Following our much enjoyed Zoom event in July – celebrating the life and work of Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden – FoWHL is planning a similar event in September.
Watch out for further details soon.
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.
Our main aim is to ensure that, at a time of deep cuts in council budgets, the library remains open, and continues to provide the level of core services that library users need and want, and which local residents fund through their council tax.
Like the library itself, membership of FoWHL is free. To become a FoWHL member and receive notice of all future events, or to send an email, click here
If you are not on email, keep an eye on the FoWHL noticeboard (by the lift, inside the library), or follow us on @FoWHLNW6
FoWHL AGM 2020 report
FoWHL's AGM took place on March 10 and resulted in the re-election of David Stevenson as Chair, for his second term of office. Following the departure of Treasurer Simon Mulliner (see News), Secretary Christine Marchant has taken on the role of Treasurer.
However, FoWHL now has a vacancy on its committee, and in particular is looking for someone to take the minutes at meetings (about three times a year).
If you would be interested in joining us, or have other skills you think FoWHL can use, please email us here and we can tell you more.
FoWHL FM update
FoWHL Rhyme Time sessions
Also cancelled until further notice.
From the FoWHL archive
Remember this? In May 2003 the American textile designer and artist Kaffe Fassett (seated centre) – resident in the area since the 1960s – brought a real dash of colour to the library, along with an audience kitted out in their most flamboyant knitwear! Kaffe urged them all, 'Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Always go to extremes!' For more images from our events archive, go to our What's On page.
Good news and disappointing news! West Hampstead Library has re-opened, but only for computer use, not for book borrowing, study or reading.
Slots for the computers are limited to one hour a day and are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
There is also a facility for returning your overdue books, which will remain under an amnesty that extends to the end of August.
Elsewhere Camden plan to open Swiss Cottage Library in mid August for 'Reserve and Read'.
Under this new system ticket holders can tell the library in advance what books they want to borrow (either online or via the phone) and the librarians will have the books ready for collection. No browsing will be allowed.
For more news of Camden Libraries click here.
Watch this space for more news as we have it.
(updated August 5)
Calling all library users –