Lambeth Libraries Events for April 2023

Easter Eggs

We have another programme packed with authors and Easter activities for April. Check out some of the events below or visit your local library, there's more going on at each branch.

Library Easter Opening

With many Bank Holidays coming up Lambeth Libraries will be closed on the 7, 9 and 10 April. We will be open as usual on Saturday 8 April.

As the investment in our libraries infrastructure continues there are also some building closures. Carnegie Library will be closed from the 19 April to 11 May inclusive for redecoration. Upper Norwood Library is having work done to reduce carbon emissions so in early April the first floor Reading Room may be closed. On Monday 3 April between 7pm and 9pm you will not be able to access the library catalogue or your library membership while software updates are carried out. We have also just purchased 50 new Public Network PCs and these will start to be rolled out during April.

Library as Safe Haven

In April as part of Lambeth’s plan to tackle Violence against Women and Girls, our Libraries will become part of the Safe Haven scheme. Library staff are being trained to give support to those who are being targeted on the street and need to take refuge in one of our libraries. They will be supported as needed to recharge their phone, contact a friend or family, order a taxi and get home safely.

Library Events

A Savage Culture Revisited with Remi Kapo

A Savage Culture Revisited with Remi Kapo

Thursday 6 April, 6.30pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

In 1981, following the Brixton Uprisings, Remi Kapo wrote A Savage Culture - now following the Black Lives Matter movement, he has updated and re-issued the book, looking back over 40 years on what has and has not changed.

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Saturday 8 April, 1.30pm to 4pm Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

The mic will be open to all ages. Register to perform by email:

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

Kid Gloves: A Voyage Round My Father with Adam Mars-Jones

Kid Gloves

Tuesday, 11 April, 7pm 
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Booking via Eventbrite

Adam Mars-Jones presents Kid Gloves: A Voyage Round My Father, a touching and highly entertaining memoir about his family and father. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library

Time To Shake Up The Primary Curriculum with Sarah Wordlaw

Sarah Wordlaw

Thursday, 13 April, 7pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Sarah Wordlaw and panel to discuss her new book Time To Shake Up The Primary Curriculum. The book is a step-by-step guide on how to transform the curriculum content being taught in primary schools to better incorporate diversity into children’s learning. Headteacher Sarah Wordlaw equips teachers and school leaders with the appropriate subject knowledge, to deliver a curriculum that is comprehensive, inclusive and empowering, whilst also providing an opportunity for current and aspiring school leaders to develop their leadership skills.

Divided: Racism, Medicine and Why We Need to Decolonise Healthcare

Dr Annabel Sowemimo

Tuesday 18 April, 6.30pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Divided exposes the racial biases of medicine that affect our everyday lives and provides an illuminating - and incredibly necessary - insight into how our world works, and who it works for.

This book will reshape how we see health and medicine - forever.

LGBTQ+ book club

Gay Bar

Friday 28 April, 7pm
Online Event: Booking via Eventbrite

Join the LGBTQ+ book club to discuss Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin. A stylish, intimate exploration of what Gay spaces mean, how they are changing and what we stand to lose when they close their doors.

Connecting the Distance. Book Launch

Joy of Sound

Saturday 29 April, 2pm to 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Connecting the Distance is a collection of poetry and prose from Joy of Sound, co-devised writing on Zoom during Lockdown! The book launch is accompanied by exclusively created music, animated, illustration and narrated short videos. All our projects can be found at

Welcome to our first published book. We would love you to join our celebration.

Other Library Activities

Menopause Support Group

Menopause Support Group

Meets 2nd Monday of the month, 7pm to 8.30pm
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN
Contact to book your place, or to find out more: or

This is a free group for women from all cultures, who are living through any stage of the menopause. Each month we get together to share experiences, offer and receive support, and hear from specialist guest speakers.

Waste Not, Want Not…Reduce textile waste to landfill

 Waste Not, Want Not

Friday 28 April, 11am to 2pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Get Rid of and Donate invites the community of Lambeth to declutter *winter clothing (good condition items only) and swing into spring. Come along to our swap and recycle day.

Did you know - Much of our rubbish ends up in landfill. According to Friends of the Earth, in the UK, we send over 15 million tonnes of rubbish from our homes to landfill every year. That is the equivalent in weight of burying over 100,000 adult blue whales. 

Knitting and Craft Groups

Craft Fridays

Knit and Stitch - Every Tuesday,  2pm to 4pm. Clapham Library, SW4 7DB.
Make knitted, sown or crochet traditional and modern projects. All levels welcome.

Introduction to Knitting - Wednesdays 10am to 12pm. Minet Library, SE5 9QY
Join Annette who will teach you all the basic knitting skills to help get you started on your own project. Advanced knitters also welcome! Needles and yarn provided or bring your own.

Knit-Wits - Every Wednesday,
10am to 12pm. 
West Norwood Library, 
SE27 9JX
Knit, crochet, sew and chat over a cup of tea. Wool and needles provided or bring your own.

Cosy Craft Fridays - 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 2pm

Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Explore and learn crafts old and new in a welcoming atmosphere. 

Chat and Games groups

games and chat

Bridge Club - Every Monday, 2.15pm to 5.15pm. Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Bridge for all levels. All welcome

Tea and Coffee Morning Social Group.
Thursdays 10am to 1pm. Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Drop in for a chat, some card games, get mindful with some colouring in or just read a book. Free and open to all

Tea and Coffee Morning Social Group.
Fridays 10am to 1pm. 
Minet Library,
 SE5 9QY.
Drop in for a chat, some card games, get mindful with some colouring in or just read a book. Free and open to all

Third Age Club - Last Friday of the month, 10.30am to 12pm.
West Norwood Library, 
SE27 9JX
Come along and meet up with local people and share interests over a cuppa.

Art Exhibitions


Tech It Easy

Showing 31 March to 24 April
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Tech It Easy is a call-to-action by local artist PiNS, to being more mindful of our technology usage and the effects it may have on our mental wellbeing.

Bhupinder Singh, AKA PiNS, is a mixed media human, artist, and educator for positive social change. With a creative background spanning 15 years, PiNS has explored various application techniques in his work including Textiles, Fine Art Graphic, and Installation Design.

Throughout April PiNS, will be artist in residence @ BrixtonTateLibrary. For more: Instagram @PINS_Artist Web

Jim Grover: Windrush Photography Exhibition

Jim Grover: Windrush Photography Exhibition

Showing 1 June to 2 September
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of SS Windrush, a major new photographic exhibition will be staged at Clapham Library. It is being created by award-winning local social documentary photographer, Jim Grover, who created and exhibited the critically acclaimed, ‘Windrush: Portrait of a Generation’, in 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary.

Windrush 75

Events for Children and Young People

Freddy Counts to Zen with Sara Yates

Freddy counts to Zen

Tuesday 4 April, 11am
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Freddy Firebreath is an angry dragon who is on a quest for treasure but finds himself stuck in a castle and gets very mad. A beautiful rhyming story for children to understand and deal with their anger and to help parents and teachers to support young children with managing their mental health. An interactive storytelling workshops

Voice and Power Creative Workshops

Voice and Power

Black Thrive exists to tackle the systemic inequalities that result in poorer outcomes for Black children and young people in Lambeth. We're hosting a series of creative workshops to hear directly from young people about what it's like to live, go to school or play in the borough! We'll have loads of arts and craft bits for you to get stuck into and will even provide some snacks and drinks. Feel free to drop in on the day, get involved in as much or as little as you like - just come ready to share your thoughts and have fun! See you there.

Durning Library. Tuesday 4 April,
12pm to 4pm

Brixton Library. Thursday 6 April, 12pm to 4pm

West Norwood Library. Thursday 13 April, 12pm to 4pm

Superhero Shapes Workshop

Superhero Shapes Workshop

Children help make the world a safer place in this workshop, as they design our future superheroes using 2D and 3D shapes. What shape is the best shape for a cape and a shield? Ages 4 to 7 years

Clapham Library. Tuesday 4 April, 2pm

Brixton Library. Saturday 15 April, 2pm

Half Term Easter Fun

Easter Eggs

Check in at your local library during Half Term to find some great Easter fun!

Egg Hunt. Tuesday 4 April, 10.30am. 
Clapham Library

Easter fun begins with an Easter egg hunt. Under 5s

Easter Crafts. Wednesday 12 April, 2.30pm. Brixton Library
Join us for an afternoon of Easter themed crafts. Free, for children of all ages.

Happy Drums workshop. Saturday 15 April, 2pm. Brixton Library
Free Drumming workshop for children of all ages.

Finding Folkshore - YA Novel Launch with Rachel Faturoti

Finding Folkshore

Thursday 13 April, 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join us for a talk, audience Q&A and book signing with Rachel Faturoti, author of Finding Folkshore. Her debut YA novel is an urban fantasy based in London that cunningly twists classic fairytale characters for the modern world.

Brixton Immortals Domino Club


Saturday, 22 April, 2pm to 4pm
Durning Library, SE11 4HF

the Brixton Immortals Domino Club will be giving you an opportunity to learn how to play dominoes and the skills you need to win. This is a great way to get children engaging in maths and probability while having fun – and a good social game for adults too. Come along for a fun afternoon.

Children and Young People's Library Clubs


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, 4pm to 5pm
Brixton Library
- First Monday of each month, 4pm to 5pm
Waterloo Library
 - Second Wednesday of each month,4.30pm to 5.30pm
Carnegie Library - Last Monday of the month, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Chatterbooks Online Quiz
Celebrate the life of the Great Bard William Shakespeare with our Chatterbooks monthly quiz. Join Sandra and Angela and test your wits!

Wednesday 26 April, 4pm
Book via Eventbrite

Chess Club

Chess club for all abilities

South Lambeth Library
- Every Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm
West Norwood LibraryEvery Saturday, 12pm to 4pm 
Carnegie Library - Every Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm

Saturday Link-up

A dedicated meeting spot for 11 to 16 year olds to meet up, play games and to debate.
Clapham Library - Every Saturday, 2pm to 4pm.

Events for Schools

Alex Wheatle and Book Clubs in Schools

Alex Wheatle Interviews

In April and May award winning YA author Alex Wheatle, with Book Clubs in Schools, bring top young adult writers to Brixton Library in a fabulous series of interviews and Q&A's with children. 

Sue Pickford Cheung - Chinglish
Wednesday 19 April, 10.30am

Patrice Lawrence - Needle
Wednesday 26 April, 10.30am

A. M. Dassu - Boot It! 
Wednesday 3 May, 11am

For more information and school bookings, contact Caroline at

Last Chance to 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

From our Friends

Be the difference: Fostering in Lambeth

Fostering Lambeth

Thursday 13 April, 10am to 2pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Could you foster? Children in our
community are in need of stable, loving homes to achieve their best future and fulfil their potential. Drop in to see us at Brixton Library. There are many different types of foster care, and we’re sure there’s one that works for you.

Captured on Canvas: The Life of Fanny Eaton

Captured on Canvas

Friday 14 April, 2pm to 4pm
Black Cultural Archives. 1 Windrush Square. SW2 1EF
Booking via Eventbrite

Through interactive storytelling, you'll discover the fascinating history behind Fanny Eaton's captivating beauty that was immortalized on canvas by renowned Victorian painters.

Following the play, artist Michael Kyeyune will lead a fun and informative workshop where you'll learn to create your own caricature. An experience for all ages. Performance starts at 2pm sharp. Please arrive in time to be seated. Portrait and caricature workshop will run from 3pm to 4pm.

Stephen Lawrence day

Stephen Lawrence day

Saturday 22 April is Stephen Lawrence Day, which marks the date in 1993 when, at the age of just 18, Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack.

Lambeth Libraries will be marking the day and you can too with resources and information available at the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation website

World Book Night

World Book Night

Sunday 23 April is World Book Night. World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t read regularly within communities. The night sees hundreds of events across the UK with the aim of inspiring more people to become regular readers.

The Economist

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!

April digital eHighlights

This months e-highlights

eMagazines - The Economist is now available to read on PressReader! Download the app and begin reading now. Libby Highlights - Why not download these amazing titles from Libby: I’m a Fan – Sheena Patel (Audio), Trespasses – Louise Kennedy (eBook), Miles Morales: Spider-Man Volume 1 (Comic) or The Week (Magazine)

Lambeth Archives: Relocation to Brixton

Lambeth Archives had been delivering a service to the public from the Minet Library site for the last 133 years. From later this year the Archives moves home to its new premises on Brixton Hill. 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. 

New Libraries fees and charges

On 1 April the new Libraries fees and charges come into force. We know many are facing financial hardship and depend on library services so we have kept changes to a minimum while covering increased costs. One of the changes is a book request from the British Library will now cost £20 to cover their charges. However, we very rarely need to borrow from them and can also help you get a reader’s card for the British Library when you need to consult several rare books. The other main changes are some increases in hire of library space which will help to pay for increased costs. There is now the option to have art exhibitions in several of our libraries: Brixton and Streatham £50 a week, Durning and South Lambeth £50 a month and Clapham Library £100 a month.

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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