Lambeth library events and services for July 2022 – full listing – Brixton Buzz

Lambeth Libraries’ Children’s Festival

2022 Lambeth Libraries Children and Young People’s Readers and Writers Festival is here for all young people. Whether it’s reading, writing or rhymetime, come and join us. You’ll be amazed at the fun you and your children can have in your local library. For all bookings please visit Lambeth Libraries Eventbrite page.


Fun with Phonics Creative Writing
Saturday 2 July, 2.30pm
Brixton Library
. SW2 1JQ

Explore Learning English & Maths Workshop
Friday 8 July, 4pm to 5pm.
Upper Norwood Library
. SE19 1TJ
Booking via Eventbrite

We Are Maths Explorer (7+)
Friday 29 July, 11.30am
Streatham Library. SW16 1PN

school authors June

Throughout July we have more great authors for school children to meet – to book your school in, just email Sandra at

A Gangster Stole My Trunks Workshop
with Tom Vaughan
Friday 8 July, 1.30pm
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Award Winning author AM Dassu – Fight Back
Friday 15 July, 11am
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB


Wednesday 13 July, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX

Enjoy art and science based activities led by Neurodiverse Learning. Young children can get involved in this year’s Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge, collect their Gadgeteers mini-challenge reading wallets and begin their Summer Reading science fun challenge.

animation workshops

Saturday 23 July, 10am to 1pm
6 weeks course
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ
Booking via Black Thrive

Black Thrive Lambeth have partnered with Comfy Studios to bring a summer of fun where we will be exploring mental health and well-being in a creative way through animation. All equipment (and a few snacks!) will be provided.
Ages 8 to 13


Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge Launch
Saturday 16 July, 2.30pm to 4pm
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB

Join our intrepid Gadgeteers on an adventure this summer with this years’
summer reading challenge for children aged 4 to 12. Under 4s can join the
mini challenge, collecting stickers and a certificate.

Read up to 6 books collecting stickers and prize incentives on the way. You will receive a Gadgeteer certificate and medal for completing the challenge.

Joining is easy:

Step 1. Register at the Library Desk where you will be given a Gadgeteer Reading Wallet
Step 2. Choose your books. You can also choose audio books and ebooks.
Step 3. For every stage you get to you will receive the following prizes:

Books 1 and 2: stickers and paper chain.
Books 3 and 4: stickers and bookmark.
Books 5 and 6: stickers, Gadgeteers pencil and medal.

Everyone receives a Gadgeteers certificate.

Our libraries will be hosting a fantastic range of STEAM and science focused events and activities including slime making, creating models on a 3D Printer,
arts, and crafts and much much more.

For full details of what’s happening in your Library and across Lambeth check out the program brochure

Martha Maps it Out

Wednesday 27 July, 2.30pm to 4pm
West Norwood Library

Leigh Hodgkinson is an award-winning animator and worked as art director
on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, ‘Charlie and Lola’, as well
as an author of several children’s books. Leigh will read from her de ella latest
book Martha Maps it Out followed by a craft activity.


Wednesday 27 July, 4pm
Online Events: Booking via Eventbrite

To tie in with the science reading challenge theme our online quiz will test your knowledge on inventions, gadgets and science. Join Sandra and Angela on Zoom. Ages 8 to 12 Years


Brixton, Clapham, Durning and West Norwood Libraries

Do you enjoy football and want a chance to borrow a good quality football? Lambeth Libraries are excited to have teamed up with the Alive and Kicking Organization and registered libraries have become an official @weareakuk Football Library! Now you can borrow a football for one week at our participating Libraries. You will need to be a library member to borrow a football. If you are not a library member do not worry, it’s easy to join.

Giant Print

Lambeth libraries now have a collection of Giant Print books in fonts 24 and 36 that can be borrowed by children with visual impairments. The main collection is at Clapham Librarywith a smaller one at Tate South Lambeth Library. Books can be ordered from and collected from your local branch. Pop in to select in person or on our catalog search for “giant print (24 point)” or “giant print (36 point)” at

Events for adults at the library

Fred Karno

Tuesday 12 July, 7pm
Carnegie Library. SE24 0AG
Booking via Eventbrite

Join writer David Crump to discuss his latest book on the man behind the careers of comedy greats Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.

Event organized by the Friends of Carnegie Library.

City Reels

City Reels is a summer workshop for people living in Lambeth to gather, learn and develop different types of field recording skills. Over four sessions, we will make our own field recordings of the local area, try out different kinds of microphones and experiment with alternative methods of listening. Each session will take a different theme and skill, and there will be plenty of time to discuss and share our sound recordings over light refreshments at the end.

Thursday 14 July, Brixton Library,
Thursday 4 August, Cold Harbor StudiosSouthwell Road, SE5 9PG

All sessions 5.30pm to 7pm. Free and all equipment provided. Book your place here.

Transformation at Roots & Shoots

Monday 18 July, 7pm
Roots and Shoots,
Walnut Tree Walk. SE11 6DN
Booking via Eventbrite

Join the Friends of Durning Library for their July trip to Roots and Shoots to see this much loved local haven for people and biodiversity. Director, Linda Phillips MBE will give a grand tour and show how the place has been transformed during the pandemic.

Employment Support

Durning, Clapham, Brixton, West Norwood, Streatham, Minet and Carnegie libraries will be running employment skills courses to help people into work. These will be short four week taster sessions and we will be signing those that need extra help or a longer course onto further support.

For those that need help with a device or data to help them with job searching, we will soon be running an iPad loan project aimed at people who do not currently have a device for job searching. If you would like to borrow an iPad, please contact Brixton, Streatham, Clapham, Durning, South Lambeth, West Norwood and Minet libraries to register your interest.


We are running ESOL classes at several libraries. Classes will be taking place at Brixton, Streatham, West Norwood, Carnegie, Minet, Durning and Tate South Lambeth libraries. Please contact the Libraries directly to reserve a place.

From Our Friends


Wednesday 22 June to 10 September
Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
£5 Entry, £3 Concession

Curated by Tony Fairweather, HOME is a nostalgic look back at the well-remembered homes of the Windrush Generation. A recreation of the iconic Caribbean front room, kitchen and bedroom, this exhibition showcases many family favourites, from the Blue Spot Gramophone to the eclectic ornaments displayed in glass cabinets.

We welcome all audiences to immerse themselves in the social history of the Windrush Generation and learn about the cultural significance of artifacts from the era.

Teachers' Reading Challenge

From 27 June to 29 October

The Teachers’ Reading Challenge is an opportunity for school staff to expand your knowledge of contemporary children’s books and develop your understanding of reading for pleasure pedagogy, develop your repertoire of children’s books and discover ways to inspire reading for pleasure in your school or library. Read six books over summer and join a supportive reading community in schools.

Big Jubilee Read

Join The Reading Agency with Libraries Connected for a national series of events for the Big Jubilee Read, celebrating great reads from authors across the Commonwealth.

Women’s Words
Watch live on Thursday 7 July at 7pm on The Reading Agency YouTube.

Poet, vlogger and presenter Leena Norms, will be joined by authors Yangsze Choo (Malaysia), Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh) and Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda), and translator Melanie Mauthner for a celebration of writing by women from across the Commonwealth.

You can also access previous talks on the same Reading Agency YouTube linkincluding Jacob Ross (Grenada) and Markus Zusak (Australia) who discuss what the future for writing from the Commonwealth looks like, and who will tell their stories, and Two Booker Prize winners, Marlon James (Jamaica) and Douglas Stuart (Scotland) on what it means to write from an LGBT+ perspective.

Anti-Racism in Higher Education: An Action Guide for Change Book Launch

Thursday 14 July, 4:30pm
Keyworth Center,
Keyworth St. SE1 6NG.
Booking via Eventbrite

In June 2020, a group of academics, staff and students formed a community to develop a counter-narrative of action to inform and accelerate transformation required for the UK higher education sector to become anti-racist, and cultivate meaningful and long-term solutions to Anti-Racism, inclusion, diversity and equity. Meet the authors and be part of this important conversation.

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