Lambeth Libraries events and activities for November 2023

Michał Obrębski. Photo M.Kaczyński © CK ZAMEK

Award winning Polish guitarist Michał Obrębski performs at Clapham Library. Photo M.Kaczyński © CK ZAMEK

October's Black History month continues at Lambeth Libraries into November with some amazing events still to come.

And we have more events and activities to entice you in. We're very excited that, to continue our music in libraries programme, we have a night of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller culture on Saturday, 18 November and award-winning Polish guitarist Michał Obrębski on Friday, 24 November. You are all welcome at your library and, as ever, we hope you find something to enlighten and enjoy.

Events for Adults

Book launch by Gus John in conversation with Prof. Lez Henry

Gus John and Prof. Lez Henry

Monday 30 October, 6.30pm
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN
Booking via Eventbrite 

Join Prof Gus John in launching his two new books Blazing Trails - stories of a Heroic Generation and Don’t Salvage the Empire Windrush. Gus will be in conversation with Prof Lez Henry.

Pegasus Opera Company presents Legacy and Hope Concert 2023

Pegasus Opera Company

Friday 3 November, 7pm
Clapham Library, SW4 7DB
Booking via Eventbrite 

Come and join Pegasus Opera Company for their Legacy and Hope concert featuring top classical singers and their community choir performing songs from composers of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage, gospel, spirituals, opera, musical theatre and songs inspired by the Black diaspora.

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho with Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph

Wednesday 8 November, 7pm
Brixton Library, SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

It's 1746 and London is not a safe place for a young Black man. Sancho is utterly alone and desperate. And yet this same man will go on to lead the fight to end slavery, meet the King and become the very first Black person to vote in Britain . . .It's time for him to tell his story…

From one of Britain's best-loved actors comes an utterly captivating historical novel, the true story of a Great Black Briton.

Modern Monetary Theory with Deborah Harrington

Deborah Harrington

Tuesday 14 November, 7pm
Carnegie Library, SE24 0AG
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Deborah Harrington, co-director at thinktank Public Matters, to discuss Modern Monetary Theory and public policy. A fresh look at the future for public services (our NHS, our schools, our pensions, and yes even our libraries) and how to move beyond that old question which often ends all debate: "How ya gonna pay for it"?

Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

It's wonderful fun when she's shot from the gun with Charlie Holland

Charlie Holland

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

Charlie Holland, Kennington resident and former circus performer, will introduce Zazel, the first human cannonball, and other local children who were indentured as gymnasts and feature in his forthcoming book, Acrobats and Aerialists in the Circus and Music Hall, 1850s – 1900s.

Event organised by the Friends of Durning Library. Entry free. Refreshments (£3 cash donation towards costs).

Michał Obrębski: One Man Guitar Show

Michał Obrębski: One Man Guitar Show

Friday 24 November, 7pm
Clapham Library, SW4 7DB
Booking via EventbriteTickets £8

Join award winning guitarist Michał Obrębski for his solo show - an explosive mix of guitar styles. Michał is a fan of asymmetric rhythms, surprising harmonies, and at the same time has a visual approach to music. He was the winner of the international Warsaw Fingerstyle Festival competition 2021 and performed at the world renowned Guitar Summit in Germany.


Travelling Tales Project


Monday 13 to Sunday 19 November
Clapham Library
. SW4 7DB
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

Working in partnership with Friends, Families and Travellers, the Library will be presenting the Travelling Tales Project with a Vardo (Romani wagon), offering a first-hand look at how life on the road used to be. Come along and experience life in the Vardo!

Exhibition celebration:
Saturday 18 November, 7pm to 9pm
Booking via Eventbrite

In closing the exhibition, Clapham Library will host Readings and Music from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community.

Travelling Tales Project

Events for Children and Young People

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Spoken Word Poetry Open Mic

Saturday 4 November, 2pm to 4pm
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN
Booking via Eventbrite 

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.

Once Upon a Story

Once upon a story

Saturday 11 November, 1 to 4pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX
Booking via website

Nothing beats a good story. Join LEAP for a free family-friendly storytelling session. Together you and your little ones will discover, celebrate and share stories in different ways such as using music and movement. You’ll hear stories from different cultures, and there will be story-based craft sessions. Sessions will take place across Lambeth so there is plenty of opportunity for you to get involved.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Monday 13 to Friday 17 November
All Lambeth Libraries

World Nursery Rhyme Week is an annual initiative that promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education. Join us in Lambeth Libraries all week at our Wriggle and Rhyme groups for a nursery rhyme Rhyme Time.

Teen Wellness Fair

Teen Wellness Fair

Thursday 23 November, 4 to 6pm
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JX
Booking via Eventbrite

Join us for an empowering event dedicated to raising awareness about crucial mental health concerns facing today's teens. At the fair, youth-focused organisations will set up information stalls to provide valuable insights, guidance, and resources to assist teenagers on their mental health journeys. The best part - it's entirely free of charge!

Join Author Ella Phillips for a Sensational Children's Workshop!

Ella Phillips

Saturday 25 November, 3 to 4pm
Upper Norwood Library, SE19 1TJ
Booking via Eventbrite

Unforgettable Children's Workshop! Embark on a captivating journey with author Ella Phillips. Including: Storytelling Magic by Ella, brought alive with scents, sounds and textures; create an adventure book by gluing mementos from your adventure onto paper; discover what Zee keeps in his adventure bag, a treasure trove of surprises – all with loads of crafts. Suitable for children 2 to 8 years old.

Other Library Activities

Digital Skills Course - Learn My Way

Learn My Way

Mondays, 10.30am to 12.30pm. 
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN

A free digital skills programme that teaches the basics for you to get started on your digital journey. Just drop in to get started.

Love Your Mind Workshop

love your mind

Wednesday 8 November, 11.30pm to 2.30pm. Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking email:

Raising awareness of mental health and how to help. For residents, frontline staff,
volunteers and local businesses.

Christmas Craft Market

Xmas crafts 2023

Saturday 25 November, 11am to 4pm
South Lambeth Library, SW8 1QP

Craft stalls of all kinds, cards, knitting, jams and much more... with a special Father Xmas walk-through at 2.30pm - all welcome. Organised by the Friends Of Tate South Lambeth Library. For more details contact

Stockwell Xmas Tree Light festival

Xmas Tree Lights

Wednesday 29 November, 7pm
South Lambeth Library, SW8 1QP

From 6pm there will be festivities throughout Stockwell, starting with the turning on of the Christmas tree lights at Stockwell Memorial Gardens and ending at the Library with music and more, all via a festive parade. For further information contact Marta at Thriving Stockwell on

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online.

Language learners, we're excited to let you know that we now have Transparent Language Online! With over 110 languages to choose from, including English, you can learn at home, in the library, or on the go. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities will help you learn the words and phrases needed to communicate effectively. It also includes KidSpeak™ a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for children ages 6 and up that includes more than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs to guide young learners through the basics.

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!

BFI Replay

BFI Replay Available in Libraries

 BFI Replay is a free-to-access digital archive exclusively available in UK public lending libraries. Thousands of digitised videos and television programmes from the BFI National Archive and partner UK regions and nations film archives are available to browse and enjoy, research or study – with some familiar and memorable, others rare and unseen for decades.

Lambeth Archives: Relocation to Brixton

Lambeth Archives has 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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