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What’s On in November

There is something for all ages this November at Kennington Library.

As well as our usual Story Time and Rhyme Time for the little ones we have our pop up Board Games Cafe where we will have games for all from age 2 to 102! (and older).

We will also be holding our monthly meet the author(s) coffee talk where Tolly and Tamara will be sharing their passion for organic growing and preserving.

Do join us if you can!

Quiz Night Returns! – 29th February 2020

Quiz Night, kindly sponsored by Tonks Brothers once more, will be on Saturday 29th February 7:30pm. To be held at St Swithun’s Church Hall. Tickets £10.00 only per person to include supper. 

November Coffee Talk

Come and join us on Wednesday 6th November for our monthly coffee talk.

Iain Tolhurst (Tolly) has been an Organic Grower for 40 years and his wife Tamara is a gifted cook. They will give an inspirational, witty, factual and practical talk on growing organically and preserving a bountiful harvest.

Tolly’s book is called: “Back to Earth. UK Organic Horticulture through the Lifetime of a Grower”.

Coffee will be served from 10.30 and the talk will be

All are welcome and the event is free (although donations are always welcome!).

Story telling, puppet making, song and FUN!

This half term Wild Boor Ideas are coming to Kennington Library for story time, puppet making and song. This session aimed at 2-7 year olds should be be really imaginative and fun.

NB: Booking is essential as a maximum of 20 children can attend the event, please visit Kennington Library to book tickets. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Wednesday 30th October 10am-12 noon.

Tickets available from Kennington Library.

The event is free but donations are always welcome!

Latest Library News & Events

Autumn is almost here and it looks like it will be a busy one at Kennington library. As well as our usual monthly author talk, rhyme time and story time we will be also holding a special event, where Mark Damazer will be talking about “Life as controller of Radio 4”, and an exciting puppet workshop for kids in half term.

NB: The date for Rhyme Time here is incorrect – it should read Monday 14th October!

All this plus weekly digital help on a Wednesday, our family history research expert is in on the second Wednesday of every month and we will also be taking part in national online week from Monday 14th October.

See image left for details or download as a Word doc here.

There is a lot on for everyone but the library will also be open as usual. Do pop in whether to borrow a book, browse the books, use the computers or even to escape the rain!

Upcoming Children’s Events at Kennington Library

Do come along and join us for our regular Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions for pre-school children and babies. No need to book, just turn up!

All are welcome but children must have an accompanying adult.

The sessions are free but donations are always welcome!

We hope to see you soon!

Special Event: “Life as Controller of Radio 4”

Do you listen to Radio 4? Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes? Here is your chance to find out!

On Monday 14th October, Mark Damazer will give a talk entitled ‘Life as Controller of BBC Radio 4’. Mark worked for some time in various parts of BBC News and then became Controller of Radio 4 and Radio 7 in 2004, a post he held until 2010. At that point he became Master of St Peter’s College Oxford. He has many anecdotes to tell about his time at Radio 4 and we can guarantee this will be an enjoyable evening, Mark really is an engaging speaker.

The tickets are now available for £12 including cheese and wine after, see poster (left) for details on how to buy.

It should be a great evening, do come and join us!

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.

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.