Muswell Hill Public Library, Queen's Avenue, Hornsey, Greater London
This public library was built in 1931 by W H Adams for Hornsey Borough Council. In the children's area of the library are a series of murals (paintings on walls) by the Hornsey School of Art in 1937-8. They are the earliest mural decorations known to survive in a children's library. Children's libraries were once a popular place for mural painting as a way to encourage learning, but it is now rare. The murals depict local scenes through the ages, and were the work of J B Shaw, D Fuller, R Woodward, G Makins and Miss W M Gamlen of the Hornsey School of Art.