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Online library events and resources

We have a number of online events happening while our libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

Libraries Week

Libraries Week is a celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, Libraries Week took place between the 5 and 10 October.

The following online events and activities happened as part of Libraries Week:

Lewisham libraries lockdown life: a celebration of the last six months

Take a look at a video montage of library life over the past six months.

Interview with Atinuke

Atinuke is a very popular children's author. Some of our interview questions came from Lewisham children.

View the interview with Atinuke.

Book reviews from our library staff

Take a look at our book recommendations for young people.

Conversation starters

We enjoyed discussions during Libraries Week on questions such as:

  • Tell us about a book you haven't been able to put down
  • If your favourite book came alive, what could happen?

Black History Month

Black History Month runs nationally every October to commemorate the history, achievements and contributions of black communities in the UK.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic many of this year’s events will take place online. See how you can get involved with Black History Month.

Online reading group

Our new online reading group meets once a month on Tuesdays at 8pm.

Contact katrina.blench@lewisham.gov.uk for more details or read more about the online reading group. 

10 November

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma is our Black History Month book.

This book available for multiple readers as an ebook in our eLibrary. Find out more about our eLibrary.

Lunchtime reads

Fridays at 1pm.

Listen to extracts from novels and poetry during your lunch on Facebook Live.

Listen to the previous storytelling broadcasts.

Our Friday lunchtime read for Libraries Week was the background to and reading of Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam. This was read by one of our outreach officers.

Lewisham Voices

Once a month on a Thursday lunchtime, we publish Lewisham Voices on Facebook. This is a monthly series of videos of stories, poems, writing from people with Lewisham connections. This includes:

  • reflections on life growing up in Catford, Deptford and Downham
  • a Sherlock Holmes story
  • virtual history walks
  • spooky tales
  • poems by local poets Robert Browning and Chrissie Gittings
  • art from the display in Lewisham library window and discussion by local artist Yvonne Devine
  • interviews with local authors and theatre companies.

You can listen to the playlist online.

Storytime with Lewisham libraries

We regularly publish videos of our staff, local authors and performers reading stories for all ages on:

You can also stay updated by checking our Eventbrite page.

Torridon Road community library has its own own Facebook and YouTube pages where they have storytime on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10am. To join in, visit Torridon Road community library on Facebook or view Torridon Road community library's YouTube channel.

Share your lockdown experiences

Young people can tell us what lockdown has been like by sending your:

  • poems
  • stories
  • cartoons
  • raps
  • art
  • dance

to rachel.new@lewisham.gov.uk.

We will share a selection of work on the Lewisham Libraries Facebook and the Lewisham Libraries Twitter.  

Business start up support sessions

Get our free business start-up support through online workshops and support sessions.