Lambeth Libraries Events for April 2022


Library Services for April

We're sure you'll be pleased to hear that we are now restoring parts of our services that were suspended owing to Covid-19 and from Sunday 24 April West Norwood and Brixton Libraries will be open again on Sundays. We will also be reintroducing newspapers and magazines in all our libraries from that date. We are reviewing what newspapers and magazines we take so do let your local librarian know if there is a title you would like us to consider. Many are already available on Pressreader and you can access them online with your library card.

Many of us no longer have printers at home. Library members can now send documents over the internet to our printers and collect from their Lambeth library. If you are using your own device in the library you can also use this service to print.

Over Easter our Libraries will be closed for the Bank Holidays on Friday 15 April, Sunday 17 April and Monday 18 April. Waterloo Library will re-open from building work on Tuesday 19 April with longer opening hours and more space.  

We have another full month of events and activities online and in-person for you to enjoy- all free unless listed. I hope you find something interesting. Do come into your local library and see us - we have lots of lovely new books - have a check on the catalogue for new titles.

Easter Fun for Children

Creative Maths Fun!

Creative Maths Fun!

Tuesday 5 April, 3pm to 5pm.
Thursday 7 April, 2pm to 4pm.
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX
Booking via Eventbrite 

Explore and have fun with big maths ideas. Hands-on tools & problem-solving maths enrichment activities for all the family! Whether you or your child loves, hates or is ambivalent towards maths, we’re sure to have something they’ll really enjoy, making for a great afternoon out whilst learning something new along the way. Ages 5 to14 years.

A Spring in Your Step Workshop: English Workshop with Explore Learning

A Spring in Your Step Workshop

Wednesday 6 April, 2pm to 3pm.
Minet Library. SE5 9QY
Booking via Eventbrite 

Friday 8 April, 2pm to 3pm.
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG
Booking via Eventbrite 

Saturday 9 April, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite 

A workshop from Explore Learning Brixton, to help 7 to 9 year olds with their grammar. In this Easter special workshop, we are going to be reading about two giants from Scotland and Ireland. They were friends and then they had a big battle! Using this story, we will look at parts of grammar that children often find hard to understand – verbs, adjectives, nouns and adverbs. We’ll keep it fun and enjoyable so that your child can learn these topics in a positive way.

Explore Learning English & Maths Workshops

Explore Learning English & Maths Workshops

Friday 8 April, 4pm to 5pm.
Upper Norwood Library. SE19 1TQ
Booking via Eventbrite 

Monthly workshops with tutors from Explore Learning to help children from 5 to 12 years old with their Maths and English skills. This Friday we'll have Fun with Phonics: The children will investigate rhyming words and why they rhyme. They will use their phonics to help them sounds the words accurately. What do the words bat, hat and rat all have in common?

Wooden Stick Letters

Wooden Stick Letters

Create your name using wooden sticks from trees! Collect sticks from the park, your garden, on walks and bring them along to the library and get crafty!

Tuesday 12 April, 2pm to 3.30pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG

Wednesday 13 April, 2pm to 3.30pm
Upper Norwood Library. SE19 1TQ

Thursday 14 April, 2pm to 2.30pm
Minet Library. SE5 9QY

Booking not required

Chatterbooks Online Quiz: All About Shakespeare – To Be or Not to Be … That is the Question


Wednesday 27 April, 4pm
Online Event: Booking via Eventbrite

Join Sandra and Angela with our monthly online quiz, celebrating all things Shakespeare! Each month we talk about what we've been reading and enjoy Quizzes. For 8 to 12 year olds.


The Life of Maurice Dorfman: A Photo Story Exhibition by Jim Grover

The Life of Maurice Dorfman

Showing 5 April to 30 April 
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Exhibition available during Library opening hours.

Official Opening and drinks reception: Tuesday, 5th April, 6pm to 8pm

The Life of Maurice Dorfman tells the story of the Dorfman family, a Jewish family who fled the pogroms in Russia at the end of the 19th century, arriving in London’s East end in 1902 and eventually settling in Clapham in the 1950s and 60s, where they opened a dress making factory which subsequently became Jeannette Fashions, a haberdashery shop, at 19 Clapham High Street. Jeanette Fashions traded on the high street for some 60 years until the death of Maurice Dorfman in 2020 at the age of 87. 

The exhibition includes slideshow and audio-recordings of Maurice and his memories. Photographer Jim Grover together with Susanna Elisabeth Brown from the V&A felt strongly that it needed to be in Clapham as the story of everyday life and community in Clapham over 6 decades.

Rolling Crystal Ball: A Solo Exhibition by Collage Artist Sam Dodson

Rolling Crystal Ball

Showing 20 April to 2 May
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Launch party and Private View, Thursday 21 April, 6pm to 8pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

The original concept for this show is that all things can be seen in the Crystal Ball. All possible futures, all possible pasts. Everything is revealed including yourself. The pieces in the exhibition explore the possibilities of a new mythology and a new magic through the very act of creation through collage.

For further information:

Other Library Events...

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds in Concert

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

Friday 1 April, 7pm.
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
£8 Ticket. Booking via Eventbrite 

Postponed from February owing to storm Eunice, we're really pleased to welcome the new date for this event. Join Naomi Bedford (Radio 2 Folk Award nominee) and Paul Simmonds (Men They Couldn't Hang) for an evening of potent, exciting and emotional folk music - live in the Library! Not to be missed.

"Amazing, Naomi pulls no punches" Iggy Pop

The Black Flamingo: LGBTQ+ book club discussion

The Black Flamingo

Friday 1 April, 7pm
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite

The Lambeth Libraries LGBTQ+ Book Club discusses The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. A fierce coming-of-age verse novel about identity and the power of drag, from acclaimed poet and performer Dean Atta. 

Deep Are the Roots with Stephen Bourne

Deep Are the Roots

Tuesday 12 April, 7pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG
Booking via Eventbrite

Deep Are the Roots celebrates the pioneers of Black British theatre, beginning in 1825 when Ira Aldridge made history as the first Black actor to play Shakespeare’s Othello in the United Kingdom, and ending in 1975 with the success of Britain’s first Black-led theatre company. Event organised by The Friends of Carnegie Library. All welcome.

Lambeth History Unlocked: Stockwell War Memorial at 100

Stockwell War Memorial at 100

Thursday 21 April, 7pm
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite

To commemorate the centenary of Stockwell War Memorial, Naomi Clifford, chair of the Friends group, looks at the history, significance and meaning of the clock tower, which was a community-led project and was unveiled in front of a vast crowd on 3 May 1922.

An exhibition organised by the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens opens at St Michael’s Church, Stockwell on 30 April.

World Book Night 2022

World Book Night 2022

Saturday 23 April, 6pm
In-Person Ticket £10 (+ concs)
Knowledge Centre, The British Library. 96 Euston Road. NW1 2DB 

Online Ticket Free. Booking via British Library website

This event will be live in the British Library Theatre and simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical £10) or to watch on our platform (online free). 

Join us in person at the British Library Theatre, or online, to celebrate World Book Night, as leading writers share their love of reading and add to spark our own.

Sensible Footwear: LGBTQ+ book club discussion

Sensible Footwear

Friday 29 April, 7pm
Online Event: 
Booking via Eventbrite

The Lambeth Libraries LGBTQ+ Book Club Sensible Footwear: A Girl's Guide - A graphic guide to lesbian and queer history 1950-2020 by Cartoonist Kate Charlesworth

Peopled by a cast of gay icons such as Dusty Springfield, Billie Jean King, Dirk Bogarde and Alan Turing, and featuring key moments such as Stonewall, Gay Pride and Section 28, Sensible Footwear: A Girl's Guide, is the first graphic history documenting lesbian life from 1950 to the present. It is a stunning, personal, graphic memoir and a milestone itself in LGBTQI+ history.

Lambeth Libraries Spring Local Business Fair


Sunday 1 May, 11am to 4pm 
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Lambeth libraries, in collaboration with West Norwood FEAST, is hosting the Spring local businesses fair! Come and support your local business in the library. This will be a great day for all the family with loads to see and do.  

Our community space will be open to families for under 5s activities and story rhyme time from 12pm. There will also be make-over sessions, tutorials and yoga! Bring your friends and family to the library for what is set to be a great day out for all. 

Stall spaces still available contact: Rachel Samuels

From Our Friends

Leroy & the Chickens - Reading at Vauxhall City Farm

Leroy & the Chickens

Tuesday 19 April, 11am to 12.30pm
Vauxhall City Farm. 165 Tyers Street. SE11 5HS
Booking via Eventbrite

Come along to Vauxhall City Farm for a reading of 'Leroy & the Chickens' by the author & illustrator, Michelle Stewart. The event is free, but tickets must be booked in advance to ensure numbers do not exceed capacity. The book is suitable for children under 6 years old.

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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! 


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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