Lambeth Libraries Summer of Fun August 2022

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A Summer of Writers at Lambeth Libraries

Library Services for August

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 August. Every Lambeth Library will be running weekly activities for children so do check with your local library and join the fun!

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 and pick up your Gadgeteers reading wallet.


We now subscribe to BorrowBox and Libby App so you have more eBook and eAudiobook choices - all delivered directly to your device. Download the apps from your app store now and enjoy a summer of free listening!

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.

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

Summer Reading Challenge

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.

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 

Art Science Workshop with the Linnean Organisation

Linnean Organisation

Tuesday 2 August, 2pm to 3pm
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Booking via Eventbrite

Have you ever wondered how species are grouped together and named? find out in this art-science workshop where you will name and invent your own species! Age: 7 Plus

Award winning YA authors Jason Reynolds and Alex Wheatle

Jason Reynolds and Alex Wheatle

Tuesday 16 August, 3.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling and Carnegie Medal winning children’s and YA author in conversation with Alex Wheatle.

The Ghostkeeper's Journal and Field Guide author event with Japhet Asher

The Ghostkeeper's Journal

Friday 19 August, 2pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Author Japhet Asher will lead you on an exciting augmented reality adventure through his book The Ghostkeeper's Journal and Field Guide. Using the Ghost-o-Matic app begin exploring augmented reality technology that brings characters to life. You will be the hero of this gripping story, hunting ghosts and revealing hidden messages to solve the mystery. This event is suitable for children age 9+

Did you Eat Sunshine for Breakfast with Michael Holland

Michael Holland

Wednesday 31 August, 2pm
Durning Library. SE11 4HF
Booking via Eventbrite

Did you Eat Sunshine for Breakfast: Award winning author Michael Holland takes you on an amazing journey about the world of plants. Age: 7 Plus

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


Stockwell War Memorial: A Centenary Exhibition

Stockwell War Memorial: A Centenary Exhibition

Monday 1 August to 31 August
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP
Entry is free and open during Library hours

An exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of Stockwell First World War Memorial, including a unique map charting the addresses of hundreds of the 574 men listed on the name panels. The impressive tower, unveiled on 3 May 1922, was a project to permanently record the names of hundreds of men from within half a mile radius of the memorial, who died as a result of the war. The clock was paid for by a grief-stricken doctor whose only son was lost at the Battle of the Somme.

Presented by the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial & Gardens, the exhibition also covers the other buildings on the site: the Second World War rotunda, deep-level air raid shelter, and the Bronze Woman statue.

Yesterday’s Lambeth Today: Public Housing Developments, 1965 to1980

Yesterday’s Lambeth Today

Thursday 25 August to 30 September
Minet Library. SE5 9QY
Entry is free and open during Library hours

An exhibition curated by Christiane Felber. After the reorganisation of local government in 1965, Lambeth’s new Department of Architecture and Planning, under the leadership of Ted Hollamby, set about building a ‘New Jerusalem’ for the borough of Lambeth. This exhibition offers an overview of the time, with examples of the glorious successes and the abject failures and includes high-rise towers, large estates, rehabilitation and infill, and low-rise high-density housing, illustrated by historic and recent photographs.

Events for adults at the library

A Tribute to Jean Binta Breeze

Jean Binta Breeze

Thursday 4 August, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

On the first anniversary of the passing of Jean Binta Breeze, a special voice in British Caribbean poetry, her family and close friends pay tribute to this remarkable woman. Event organised in partnership with The George Padmore Institute.

Song Noir: Tom Waits and the Spirit of Los Angeles with author Alex Harvey

Tom Waits

Tuesday 9 August, 6pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join writer Alex Harvey to discuss through images, text and song, all things Tom Waits and to discuss his new book Song Noir.

Little Prisons with author Ilona Bannister

Little Prisons with author Ilona Bannister

Tuesday 9 August, 7pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Ilona and the Friends of Carnegie Library to discuss Ilona's writing influences and her latest novel Little Prisons. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

Brixton Library Radical Readers discuss: The Death of Comrade President

The Death of Comrade President

Friday 12 August, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join the Radical Readers reading group to discuss The Death of Comrade President by Alain Mabanckou. A poignant and riotous tale of family and revolution in postcolonial Africa, from the winner of the French Voices grand prize and finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.

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, Clapham, Streatham, West Norwood, Carnegie, Minet, Durning and Tate South Lambeth libraries. Please contact the Libraries directly to reserve a place.

StoryTrails Comes to Lambeth


Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

StoryTrails is coming to Brixton Library this summer! A one-of-a-kind experience where untold stories from the past are brought to life through augmented and virtual reality and with the voices of the local community. As the UK’s largest immersive storytelling project, it will change the way we tell stories about ourselves and inspire a conversation about who we are and where we are going.

Come down to Brixton Library in September to discover a range of exciting augmented and virtual reality experiences for all the family to enjoy.

From Our Friends

HOME: Remembering the Windrush Generation


On until 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.

Black Culture Market

Black Culture Market

Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August 11am to 5pm
Downstairs at The Department Store. 248 Ferndale Rd. SW9 8FR
Free. Book your visit via Eventbrite

Exploring the common threads between Brixton and Harlem, celebrating the vibrancy of African Caribbean Culture and Jamaican Independence.

Three Ages of Brixton

Three Ages of Brixton: A brief history of local art

Tuesday 2 August to 30 August
Brixton Library SW2 1JQ

A three-man showcase, depicting well known Brixton locations across different stages and the eyes of three artists, whose ages cover the span of a lifetime. Their depictions delight the viewer while illustrating Brixton’s role as a fascinating hub of urban history and securing its longevity and relevance.

Benedict Flanagan’s paintings are studies of colour and light inspired by everyday life. Mark Flawn-Thomas is best known for his distinctive blue pen and ink watercolours and award winning artist Anthony Eyton RA is a Member of the Royal Watercolour Society. Entry is free and the Tate Library is open every day. 

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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.

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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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