Formed in 1998, the Friends of West Hampstead Library (FoWHL) is a community organisation consisting of around 400 library users – mostly local residents but also people who work in West Hampstead or are passing through.
Its main aim is to ensure that the library remains open, as a library, and that, at a time of cuts, this core function is not subsumed by other activities in the building.
Like the library itself, membership of FoWHL is free
To become a FoWHL member and receive notice of all future events, or to send a message to FoWHL via email, click here
If you are not on email, please keep an eye on the FoWHL noticeboard (by the lift, inside the library) for news of events and meetings
OUR NEXT EVENT
Thursday, June 2 at 7.30pm
Simon Garfield, acclaimed author of Just My Type, Our Hidden Lives, On the Map and Mauve, talks about his latest book A Notable Woman – edited extracts from the diaries of Jean Lucy Pratt, one of the many ordinary citizens who contributed to the pioneering Mass Observation study of the 1930s, but who kept on writing... and writing... For more details click here.
Monday July 4 at 7.30pm
Iain Sinclair will be our guest to talk about his book London Overground, tracing his journey around what he calls 'the Ginger Line'. Details to follow.
PUBLIC POLL BACKS LIBRARIES
'Don't touch our library services!' That is the message from a poll of nearly 25,000 people conducted by the website MoneySavingExport.com. This and more news of library campaigning around the country can be found on our News Page.
Do you have any surplus toys suitable for the under 5s? If so, the Children's Library would welcome your donations.
Also needed, games for the 5-10 age group, such as Frustration!
(if donating, please mention FoWHL)
LOVING THE LIBRARY
'I'm getting quite into blogging and crafts and wondered if there were any books in the library that might help. There were!'
Dr Liz Watts, West Hampstead resident and aspiring blogger
USE IT OR LOSE IT WARNING
Whether we like it or not, the survival of West Hampstead library will depend ultimately on the numbers of people who go into the library and take out books. On our News Page, FoWHL Treasurer Alan Templeton, who is also chair of the Camden Public Libraries Users Group (CPLUG) reveals the stats behind the message.
• Please note this website supersedes our previous website at www.fowhl.co.uk