Lambeth Libraries events and activities for July 2024

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Summer Reading Challenge 2024

As we roll into summer and the school holidays loom, our minds in libraries turn to those long joyous weeks for the children away from school. In Libraries, of course, we're still here throughout, and we'll be running The Summer Reading Challenge encouraging children to keep reading during the summer holidays, ensuring they are ready for a great start to the new term in the autumn. Children set a reading goal and collect rewards for reading anything they enjoy. Children can sign up here at their local library or online, and it’s FREE to take part.

This year’s Challenge is called Marvellous Makers and it’s all about creativity! From dance to drawing, junk modelling to music, there’s something for everyone. The Challenge starts on Saturday 6 July.

We are also looking for older teenagers interested in volunteering this summer to help with the Summer Reading Challenge for younger children. To find out more ask at your local library.

UK Parliamentary Elections, 4 July 2024

Voting for the UK Parliamentary Elections will take place on 4 July 2024. Several libraries will be closed on the day, as they will be used as voting stations. The following libraries will be open: Carnegie, Streatham, Upper Norwood and West Norwood Libraries.

Events for Adults

Garden Party

Carnegie Library

Saturday 6 July, 2.15pm to 4.30pm
Carnegie Library, SE24 0AG

Join the Friends of Carnegie Library for a party in the pleasant rear garden of the library; enjoy sandwiches and cake while chatting with other local people and listening to live music, with a guest appearance of saxophone legend
Dave Gelly. The party celebrates the first 25 years of the Friends of Carnegie Library supporting the work of the library. The Mayor of Lambeth has kindly agreed to drop in and cut the cake. It is a free event and all are welcome.

Bringing Down Goliath with Jolyon Maugham

Bringing Down Goliath

Tuesday 9 July, 7pm
Carnegie Library, SE24 0DG
Booking via Eventbrite

Join Jolyon Maugham KC, founder of the Good Law Project, to discuss his Sunday Times bestseller - Bringing Down Goliath: How Good Law Can Topple the Powerful. Event organised by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

Film Historian Eleanor Halsall: behind the scenes in early European film

Eleanor Halsall

Monday 15 July, 7pm
Durning Library.SE11 4HF
Booking via Eventbrite

Eleanor Halsall is a film historian who spends too much of her time in archives. Together with a group of colleagues she has spent the last four years researching behind the scenes in European film studios between 1930-1960. She will talk about wild animals in the studios, why the right make-up is critical, and the dangers of smoking on set and other flammable tales of woe!

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

Britian's Housing Emergency with activist and writer Kwajo Tweneboa

Kwajo Tweneboa

Tuesday 16 July, 6.30pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Eventbrite

Join campaigner and activist Kwajo Tweneboa to discuss his latest book Our Country in Crisis. Kwajo will be joined by presenter, journalist and writer Kieran Yates.


SketchPad Artists Exhibition

Sketchpad image cc Daniel Clarke

Sketchpad image cc Daniel Clarke

Showing until 7 September .
Carnegie Library, SE24 0AG
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

An exhibition of Life Drawings by artists at SketchPad Drawing. Sketches from poses lasting 2 to 10 minutes.

SketchPad Drawing is run by Lisa Brown, upstairs at The Prince Regent Pub, Herne Hill, where it has been for nearly 20 years. Instagram: @sketchpaddrawing

Brixton Blog and Bugle Art Show 2024

Brixton Blog Art Show 2024

Showing 2 to 26 July
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Exhibition available during Library opening hours

The Brixton Blog & Bugle summer art show is a unique showcase for local artists to exhibit their work to the local community. It will include the work of around 60 local artists which reflects the range and diversity of Brixton’s creative talent. First held in 2019, the show has grown in size and popularity every year. The winner from a record entry this year will be decided by a people’s ballot.
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Sonia Martin Exhibition: Here To There

Flight Etchings cc Sonia Martin

Flight Etchings cc Sonia Martin

Showing 6 July to 26 July
Durning Library. SE11 4HF
Exhibition available during library opening hours.

Sonia Martin's subjects are a merging of the here and now, and the imagination. Her figures often appear to be searching for their place in the world, reflecting on past experiences and future hopes. Her subject matter encompasses themes of memory, mortality and the search for freedom.

Events for Children and Young People

ESport Youth Club


Mondays from 1 July, 4.30pm - 6.30pm and Wednesdays from 6pm - 8pm.
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JU

Dive into the ultimate gaming experience, connect with fellow gamers, level up your skills, and enjoy the thrill of competition in a fun, welcoming environment.

Free food and free entry! Open to ages 11 to 18. Don’t miss out on the action!

Ageless Natty Knitters

Natty Knitters

Wednesdays, 4pm to 5pm.
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JU

Join us for the Ageless Natty Knitters.  This delightful after-school event invites children and their parents, carers, or guardians to come together and learn the timeless craft of knitting. Perfect for all ages, this session offers a wonderful opportunity to bond, create, and share in the joy of knitting. Don’t miss out on this fun and educational experience! For more information, please contact

Chatterbooks Club

Chatterbooks Club

Wednesdays, 4pm to 5pm.
West Norwood Library, SE27 9JU

The Chatterbooks Club is a lively weekly event held during term time. Designed for young readers, it offers more than just book discussions - engaging activities,  creative projects and fun games are all part of the experience. Kids can share their favourite stories, discover new books, and make friends in a supportive environment. Come join the fun and explore the world of books and beyond!
For more information, please contact

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3D Empire Windrush Boat Art workshop

Learning Through The Arts

Tuesday 30 July, 11.30am to 1pm
Streatham Library, SW16 1PN

Join us for a family craft workshop celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Windrush generation's arrival in Britain. Make your very own mixed media 3D Empire Windrush boat inspired by artist Hew Locke. This event is an opportunity for all the family to learn, connect, and honour an important part of British history whilst having fun together. Don't miss out! Organiser: Learning Through The Arts

From Our Friends

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Viva Portugal - Two Stories From The Time Of Salazar

Viva Portugal

Tuesday 2 to Sunday 14 July.
Omnibus Theatre,
1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW
Tickets £13 to £18 via Website
See each date's content for times and schedule.

Presented by Modern Culture, two writers, with a double bill of new plays set in 1960s Portugal. Both re-tell history through a different lens. One imagines the preoccupations of the dictator in his hours of insomnia. The other sees a real event from the point of view of its unacknowledged heroine.

Black Communities Health and Wellbeing Day


Saturday 6 July, 11am to 4pm
St Mark's Church Kennington,
SE11 4PW (opposite Oval tube station)
Booking via Tickettailor or just turn up!

Join us for a day dedicated to your health, with support from health professionals. Whether you've attended before or it's your first time, you'll receive a warm welcome and a lot of information to support improving your health journey.

Expect activities designed to connect the Black community and promote health, free food and uplifting music, fun activities throughout the day, include, arts & crafts and fitness classes. And don't forget to check out the Lambeth Health and Wellbeing Bus parked just outside!

Brew Zine Fair


Sunday 7 July, 12pm to 6pm
Gipsy Hill Brewery, SE27 9SF
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Zine and comic fair with workshops and more at the Gipsy Hill Brewery taproom. Free to attend. Workshops include life drawing, zine making and zine wiki writing. All ages. 

The Lambeth Libraries App is here!

The Lambeth Libraries App is here!

If you are in a bookshop and have the Lambeth Library app on your phone you can scan the barcode on the back of a book and it will let you know if you can borrow the book from one of our libraries instead. Do load the Lambeth Library App on your phone if you have not already done so, it has lots of good features and is a handy way to store your library card.


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

Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives is open at the new archives building on Brixton Hill. The service is open to the public initially by appointment only.

Lambeth Archives new address is 16, Brixton Hill, SW2 1ET. Otherwise our contact details are unchanged so you can email us at or call us on 020 7926 6076 to make an appointment to visit.

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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