Annual Book Review

The annual FOKL Book Review for 2021 will take place in the Main Hall at the Village Centre on Wednesday 1st December starting at 11.45. Come and join us for this festive occasion and share what you have been reading, or just come to hear what others have been reading. Full details below.


The Friends will provide mulled wine and soft drinks. You are encouraged to bring a plate of finger food to share, but this isn’t compulsory. There are no tickets and the event is free, though donations to cover our expenses are welcome.

Your review can be of any genre of book, fiction, non-fiction, biography etc., profound or trivial. Remember that if you have enjoyed reading it then others probably will too. You can review a book or a series of books. Please include the author’s name, the title of the book and a couple of sentences about why you enjoyed it; so as not to mar others enjoyment of the book don’t give away vital plot details! It’s helpful if the book is available from the Oxfordshire Libraries service, though all recommendations are welcome.


You can download the review form is here, or you can pick up copies from Kennington Library. Completed forms can be dropped off at the library or you can bring them on the day. Alternatively you can send the same information by email to Helen, the FOKL Secretary, at . Please don’t use any other email address and don’t reply to this email or your review might get lost.


We will be delighted if you want to speak about your review on the day, but there is absolutely no compulsion to do this. After the event the reviews will be compiled into a FOKL Best Reads of 2021 list which will be made available to everyone sometime after the event.


The event will take place in the large main hall at the Village Centre. You are encouraged to wear a face covering except when eating or drinking. For the sake of everyone please do not attend if you feel unwell. Note that we may have to restrict admission to maintain social distancing and we will, of course, comply with any Government restrictions applicable at the time. Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Events for kids in October

We have lots going on at Kennington Library this October for both pre-school and school age children. Our events are free but donations are always welcome as they go towards the running of the library and future events. All details are below.

Fundraising Evening – 11th November

Join us on the 11th November for an entertaining evening of literature, wine and cheese.

Ray Foulk, curator, author and founder of the Isle of Wight Festival, along with his daughter Caroline will be talking about their novel Picasso’s Revenge, a meticulously researched thriller set in the art world.


The event is great value at £8 with wine and cheese included. You can order tickets by emailing the secretary at the address on the poster (left) or buy them at the library.


Please support this fundraiser for the Friends of Kennington Library. Money from events like this go towards the running of the library and our programme of events for all ages.

We hope to see you there!

Storytime is back!

After a long break, due to Covid, morning storytime at the library is back!

Join us in the library from 11-11.30am on Wednesday 15th September when we will be reading some fun stories and I promise there will be funny voices!

The event is free and no booking is required. All pre schoolers with their adult are very welcome.

Hope to see you then!

Lunch, true tales, laughs & raise money for Friends of Kennington Library!

Oxford Zz to Aa 1000 years of history in 26 letters.

Korky Paul, honorary life president of Kennington Library, has joined forces with comedy writer Richard O. Smith to produce this fabulous and funny book. (Individualised signed copies will be available). Proceeds from this event will go towards events for children and adults, at Kennington Library, in 2022. Please come along, enjoy the talk, the company and the food and support FOKL.

Wednesday 3rd November in the Village Centre

Tickets £6:00 per head. (You are welcome to bring a bottle)

The event will run from 11.45am- 2pm and tickets are available from the library or email

October Coffee Talk

Wednesday 6th October: Steve Sheppard – 10:30 for 11am

Join us to hear Steve Sheppard talking about his two comedy spy thrillers; ‘A Very Important Teapot’ (Claret Press, October 2019) and its just published sequel, ‘Bored to Death in the Baltics’.

Steve will talk about writing “the sort of stuff he likes to read” (and therefore hopes others will too), about finally being published at the age of 66 (and therefore about never giving up) and about how a long-remembered phrase and a visit to the Yackandandah Folk Festival in Australia in early 2017 came together to result in ‘A Very Important Teapot’.

Coffee & tea will be served from 10.30am and the talk will begin promptly at 11am. The talk will take place at Kennington Village Centre (i.e. the library) & is free of charge but donations are always welcome.

Our Coffee Author Talks Return Face To Face!

Wednesday 1st September 2021: Sylfest Muldal – 10:30 for 11am

Wildlife in Kennington Parish: The Oxfordshire parish of Kennington covers a little over 5 square km and is home to about 5000 people and a lot more wild animals and plants. That wildlife has been my hobby for the past few years and is the subject of a website and a lively local Facebook group. In a world of increased residential development, road traffic and infilling of gardens, it’s never been more important to pay heed to the surprising diversity of wildlife in our ordinary English village. In this talk I’ll be opening a few windows. The more we look, the more we will discover, understand, treasure and protect our extraordinary wild neighbours.

Coffee & tea will be served from 10.30am and the talk will begin promptly at 11am. The talk is free of charge but donations are always welcome.

Story & Craft 27th August

Calling all kids age 2-11 to join us for a fun session of stories and craft.

Call the library or pop in to book your place(s). NB: Booking is essential as places are limited.

Please dress for mess as paint will be involved!

We look forward to seeing you then.

This session has been rescheduled from the 20th August due to staffing issues.

June Author Talk

Although restrictions have eased a bit our author talks are still online.

Do join us online on Wednesday 2nd June at 11am to hear Julie Summers talk about her book, Dress for War.

It is really easy to join – just email the address in the image (left) and you will receive easy joining instructions.

We hope to see you then!

May Author Talk

Although restrictions have eased a bit our author talks are still online.

Do join us online on Wednesday 5th May at 11am to hear Liz Harris talking about her books and all the research involved.

It is really easy to join – just email the address in the image (left) and you will receive easy joining instructions.

We hope to see you then!