Travellers’ Tales from his large traditional, fully nomadic Romani Gypsy family, and Lambeth Libraries reading his acclaimed ‘The Lost Homework’.

Libraries Celebrating Pride 2021

Quiz: Queer through the Decades

Quiz: Queer through the Decades

Tuesday 15 June, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Do you know your swinging Sixties from your naughty Noughties? Pit your wits against other quizzers individually or as a team in our trip through the past six decades of queer trivia!

With your fabulous hosts Colette from Lambeth Libraries and Suzie from Sheffield Archives.

What's New in Queer Kidlit?

Pride children's books

Friday 25 June
Watch the webinar on YouTube or listen to the podcast available on most platforms, or through the Sheffield Libraries Anchor page 

Join former Carnegie Kate Greenaway judges Liz Chapman (Sheffield Libraries) and Lambeth’s Zoey Dixon for more new and upcoming LGBTQ+ interest books for children and young people.

Lambeth LGBTQ+ book club discuss Detransition, baby by Torrey Peters

detransition baby

Friday 25th June, 7pm 
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn't hate. She'd scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. 

Join Lambeth Libraries LGBTQ+ book club to discuss this award nominated new work.

On a Queer Theme: And the Winner Is...

We will also be announcing the winner of the Sheffield and Lambeth Libraries 'On a Queer Theme' writing competition for young people! Keep an eye on the Sheffield Libraries blog for details! 

For more Libraries Pride events  throughout June in partnership between Lambeth and Sheffield Libraries, please check the Sheffield Libraries Anchor page. or visit YouTube .

Regular Activities Online



Wednesday 30 June at 4-5pm

Chatterbooks - an online reading and show 'n' tell group for 8-12 year-olds on the last Wednesday of the month at 4-5pm.  It's National Share-a-Story month, so go on...share your or a story you love!

Email Sandra or Rita

Code Clubs for Kids

Code Clubs for Kids

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. 


Nadifa Mohamed - The Fortune Men

Nadifa Mohamed - The Fortune Men

Thursday 3 June, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite  

Join Nadifa to discuss her fantastic new novel, The Fortune Men.

London's Loveable Villain with author Andy Scott

London's Loveable Villain with author Andy Scott

Tuesday 8 June 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Join Andy Scott to discuss the life of champion wrestler, triple life saver and royal security guard, Chick ‘Cocky’ Knight. 

Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

Lambeth History Unlocked

Gipsy house at West Norwood 1803 Lambeth Archives

Gipsy house at West Norwood 1803 Lambeth Archives

Gypsy Roma and Travellers in Lambeth’s history
Thursday 10 June, 7pm

Find out about these fascinating and sometimes misunderstood communities. 
This online talk is given by Lambeth Head Archivist. To register to join please email

Author R.N Lentell introduces his new book London's Gravity

R N Lentell

Monday 14 June 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Join R N Lentell as he introduces his new book, London's Gravity. A multi layered history of a family and a city with characters that stay with you long after you have closed the book. An absorbing first novel from this powerful writer.

Event organised by the Friends of Durning Library

We're Still Here! The Windrush Generation: Interactive performance and discussion


Monday 21 June, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Lambeth Libraries and Tony Cealy of the 492 Korna Klub present a live interactive performance and community debate about, and with, the Windrush Generation. Join community members on the global stage for this virtual performance: connect and join the dialogue about how we can move forwards in this hostile environment whilst celebrating and commemorating the Windrush generation and their Kin.

African, Caribbean and British Roots: Who do you think you are?

African, Caribbean and British Roots: Who do you think you are?

Wednesday 23 June, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

You want to trace your roots? Wondering how far back you can go? Do you want to know where & how to begin? Paul Crooks has the answers

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks (author of Ancestors) traced his African forebears enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago. He traced his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba,  Ghana. Paul’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? inspired a generation to start exploring Black and British ancestry and gathering information to make their family trees. Paul will talk interactively about his journey and how he traced his roots.

Lambeth History Unlocked

Stockwell war memorial unveiled 1921 4954 Lambeth Archives

Stockwell war memorial unveiled 1921 4954 Lambeth Archives

Lambeth a hundred years ago
Thursday 24 June, 7pm

What did Lambeth look like, what was life like and what was going on in Lambeth a century ago? This online talk is given by Lambeth Head Archivist. To register to join please email

From Our Friends

Library Hygiene Bank

Hygiene Bank

Lambeth Libraries are now working in partnership with the Hygiene Bank charity to accept donations of products for those experiencing hygiene poverty.  Donation boxes for Hygiene products have now been delivered to Brixton, West Norwood, Streatham, Durning, South Lambeth and Clapham libraries. Now, we’re looking for your donations - soap, shower gel, sanitary products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving foam, nappies, wipes, toilet paper, washing powder, body lotion, shampoo etc. We must emphasise that these MUST be unused and unopened for health reasons.

To find our drop-off points and opening times for clean, new, unopened hygiene projects wherever you are in the borough see the Lambeth Libraries map.

Black Culture Market

Black Culture Market

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June, 11am to 5pm each day
Downstairs at The Department Store. 248 Ferndale Road.SW9 8FR

Black Culture Market will be taking over Downstairs at the Department Store, supporting emerging entrepreneurs & new black businesses with opportunities to showcase and sell their products. Taking place over two days this market event offers a diverse, quality shopping and cultural experience celebrating producers of the African & Caribbean community. A unique selection of brands and products; ranging from clothing, food, stationary, prints, cards, books, skincare, men's wear, ceramics, jewellery, homeware, prints, gifts, toys, original accessories and more will be available. This market truly embodies the community's spirit as well as supporting black businesses, so do come down.

This is a free event, please register here


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! 

Libby App

New app for e-books and e-audiobooks

We've moved our digital library from RBdigital to the Libby app. 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.

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 

For family history enthusiasts, which is normally only available in the library, can still be accessed from home for the next few months. 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 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.  

Lambeth Libraries