All the latest news and events for libraries in North Yorkshire.

From Monday 18 September Stokesley community library - The Globe has new opening hours:

  • Monday, 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday, closed
  • Thursday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday, 10am to 2.30pm
  • Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Sunday, closed

For more information please contact Stokesley community library - The Globe on 01609 533461 or email library.theglobe@gmail.com

If you are aged 8-11 and have a love for writing why not come and explore your imagination and transform your ideas into stories at Harrogate library’s new children’s writing group.

The group meets every Saturday from 11am to 12 noon, from 9 September until 21 October.

It is free to attend but places are limited, so please contact the library to book your place.

For more information, please contact Harrogate library on 01609 536658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Harrogate library is hosting a number of activities during October to highlight World Mental Health Day. These will provide opportunities for people to come along and try something new:

  • Tuesday 10 October, 2pm to 4pm - An afternoon of colouring and conversation at Harrogate library. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4pm to enjoy the latest trend in stress-relief. This is a free event.
     
  • Thursday 12 October, 2pm to 3pm - Take part in a dancing for wellbeing taster session. You can dance sitting or standing, move at your own level, and don’t need a good memory. A growing body of research is showing how dancing improves physical and emotional wellbeing in later years. This is a free event but places are limited. Please contact the library to book a place.
     
  • Friday 13 October, 10am to 11.15am - A Zentangles workshop for absolute beginners – no artistic talent required. Come along and create something beautiful using structured patterns - meditative, mindful, and stress-relieving. Tickets cost £1. Please contact the library to book a place.

For more information and to book your place at an event, please contact Harrogate library on 01609 536658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Selby library is responding to feedback from customers by making tablets and other touchscreen computers available for public use.

North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council have teamed up to invest in the new devices, which will provide alternatives to the library’s standard desktop computers for people who are more familiar with using mobile devices at home.

In addition, help will be on hand from library staff and volunteers to advise people on how to use and get the most from their tablets. This could include helping them use county council or district council services, look for a better deal on gas and electric, or home or car insurance, keep up to date with friends and family or find out what’s happening locally.

This is a pilot scheme, so before a decision is taken on whether to extend it to other libraries, library staff members want to hear from customers about whether the tablets provide the best way to access information and services.

The library is run by the county council, and the new equipment is being supported by the district council as part of the two authorities’ Better Together joint work.

Later in the year, Selby library will be refurbished to improve its facilities. This will include a new computer area, study space and a flexible layout to allow greater use of the venue for community activities.  

Other digital improvements at libraries include enabling customers to print documents from their own devices through the council’s wi-fi. This is being tested at Selby and will be extended to all libraries across the county. Customers can also now scan documents to their personal email address in all libraries across the county. These improvements will help in such tasks as completing applications and printing tickets.

For more information please contact Selby library on 01609 534521 or email selby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Bentham community library, Pioneer Projects and our adult learning and skills service are launching weekly internet and digital help sessions on Tuesday afternoons at the library.

Anyone can attend and ask any computing questions, from how to get online, to how to look for a job, to how to research their family history. There will also be advice on how to use the internet safely and effectively, especially when shopping online or using social media, such as Facebook.

The sessions are free and friendly and will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 4.30pm from 19 September at Bentham community library. 

For more information, call Bentham community library on 01609 534533 or Craven adult learning office on 01609 53394 or email south.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk

The Friends of Scarborough Library, a volunteer group that has supported the town’s library through fundraising and events since 2000, will disband at the end of the year unless someone steps up to take charge.

In its 17 years, the Friends group has raised thousands of pounds to support the library and has hosted regular meetings and events there. From small beginnings, it grew to a membership of 200 people.

But now stalwart and long-time organiser Colin Langford is being forced to stand down because of poor health. Other committee members have also stood down or moved away, so without new blood to take over the group will end.

Friends meetings are on the first Saturday of the month from 11am to 12 noon and between now and the end of the year include talks on a visit to India and butterflies of Yorkshire and a Christmas concert. Full details can be found at the library. Anyone who is not a member of the Friends can attend for £1.

Anyone interested in helping to keep the Friends of Scarborough Library going can call at Scarborough library, email scarborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 536602 for further information.