A Happy New Year from Lambeth Libraries


A Happy New Year from Lambeth Libraries

Zoey at Xmas

Library Services for January

We wish a happy New Year to all of our Library members.

Our Libraries are open and we know many of you will be pleased to hear that it isn't necessary to make appointments to come and borrow books, use a PC or study in the library. However, we are still asking you to wear masks if you are able, follow social distancing measures and use the hand sanitiser. I'm sure you will be aware of the high number of Covid infections being registered in Lambeth over Xmas and so we are delaying larger live in-person events for the time-being, including Parent and Toddler Rhyme Times. We are reviewing the situation weekly and hope to have them back as soon as possible.  

Do come and see us - we have lots of lovely new books in - have a check on the catalogue for new titles.

Leaves in a Holocaust Wind with author Robert Dawson

Leaves in a Holocaust Wind with author Robert Dawson

Tuesday 11 January, 7pm.
Online Event: Booking via Eventbrite

Join author Robert Dawson to discuss his book Leaves in a Holocaust Wind - Looking at the fate of Gypsies and Roma people under the Nazi's. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

The stories behind things with Mark Hill

The stories behind things with Mark Hill

Monday 17 January, 7pm.
Durning Library. SE11 4HF
Booking via Eventbrite

Mark Hill, Antiques Roadshow expert, tells of interesting objects he has found, and the great stories they hide! Join Mark to discuss his extensive life in Antiques – don’t bring anything, he’s talking not evaluating. This talk is organised by The Friends of Durning Library.

Lambeth History Unlocked: Tulse Hill with Alan Piper

Tulse Hill

Thursday 20 January, 7pm
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite 

An illustrated talk by Alan Piper exploring the extensive area between Brockwell Park and Brixton Hill where some landmarks from the early 19th century estate can still be found among later developments.

PASSPORTS FOR LIFE: A discussion on the Ładoś Group


Tuesday 25 January, 6.30pm to 9pm
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB

Booking via Eventbrite

Join Monika Maniewska, Pilecki Institute and member of the International Committee of the Ładoś Group with historian Roger Moorhouse to discuss the continuing importance and resonance of the Ładoś List. 80 years ago Polish diplomats, in cooperation with Jewish circles, launched the so-called 'passport initiative' to save Jews from the Holocaust - known as Ładoś Group they issued fake passports and citizenship certificates for Latin American countries saving so many from being sent to death camps.

All welcome:
6.30pm: Exhibition reception
7pm: Talk and discussion
8pm: Meet the contributors

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Holocaust Memorial Day

HMD 2022

Thursday 27 January, 7pm
Online Event: 
Booking via HMD website

The UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 will be streamed online on 27 January at 7pm. At 8pm, get ready to Light the Darkness with us. Households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice and hatred today.

Light a candle and put it in your window at 8pm on 27 January (if you are able to do so safely).  #HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness


MY WORK: An exhibition by photographers affected by homelessness

My work

Showing 4 to 29 January
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Over the past 2 years, mentors from the London Region of the Royal Photographic Society in conjunction with Cafe Art have been helping a group of photographers affected by homelessness. Mentors have been helping participants to improve their photographic skills and confidence during a very difficult period.

This Exhibition showcases work from twelve of the photographers, with each photographer displaying a set of four photographs taken during the period. Participating photographers are: Al Benthovsky, Damian, Dee Alison, Goska Calik, Lui Saatchi, Maurice Woolger,McGinlay, Michelle, Saffron Saidi, Shenan Chandler, Simon Mart Dennis, Wayne Chin.

Opening Reception: Thursday 6 January, 6pm to 8pm (book on Eventbrite)

Children's Library Events

Be a Wild World Hero this Winter!

Winter Mini Challenge

Challenge runs until 16 January 

The Reading Agency teamed up with WWF UK for the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge - exploring nature and action for the environment through reading. Now the Heroes are back to help with the Winter Mini Challenge! Join the Wild World Heroes as they embark on an Arctic adventure to find out about the creatures that live there. Find out about the environmental issues facing this precious, remote place and even spot a narwhal or two.

Code Clubs for Kids

Code Clubs

Every Monday, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG

Code Club now takes place in-person,  Children aged 7 to 12 can come and get help with their code; share their projects with each other; and find out more about what you can do with the power of coding in a fun and co-operative environment.

Spaces will be limited this term! Email wforrest@lambeth.gov.uk to book a place.

From Our Friends

Money Matters

Money Matters

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays,
10 January to 22 January. 10:30am to 1pm
Online Course: Booking via Googledoc

Get the skills and knowledge to cut costs, save money and reduce the stress of financial worries. Learn how to say 'No' and understand your emotions around money with this fun and friendly course. To find out more or book please contact Abel on: Tel: 07903 629544. Email: abel.solomon@wlm.org.uk. Free for Lambeth Residents

Competition! Inspiring Women Of The World


Are you a budding writer or artist who has been inspired by a woman from history or the present day? National charity The Reading Agency and publisher Saqi Books are asking you to write about or create a portrait of a woman who has inspired you. It can be somebody famous, or somebody you know, from history or the present day. Whether you are a confident writer or artist or want to explore your creative side for the first time, we want to know which woman has had an impact on your life.

Written entries can be sent as a Word document or written by hand and scanned. Artworks must be scanned or clearly photographed. Open to UK residents aged 16+.

Entries must be emailed to competitions@readingagency.org.uk by Friday 21 January 2022.

Mateo Askaripour in conversation

Mateo Askaripour

Thursday 27 January, 7pm
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite 

Join The Reading Agency for a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour about his debut novel, Black Buck. A satire of the tech industry which will appeal to fans of Paul Beatty's Booker-prizewinning novel The Sellout and Jordan Peele's film Get Out.

The event will end with an audience Q&A.

Passports for Life: Exhibition on Ładoś's list

Passports for Life

Showing until Friday 28 January  
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

80 years ago, in 1941, in Bern, Switzerland, Polish diplomats, in cooperation with Jewish circles, launched the so-called 'passport initiative' to save Jews from the Holocaust. Aleksander Ładoś and others known as Ładoś Group, issued fake passports and citizenship certificates for Latin American countries saving so many from being sent to death camps.

Lambeth Libraries are grateful to the Pilecki Institute for bringing this unique exhibition, on the work of the Ładoś Group, to London.

The Ładoś List is available online with a full-text search function.

To book a visit for a school class please contact Liz at lbuchanan@lambeth.gov.uk

new mags Libby

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 www.lambeth.gov.uk/LibraryServicesOnline. 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! 


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. www.lambeth.gov.uk/LibraryServicesOnline

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 archives@lambeth.gov.uk or by Twitter @LambethArchives 

Join the Library online

If you do not have a library membership, just join online at
www.lambeth.gov.uk/jointhelibrary 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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