Tuesday 26th November 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Join local resident Andrew Rogers to look at Vauxhall, Nine Elms, South Lambeth, Stockwell and around through the lens of cinema and television. Find out where some of your favourite films and TV series were shot. Learn about some of the stars who were born here, settled here, or just dropped by.

This multimedia experience will end – for those who fancy it – with a very short walk to our closest iconic movie location, soon to be demolished.

Starring Michael Caine, Charlie Chaplin, Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, David Hemmings, Joanna Lumley OBE, Virginia McKenna, Roger Moore, Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Frank Sinatra, John Thaw and many more.

Admission free but donations are welcomed.

WALL-E – a film screening from No Planet B Film Club

Friday November 15th 3.45pm

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library have teamed up with No Planet B Film Club for an after-school  screening of a film aimed at young children and their families – Disney Pixar’s Wall-E (certificate U)

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, robot Wall-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve. Eve realises that Wall-E has found the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to tell  the humans, who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home.

Children of all ages are invited to attend! There will be a special guest speaker from Greenpeace before the screening.

Entrance is free and snacks will be available for a small donation to No Planet B Film Club.

No Planet B Film Club screens a wide variety of films with environmental themes, promoting  creative discussions on environmentalism and activism. No Planet B’s community screenings are supported by Cinema for All’s Launchpad scheme. (You can find No Planet Film Club on Facebook and instagram.)



Mixed-race relationships: a personal account

The writer Sylvia Vetta married an Indian academic in the 1960s when such cross-cultural partnerships were rare and usually attracted hostility. Drawing on her own experience – from which she created the love story in her novel Sculpting the Elephant – Sylvia explores the dilemmas of identity in mixed- race relationships.

Wednesday November 13th 7pm (doors open at 6.30)

Admission free. Refreshments available

A community work of art – about our community

Wednesday October 23rd 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Vauxhall Tide is a community art project, based at St Anne and  All Saints Church, bringing together local residents to create a textile banner reflecting their lives and histories. The banner will be on display at the library and the creators will be there to talk about their involvement.

Enjoy the art, the conversation, the refreshments – and community warmth.



Saturday October 5th is Fun Palace Day

October 5th is the date for this annual celebration of fun – for all ages – between 11am and 4pm. Here’s the programme at Tate South Lambeth Library:

11-12 am        Gardening – an interactive gardening session for all ages, with seeds and bulbs

2.30-4pm       The weekly session of Science Club, which gives homework help for 7-14 year olds, will include making slime – to take home.

3pm                Chess for all – instructions and tips

Throughout the day             nature science experiments

making fanzines, magazines and notebooks and collaging

sale of second-hand books on hobbies and pastimes (gardening, painting, cooking, making music, exercising)

The Age of Stupid – a warning on climate change

Photo copyright:  Spanner Films

Wednesday October 2nd  7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

 Friends of TSL have teamed up with No Planet B Film Club for a 10th-anniversary screening of The Age of Stupid.

This documentary stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? The Age of Stupid led to the formation of the 10:10 carbon reduction campaign which now operates in 45 countries.

No Planet B Film Club celebrates a wide variety of films with environmental themes, promoting creative discussions on environmentalism and activism. No Planet B’s community screenings are supported by Cinema for All’s Launchpad scheme. (You can find No Planet Film Club on Facebook and instagram.)

The film (92 minutes in length)  is rated 15 for strong language, so children under the age of 15 may not attend.

 Admission is free, but a donation of £5 is welcomed to help cover screening costs.

A walk through Vauxhall Gardens and a talk about Samuel Johnson’s connection

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are cooperating with  the Vauxhall Society and Vauxhall History  on a linked talk and walk as part of this year’s Lambeth Heritage Festival in September. (You can find the whole Festival programme at www.lambeth.gov.uk/heritagefestival.)

Here are the details of our linked talk and walk, both on Monday September 2nd.

2.30pm The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens

David E. Coke, co-author of Vauxhall Gardens: a History, is your guide on a walk back through time to the 18th century and the days of the visionary entrepreneur Jonathan Tyers, creator of the fabled pleasure gardens that put English art, music and song on the map.

Meet at Starbucks, Vauxhall Station, SW8 1SP at 2.30 sharp, for the walk which lasts around one hour.

No booking is required, and the event is free. But a £5 contribution to the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library would be welcome.

7pm at Tate South Lambeth Library

 Samuel Johnson and the Lambeth Mysteries

Did the young Samuel Johnson hide out in Lambeth to dodge arrest by government agents? And, asks Dr Ross Davies of The Vauxhall Society and Vauxhallhistory.org and author of Vauxhall: A Little History, did Sam (now Doctor) Johnson – ‘the greatest Englishman’ and compiler of the Dictionary of the English Language – later hold court in Vauxhall Gardens, as depicted in Thomas Rowlandson’s masterpiece Vaux-Hall?

Again the event is free and no booking is required. Refreshments are available and a £5 contribution to the Friends would be appreciated.

Space Chase – this year’s Summer Reading Challange

During the coming school holiday period the library will be running its regular Summer Reading Challenge – a programme aimed at children from 4 to 11 years. The “challenge” is straightforward and enjoyable: reading at least six library books (any sort of book – library staff will be on hand to help choose) and visiting the library regularly.

This year’s programme is entitled Space Chase.

To get started children sign up at the library. Then for each book they read, they will get a sticker, and those who complete the challenge get a medal.

Here’s the list of special activities the library is offering during this period, all on Thursdays, starting at 3pm, and all free of charge.

July 25th Blast Off!

Rocket and spaceship making to blast off into space

 August 1st Little Green Beings

Grow spider plants, mustard monsters and cress creatures in the library garden

August 8th Space Slime School

Make and take home your intergalactic space slime

August 15th Alien Disguises 

Get face painted into a Venus Princess, Mercury Villain or choose an old favourite

August 22nd Solar System Mobiles

Make the entire solar system in just one afternoon 

August 29th Chess Championship

Who will win the prize, donated by Friends of TSL?

September 7th Summer Party

Join us for fun, games and our awards ceremony for those who participated in and completed the Summer Reading Challenge. Children will be presented with certificates.

Full details of this programme, which is entirely free of charge, will be found in the leaflet  at the library desk. Places are limited, so booking is needed – at the desk or at 0207 926 0705.


Stock up on crime books for the summer holiday

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are selling crime fiction books and thrillers at the library on Saturday July 13th at 11am-4pm.

Pick up a bargain – books are priced at only £2-£3.

Never tried crime fiction? – why not enter the raffle for a stack of books for the whole family?

All proceeds will be used to buy equipment or materials for the library or to fund special activities.