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
AMERICANS in WEST HAMPSTEAD
Teacher and novelist Alice Leader (below) has lived in NW6 since the 1970s but still feels American. not to mention visceral anger about the behaviour of the current President. Alice was among a group of local Americans who came to West Hampstead Library on July 4 to enjoy popcorn, hot dogs, beer and an evening of yakkety yak. 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 August 6, when Jeannie Cohen, will be using works of art 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.
Wanted: a new Writer in Residence
Do you write? Do you use West Hampstead Library? if so, FoWHL would like to hear from you.
That is because Tal Gurevich, our current Writer in Residence is leaving us – though we are delighted to add that she is off to the USA, where she has won a place for postgraduate study at Yale University. Well done Tal!
The basic requirements are that you must hold a Camden Library card, be a user of West Hampstead Library and be willing to write a monthly blog for this website.
In every other respect we are flexible.
So if you would like to apply for the role, please email us at the usual address and we will send further details.
To read Tal's latest blog 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.