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
WHO WERE THE BAD GIRLS?
Author Caitlin Davies held the West Hampstead Library audience spellbound with tales of Suffragettes, refugees and a series of wronged women in her fascinating talk on the Bad Girls of Holloway Prison. Read the full report here
Introducing FoWHL FM
FoWHL FM is the name of a new informal study and discussion group meeting at West Hampstead Library on the first Monday of every month from 6.00 – 7.00pm.
Our next meeting is on Monday July 2, when Jeannie Cohen, will be using poetry and literary sources as a stimulus for open ended discussion. Jeannie has led sessions of this ilk for many years with a wide variety of groups, so prepare for provocation, and intrigue!
Find FoWHL FM in the Children's Library, starting at 6pm.
All are welcome, entry is free and no booking is required. But please note that places are limited and we will not be allowing entry before 5.50pm. Download a flier from here.
Over Here! Our Fourth of July event
Our next FoWHL event in the main library is on Wednesday
July 4 when, to coincide with Independence Day across the pond, we will be celebrating and discussing the Americans of West Hampstead. On the panel we have three longstanding Americans of NW6, plus there will be contributions and readings from other FoWHL members with American roots.
For further details and booking arrangements click here.
Meet Libby – and start reading
Did you know that as well as thousands of books, journal, CDs and DVDs, West Hampstead Library now has a selection of e-books and audiobooks available for you, at no charge?
All you need is a Camden Libraries ticket, and an app called Libby.
Once you have signed in as a West Hampstead Library user, you can download the books instantly, using whichever device suits you best.
Click here to learn more
And when you have tried it, please let us know how you got on, and what you think.