Join us for February Storytime!

Calling all pre-schoolers

Join us in the library from 2.30pm -3pm on Friday 11th February when we will be reading some fun stories and I promise there will be funny voices!

The event is free but booking is much appreciated – see image for details. All pre schoolers with their responsible adult are very welcome.

Hope to see you then!

The Board Games Club is back!

Saturday 12th February 10am – 12noon


By popular demand our board games club is back. Come and play games in French or English – we have a large selection of games, come see what we have. You may find something new to you!

For ages 7-99+ (adults of any age are very welcome). Minimum £1 contribution for ages 16 and above.

Booking is essentialPlease book directly with the library either in person during opening hours or by telephone 01865 730763 or email: 

This event will be held in the main hall.

(NB: The photo is just a stock photo and is not indicative of the games we have).

February Author Talk

Do join us, on Wednesday 2nd February, to hear Merryn Williams talking about her 21st Century retelling of Mansfield Park.

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.

Best Reads 2021

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 2021

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

Christmas Closing & new hours for January

Kennington library will close at 3pm on Friday 24th December and will re-open at 10am on Wednesday 5th January.

Larger town libraries, such as Abingdon and Oxford, will be open between Christmas and New Year – for full details of which libraries will be open & opening hours click here .

From the New Year the Kennington opening times will be changing  to provide a more standard set of opening times – hopefully making it easier for all to remember!


The New times will be:

Monday 2pm – 6pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10am – 1pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
Sunday Closed

Postponed! January Author Talk

The FOKL Coffee Talk on 5th January has been postponed until April
As Robert Burns put it, The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley.
With regret FOKL have decided to postpone the talk by Julie Anderson which was to have taken place on 5th January. This is because of concerns about possible health and safety issues for both the speaker, who will be travelling from London to give the talk, and for all attendees. It is also unclear at this time as to whether new Covid restrictions may be introduced in the new year.
This talk is now expected to take place on Wednesday 6th April in the large Main Hall at Kennington Village Centre. We will start slightly later, meeting at 11am for coffee, with the talk commencing at 11.30am. More details will be provided in the usual ways closer to the date.
I’m sorry about the postponement of what what I am sure is going to be a very interesting talk, but to look on the bright side it gives you a chance to read Julie Anderson’s books, Plague and Oracle, both of which are available from Kennington Library.
If any of you are aware of anyone who might be intending to attend the talk, but who does not receive these emails, could you pass the message on to them please?
Currently the talk by Merryn Williams on her book Mansfield Park revisited, is still expected to go ahead as scheduled on 2nd February at 10.30am. The library is expected to open as planned on Wednesday 5th January at 10am.

Books are available at each talk and signed on request!

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!