Lambeth Libraries Events for June 2023

Childrens Festival

As the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival draws to an end, we start our Children and Young People’s Readers and Writers Festival, with lots of events throughout the summer.

Many thanks to all of you who filled out our survey letting us know what you think about our libraries. Over 2,700 of you took part and your views will help shape the service going forward. We will get the results back at the end of the month and will share with you the headlines over the summer, letting you know how we will be improving the libraries for you. If you are keen to be more involved in your local library Lambeth has a very active Friends Group, which supports libraries with events, funding and advice and giving feedback on a range of issues. Ask at your local library to find out more.

Lambeth Libraries Children and Young People's Festival

Childrens Festival

Welcome to Lambeth Libraries annual
Young People’s Readers and Writers
Festival 2023.

We have a bumper programme of events
and activities - we celebrate the rich diversity of Lambeth by including Refugee Week, Windrush Day, Pride Month and Empathy Day. Our theme is ‘Kindness for All’ with a special emphasis on disabilities and their representation in stories.

Events and Activities for Children

Fun activities

Throughout June we have all the great groups and events for children and young people, including our weekly Wriggle and Rhyme sessions for our youngest,  Chatterbooks for 7 to 11 year olds and Saturday Link-Up for teenagers. 

Fun workshops

There's so much to get children involved and participating; from Maths Explorer workshops (Thursday 1 June and Saturday 3 June) and Dominoes (Saturday 3 June) to Zine making (Wednesday 7 June) and Creative Writing with Explore Learning (Saturday 10 June).

Onisere and the Ballet Queen Workshop

Onisere and the Ballet Queen Workshop

Thursday 1 June, 2.30pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX

Friday 2 June, 11am
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN

Onisere wants to be a ballet dancer but there’s just one problem: she’s Black and she’s never seen any other ballet dancers
who look like her. One night, she and her younger brother, Tayo, are swept away on a fantasy journey through the history of black British ballet by the decidedly grumpy ballet queen, Simbira. An interactive session where children will learn basic ballet steps. Ages 4 to 8.

Meet CBeebies Mrs Hobbs

Angela Curran

Tuesday 6 June, 10.30am
Minet Library, SE5 9QY

Mrs Hobbs from CBeebies' Waffle the Wonder Dog (Actor Angela Curran) will be visiting the library. Come along and say hello.

Author and Illustrator Sean Julian

Sean Julian

Thursday 8 June, 4pm
Clapham Library, SW4 7DB

Meet author and illustrator Sean Julian.
With his sense of fun and humour
Sean will entertain children about his
work and why he became an author
and illustrator for children’s stories.
A practical interactive draw-along
session and reading from Sean's new book Between Night and Day - A story of
empathy and friendship. Ages 6 plus

Freddy Counts to Zen with Sara Yates

sara Yates

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 workshop.

Friday 16 June, 10.30am
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX

Friday 23 June, 10.30am
Clapham Library, SW4 7DB

Ages 3 plus. Nurseries welcome

Author Talk – Anya Glazer

Anya Glazer

Wednesday 28 June, 4pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX

Author Anya Glazer joins our Chatterbooks reading group. If you would like to learn more about becoming an author, know more about Anya and her books, listen to her read or just want to
meet her why not come along and join in the fun. Ages 7 plus

...and even more....

My Big Idea: A Children’s Showcase with Fun STEAM Activities

My Big Idea

Saturday 17 June, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm
Clapham Library, SW4 7DB

Join the Institute of Imagination at the My Big Idea Showcase. Here your child will be able to showcase their ideas, or just come along and participate on the day. Take part in LEGO play activities and receive a free Imagination Box packed with six different creative activities. Ages 5 to 13

A fun day for all! Head over to the website to find out more and book for the

Twitter @ImaginationLdn
Instagram @instituteofimagination
Facebook /instituteofimagination

Pride Month – LGBTQ+ Interest Books for Children and Young People

Zoey Dixon

Tuesday 27 June, 7pm
Online Facebook Live

Past Carnegie Greenway’s judges Liz Chapman (Sheffield Libraries) and
Lambeth’s Zoey Dixon are back to chat
about new and upcoming LGBTQ+
interest books for children and young people.

Social Enterprise Business Start-up

Community spark change

Every Thursday from 29 June,
2pm to 4pm

West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX

Are you a young entrepreneur wanting to set up a business or require business advice? Lambeth Libraries has teamed up with social enterprise organisation Community Spark Change (CSC) to run a business start-up programme under their Block Change programme for young people who are thinking of setting up their own business.

This is a 12-week programme beginning in June and will cover Understanding the workings of a company, Child protection/safeguarding policies, Health and Safety, Contracts, Funding and more.
Ages 14 to 25.

Events for Schools

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There are loads of great authors and activities for School bookings during June - Teachers book your class in, it'd be great to see you. See the brochure for booking.

STEAM – Paper Marbling Workshops: Monday 5 June (South Lambeth Library) and Tuesday 6 June (West Norwood Library). Year groups: 5, 6 and 7 (9 to 12 years).

Freddy Counts to Zen with Sara Yates:  Tuesday 6 June (Carnegie Library) and Monday 12 June (West Norwood Library). Year groups: Reception, Year 1 and 2.

Author Sean Julian – Between Night and Day: Thursday 8 June (Clapham Library). Year groups: Reception, Years 1 and 2.

Sanctuary Creative Writing Workshop: Monday 12 June (Streatham Library). Year groups: 7 and 8.

Onisere and the Ballet Queen Workshop: Wednesday 14 June (Clapham Library). Year groups: Reception, Years 1 and 2.

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Joseph Elliott – Fantasy Writer of Shadow Skye Series: Monday 19 June (West Norwood Library). Year groups: 6, 7 and 8

SendSational Storytelling for children with additional needs: Tuesday 20 June (Durning Library) and Thursday 29 June (Clapham Library). Ages 5 Plus.

Jeffrey Boakye - Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer: Wednesday 21 June (Brixton Library). Year groups: 5, 6 and 7

Windrush Stories: Monday 26 June (Brixton Library). Year groups: 3 to 6.

The Selfish Crab – Author visit with Anya Glazer: Wednesday 28 June (West Norwood Library). Year groups: Reception, Years 1 and 2.

Art Exhibitions

Streatham Sanctuary project

Streatham Sanctuary project

Showing 1 June to 23 June
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Oxygen Arts, a creative production
agency, worked with a group of young
refugees from Streatham to produce
a thought-provoking exhibition on the
theme of ‘Sanctuary’. A thought-provoking exhibition through the lens of young refugees.

Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock: EXIT


Showing 1 June to 25 June
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Exhibition of mounted/framed drawings and a text that considers the validity of the exhibition. 

Book: EXIT EXHIBITION: A Donation to a Critique of the Artworld will be available at the launch and throughout the duration of the exhibition (£0). Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock

Exhibition opening Thursday June 1st 6pm to 8pm

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’.

Lambeth  Readers and Writers Festival 2023

The 2023 Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival  continues so do come and join us. 

William Hussey: Killing Jericho

William Hussey: Killing Jericho

Thursday 8 June, 6.30pm
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX
Booking via Eventbrite  

Join award winning crime writer William Hussey and be introduced to a detective like no other.

We Can Be Heroes with Paul Burston

We Can Be Heroes with Paul Burston

Tuesday 13 June, 7pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0DG
Booking via Eventbrite  

Join Paul to discuss his autobiography, an illuminating memoir of the eighties, nineties and noughties from a gay man who only just survived.

This is Not America: Why Black Lives in Britain Matter with Tomiwa Owolade

Tomiwa Owolade

Monday 26 June, 6.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Tomiwa Owolade to discuss This is Not America: Why Black Lives in Britain Matter - A humane, empirical and passionate book which provides a bold new framework for understanding race in Britain today. 

Windrush - Celebrating 75 Years

Lambeth Windrush 75

Windrush Stories with author Tony Fairweather and Alexis Keir

Windrush Stories with author Tony Fairweather and Alexis Keir

Wednesday 21 June, 6.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite 

Join Tony and Alexis to discuss the importance of Windrush and their books Twenty - Eight Pounds Ten Shillings and Windward Family.

Intergenerational Windrush Celebration

stockwell good neighbours

Thursday 22 June, 2pm to 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking Email:
or text 07729 785 843

Bring your grandchildren/ great-grandchildren. Quadrille dancing with Januka, immersive theatre with Anika Wilson, drumming with Happy Drums and much more. Join elders and other for a fun day of celebration. 

A Celebration of the Windrush Generation with Drums and Dance

Tony B

Saturday 24 June, 10.30am.
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Tony B will present the story of Windrush through drum and dance for all the family to join in and have fun.

Empire Windrush: Reflections on 75 Years with Onyekachi Wambu

Empire Windrush: Reflections on 75 Years with Onyekachi Wambu

Tuesday 27 June, 6.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite 

Onyekachi Wambu edited one of the first books on the Windrush Generation – here he returns with a further literary reflection on Windrush.

Other Library Events

Help with Digital Devices

Free Digital classes

If you’re just a beginner or more familiar with technology, you are welcome to learn how to safely use digital devices like mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

Drop in Every Thursday, 11am to 12.30pm

Digital device beginners’ course, Starting Tuesday 20 June, 11am to 12.30pm. (6 to 8 weeks) 

Please contact Horace at
phone 07706 630 008

Buildings of Brixton

Buildings of Brixton

Monday 5 June, 6pm 
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

An illustrated talk showing Brixton's transition from a rural district to a thriving commercial centre, and then the effects of the past 80 years of social change, all reflected in its varied buildings.

Introduced by Bill Linskey, Chair of the Lambeth Local History Forum, with building examples presented by local architect Alan Piper. Let us know if you are coming by email to:

Into Summer: Clothes Swap and Exchange

Clothes Swap

Wednesday 7 June, 11am to 5pm
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 Summer. Come along to our swap and recycle day.

Portugal Day

Portugal Day

Saturday 10 June, 11am to 4pm
South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

O Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas is the Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities day.

Join us on this special occasion celebrated by Portuguese people around the world at Tate South Lambeth Library.

For more Information

Community Roundtable: Legacies of Colonialism in our Public Realm

Community Roundtable: Legacies of Colonialism in our Public Realm

Tuesday 13 June, 6.30pm.
Brixton Library.SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite 

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, The Brixton Project invites you to explore legacies of Colonialism in our local spaces, with panel discussions led by Lambeth’s historians, archivists, residents, and cultural organisations.

Cost of Living Crisis - How can Lambeth Libraries help?


Thursday 15 June, 2pm to 4pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ

Come along to Brixton Library to find out more about what support Lambeth Libraries can offer during the Cost of Living Crisis. From Work Wear clothes, iPad loans or free SIM cards for over 18s.

Crossbones Graveyard, the story of London as seen from the bottom, up!

Crossbones Graveyard

Monday 19 June, 7pm
Durning Library, SE11 4HF
Booking via Eventbrite

Crossbones Graveyard is the last resting place of some 15,000 people, the very poorest of London's poor. It also holds the memory of the Winchester Geese, the women of the medieval Liberty of the Clink, licensed by the Bishop of Winchester, to ply their prostitute trade but denied a Christian burial.

Join Jennifer Cooper, Madame of Ceremonies at the Crossbones Vigil, to Honour the Outcast both dead and alive. This event is organised with the Friends of Durning Library. Refreshments (cash donation £3 suggested).

The Architecture of a Play/Building Blocks

The Architecture of a Play

Thursday 29 June, 6pm
Brixton Library.
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Young Vic alumni and local writing group 'Woven Stories' as they present: The Architecture of a Play/Building Blocks. This year’s London Festival of Architecture theme is ‘In Common’, Caroline Funnell of 16 productions will address questions of how the dramatic energy in a Play is constructed, comparing this with how buildings are created. 

Folk Night at the Library with Topette!

Folk Night at the Library with Topette!

Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Tickets £14 + booking fee (+ concs) 
Booking via Wegottickets 

Anglo-French acoustic five-piece folk band Topette! are back for their first UK tour since 2019. Irresistible to ears and feet alike Topette bring a fantastic summer sound to Clapham Library – A delight for any folkies - they are hot, and raring to go... Book early!

From our Friends

Empathy Day

Empathy Day

Thursday 8 June

Empathy Day aims to develop an understanding of books' role in raising an empathy-educated generation. Empathy Day inspires children and young people to learn more about empathy, have transformational experiences through stories and put empathy into action! Get your Free Activities pack

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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! 


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!

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 you can now access the 1921 Census in any Lambeth Library using FindMyPast

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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