Opening Hours

MAIN LIBRARY:

Tuesday & Wednesday:  10- 6pm

Thursday & Friday:         10 - 7pm

Saturday & Sunday:        12 - 4pm

DEDICATED CHILDREN'S AREA:

Tuesday & Friday:            10 - 5pm

Saturday:                          12 - 4pm

Children can borrow books and DVDs during Main Library Hours.

RHYME TIME - suggested £3 per child:

  • Tuesdays at 10.30 with Cara

  • Fridays at 10.30 with Sasha

Monday & Bank Holidays : LIBRARY CLOSED

03 December 2017

KCL awarded the prestious Eleanor Farjeon Award for 2017

Keats Community Library wins prestigious Children’s Literature Award

We have won the annual Eleanor Farjeon Award!

  This Award recognises an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books by an individual or organisation. It was presented by Anne Harvey, an Executor of Eleanor Farjeon’s Estate, to Nigel Steward, a Trustee of the library. The Award Ceremony, hosted by the Children’s Book Circle, took place at Foyles Bookshop on 29th November.

Nigel Steward said: “We were really honoured to receive the award.  Previous winners have included authors like Quentin Blake, David Almond, Philip Pullman and Jaqueline Wilson, so for a small independent library like ours to win is a real accolade and very encouraging for all our dedicated volunteers.”

Anne Harvey, an actor and writer said:  “Eleanor lived in Hampstead so it’s a particular joy that the library in Hampstead is so special. Keats Community Library is a remarkable place where the children’s library team run “rhyme-time” twice a week instilling a love of words into toddlers from a very young age. It provides library services to a number of local primary schools who no longer have space for their own.  They also run Creative Writing Classes and author talks creating a warm atmosphere so that the children love coming there and books become part of their lives. The people who run it clearly feel as passionate about books as we do”.

“All our volunteers love books and engage with the children when they come to the desk to have their books stamped,” added Steven Bobasch.  “We aim to make our library the heart of our community, a place where everyone can come and enjoy reading for pleasure as well as education.”


The award was established in memory of Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). Though well known for her hymn "Morning Has Broken," later recorded by Cat Stevens, she is also beloved as the author of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, Nursery Rhymes of London Town, and The Little Bookroom, which won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal. Her poetry still appears in anthologies, with such favourites as "Mrs Malone","Cats" and "It was Long Ago" often included; while "Kings & Queens" written in collaboration with her brother, Herbert Farjeon, is still a best-seller.  At her death, the Children's Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her honour.