FOKL AGM Notice Issued

The notice for the FOKL Annual General Meeting has been issued. The meeting will take place on the 14th June at 8pm in the Kennington Village Centre. Click here to read the notice.

Half Term Story & Craft

Looking for something to do in half term?

Why don’t you join us for stories and craft at the Kennington Village Centre. This half term we have a Japanese theme and will making Japanese fans. Do join us if you can.

All are welcome but children should be accompanied by an adult.

This event is free but donations are always welcome.

June’s Meet the Author Coffee Talk

Join us for our next author talk on Wednesday 5th June when Will Wyatt will be talking about his childhood in Oxford.

The event is free but donations are always welcome.

Everyone Welcome!

May Story Time, 15th May 2019

Looking for something to do for very children?

Join us for storytime!

All under 5s, and their adults, are welcome.

May Rhymetime, 13th May 2019

Rhyme, songs and fun

Are you a parent, grandparent, or carer, of young children? Well, why don’t you join us for a fun session of rhyme and song. All under 5s, with their grown up, are welcome!

Entrance is free but donations are always welcome.

FOKL May Update

Due to technical gremlins our monthly update will not appear in the Kennington Chronicle this month but you can read it below!

FOKL Logo Competition Winners

In late 2018 we launched a competition to design a new logo for the Friends of Kennington Library (FOKL). This competition was open to anyone aged under 25 and we received a raft of wonderful entries.

After much deliberation we chose this wonderful logo by Claire Whittaker who won our main prize of £50.

The three runners up were
Caidan, Conor and Alexandra who each won a signed book by Korky Paul.


2019 Coffee Talks

Kennington Library Coffee Talks – 11:00am to 12:00 noon. Refreshments from 10:30am. Everyone welcome!

February 6th: Dave Richardson: Let’s Go – A History of Package Tours. Kennington resident and travel journalist Dave, presents how going on holiday has changed from the 1800s to today.

March 6th: Ann Youngson: Meet Me At The Museum. Bampton resident Anne’s novel is a ‘novel in letters’ that explores lives lived, and new chances for the future.

April 3rd: Rebecca Abrams: The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects. Fact and fiction is combined in ‘a celebration of Jewish life in all of its worldly immensity – a tribute to ideals of Stefan Zweig’.

May 1st: Heather Rosser and Vaughan Haskins: Call The Midwife. Kennington’s own career midwife Vaughan, and the much travelled Heather Rosser, will compare community midwifery from 50s,60s, and 70s Oxford, and rural Nigeria in the 70s.

June 5th: Will Wyatt: Oxford Boy: A post war Townie Childhood. Ex Chief Executive of BBC Broadcast, depicts his 40s & 50s childhood!

July and August: Summer Recess – No talk

September 4th: Decca Warrington: The Eleanor Crosses. An historical account of the story behind twelve remarkable memorials, built in eastern England by King Edward 1 in the early 1290s.

October 2nd: Pamela Nixon: But I’ll Remember This. Back in the 1950s a naïve sixth form grammar school boarder longs to meet some interesting people. What happens when she does?

November 6th: Tolly and Tamara

December 4th: The Best Reads of 2019. Kennington Library’s traditional Christmas meeting, rounding up our recommended reads, with mince pies and mulled wine.

“Best Reads” of 2018

As another wonderful year of reading has passed by, a number of our readers have put forward reviews of their favourite books. We present to you a shortlist of the “best reads” of 2018. We hope you will enjoy these books as much as they did!