March Author Talk

We may all be stuck at home for a bit longer but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a lively and interesting author talk!

Do join us online on Wednesday 3rd March at 11am to hear Daniel Stone talking about his book “After Oxford”.

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!

February Author Talk

We may all be stuck at home but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a lively and interesting author talk!

Do join us online on Wednesday 3rd February at 11am to hear Barbara Hudson talking about her novel “Makeover”.

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!

Best Reads 2020

Every December Kennington Library’s monthly author/coffee talk slot is devoted to discussing the books that those present have enjoyed that year. Although we couldn’t meet in person we had a lively meeting and some great books were suggested.

As in previous years the books discussed, by Kennington Library readers and friends, were very varied covering fiction and non fiction from different eras, countries and perspectives.

Click here to download our shortlist of our ‘best reads’ of 2020

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have!

November Online Author Talk

Join us online, on Google Meet, for our next online author talk when we will be joined by Nancy Mudenyo Hunt, from her home in Kenya, and Sylvia Vetta, based much nearer to home, here in Kennington.

To take part, email no later than 6pm on Tuesday 3rd November, for easy joining instructions for Google Meet.

Kennington Library to re-open on Wednesday 14th October!!

Welcome Back!

We know how much you have missed your library, and Dominique, Leila and the volunteers thank you for your messages of support and are looking forward to seeing you back in our safe library.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you however the most important thing is if you or anyone at home has symptoms of Coronavirus even if mild, Please do not enter the library.  Ask a family member, friend or neighbour to collect or return your items instead. Help us to keep staff, volunteers and customers safe and avoid further library closures.

From the 14th October things will be a little different. You will be greeted at the village centre doors by a volunteer and will be asked to follow the protocol of the new normal when visiting the library. We encourage shorter visits, max 15 minutes, and please don’t forget your library card or your face covering/mask. For now the library hours will have to be shortened and we will now be closing at 5pm Mondays and Fridays. Wednesday and Saturday morning opening hours remain the same. We hope that these changes will only be temporary and will keep you informed of any changes.
The full measures of how we are keeping you safe in our library are on the libraries services website ( – scroll down to “key changes”) .

Please do come back to our library! Your local library. The books have missed you! We have a good selection of books and plenty of new ones have arrived. Dominique and Leila have missed you too, an empty library is just a room full of books, all our lovely library members are what brings it to life.

Bring on the 14th October! 

October Online Author Talk

We were delighted that many of you ‘attended’ the online talk given by Rachel Edwards. We were sorry that one or two had difficulty in joining the meeting but we had many positive comments.

We shall continue to use GOOGLE MEET for the talk on Wednesday 7th October at 11am to be given by well-known Radley historian, Richard Dudding who was the lead author in the book published last year: Radley Manor and Village: A Thousand Year Story.

In his talk, Richard will focus in particular on the process of research and collaboration with his fellow authors, in short, about the whole process of producing the book. It is available to buy from Radley History Society and the Radley Village shop. This is one for anyone with interest in our immediate locality.

To join, please email: by 6pm on 6th October.

You will need to have a Google account which is free. (You will be offered a trial run ahead of the meeting if you would like reassurance that the technology is working!)

Do come along and learn more about our locality!

Online Author Talk

The library may still be closed but our author talks are back!

Ok so you will need to make your own coffee, or other drink, but do join us online to hear Rachel Edwards talk about her latest novel Darling.

Darling is a twisty psychological thriller centring on a challenging relationship between a teenage girl and her stepmother.

To take part email the address in the image here by 6pm on Tuesday 1st September. We hope to “see” lots of you there.

130 Years St Swithuns Pebble Trail

FOKL is pleased to publicise and support this initiative.

Latest News!

Good News! The first phase of Oxfordshire library reopening began this week with the 2nd phase commencing on 20th July. Abingdon and Oxfordshire County Library are both now open! The full list of libraries that are included in these phases can be found here.

We still don’t have details of when Kennington will re-open but this is a fast-moving situation so do check back here for further information. We will also share the news on Facebook.

If you are planning to visit a library, PLEASE read in full (Key Changes)!

All loan periods for Kennington during library closure will be extended and you will not incur fines or hire charges during this period.

Meanwhile don’t forget the wide range of online library services including our weekly Facebook Quiz, Rhymetime, Storytime, Book Groups and many other useful resources. The online reference section includes the excellent Britannica Online.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Kennington Library just as soon as possible.

THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2020: SILLY SQUAD Meanwhile this year’s Summer Reading Challenge continues! It’s not too late to join! Sign up at

July Library News