Lambeth Libraries Summer Reading Challenge begins July 2022


Library Services for July

Welcome to the Lambeth Libraries Children and Young People’s Readers and Writers Festival 2022. We have a bumper programme of events and activities in July.

Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge
Join our intrepid Gadgeteers on an adventure this summer with this years’
summer reading challenge for children aged 4 to 12. Under 4s can join the
mini challenge, collecting stickers and a certificate.

You can join online or at any Lambeth library from Saturday 16 July to
Thursday 1 September and pick up your Gadgeteers reading wallet.

We also have another full month of events and activities online and in-person for all ages to enjoy- all free unless listed.

Do come into your local library and see us - we have a huge variety of new books - have a check on the catalogue for new titles.

Lambeth Libraries' Children's Festival 


The 2022 Lambeth Libraries Children and Young People’s Readers and Writers Festival is here for all young people. Whether it's reading, writing or rhymetime, come and join us. You’ll be amazed at the fun you and your children can have in your local library. For all bookings please visit Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite page.

Learning English and Maths for Children


Fun with Phonics Creative Writing
Saturday 2 July, 2.30pm 
Brixton Library
. SW2 1JQ

Explore Learning English & Maths Workshop
Friday 8 July, 4pm to 5pm.
Upper Norwood Library
. SE19 1TJ
Booking via Eventbrite

We Are Maths Explorer (7+)
Friday 29 July, 11.30am
Streatham Library. SW16 1PN

Authors visits for schools

school authors July

Throughout July we have more great authors for school children to meet - to book your school in, just email Sandra at  

A Gangster Stole My Trunks Workshop
with Tom Vaughan
Friday 8 July, 1.30pm
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Award Winning author A M Dassu – Fight Back
Friday 15 July, 11am
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB

SENDsational Wriggle and Rhyme


Wednesday 13 July, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Enjoy art and science based activities led by Neurodiverse Learning. Young children can get involved in this year’s Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge, collect their Gadgeteers mini-challenge reading wallets and begin their Summer Reading science fun challenge.

Animation Workshops

Animation workshops

Saturday 23 July, 10am to 1pm 
6 week course
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Black Thrive

Black Thrive Lambeth have partnered with Comfy Studios to bring a summer of fun where we will be exploring mental health and well-being in a creative way through animation. All equipment (and a few snacks!) will be provided.
Ages 8 to 13

Summer Reading Challenge


Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge Launch
Saturday 16 July, 2.30pm to 4pm
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB

Join our intrepid Gadgeteers on an adventure this summer with this years’
summer reading challenge for children aged 4 to 12. Under 4s can join the
mini challenge, collecting stickers and a certificate.

Read up to 6 books collecting stickers and prize incentives on the way. You will receive a Gadgeteer certificate and medal for completing the challenge.

Joining is easy:

Step 1. Register at the Library Desk where you will be given a Gadgeteer Reading Wallet
Step 2. Choose your books. You can also choose e audio books and ebooks.
Step 3. For every stage you get to you will receive the following prizes:

Books 1 and 2: stickers and paper chain.
Books 3 and 4: stickers and bookmark.
Books 5 and 6: stickers, Gadgeteers pencil and medal.

Everyone receives a Gadgeteers certificate.

Gadgeteers Events

Our libraries will be hosting a fantastic range of STEAM and science focused events and activities including slime making, creating models on a 3D Printer,
arts, and crafts and much much more.

For full details of what's happening in your Library and across Lambeth check out the Programme brochure 

Martha Maps it Out, Author Workshop with Leigh Hodgkinson

Martha Maps it Out

Wednesday 27 July, 2.30pm to 4pm
West Norwood Library

Leigh Hodgkinson is an award-winning animator and worked as art director
on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, ‘Charlie and Lola’, as well
as an author of several children’s books. Leigh will read from her latest
book Martha Maps it Out followed by a craft activity.

Lambeth Libraries Chatterbooks Group – A Gadgeteers Quiz


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

To tie in with the science reading challenge theme our online quiz will test your knowledge on inventions, gadgets and science. Join Sandra and Angela on Zoom. Ages 8 to 12 Years

Free Football Loan Scheme


Brixton, Clapham, Durning and West Norwood Libraries

Do you enjoy football and want a chance to borrow a good quality football? Lambeth Libraries are excited to have teamed up with the Alive and Kicking Organisation and registered libraries have become an official @weareakuk Football Library! Now you can borrow a football for one week at our participating Libraries. You will need to be a library member to borrow a football. If you are not a library member do not worry, it’s easy to join.

Giant Print Children's Books

Giant Print

Lambeth libraries now has a collection of Giant Print books in fonts 24 and 36 that can be borrowed by children with visual impairments. The main collection is at Clapham Library, with a smaller one at Tate South Lambeth Library. Books can be ordered from and collected from your local branch. Pop in to select in person or on our catalogue search for "giant print (24 point)" or "giant print (36 point)" at

Events for adults at the library

Fred Karno – The Legend Behind The Laughter with author David Crump

Fred Karno

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

Join writer David Crump to discuss his latest book on the man behind the careers of comedy greats Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.

Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

City Reels: Lambeth Field Recording Club

City Reels

City Reels is a summer workshop for people living in Lambeth to gather, learn and develop different types of field recording skills. Over four sessions, we will make our own field recordings of the local area, try out different kinds of microphones and experiment with alternative methods of listening. Each session will take a different theme and skill, and there will be plenty of time to discuss and share our sound recordings over light refreshments at the end.

Thursday 14 July, Brixton Library,
Thursday 4 August, Coldharbour Studios, Southwell Road, SE5 9PG

All sessions 5.30pm to 7pm. Free and all equipment provided. Book your place here.

Transformation at Roots and Shoots

Transformation at Roots & Shoots

Monday 18 July, 7pm
Roots and Shoots,
 Walnut Tree Walk. SE11 6DN
Booking via Eventbrite

Join the Friends of Durning Library for their July trip to Roots and Shoots to see this much loved local haven for people and biodiversity. Director, Linda Phillips MBE will give a grand tour and show how the place has been transformed during the pandemic. 

Employment Support

Employment Support

Durning, Clapham, Brixton, West Norwood, Streatham, Minet and Carnegie libraries will be running employment skills courses to help people into work. These will be short four week taster sessions and we will be signposting those that need extra help or a longer course onto further support.

For those that need help with a device or data to help them with job searching, we will soon be running an iPad loan project aimed at people who do not currently have a device for job searching. If you would like to borrow an iPad, please contact Brixton, Streatham, Clapham, Durning, South Lambeth, West Norwood and Minet libraries to register your interest.

English classes for Speakers of Other Languages at the Library


We are running ESOL classes at several libraries. Classes will be taking place at Brixton, Streatham, West Norwood, Carnegie, Minet, Durning and Tate South Lambeth libraries. Please contact the Libraries directly to reserve a place.

From Our Friends

HOME: Remembering the Windrush Generation


Wednesday 22 June to 10 September
Black Cultural Archives
, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
£5 Entry, £3 Concession

Curated by Tony Fairweather, HOME is a nostalgic look back at the well-remembered homes of the Windrush Generation. A recreation of the iconic Caribbean front room, kitchen and bedroom, this exhibition showcases many family favourites, from the Blue Spot Gramophone to the eclectic ornaments displayed in glass cabinets.

We welcome all audiences to immerse themselves in the social history of the Windrush Generation and learn about the cultural significance of artefacts from the era.

Teachers’ Reading Challenge

Teachers’ Reading Challenge

From 27 June to 29 October

The Teachers' Reading Challenge is an opportunity for school staff to expand your knowledge of contemporary children's books and develop your understanding of reading for pleasure pedagogy, develop your repertoire of children’s books and discover ways to inspire reading for pleasure in your school or library. Read six books over summer and join a supportive reading community in schools.

Authors from across the world join in the Big Jubilee Read

Big Jubilee Read

Join The Reading Agency with Libraries Connected for a national series of events for the Big Jubilee Read, celebrating great reads from authors across the Commonwealth.

Women’s Words
Watch live on Thursday 7 July at 7pm on The Reading Agency YouTube.

Poet, vlogger and presenter Leena Norms, will be joined by authors Yangsze Choo (Malaysia), Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh) and Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda), and translator Melanie Mauthner for a celebration of writing by women from across the Commonwealth. 

You can also access previous talks on the same Reading Agency YouTube link, including Jacob Ross (Grenada) and Markus Zusak (Australia) who discuss what the future for writing from the Commonwealth looks like, and who will tell its stories, and Two Booker Prize winners, Marlon James (Jamaica) and Douglas Stuart (Scotland) on what it means to write from an LGBT+ perspective.

Anti-Racism in Higher Education: An Action Guide for Change Book Launch

Anti-Racism in Higher Education: An Action Guide for Change Book Launch

Thursday 14 July, 4:30pm
Keyworth Centre
Keyworth Street. SE1 6NG.
Booking via Eventbrite

In June 2020, a group of academics, staff and students formed a community to develop a counter-narrative of action to inform and accelerate transformation required for the UK higher education sector to becoming anti-racist, and cultivate meaningful and long-term solutions to Anti-Racism, inclusion, diversity and equity. Meet the authors and be part of this important conversation.

Brixton Bugle

2022 Brixton Blog & Bugle Summer Art Show

Monday 4 to 27 July 
Brixton Library SW2 1JQ

A celebration of local talent, The Brixton Blog & Bugle Summer Art Show opens on 4 July in the Tate Library, Windrush Square. Works by 43 artists - professional and self-taught - have been selected from a record entry to make a unique showcase of the sights, sounds, culture and people of Brixton. Abstract and figurative, landscapes and portraits, political statements and personal stories, the art reflects the diversity and energy of your local community. And democracy rules. Visit the show to take part in the people’s ballot to choose the winner. Entry is free and the Tate Library is open every day. 

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 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.

Steel Band, Tate Library, Brixton. 1975. Lambeth Archives Ref: 12869

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives is now fully open again. You can visit us five days a week, including evenings and weekends, to discover more about Lambeth's rich and diverse histories. See Planning your visit | Lambeth Council for our opening hours; email to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can search and browse over 15,000 images and documents from our collections online at Lambeth Landmark.

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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