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National Storytelling Week

31 January-7 February 2015

Join us in the library for 3 fantastic events that are taking place as part of NSW 2015!

A Story Treasure Hunt!
Monday 2nd February 

Featuring a special storytime session with Siggistardust, followed by a treasure hunt.
Follow the clues around the library for a chance to win treasure!
There will also be snacks & drinks.
Suitable for children ages 5-12.
siggi story time

On Wednesday 4th February
at 3:45pm

in the Library

Really Big Pants Theatre Company Presents

A Twist on Traditional Tales
by Willow Nash & Joe Bromley

Red & Grandma must battle to save their treehouse from their neighbour Mr Wolfe, his wife Svetlana and a faulty genie.  Will they succeed??

Come along to this special production & find out!
Suitable for children aged 5-9

(and their adults!)
Visit Joe & Willow's website for more information, & see what other plays they have produced!

Thursday 5th February

in the Library

Secrets of Successful Storytelling
A Storytelling Workshop
Siggi NSW

In celebration of National Storytelling Week, Primrose Hill Community Library welcomes international children's artist and storyteller Siggistardust, alongside creative partner, actor and performance coach, Danny Hart.  Together they will deliver a fascinating talk and share practical techniques to enhance your storytelling skills and experience with young ones.  Open to parents, grandparents, nannies, teachers and anybody who'd like to keep the classic art of storytelling alive.

Tickets cost £5, and are available on the door.


Happy National Storytelling Week everyone! 


 National Libraries Day Saturday 7 February 2015

NLD 2015 Logo

11:30am - 3:30pm

The Primrose Hill Community pulled together & worked incredibly hard to keep the library open.

National Libraries Day is a great opportunity to celebrate all that is wonderful about our local library.

11:30am - 1:00pm

primrose bakery

Come in from the cold & have a hot drink & cupcake-supplied by Primrose Bakery.
You can also purchase signed copies of books by the co-founders Lisa Thomas & Martha Swift.

Staff & volunteers will also be on hand to give library tours, and show that PHCL has more to offer than just great books!

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meet Local authors in your Local Library

Stephen Oram

Stephen Oram medium


Stephen Oram will be reading from his debut novel Quantum Confessions and talking about the inspiration behind his work. 
He will be signing copies of his book, & is generously donating £2 to the library for each book sold on the day. 

 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Roz Davies

With 30 years experience in the fashion industry and two artisan sewing shops to her name Roz has a lifetime of sewing tips to share.
With a 100 books sold in the first few weeks Roz will describe the process she went through to publish her first book 'A year of Sew Much Fun'.
She will share the ups and downs of such a project, her determination to edit, design and print it in the UK and her plans for future books.


Signed copies of Roz's fantastic new book will be available to purchase.





Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our display by telling us what they love about their local library.

There is still some space left, so pop in to the library & tell us why you love PHCL!


Tickets for the March Film Show go on sale on Friday 6 February

On Tuesday 3 March...

PHCL Film Show Presents

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Starring Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field


Introduction by Shirley Anne Field

Director Karel Reisz
UK  1960  89 minutes

This is the seminal British New Wave film, its anti-establishment energy and gritty realism centred on the irresistible working-class hero Arthur Seaton (albert Finney); unashamedly amoral, he spends his days in the factory, evenings in the pub and nights in the arms of a married woman.  But romance and the opportunity to settle down are beckoning...  With powerful performances, crackling dialogue and a superb jazz score, the film is a vibrant modern classic.

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 6 February. 
There is a limit of two tickets per person.

New Books in the Library


We have some great new books in the library.  Below is a list of our most recent acquisitions.

Do No Harm, by Henry Marsh
Curtain Call, by Anthony Quinn
A Year of Sew Much Fun, by Roz Davies
Quantum Confessions, by Stephen Oram
Lives in Writing, by David Lodge
Camden Goods Station Through Time, by Peter Darley
The Book with no Pictures, by B.J Novak
The Parent Agency, by David Baddiel
Diamond, by Jacqueline Wilson

 Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death, by Chris Riddell

 We also have a copy of the 2014 Costa Book of the Year

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

Library Author Talk

Ben Crystal & David Crystal

From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, local actor Ben Crystal and his renowned linguist father David Crystal present a world of language through the varieties of spoken English.

Wednesday 11 February at 7pm

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


presents an evening with

NH LunaNicholas Hytner

Director of the

National Theatre and director of many films

including the forthcoming

The Lady in the Van

in conversation with

Joan Bakewell

at Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent’s Park Road

Thursday 26 February 2015


Doors open at 7.00pm

Admission £12

includes a glass of wine

or soft drink

Tickets available from:

Primrose Hill Books

134 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 8XL

0207 586 2022

or online

All proceeds to benefit Primrose Hill Community Library


Toys Wanted Please!

Do you have any toys that are in good condition but your children have grown out of?  They can still go to good use if you donate them to the library!

We're looking for toys that are suitable for children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.

Please pop in, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0207 419 6599 if you are able to donate some toys to the library.

Thanks in advance!

New things happening at PHCL

Stories & Drawing with Siggistardust
from February 18th

Storytime is moving to Wednesday afternoons.  Children can come along to hear a story, then draw what inspires them from the story.  We'll display the work in the library, & there will be a monthly prize for the best drawings.

Suitable for children aged 5-9
Suggested donation £2.

Mum's Mornings
10:30am - 11:30am
from February 27th

A chance for Mums to get together for a catch up.
There will 
(hopefully-see donation plea above!) also be toys available for the little ones to play with.
All Mums welcome.
Suggested donation £2.

Book Club

The February PHCL Book Club is taking place on Wednesday 25th February at 7:10pm in the library.  

This month's book is Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys.

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 (unless otherwise stated) event and is finished off with tea and cake. The Open House schedule for February is:

4 February- Nutrition

Nutritional therapy treats not just physical but mental and emotional well-being.  Hayley Netser focuses on diet & lifestyle advice for optimum health and disease prevention.   

11 FebruaryReiki Demonstration

A Reiki demonstration from Brigette Daniel with an opportunity to experience this relaxation and healing practice.

18 FebruaryThe Grand Budapest Hotel

                                        Starring Ralph Fiennes.

25 February- Conversation in the Digital Age

Why do we feel better when we speak to another human being, especially when they listen to us?  Eleanor Sturdy explores the power of human connection and the danger of distraction.

Also coming up at the Community Centre...

Tuesday Evening Talk

Fellowship & Sacrifice:
Hampstead and the First World War

Tuesday 10 February 2015, from 07:00pm
at Primrose Hill Community Centre
 The talk will focus on the content of the recent exhibition on display at Burgh House in 2014, containing objects and art work from Burgh House’s own collection as well as loans from Tate Britain, RAF Museum, the Museum of the Order of St John and the Percy Smith Foundation. The speaker, Rebecca Lodge, will touch on the impact the First World War had on Hampstead and the Heath, as well as men from Hampstead who fought in the war. It will also discuss Hampstead based artists and the influence the war had on them and their work, and will also look into what was happening on the home front, focussing mainly on the many military auxiliary hospitals that sprang up in the area.

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.




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