OUR NEXT EVENT
Acclaimed historian and film-maker MICHAEL WOOD will be our Zoom guest on Wednesday, April 28 – talking about his new book 'The Story of China' (below). For more information and to book your place click here.
FoWHL's AGM took place on March 16 via Zoom and saw the re-election of both the current Chair David Stevenson and Treasurer Christine Marchant. The post of Secretary still remains open however.
If you would like to offer your services as Secretary, or simply to stand for membership of the Committee, please email us so we can tell you more.
Also at the AGM was Cllr Anna Wright, Camden's Cabinet member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities. In a lively conversation on how West Hampstead Library might re-emerge from lockdown, Anna clearly showed herself to be a great supporter of libraries and shared a number of ideas that she hopes to promote.
We wish Anna well with these endeavours and very much look forward to welcoming her to West Hampstead soon, and in person.
Once again many thanks to the FoWHL Players for their superb collection of seasonal readings, much enjoyed in December by the FoWHL members joining up by Zoom. Three cheers for Phyllida and Rosie Hancock (top left), Michael Simkins, Flick Rea, Mel Harrold (above left), Jim Carter, Julia Deakin and Imelda Staunton.
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
According to the latest government guidelines – the Roadmap out of Lockdown – published on February 22, libraries in the UK can start reopening from April 12 if the COVID infection rate allows. Let us all hope that that will be possible.
Until then, as many of you will be aware, the main floor of West Hampstead Library remains open both for borrowing books via a new system called Request and Read (see below) and for computer use.
You can order books online or on the phone (020 7974 6987 from Monday to Saturday 10am – 3.45pm) and then pick up from the library.
Regrettably the Children’s Library will remain closed for the time being, although a selection of children's books will be available for borrowing under the Request and Read system.
Otherwise, browsing will be allowed but limited to twenty minutes per person, numbers will be controlled and there will be a one-way system through the library.
To keep things as safe as possible there will be sanitation stations and regular cleaning.
Note that computer access cannot currently be booked in advance but is available on a first come, first served basis.
Library hours will continue to be 10.30 – 3.30 Monday to Saturday.
In line with government guidance you will be expected to wear a face mask.
For more news of Camden Libraries click here.
Watch this space for more news as we have it.
(updated March 9)
Calling all library users –