Space Chase Launch Party!

Join us this Saturday 13th July for the launch of our summer reading challenge: Space Race.

The party will take place at the Kennington Village Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm. All welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

FOKL AGM Minutes

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Kennington Library took place on Friday 14th June, 2019. To read the minutes please click here.

Get ready for the summer reading challenge! Starts 13th July

Our annual summer reading challenge begins on the 13th July and has the theme “Space Chace”. As well as the challenge itself there will be associated story and craft sessions – all dates and times are list here (left) or you can download the flier.

Please put the dates in the diary now and we look forward to many children joining the challenge!

June Rhymetime & Storytime

This month we are teaming up with BookTrust for our Rhymetime and Storytime sessions. Both sessions are on the theme “Pyjamarama” so do feel free to wear your favourite pyjamas and bring your favourite cuddly toy.

All children attending will receive a free copy of “Car, Car, Truck, Jeep” by Nick Sharratt (courtesy of BookTrust).

All babies and toddlers, with their accompanying adult, are welcome.

The Rhymetime session will run on Monday 10th June 2.30-3.00pm. Storytime is Wednesday 19th June 11-11.30am.

Both sessions are free but donations are always welcome.

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!