Lambeth Libraries Events for February 2023

Andreena Leeanne

Andreena Leeanne

We have another packed programme for February at Lambeth Libraries. Throughout the month we have loads of great authors as well as celebrating LGBTQ+ History month - hopefully something for everyone with fun for all the family. 

Library latest...

In-Library customer survey - From 6 February our Libraries will be carrying out a massive customer survey to find out what you think about us. This had been delayed by Covid and getting all parts of the service up and running smoothly again. Please do come in and let us know what you think of the service as it helps us do more of the things you like and improve anything you are not so happy with. We will use your feedback to plan future services.

Durning Library - The Durning accessibility works will be finally completed at the end of February. This is one of the many improvements that Lambeth is carrying out, investing in our libraries. You can see details on what is being planned next for Durning Library on the Lambeth Planning Portal application 23/00043/LB.

energy saving kit

Free energy saving kit

As the cold weather continues, the effects of the cost of living crisis are being felt even more in households across Lambeth. That’s why Lambeth Council is offering free energy saving kits to thousands of homes to support residents who are facing fuel poverty to reduce their energy bills. The free energy saving kits contain LED lightbulbs, draft excluders, and radiator reflector panels. The kits also include real, practical money-saving advice to keep energy costs down this winter. You can pick up a kit at any of the 10 libraries across Lambeth while stocks last. 

February is LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

Welcome to Lambeth Libraries annual LGBTQ+ History Month festival full of events and activities throughout the borough... Below are a selection of the 20+ events happening during the month - get a full programme on our website or on Facebook. For all bookings please visit Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite page

Finding Your Joy Workshop

Finding Your Joy Workshop

Saturday 4 February, 1pm to 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

The Bayo Wellbeing Project Presents: Finding Your Joy. A fun, creative and highly engaging workshop led by Dennis L Carney for Black LGBTQIA+ young people (18 to 30). Supported by partners: The Ubele Initiative, Mind & Black Thrive Global.

LGBTQ+ Zine fair

LGBTQ+ Zine fair

Saturday 11 February, 12pm to 4.30pm Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

A zine and small publishing fair of LGBTQ+ makers, artists and writers. From Holy Titclamps and Homocore, to Red Hanky Panky and Nancy, LGBTQ+ zines have been popular since the days of punk! With a burgeoning current scene, we welcome dozens of zinesters and queer distros to Brixton Library. All welcome.

A month of books and writers...

Throughout February we have some great writers visiting Lambeth Libraries. 

The New Life with Author Tom Crewe

The New Life with Author Tom Crewe

Tuesday 14 February, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Tom Crewe to discuss his latest novel set in Victorian England and the times of Oscar Wilde, which opens a history previously undiscussed.

Our Wives Under The Sea with Julia Armfield

Our Wives Under The Sea with Julia Armfield

Wednesday 15 February, 7pm
Streatham Library. SW16 1PN
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Julia Armfield to discuss her latest novel, Our Wives Under The Sea, and LGBTQ+ representation in literature today.

... and book discussion

LGBT Reading groups

Our reading groups are hosting some great book discussions this month, in particular The Radical Readers will be discussing Fabulosa!: The Story of Polari by Paul Baker (10 February, Brixton Library) and our LGBTQ+ book club discuss C+nto & Othered Poems by Joelle Taylor (24 February, Online).

... a month of community discussion...

care in the closet

Lambeth Links open a discussion on Going into the Care Closet? (16 February, Brixton Library) asking do we need to go back in the closet when we get old? Lesbians Talk Issues (23 February, Brixton Library) is a talk and workshop remembering British Lesbian life in the 1990s and we celebrate LGBTQ+ Cinema with a classic screening at the Tate South Lambeth Library Film Club – LGBTQ+ History Month Special (27 February, South Lambeth Library).

At Brixton Library on Fridays 10, 17 and 24 February, 4 to 5pm, you can Experience the Virtual Reality story of Kindredbased on the true story of one aspirational LGBTQ+ parent’s ground-breaking journey through the adoption process. Age13+

Children's Programme

Wriggle LGBT

Of course LGBTQ+ History Month is for everyone, and all ages, and we also have a programme for children with stories of equality, diversity and understanding during our Library under 5 sessions.

Families from the LGBTQ+ community are welcomed and invited to help read and co-lead sessions. Contact Tina at if interested and willing.

Throughout Half Term libraries will also be putting on special Rainbow craft sessions for children - contact your local Library for details.

LGBTQ+ interest books for Children and Young People

Zoey Dixon

Lambeth Libraries Zoey Dixon and Sheffield Libraries' Liz Chapman talk about some of the great new LGBTQ+ books and other gems that you might have missed for babies, children and teens on Wednesday 22 February, 6pm, in an Online Facebook podcast: @Lambethlgbtqhistorymonth

LGBTQ+ Fair for all the family


Saturday 25 February, 10am to 4pm
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

10am to 1pm: Pride Month activities for families, Drag King Story time*, Art & Craft activities with Morley College, Eat the colours of the Rainbow - cupcake decorating with chef Rima

1pm to 4pm: Art and wellbeing stalls, Craft activities with Art4Space

*Drag King session bookings via LEAP 

Thriving Stockwell logo

Art Exhibition

LGBT+ LIFE! Health. Community. Joy.


Showing 1 to 27 February
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

An open group art exhibition and a series of events celebrating LGBT+ History Month.

Exhibition Launch. 

Thursday 2 February, 6pm to 8pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ.
Booking via Eventbrite

LGBT+ LIFE! exhibition launch party with performance and poetry. Hosted by Andreena Leeanne, Black Lesbian Lived Experience Speaker and poet. Interviews with the artists and poetry from The Mollusc Dimension, British-born Chinese, transqueerian performer and Walki non-binary artist, photographer, poet and musician.
Free refreshments. BSL interpreter.

From our Friends

Navigating the Matrix- Black History as Therapeutic Practice

Rashid Nix

Thursday 9 February, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

This introductory interactive lecture will be of particular interest to anyone involved in Education/Community Safety/Criminal Justice/Mental Health. A fully interactive 2 hour presentation takes the audience on a 5,000 year journey of history and healing, stopping along the way to discuss attitudes and behaviour. This session is highly recommended for teens (especially those facing exclusion), parents, educators and anyone interested in exploring effective community based solutions.

Other Library Events

Work Wear Loan Scheme Launch

work wear

Wednesday 8 February, 1pm to 5pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Brixton Library and Lambeth Council wish to invite you to our upcoming Workwear Event in collaboration with ihateironing. The library is facilitating the donation, free cleaning, and lending of professional workwear to low income job seekers in the Lambeth and larger South London area.

At the event, you will find examples of 
the high quality, professional garments donated to our cause, ready to be borrowed and worn by jobseekers, 
representatives who will be happy to explain our initiative and assist with the process of donation or borrowing and free refreshments for you and your guests. For more info contact Abibat at We look forward to having you join us!

Classic Film Matinees

Film club

Tuesdays, 7 and 21 February, 1pm
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

The South Lambeth Library fortnightly film club is back with free screenings on Tuesdays at 1pm. Refreshments £1. For more information contact

Young Women with Author Jessica Moor

Young Women with Author Jessica Moor

Tuesday, 14 February, 7pm 
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Jessica Moor to discuss her latest novel Young Women - a razor-sharp novel that slices to the heart of our most important relationships, and asks how complicit we all are in this world built for men. 

Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Saturday 18 February, 1.30pm to 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join us at Brixton Library for a spoken word 'Open Mic' afternoon. The mic will be open to all ages. Register by email:

First 19 booked will perform 1-3 poems each. As children will be present, please keep the language PG.

The Afterlives of Slavery with Professor Catherine Hall

Professor Catherine Hall

Monday, 20 February, 7pm
Durning Library, SE11 4HF
Booking via Eventbrite

Professor Hall discusses the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its embedding of ideas of racial difference and inequality in culture today.

Event organised by Friends of Durning Library. Refreshments £3 donation

Author Kevin Jared Hosein discusses Hungry Ghosts with Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

Kevin Jared Hosein

Tuesday 21 February, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join author Kevin Jared Hosein in conversation with Ayanna Lloyd Banwo to discuss his stunning new novel Hungry Ghosts - a mesmerising book about violence, religion, family and class, rooted in the wild and pastoral landscape of colonial central Trinidad.

Events for Children and Young People

Join a Library Club in 2023!


Why not join a club at your local library this year - just drop into the library to ask.

Chatterbooks Clubs

Love books and reading? Then this is for you! Monthly themes, quizzes, meet friends… a great reading club for 7 to 11 year-olds.

West Norwood Library - Every Wednesday from 1 February, 4pm to 5pm

Brixton Library
- First Monday of each month from 6 February, 4pm to 5pm

Waterloo Library
 - Second Wednesday of each month from 8 February,4.30pm to 5.30pm

Carnegie Library - Last Monday of the month from 27 February, 4pm to 5pm

Chatterbooks Online Quiz
Celebrate Chinese New Year- The Year of the Rabbit. Come and join Sandra and Angela in this fun quiz about Chinese New Year. Wednesday 22 February, 4pm. Book via Eventbrite 

Homework Clubs

Lambeth Libraries host Homework club. Free homework help, free internet access and books:

Clapham Library: Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
South Lambeth Library: Fridays 4pm to 5pm
Streatham Library: Mondays 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Upper Norwood Library: Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
Waterloo Library: Thursdays 4pm to 5pm
West Norwood Library: Mondays 4pm to 5pm

Telling the Time Workshops

Time goes by so quickly. It’s already 2023! Explore Learning will be running a workshop on telling the time, reading clocks, and working out time changes, so your kids can keep track of the time with ease.

Brixton Library - Saturday 4 February, 12pm to 1pm and Tuesday 14 February, 12pm to 1pm. Ages 5 to 7 years

Chess Club

Chess club for all abilities

South Lambeth Library
- Every Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm

Carnegie Library - Every Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm

Science club

Do you like experiments and all things science? Join our science club

South Lambeth Library - Every Saturday, 3pm to 4pm, Ages 5 and above

Munch Brunch Story & Rhyme Time

Munch Brunch  Story & Rhyme Time

Mondays, 6 and 13 February, 10am to 11.30am
Tate South Lambeth Library, SW8 1QP

Unity Matters CIC will be delivering another exciting round of Munch Brunch Story & Rhyme Time at South Lambeth Library for parents with children under 5.

Each week parents will receive a free story & rhyme session, free brunch, free crafts, books and a recipe kit to take home to make a healthy evening meal (in partnership with Healthy Living Platform) To get an idea of our previous sessions please check out our Instagram page.

If you live in the South Lambeth Area and are being affected by the Cost of Living Crisis, please book your place on 07508074921 or email Angela at

Vote for your Favourite Children's Book

The National Children's Book Award

We'd love Lambeth Children to share their love of reading and to vote for their favourite book in The National Children's Book Award. Simply pop into Brixton Library, borrow a book from shortlisted the book collection and vote.

You can read as many books as you like!

Closing date for entries 15 April 2023

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! 


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 feast of free listening!

Archives move

Lambeth Archives: update on relocation to Brixton

On 31 December Lambeth Archives said farewell to delivering a service to the public from the Minet Library site where it has been for the last 133 years. It is only a temporary closure while the Archives moves home to its new premises on Brixton Hill. In January the first records were moved off site to secure out-storage, to make essential shelf space in an otherwise very full building. The archivists will now begin to re-sequence, repack and otherwise prepare the collections of documents, books, maps, illustrations and museum objects for the move across to the new building.

Even though the Archives is now closed, the staff will continue to provide a basic enquiry service as well as supporting access to those parts of the collection which are available online. More information on this can be found at the Council website

Census 1921 - For those of you interested in researching family history there are some great resources in your local library including access to, and through FindMyPast, the 1921 Census. 

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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