The literary world is in lock-down but still finding ways of getting stories and information out to people. So much has moved online and all the publishers are producing e-book and e-audio content as well as getting their authors to do extra video pieces - worth a little look-around if you've got half an hour to spare, there's some great stuff.
Libraries Literary Lockdown Quiz
Every Wednesday: Lambeth Libraries book quiz to entertain you as we social-distance and isolate against the coronavirus pandemic. Email email@example.com for your Zoom invitation and password.
Online Lambeth History Talks
Tuesday 5 May 1:15pm to 2pm A Place of Public execution: The gallows at Kennington and other former execution sites in Lambeth. (Jon Newman)
Thursday 14 May 6:45pm to 7:30pm Lambeth in Literature: How this part of South London has been represented by writers as diverse as William Blake, Charles Dickens, Jake Arnott and Alex Wheatle. (Jon Newman)
Tuesday 19 May 1:15pm to 2pm Lambeth’s history online: An introduction to some of the main online sources for researching Lambeth's history and how to access them. (Len Reilly)
Thursday 28 May 6:45pm to 7:30pm A walk around Waterloo: A virtual walk around the Waterloo area. (Len Reilly)
To book a place and receive log-in details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Book at Breakfast – Book chat
These weekly sessions are a different kind of reading group. There's no need to have read a book before each session, just join in and read aloud something different each week and chat books.
Wednesdays 9.30am. Durning Library with Edwin. Contact Edwin at EEMacrae@lambeth.gov.uk for Zoom meeting ID.
Thursdays 10.30am. Brixton Library with Andrew. Contact Andrew at AOBrien@lambeth.gov.uk for Zoom meeting ID.
Kanopy Film Club Watch Party
Every Saturday, 7pm Watch the film on our Lambeth Kanopy free film streaming service and join the discussion at @lamlibs #LamLibsWatchParty
And if you've already exhausted your Netflix and Prime to-watch lists why not check out Kanopy - the streaming service FREE to all Lambeth Libraries members. Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Simply add your Lambeth Libraries card number and PIN or password at Lambeth Kanopy.
You can also watch full-length courses on photography, drawing, guitar lessons and more, from the comfort of your home on Kanopy with The Great Courses.
There are also other online resources available to you, including Times Digital Archives, PressReader (daily global newspapers) and Newsbank (archive of local and regional UK papers), and many more. Take a look at what's available. www.lambeth.gov.uk/
Newspaper UK archive of local and regional newspapers. Access all your daily newspapers at Newsbank.
Read today's newspapers and magazines from various countries in full-colour, full-page format and in over 60 languages. Download the PressReader app, enter your library card number and start browsing.
Ever wondered what happened on your birthday throughout the ages... check it out on our fully searchable database of the Times newspaper from 1785 to 1985 on the Times Digital Archive - enter your Library card number and you're away....
Reading Groups online with Zoom
Our Reading Groups have gone online! Every month Lambeth Libraries have been hosting reading groups, bringing people together in their local library discussing a particular book. As this isn't possible at the moment we've moved our groups onto Zoom so we can still get together and won't miss our weekly get-together's. You can find more information about each of the groups and what they are discussing on your local library Facebook page or email me at email@example.com. All welcome.
Free e-books and e-audiobook downloads
With your library card you can use our e-library for free, just go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/
Thousands of E-books, Audiobooks, Magazines and Comics available to download for free. Get the RBDigital app on your phone, iPad or tablet, or access the website on a PC or laptop and start listening or reading straight away! lambeth.
The Lock-down Diaries, a Lambeth Archives project to collect local people’s experiences of the Corona virus epidemic in Lambeth.
The Lock-down Diaries project is to encourage people living in the borough to start keeping and then to send to the Archives copies of diaries documenting their lives right now. The Archives is interested in hearing from anyone in the borough, young and old. We are particularly interested in the experiences of people whose lives have been dramatically changed, or overwhelmed, by recent events: NHS staff in Kings or St Thomas’, public health workers in the council, or anyone whose working life has been transformed by the current lock down.
The last pandemic to strike Lambeth was the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918-20, when thousands died across London. Apart from some local press reporting and medical officers’ reports there is almost no documentation in the archives of what that pandemic meant for ordinary people’s lives in Lambeth. The Lock-down diaries project seeks to make our current experiences much better documented.