Lambeth Libraries getting ready for the summer and July events


Lambeth Libraries getting ready for the summer and July events

Summer Reading Challenge

Wow... summer is here! This year it comes with some hope that we can get out and about and start to do some of the things that we've had to miss for a year or so.

July sees the start of the annual Summer Reading Challenge for children; the library reading scheme encourages children aged 4 to 12 years old to set themselves a reading challenge of six books over the summer. In the process helping to prevent the summer 'reading dip' and motivate children to keep reading, to build their skills and confidence. Children must be a library member to take part but don’t worry if you haven't done it yet, you and the children can join here and it’s free.

Of course we've got a fantastic line up of other events and activities for you to do online during July too.  

Do keep in contact with your local library services as things continue their gradual opening up. We'd love you to come in and browse where possible - just book an appointment and the library is yours! You can book appointments 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!

Children & Young People’s Reading Challenge Summer 2021

Summer Reading Challenge

The fun begins on Saturday 17 July until Sunday 12 September 

Get ready for Wild World Heroes the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. Lambeth Libraries in partnership with The Reading Agency have teamed up with WWF UK, the world's leading independent conservation organisation, encouraging young people  to be inspired to stand up for their planet and take action for nature and the environment. 

Children can take part online through the official Wild World Heroes digital Challenge platform.

The aim is to read up to six books, and children can read whatever they like from Lambeth Libraries' excellent range of books, including eBooks and eAudiobooks! Children receive a special themed Wild World Heroes collector’s wallet and stickers. A certificate and medal are awarded once the challenge is completed. So, what are you waiting for?

If you are not sure what to read, why don’t you collect a mystery bag full of exciting reads to help your reading journey, along with some activity sheets? Just contact your local library for collection details.

Join the Wild World Heroes  for an exciting adventure in the fictional town of ‘Wilderville’ It’s a cool place, but there are lots of things that the Wild World Heroes can do to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there.

Currently our summer activities are hosted virtually; however, keep checking the website for up-to-date information.

Summer/Holiday Playschemes: why not join your young people to the challenge. You will receive a collection of books, Wild World Heroes collectors’ wallets and stickers, plus certificates and medals. Contact:

Home visit library service: if you or your child(ren) due to illness or disability cannot visit the library to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge, our Home Visit Librarians can deliver books and join children to the programme. Contact:

Story Time with Daddy Photo by Picsea on Unsplash

Photo by Picsea on Unsplash

Wild World Heroes Mini Challenge for Under 4s.
Under-4s have not been forgotten and can join in too! Pick up a Mini Wild World Heroes collector card, read 6 books over the summer with your child and they will be rewarded with stickers and a certificate.

For more information
For further information on Wild World Heroes visit: Summer Reading Challenge, or contact Sandra Davidson:

For activities hosted in Lambeth Libraries check our Events page at Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite. 



Wednesday 28 July, 4pm to 5pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Chatterbooks - an online reading and show 'n' tell group for 8-12 year-olds on the last Wednesday of the month at 4-5pm. This month’s quiz will be the Summer Reading Challenge Theme – Wild World Heroes all about nature and the environment!

Share ‘N’ tell something you have read, bring your favourite book, tell us about your favourite TV programme something you made, or what's on your mind...

For more information email: Sandra 



Throughout the summer, families are encouraged to share their reading activity on social media with the hashtag #SummerOfReading. There will be an extensive programme of activity from 14 June, with new events and resources being announced every week, through to 17 September - including both digital activity and in-person events at libraries as they re-open. Post your activity, share your reading and tag with #SummerOfReading

Teachers’ Reading Challenge

Teachers’ Reading Challenge

The Teachers’ Reading Challenge will return on 10 July for a second summer! The Challenge, which is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Open University, encourages school and library staff to expand their knowledge of children’s books and develop their understanding of reading for pleasure pedagogy. The Challenge is for anybody who is a Reader Teacher. That is, put simply, teachers who read and readers who teach, and includes school and public librarians, headteachers, SENCOs, TAs and trainee teachers. Sign up ahead of the launch at

More summer activities for young people...

Free monthly online poetry workshops with Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp: credit Hayley Madden for Spread the Word

Contemporary Voices: Great poets and how their poems work
Wednesday 21 July, 6.30pm to 8pm

For 16 to 25 year olds
, Young People’s Laureate for London, Cecilia Knapp, is running free monthly online poetry workshops. Cecilia invites you to join her in a low-pressure, safe, creative environment to begin writing. Whether you’re new to writing or more experienced, there’ll be something for you. Sign up here

Summer Holiday Workshops

Acts of Empowerment

Monday 26 July to Wednesday 28 July 

Are you aged 8 to 13 and love performing? Sign up for 3 days of free drama and dance workshops at
Longfield Hall. Learn skills in improvisation and collaboration whilst exploring the heritage of Myatt’s Fields in Lambeth. You’ll finish with a final show for family and friends. For further information

LEAP Summer Festival

summer festival of family fun

Monday 26 July to Friday 3 September

Join LEAP for a huge range of free fun family events specially planned for children 0 to 3 years old. For full details and bookings visit summer festival of family fun.

Local History

Poles in South London: Local Heroes Archive

Poles in South London

Lambeth Libraries and Archives are working with Poles in South London -  Local Heroes Archive project to focus on a critical but neglected part of the Poles’ story in London – the growth and decline of the ‘Gmina Polska Londyn-Południe’ (GPL-P), the Polish Community Association of South London. The association aimed to preserve Polish language, culture and heritage. It supported community groups, activities and organisations including schools, scouts and folk-dance clubs. Many of these survive to this day, but their origins are being lost. Check out their work or if you'd like to volunteer, please get in touch with:


The Brixton Blog & Bugle summer art show is on!

Brixton blog and bugle summer art show

Monday 5 to 19 July
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Viewing by Appointment. Contact Rossella at

Enjoy the best of Brixton during lockdown. Works by 40 artists - professional and self-taught - have been selected from a record entry to make a unique showcase and celebration of local creative talent. You can take part in the people’s ballot to choose the winner. 

Please note that normal Covid precautions will be in place.

While Brixton Library Art space has been closed a lot of the planned exhibitions have moved online. You can see them at the Lambeth Library Gallery Facebook or Instagram.

…including this great exhibition: Olayanju Dada: The More You Look. Olayanju describes his works as 'mirrors within a mirror' in which he himself appears, unrecognizable, as the human agent in a materials-centric fantasy. Check it out.

Olayanju Dada: The More You Look

Olayanju Dada: The More You Look

Drawn out - with Rachael House and friends!

Drawn out - with Rachael House and friends!

Tuesday 6 July, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Drawn out - a live online comics reading.

Rachael House is an artist who has published a book of the drawings she made over the course of the last year. Resistance Sustenance Protection is a year of drawings - a pandemic record, an archive, a call for change.

Alongside the book, Rachael House will facilitate Drawn Out, an online live reading with invited artists- Holly Casio, Natasha Natarajan, Robert Bidder, Candy Guard, Monique Jackson and Jess Hannar.

Their sequential drawings and comics cover class, race, unions, fat politics, having long Covid, queer politics, disability and more, and how the pandemic has impacted on them and others. These observations are rich, funny, angry and compassionate.

Radical Readers discuss Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other cropped

Friday 9 July, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Join Lambeth Radical Readers to discuss Girl, Woman, Other the novel by Booker Prize winning Bernardine Evaristo. Call 0207 926 1058 to make an appointment to collect a copy of the book at Brixton Library or email Ruth for collection at another Lambeth library.

Ilona Bannister: When I Ran Away

Ilona Bannister When I Ran Away

Tuesday 13 July, 7pm
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Join Ilona and the Friends of Carnegie Library as she talks about her book When I Ran Away which follows a woman's journey from 9/11 over fifteen years, leaving her country, husband and children in search of a new life. It covers themes of friendship, grief, humour in dark times, isolation, dislocation, mental health, motherhood and loss of self/redefining self.

Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

Lambeth LGBTQ+ book club discuss Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn


Friday 30 July, 7pm 
Online Event: Book via Eventbrite 

Patsy yearns to escape the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised for a new life in New York and the chance to start afresh. Above all, she hopes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, and to rekindle their young love. But spreading her wings will come at a price: she must leave her five-year-old daughter, Tru, behind. And Patsy is soon confronted by the stark reality of life as an undocumented migrant in a hostile city. Join Lambeth Libraries LGBTQ+ book club to discuss this LAMBDA award winning book.

From Our Friends

Black Lens Festival

Black Lens Festival

Black Lens Film Festival is an online and in-person hybrid event opening on 16th July, celebrating the best in Black British film throughout the decades with screenings, showcases, shorts, panels, and family fun. The festival is in partnership with programme partner and curator

Join them at the British Film Institute for the opening night, where they'll be screening the UK Premiere of How to Stop a Recurring Dream + Q&A with director Ed Morris and Bridgerton actor Ruby Barker. Book tickets here

How did your first reading impact your reading habits for life?

Survey Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Would you like to take part in a study of what helped form your reading habits? 

The study is investigating the effect that developing good reading habits as a child or adolescent has on adults becoming lifelong readers and other contributory factors in the digital age. Research shows that although many adults in the UK enjoy reading, some adults are reluctant to read or do not read at all. This study aims to gain greater understanding of what motivates adults to read, to identify any barriers to reading and to make recommendations on how to support initiatives to promote reading in adults. Complete the survey here.

Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour

Morley prize for unpublished writers of colour

Application closing date 22 August 

An annual prize jointly presented by Morley College London and the Rachel Mills Literary Agency, awarded to a previously unpublished author of colour.

The prize is intended to nurture and provide opportunities for aspiring novelists of colour, promote diverse fiction across the broader literary landscape of Britain and continue Morley College’s long history of educational excellence, community engagement, and support for social justice. More information and to apply

HopeRoad Reader Ambassador


HopeRoad publishers are looking for Lambeth Reader Ambassador's.

Love talking about your latest reads, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube? Drop them a line - they are recruiting HopeRoad Ambassadors.
You'll receive a free signed copy of new HopeRoad releases; in return for helping  build that social media buzz and spread the word about some excellent books! For full details contact Rosemarie at


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.  

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