Category Archives: Events

A Splendid Day!

...had by all! Celebrating 116 years to the day, 9 July, our Carnegie Library opened in 1906 - a "Sweet 116" Anniversary!

Mellow Jazz by Dave Gelly & Friend

Magic from John Styles charmed young and old alike...and Cllr Donatus Anyanwu (pictured above seated on the right) joined us to cut the cake...and he said a few words which were very pleasing to the ears:

"Libraries are the soul of the community...they are a front-line statutory service...and Lambeth Council is committed to ensuring this library goes on for another 100 years!"

Ilona Bannister returns!

Please come to our next author event, Tuesday 9 August.  Ilona Bannister will discuss writing and read from her latest novel  Little Prisons - about four isolated women living in the same block of flats as Covid Lockdown looms.  Will they make connections?  The theme of neighbourliness combating loneliness and giving mutual support is more relevant than ever.  Last year, during lockdown, Ilona introduced us to her post-9/11 novel When I Ran Away, via Zoom. On Tuesday, she will be with us in-person. Don’t miss this uplifting story of kindness, compassion and hope.

Join us at 6.30 for tea & biscuits; the talk plus Q&A runs from 7.00 – 8.30.  The event will be live-streamed for those who cannot come to the library.  Registration is free on

Ilona's family is Ukrainian and a portion of her book sales goes to Ukrainian charities.

Fred Karno – The Legend Behind The Laughter with author David Crump

Tuesday, 12 July -- 7-8:30 pm BST (in the library or online)

the man behind the careers of comedy greats Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Genius of comedy...mentor to comedy greats...his studio headquarters in Camberwell (Southwell Road) was known as "The Fun Factory"...and his own story is an extraordinary theatrical tale

Author David B. Crump is an actor and an award-winning writer for the stage...this new biography has been written with the support of the Karno family and the Chaplin Archive in Paris

Presented by the Friends of Carnegie Library - come along to the library or attend online

Please register on eventbrite for a link to the livestream


A novel by Gerald Jacobs

Join Gerald Jacobs and the Friends of Carnegie Library

Tuesday evening, 14 June 2022, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Simon Pomeranski looks back to his childhood and the post-war days of the Astorians, a small group of criminals and traders in ‘swag’ who ran their business from Brixton Market and exercised their own particular brand of justice. From this wonderful assortment of characters, we are introduced to ‘Spanish Joe’, the cultured Russian emigre, Sam ‘the Stick’, with his wounded machismo and penchant for violent retribution, and the dazzling songstress Estelle, among others. Front and centre in their world, though, is Benny himself, the autodidact owner of Pomeranski Gowns, whose passionate affair with Estelle marks the beginning of a new era for the Astorians. Both riotous and profound, this novel resurrects a vibrant era that deserves a place in our collective memory.

Admission free! Live and in-person at the library


register to attend by livestream

Sunset Over Herne Hill – John Ruskin and South London

With author Jon Newman - Tuesday evening, 10th May 2022, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Join archivist and author Jon Newman to discuss his latest book, written in collaboration with the Herne Hill Society. This is the first book to look in detail at the importance of South London in shaping Ruskin’s thinking.

For all his foreign travels, public lecturing, academic posts at Oxford and work for London’s museums, Herne Hill was the place where Ruskin lived well into old age. Here Ruskin witnessed, with increasing horror, the destruction of the natural environment through railway building and uncontrolled suburban growth.

Presented by Friends of Carnegie Library and part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival

Attendance is free! - at the library or live-streamed online (register with eventbrite)

(Every second Tuesday of the month, The Friends host an author event at the Carnegie Library)