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The Next Friends’ author event – Lilian Pizzichini

11 May, 7pm

Register for a free ticket and link to this online event

Lilian Pizzichini will talk with us about Mariella Novotny’s life, a life of intrigue, spying and crime...

In 1961 Mariella Novotny was engaging in sexual relations with President John F. Kennedy and believed to be a Communist agent. FBI officers called their investigation ‘The Bow-Tie Case’.

Two years later she was involved in the Profumo Affair. Then in the 1970s she began working undercover investigating police corruption in the Flying Squad. Her chief target was the author’s grandfather, Charlie Taylor, a London conman who had high-ranking officers in his deep pockets.

Mariella brought them all down and was found dead in February 1983. Christine Keeler said she was convinced it was murder, most probably by the CIA.

Mariella Novotny was embroiled in some of the top spy and crime stories of the day and in Lilian’s biography she emerges as the early embodiment of radical sexual politics.

See you there?

April in Herne Hill? – The trees are in bud and the library is re-opening (slowly) – collection service is back…everything is blooming!

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Select & Collect resumes, Dostoevsky in Love, an Anarchist in the UK, and more... Hurrah
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Hurrah, our book collection service is back! We promised we would resume the provision of books by appointment once it was safe to do so, and after careful consideration and numerous health and safety checks and measures, we are excited to be able to recommence this popular service and get Lambeth reading voraciously again. Many thanks for your enduring patience. See below for more details on what's on offer. You may also still book an appointment to use a PC, to print, photocopy and/or scan. Just call or email your local branch during opening hours and, as always, we'll be happy to help. Our plethora of free online resources is still available for you to enjoy, including but not limited to: film streaming, e-books, e-audiobooks, local and global newspapers, driving theory test practice, guidance on Universal Credit and so, so much more. Happy reading / listening / watching / learning! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at libraries@lambeth.gov.uk - we will be happy to help.

Lambeth Libraries events March 2021 –

Click & go to full events calendar

Libraries re-opening for essential PC use...and watch this space

Logo-grey-transparent Share/ViewOnline open-to-discovery International Women's Day, Reading Friends and more. Check out all the online events and resources available at your fingertips... IWD 2https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2021

We are very happy to reopen Lambeth libraries for essential PC use and are reviewing other services in the hope we can resume these soon as well...watch this space! For the time being please hold on to your books; fines are still suspended so you won't be penalised for overdue items. Don't forget, you can renew your items online. Alternatively, call your local branch during opening hours and, as ever, we'll be happy to assist. Although we can't yet offer you physical books and services, as a Lambeth library member you have an entire realm of free online resources to enjoy, including but not limited to: film streaming, e-books, e-audiobooks, local and global newspapers, driving theory test practice, guidance on Universal Credit and so, so much more. Happy reading / listening / watching / learning! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at libraries@lambeth.gov.uk - we love hearing from you and will be happy to help. Enjoy your e-library, online events and the resumption of essential PC services; we look forward to seeing you soon.

Lambeth Libraries – the March calendar is full of clubs, and activities and things to do!

Book at Breakfast, Silverfit, Wriggle & Rhyme, SEND online drop-in, Homework Help, Dr Bike Sessions, Girls Friendly Society, Digital Horizons (ipad/tablet starter refresher course), Info Evening - Lambeth Council Fostering, METRO, Mini Film-Makers' Club, Young Film-Makers' Club, Code Club for Kids, Money Matters Online, English Conversation Café, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - LAMBETH LIBRARY EVENTS, Digital Community Choir with Pegasus Opera...

Lambeth.gov.uk/events

Library calendar for February?

(LGBTQ+ month)

It's all happening online... Lambeth.gov.uk/events

Carnegie librarian Zoey Dixon

Book at Breakfast, Wriggle and Rhyme, Homework Help, Silverfit, Girls Friendly Society, Digital Horizons, Money Champions, LGBTQ+ Interest Books for Children & Young People, Code Club for Kids, English Conversation Cafe, Digital Community Choir with Pegasus Opera, Drag Queen Storytime, Good to Know with AgeUK, Metro, LGBTQ+ - Army History, Author events, Queer Writing for Teens, Cooking Green - are you keen?...