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
JIM 'n' VIC COME UP TRUMPS!
In front of yet another full house for FoWHL, writer, broadcaster and ace poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell was Jim Carter's guest on November 29 – telling tales of late night card games, her ambitions as a stand up, and memories of growing up on the borders of NW2, which her mother steadfastly called West Hampstead! (photo by Janet Nabney)
It's the First Monday of the Month so it must be... FoWHL FM
WELCOME NICKY – FoWHL's NEW WRITER IN RESIDENCE
A warm welcome from all our members to Nicky Lambert, who will serve as FoWHL's Writer in Residence for 2018-2019.
To read Nicky's monthly offering, click here.
FoWHL AGM set for Tuesday February 26
All members of FoWHL are urged to note this date – there is much to discuss at the AGM, including Camden's newly formulated plans for the library, which involve improved IT provision – much welcomed – but also potential staff cuts and the use of volunteers, and a possible rise in library hire charges, all in response to continuing cuts in local government payments from the Government.
To read more about the challenges facing Camden's finances, see here.
There will also be elections for committee members, with Chairman Simon Inglis standing down at the end of his seventh term in office since FoWHL formed in 1998.
FoWHL sponsors Monday Story and Rhyme Time sessions
FoWHL is delighted to announce that it is now sponsoring a series of Story and Rhyme Time sessions in the Children’s Library, every Monday during term times from 11.30 - 12.00.
We’re especially thrilled that the sessions are led by the super talented Tyan Archer.
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.