Monthly Newsletters

New Wednesday Opening Hours


From Wednesday 12th November, the Wednesday library opening hours are changing from 2pm-8pm to 1pm-7pm.   
As the days are longer (and colder!), we feel that library users will benefit from the library being open an extra hour during the afternoon.  
Thanks for your understanding!

PHCL Fundraising Art Competition & Exhibition Sunday 9th November 11am-7pm

Primrose Hill Community Library is hosting an open art competition for amateur artists. The competition is running as part of a fundraising exhibition being held in the library. The art will be judged by a panel of professional artists. Shortlisted entrants will have their artwork exhibited in the library alongside works by professional artists. The winner & runners up will also have their pieces featured in a calendar which will be sold to raise funds for the library.

Join us on Sunday 9th November in the library to see some wonderful art on display. Entrance is free, though all donations will be gratefully received!  


On Tuesday 2 December... PHCL Film Show Presents


Babette's Feast
A ‘feelgood’ film for the festive season  

Directed by Gabriel Axel

Denmark 1987 108 minutes  
Starring Stéphane Audran Introduced by Else Hviid, Rector of the Danish Church, Regent’s Park  
When Babette (Stéphane Audran), a beautiful and mysterious French refugee, arrives in a remote Danish town the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly provide her with shelter and work. But after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever...  
1988 Oscar Best Foreign Film 1989 BAFTA Best Foreign Film and the Pope’s favourite movie!
“25 years on the story is still charming and beguiling”  The Guardian “...impeccably mounted and played” Empire Doors open 7:30pm, Introduction 7:45pm, Film 8:00pm.  Tickets cost £8 (including a glass of wine or drink), and are available in the library (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) from Friday 7 November.  There is a limit of two tickets per person.


Sarah Pickstone Presents Park Notes – Writing and Painting inspired by Regent’s Park


Wednesday 19th November at 7pm


Award-winning painter Sarah Pickstone was intrigued by the writers associated with Regent's Park - those who wrote in it, about it, or were simply inspired by it, and her work explores these serendipitous connections between people, places, and ideas.  The anthology of Park Notes combines Pickstone's radiant paintings alongside the work of fellow contemporary artists, evocative extracts from writers of the past, and essays and stories from today's most engaging authors. The result is a captivating and distinctive collection, celebrating the creative process and the glorious natural spaces in the heart of London.  

The talk is taking place in the library, and tickets cost £2 on the door.  

Library Craft Fair, plus Cake & Book Sale

Sunday 30 November 2014, 11:00am - 05:00pm  
Once again the library is holding a Crafts Fair, along with a Book and Cake sale.  There will be tables in the library, selling arts & crafts.  Money raised will contribute to the running costs of the library.

New Books in the Library 



We have some great new books in the library.  Below is a list of our most recent acquisitions.
Awful Auntie, by David Walliams
The Red Earl, by Selina Hastings
Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern, by Simon Winder
Jamie's Comfort Food, by Jamie Oliver
Unreliable Memoirs, by Clive James
Fish, Indian Style, by Atul Kochner
Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen, by Alison Walker
Ezra and Mr Bignall's Disappearing Maths Class, by R.J Zargle
Belonging, by Jeannie Baker
We also have a copy of the 2014 Man Booker Award winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
Book Club
  The November PHCL Book Club is taking place on Thursday 27th November at 6:45pm in the library.  
This month's book is The One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes. You can get 10% off all PHCL Book Club choices at Primrose Hill Books.
For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - All welcome.
Coming up at Primrose Hill Community Centre...
"Open House" event is held every Wednesday afternoon between 2pm-4pm with a different topic each week. It is a free event and we finish it off with tea and cake. The Open House schedule for November is:  
5 November- Speakers' Corner  
Hear an account of his experiences on the soapbox at the London Institution of Speakers' Corner by Patrick McEvoy.
12 NovemberWriting from Memory
 In the second workshop with Judy Rich, participants will have an opportunity to share social history with others.    

19 NovemberKenwood House  
  Meeting at 2pm inside the front doors to explore the newly restored Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.    
26 November- Belle 
Following the outing to Kenwood House, there is a screening of Belle- a film about the mixed race daughter of a Navy Admiral, who was raised by her great-uncle in Kenwood House in eighteenth-century England.  

Also coming up at Primrose Hill Community Centre...  

 Tuesday 11th November-Wendy Yorke on Exploring the Thames Wilderness

Wendy Yorke, Volunteer Director & River Thames Society & Projects Manager, Thames Wilderness Project, is discussing her new book Exploring the Thames Wilderness: A guide to the natural Thames in the Community Centre between 7pm-7:30pm.  Wendy will sell copies of her book after her talk, at the discounted rate of £12.  Proceeds will go to river restoration projects through the River Thames Society, a UK registered charity.  Admission, payable at the door, is £3 for members of the Association, £4 for non-members, and includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.  

Wednesday 12th and Wednesday 19th November-Adult Drama Classes  

The Community Centre are running brand new drama classes on Wednesdays 12th &19th November, between 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Tutors from the Mary Ward Centre are teaching these classes free of charge, and if there is enough interest, the classes will become a regular addition to the community centre's programme of activities.    

Congratulations On the Hill Magazine!

On The Hill Magazine is a great new free publication, produced by Primrose Hill Community Association.  The magazine launched in October 2014, created for & by the people of Primrose Hill to keep you informed about all that is happening in the area.  On The Hill will be distributed to all Primrose Hill households, and you can also get a copy in the library.
For more information, or to get involved email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Love Your Local Leaves- A Primrose Hill Tree Trail



Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Primrose Hill Tree Trail! There will be a prize giving for under 8s, 8 to 18s, and adults on Monday 3rd November in the library at 4pm.  






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Monday        10am - 6pm
Wednesday  12pm -  7pm
Friday           10am - 6pm
Saturday      10am - 3pm

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