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
Ted signs off in style
There was warm applause at West Hampstead Library on September 13 as FoWHL's first Writer in Residence Ted Booth treated members and guests to an evening of his favourite prose and poetry, alongside Fortune Green's top trouper, Flick Rea.
'Now that my term as writer in residence is over, ' said Ted, 'I would like to thank FoWHL members, the library users and the library staff for their many kindnesses. At the end of my farewell appearance, on 13 September, I was delighted to be presented with a fine bottle of St Emilion, a signed card and a terrifically amusing book *. Thanks also to Jeannie Cohen for typing and editing my rough drafts, and to Simon and all the FoWHL Committee for hosting all my jottings online. I wish my successor, Tal Gurevich, all the best and hope that she gains as much enjoyment as I did in her association with this wonderful library of ours'.
Click here for more photos of Ted & Flick's Excellent Adventures in Prose and Poetry.
* 'Mortification - Writers’ Stories of Their Public Shame' ed. Robin Robertson
LIVE AT WEST HAMPSTEAD LIBRARY – AN EVENING with GRAHAM GOULDMAN
On Tuesday October 24 our special guest at West Hampstead Library is the musician Graham Gouldman, once of 10cc and for many years one of British pop's most prolific songwriters.
Remember 'For Your Love' by the Yardbirds?
That was one of Graham's.
And 'Bus Stop' by the Hollies.
And 'No Milk Today' by Herman's Hermits… the toe-tapping list goes on.
Graham will talk about his career, and - whoopee! - he has promised to bring his guitar.
As ever entry is free but to be sure of getting in we ask you to reserve your place via Eventbrite.
And whilst you have your diary out, make a note that our guest on December 5th will be the actor Derek Jacobi, who will be in conversation with FoWHL Patron, Jim Carter. We will be taking reservations for this via Eventbrite in early November.
Celebrating National Poetry Day – and freedom
September 28 was National Poetry Day and members of FoWHL were busy handing out a free poem to passers-by outside the library, while our friends from the Friends of Fortune Green did the same on the green. The poem, which followed this year's theme of 'freedom', was penned by FoWHL's Writer in Residence, Ted Booth, and made reference to the false imprisonment in Iran of charity worker and West Hampstead resident, Nazanin Radcliffe. If you missed Ted's poem, 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.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A FoWHL FIVER?
FoWHL has launched its 'super duper' FoWHL FIVER campaign
• All you have to do to become a FoWHL Fiver is jolly FIVE friends or neighbours (who must live in Camden) to join West Hampstead library.
• All they have to do is call in at the library or go online and join! It's as easy as that.
• Once all five have signed up, you send us their names (preferably via email), and we will honour you and all FoWHL FIVERS on a roll of honour on our noticeboard and on this website.
'There is no higher honour we can bestow,' says FoWHL chair, Simon Inglis. 'And your five enrollees - yes there is such a word - will be forever in your debt. Plus, there might even be a few prizes on offer at our next AGM...'
• Please note this website supersedes our previous website at www.fowhl.co.uk