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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  www.sillysquad.org.uk

July Library News

Join the Silly Squad Reading Challenge!

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge started on Friday 5 June 2020, but it lasts all summer so you have plenty of time to join! It’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh.

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. This year, the Challenge features extra special characters designed by the award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, who you’ll know from amazing reads like Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin!


Joining the challenge – You can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. The new online platform will help you keep track of your books, reviews and the rewards you unlock along the way.

Sign up to the challenge at www.sillysquad.org.uk. You can read books from home or eBooks/eAudio borrowed from the Oxfordshire Libraries e-lending platforms. 
As always, there will be loads of brilliant book suggestions to get you started, and tips on how you can keep reading even while schools and libraries are closed. There will also be heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home!

FOKL AGM Minutes

The Friends of Kennington Library annual general meeting was held, virtually, on June 15th, 2020. Please click here to read the minutes.

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020 begins 5th June!

The Summer Reading Challenge is back with Silly Squad!

It’s almost time for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and for 2020 it’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. This year, our Challenge features extra special characters designed by the award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, who you’ll know from amazing reads like Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin!

You can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. Our new online platform will help you keep track of your books, reviews and the rewards you unlock along the way.

As always, we’ll have loads of brilliant book suggestions to get you started, and tips on how you can keep reading even while schools and libraries are closed. We’ll also have heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home!

Silly Squad officially begins here on Friday 5 June 2020.

Keep an eye on this website, https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/, for the latest Summer Reading Challenge news, including details of our fantastically fun launch party!

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Online Library services & offerings

The libraries may be closed but Oxfordshire Libraries still has so much to offer. From music streaming to eBooks to extensive reference tools, all free with your library card!

You can even find online Rhymetime on the Oxfodshire Libraries Facebook Page! read more for details

So many of us just use our library cards to go to the library and borrow actual books. Some may reserve books online but are you aware how much is on offer online from the library service?

All you need is your library card number and pin number – if you have forgotten either of these you can request them online. Once you have them you can access many things including eBooks, Audiobooks to listen too on your phone/other device, music streaming covering many genres, newspapers & magazines online, online reference tools including encyclopaedias and dictionaries, and more.

Find it all here at the new Oxfordshire Libraries website.

For more fun also check out the Oxfordshire Libraries Facebook page where you will find updates, competitions, poems, even rhymetimes and storytimes online.

April News & Events – Updated

**** ALL APRIL EVENTS HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCREASED PRECAUTIONS/SOCIAL DISTANCING DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ***

April Coffee Talk – CANCELLED!

Unfortunately this talk will no longer be taking place due to the ongoing spread of the Corona virus Covid-19. We will keep you posted regarding future talks.

Come join us on Wednesday 1st April to hear music writer and lecturer Paul Campion talk about the history of the Proms.

Coffee will be served from 10.30 am the talk will begin at 11am.

The talk is free but donations are always welcome.

March events for very young children

Update: Storytime on Wednesday 18th March has been cancelled due to the ongoing spread of the Corona virus Covid-19.

Join us on Monday 9th March for our monthly Rhyme Time session which is aimed at very young children (pre-school) including babies.

On Wednesday 18th March it is Storytime – come and hear a story!

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please see image for details.

These sessions are free but donations are always welcome.