Lambeth Black History Month for young readers – October 2018

1 October 2018

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events

Lambeth Libraries has partnered with Black Cultural Archives and others to create a month of celebration and education for young people about the heritage and culture that enrich all our lives. Get full details online or get a guidebook from your library.

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Lambeth Black History Month for young readers – October 2018

Events for young readers

Saturday 29 September, 2pm to 3pm. BCA, Windrush Sq. Malorie Blackman

‘Children’s Laureate’ Malorie Blackman OBE is celebrated for stories that transport young minds. Storytelling session or Q& A with afternoon tea. Children must be accompanied by paying adult. Booking essential

Tuesday 2, Minet Library; Friday 19, Waterloo Library & Wednesday 24 October Carnegie Library – all 10.30am. Kofi and the Magic Shaker

Under a coconut tree, Kofi is trying to keep cool when a strange-looking spider offers a magic solution! Story-telling sessions with props, for children up to 7 with additional needs.

Saturday 13 October, 1.30 to 2.30pm. Clapham Library & 3.30 to 4.30pm. Durning Library Effua’s Tales – Folk tales from Africa

Effua was born in Ghana and came to the UK aged three. She specialises in original and creative sharing of traditional tales. Ages 5 to 12.

Saturday 20 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Streatham Library & 1pm to 3pm – Upper Norwood Library Scoop – Black History Magazine Making for Kids

Scoop magazine inspires love of reading and stories. Join the creators to hear about how they bring together incredible fiction and non-fiction writers and illustrators. Get inspired and make your own mini-magazine. Ages 7 to 12

Saturday 20 October, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, West Norwood Library & Thursday 25 October, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Streatham Library Caribbean Folk Tales with Winston Nzinga

Play a drum, shaker or bell. Listen and sing along. Caribbean folk stories with music from the Windrush generation. Ages 5 years and above.

 Monday 22, 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Waterloo Library; Wednesday 24, 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Upper Norwood Library; Thursday 25, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Carnegie Library & Friday 26 October, 1pm to 2pm. Minet Library African Art and Craft Workshops

Get creative and celebrate Black History Month – make a shield, a mask or jewellery to take home. Ages 4 to 12.

Wednesday 24 October, 10.30am. West Norwood Library Kechi’s Hair Goes Every Which Way with Tola Okogwu

Mummy’s away and it’s up to Daddy to get Kechi and her big, thick, loud hair ready for school. Just one problem… he doesn’t know how! Ages up to 8.

Thursday 25 October, 2.30 to 4pm. Clapham Library & Friday 26 October, 2.30 to 4pm. Brixton Library Breaking and Street Dance Workshop with the Rain Crew

Breaking (aka breakdancing) is a dynamic style from the 70s in New York’s Bronx, known for dancers doing flips, head-spins and moving to the beat. Ages 6 to 12.

Wednesday 24, 2.30 to 3.30pm, Brixton Library & Friday 26 October, 2.30 to 3.30pm, Tate South Lambeth Library Samba Reggae Drumming Workshop

Come and learn, enjoy and perform Afro-Brazilian rhythms at this carnival workshop with multi-percussionist and band leader Trevor Kentish. Ages 5 and above.

Library visits for School groups

Tuesday 9 October, 10.30am-12pm, Durning Library Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson story with Young Adults author Catherine Johnson

Unsung black hero Matthew Henson became a navigator, craftsman and translator on a journey to the North Pole, defying the odds and many prejudices. Signed copies available for purchase. Year groups 5 and 6. Booking essential:

For more information

  • Follow Black History Month in Lambeth on Facebook or Twitter
  • Email for bookings and information
  • You can see what’s happening week by week or plan the whole month. Ask your local library for a printed guide to all the events or see the Council’s information pages
  • Find out what’s happening every day at your local Lambeth library on the Council’s events pages
  • See what’s happening across the UK for Black History Month on the BHM information pages