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

February

Northallerton library is holding cartooning workshops during the February half-term school holiday. The library has teamed up with local artist Wendi New to provide this creative activity for children and adults.

During the workshops people will be able to draw cartoons and caricatures. They will also have a chance to work on face shapes, funny self-portraits with mirrors, and sketch techniques. The workshop will involve markers and some manga work.

The cartooning workshop will take place at Northallerton library on Tuesday 26 February from 10.30am until 12 noon, and is suitable for children age eight and over and adults. No previous art experience is necessary. Spaces are limited and advanced booking is required. Please call the library to book your space. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The workshop is free however a donation to the library is welcome to cover the cost of material used.

Wendi New is also running a weekly Scribble Zone art session for children aged 11 to 16. The sessions take place at Northallerton library on Mondays from 4pm until 5.30pm.

For more information please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or via email at northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Northallerton library invites you and your children to experience ‘Seastorm in a teacup’ during the February half-term school holiday.

A mermaid is an amazing gift for a young girl. But what do you do when it just won’t stop growing? A chance meeting, an act of kindness and an unusual present lead a lonely young girl on the most unexpected journey. This new play by Gemma Curry (the sleep pirates) will take you on an epic adventure of mystery, magic and mermaids. Using interactive storytelling, live music, movement and puppetry, Hoglets Theatre brings this original tale of finding friendship to life for young imaginations.

‘Sea storm in a teacup’ will be coming to Northallerton library on Monday 25 February at 10.30am and is followed by an optional workshop with the play’s cast and creative team. Your child will be introduced to the world of puppetry, they will be able to meet the mermaids used within the show and then will be shown how to make and manipulate their own shadow puppet mermaid. All materials are included in the price.

The play is aimed at children aged three to eight and their parents. Running time: approx. 40 minutes. Tickets cost £4 per person and children under two are free with a paying adult. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The puppetry workshop will take place after the play, with starting time approx. 11.15am. Tickets cost £2 per person. More information about the play can be found at www.hoglets.org.uk.

Spaces for both the play and the workshops are limited and advanced booking is required.

For more information and tickets please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or via email at northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

There is a coffee morning at Knaresborough library on Saturday 16 February from 10am to 12 noon.

FOLK (Friends of the library in Knaresborough) warmly invite you to come along for a cuppa and a cake in the friendly surroundings of the library.

All proceeds go towards helping the volunteer group support the library.

If you are interested in volunteering for FOLK email knaresborough.folk@gmail.com

For more information please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or via email at knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Meet children’s author Tom Palmer at Knaresborough library on Tuesday 12 February from 5.30pm to 7pm.

If you are a football fan don’t miss this. There will be a football quiz, a Q&A session with Tom and a penalty shoot-out in the library. You can also buy signed copies of Tom’s books which range from £5 to £6 each.

This event is for children aged seven to 11. Tickets are £1 each.

Please note that booking is essential.

For more information and tickets please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or via email at knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Hogwarts comes to Knaresborough on Thursday 7 February from 5pm to 6.30pm.

Join Knaresborough young volunteers for an evening of all things Potter. Experience beast building madness and a game of quidditch.

This event is for children aged eight to 11. Tickets are £1 each.

Please note that booking is essential.

For more information and tickets please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or via email at knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Storytime with Liz on Fridays from 1 February, 11am to 11.30am

Join Liz as she shares her favourite stories and crafts for under fives.

Community Banking Sessions on Friday 22 February and Tuesday 26 February, 10am to 1pm

Drop-in advice sessions with Liam from NatWest who will answer any queries you have about staying safe and secure when banking online.

Stay Safe Online on Tuesday 5 February from 1.30pm to 3pm

Advice and guidance with our local community banker on recognising internet scams and staying safe online.

Moo Music on Tuesdays from 5 February

Weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for children up to five years old and their families. Sessions available between 10am and 2pm. Please contact Sarah on 07528 789 782 or email whitby@moo-music.co.uk  for prices and availability.

Ryedale Citizen’s Advice drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 5 February, 10am to 12.30pm

Free confidential information and advice to assist you with money, legal, consumer and benefit queries.

Horton Housing drop-in session on Tuesdays from 5 February, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Free advice on housing related issues. Part of North Yorkshire’s Homeless Prevention Service.

Trace Your Ancestors session on Tuesday 5 and 19 February, 10.30am, 12 noon and 1.30pm

Free pre-bookable sessions with Ryedale Family History Group.

Knit and Natter on Thursdays from 7 February, 1pm to 3pm

Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

RSPB drop-in. Thursday 7 February and Tuesday 12 February

Meet a member of the RSPB. Find out more about birdwatching in North Yorkshire and the RSPB.

Embroidered Felt Workshop on Friday 22 February, 2pm to 4.30pm

Create a brooch, keyring, pincushion or simply have a go! Suitable for all abilities, including absolute beginners. The class is £1 per person and aimed at adults.

Half-term Coding and Minecraft on Friday 1 March, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Suitable for ages eight and over. Please pre-book your place.

Half-term storytime on Friday 1 March, 11am to 11.30am

Join Christine as she shares her favourite stories and crafts in our junior library.

For more information please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624 or email pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

There are a wide range of events and activities going on at Northallerton library:

Activity sessions

Children's activity sessions are sometimes held at the library during school holidays. Please contact the library for more information.

Autism drop-in information sessions

Monthly information sessions run by our supported employment service are held on the last Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The sessions are an opportunity for people on the autistic spectrum to find out more about job seeking and employment opportunities. For more information about the sessions please contact Kevin Ward on 01609 535331.

Code club

There is a code club every fortnight on Saturdays from 10am to 11am and 11am to 12 noon. The club is aimed at children aged nine to 13 who want to learn how to code, write their own computer games and simple animations. The sessions continue throughout half-term holidays and stop for the summer. Please contact the library for more information and to confirm the dates of the sessions.

'Communicate in print' software

This software enables people to create symbols for communicating. It is ideal for people and families where communication is impaired, for example by learning disabilities, autism or dementia.

Community surgery with your local councillor David Blades

The community surgery is held on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm. You can drop-in to talk about any local issues that you have.

Craft ‘n’ chat session

We hold a craft ‘n’ chat session every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12 noon in the lending library. This is an informal, community-led drop-in session, for anyone interested in knitting, exchanging patterns and ideas.

Family history IT support sessions

Family history IT support sessions are held every Friday from 10am to 12 noon. Our volunteer will offer help with the use of Find My Past and Ancestry.com. Please contact the library to check availability and to book your place.

IT support sessions

Free, one-to-one support sessions are available with our IT volunteer at the library. Please contact the library for more details, to check availability and to book your place.

Library shop

We have a range of fair trade gift items and bags for sale in the library.

Memory café

We hold a regular memory café session on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 10.30am to 12 noon. The sessions are delivered by Making Space - Health and Social Care Services. For more information contact Janice or Susan on 01609 771089.

Scribble set

Scribble set is a new experimental art workshop for adults run by a local artist. The sessions are on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12 noon. Workshops usually take place once a month, but on varying dates. Please contact the library to check the date. There is no need to book, just pop in! The cost of each workshop is £5, pay as you go, to cover the cost of materials. 

Scribble vision

Scribble vision is a weekly workshop in animation, computer games, sound design and special FX, for children and young people aged ten to 16. The sessions are held on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5.30pm. The workshops are run by a local artist. There are no sessions on bank holidays and during the summer school holiday. There is no need to book, just pop in! The cost of each workshop is £5, pay as you go, to cover the cost of materials.

Scribble zone

Scribble zone is a weekly creative art workshop for children and young people aged 11 to 16, held on Mondays from 4pm to 5.30pm. The workshops are run by a local artist. There are no sessions on bank holidays and during the summer school holiday. There is no need to book, just pop in! The cost of each workshop is £2, pay as you go, to cover the cost of materials.

Storytime

Storytime for pre-school children is held on Friday mornings during term-time, from 10am to 10.30am.

All events and activities are subject to cancellations. Please contact the library before attending to avoid disappointment.

For more information please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Libraries in Craven are piloting a scheme that offers bags of support for people’s health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing Bags contain resources such as self-help books, colouring books, recipes, puzzles, a relaxation CD and health information and advice to encourage people to look after themselves and enhance their mental wellbeing.

Anyone can borrow a Wellbeing Bag free for three weeks using their library card. The bags can be used by individuals or groups at home, in the library or in the community. For example, several people could work together on a jigsaw, promoting social interaction.

The bags were developed through a Dragon’s Den-style exercise among North Yorkshire County Council library service staff members, who were asked to devise innovative ideas to improve the service, with the best going before a panel of county councillors and officers. Wellbeing Bags have been developed by outreach librarians Catherine Barlow and Alison Wheat, supported by colleagues.

The bags have been trialled in Craven libraries, following a launch at Skipton library, and are now available on request at all local libraries.

Safer internet day is Tuesday 5 February and libraries across Harrogate and Craven Districts will be holding ‘get online’ and ‘safer internet’ activities throughout the whole of February.

Craven District

Skipton Library
Regular IT sessions take place on Wednesday 10am to 12 noon, Thursday 10am to 1pm and Friday 10am to 12 noon.

An Ermysted’s sixth form volunteer, is running a series of IT workshops this month, including:
Wednesday 16 January ‘keeping yourself and your details safe online’  and Wednesday 23 January ‘tips for safer online shopping’ contact the library to book a place on 01609 53 4548 or email skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Adult Learning Services also running a free six week course at the library for anyone to attend. The workshops are being held every Tuesday 11.15am to 1.15pm from 8 January to 12 February.
Topics covered will include:

  • Searching the Internet
  • Creating an email account
  • Shopping online safely
  • Sending/receiving emails
  • Booking travel online
  • Sending attachments
  • Catch-up TV online
  • Managing contacts

Please contact the library for more details on 01609 53 4548 or email skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

South Craven Community Library
Regular IT support sessions take place at South Craven Community Library on Monday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. Please contact the library to book a place on 01609 53 4502 or email enquiries@sccls.org.uk.

Harrogate District

Harrogate Library
Volunteers run daily IT support sessions at Harrogate Library. To book a session and for more information on 01609 53 6658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
In addition to this Harrogate Library will be hosting the following sessions:

  • A course of free coding workshops for adults starting 7 February. Basic computer skills required but no coding experience necessary. Have a go, ask questions and find out what the kids are learning at school!
  • Scratch and Python Code Clubs on Saturday mornings for children aged seven to 12. Booking is required.
  • CoderDojo on the third Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 7pm. Booking is required. For children aged 12 to 17.
  • Digital skills workshop for teenagers and DofE students on Fridays, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm starting March.
  • Raspberry Pi Jam.

Please contact the library for more information and to book a place for any of the sessions above on 01609 53 6658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Boroughbridge Library
Regular IT support sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons 2pm to 4.30pm.

Please contact the library to book a place on 01609 536629 or email contact@boroughbridgelibrary.org.uk.

Knaresborough Library
Regular IT sessions take place on Saturdays 9.30am to 11am, Tuesday 9.30am to 11.00am and Fridays 5pm to 6.30pm (every other Friday).

On Tuesday 12 February 10am to 11am ‘Ged’s Gadget session’ will be covering ‘Be safe on Your Gadget’.
Please contact the library to book a place on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Ripon Library
Regular IT support sessions take place on Wednesdays 2.30am to 4.30pm, Ancestry.com support Fridays 2pm to 4pm, Code Club Saturday 10.15am to 11.45am. Please contact the library to book a place on 01609 5346623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

On Friday 1 February 9.30am to 11.30am the Adult Learning Service will be running an online safety course which will cover how to identify scam emails and create secure passwords as well as other useful guidance to help adults stay safe when shopping online and when using online websites and apps. Please contact the library to book a place on 01609 5346623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Ripon’s PCSO will be offering support in how to avoid online scams and stay safe online at the MyNeighbourhood community information drop-in session on Friday 22 February at 10am to 11.30am.

View information and details about your nearest library

Other news stories and events

Volunteers and staff from 12 of North Yorkshire’s libraries have received awards for their contribution to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which attracted nearly 10,000 children.

The annual challenge takes place in libraries across the country and North Yorkshire’s success attracted the attention of the Reading Agency, which coordinates the scheme nationally. The agency was keen to find out how the county’s libraries managed to encourage so many children to complete the challenge.

The scheme encourages children to read six books over the summer holidays, collecting rewards along the way. This year the theme was Mischief Makers, with the Beano’s Dennis the Menace and Gnasher being a big hit with children.

In North Yorkshire, 9,650 children started the challenge, with 82 per cent competing it. Across the Yorkshire and Humber region, 41,709 children took part, with North Yorkshire’s children making up 23 per cent of that total.

North Yorkshire far outstripped the national average of 58 per cent for children completing the challenge.

A group of art students from Caedmon College in Whitby have added a glorious splash of colour to the outside of the town’s library.

The students were keen to help the library reach new audiences, particularly younger people, so with the permission of their tutors they demonstrated their artistic skills by creating a mural at the library to attract visitors. The art puts a twist on traditional tales and has had passers-by intrigued.

The work is part of a regional festival called Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories, which sees libraries across North Yorkshire celebrating children’s book illustration in a series of events and workshops in which artists, book illustrators and cartoonists have been inspiring young people and families.

Caedmon College art teacher Zoe Brown said: “It is quite rare for art students of this age to get the opportunity to work on a real life art brief and for that we would like to thank Whitby library. The experience has been extremely positive and has given the students a real insight into the demands and rigor of team working and time management. The students have enjoyed the freedom and spontaneity provided by the brief and working on such a large scale has helped to build their confidence and inspired many of them to experiment with large scale work in the future.”

Student Pippa Mesley said: “It has been really interesting producing these boards, as we were able to create our own interpretations of classic fairy tales and the whole design process allowed us to step away from structure and take it in our own direction. It has also been really engaging working on a larger scale. This has given me a chance to experiment with enlarging my work, and trying a slightly different style.”

And fellow student Emma Parker added: “Creating these boards has been both an exciting and eye-opening experience, allowing me to widen my art skills and develop a better understanding of how important teamwork is in the world of work.”

Whitby traders supported the mural by supplying materials. Library staff and volunteers thanked AGI DIY for the donation of paint and MKM building merchants for the supply of timber.

For more information please contact Whitby library on 01609 534350 or email whitby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

The winners of North Yorkshire library service's photographic competition have been announced. Photographers from across the county were asked to capture the beauty and diversity of a North Yorkshire summer and over 100 of them took up their cameras and ventured out.

Over 350 entries covered North Yorkshire in all its guises, from coast to moors, rolling farmland, dramatic landscapes, historic towns and villages, wildlife and nature.

The standard of the entries was very high and the judging panel deliberated long and hard to whittle the entries down to a final shortlist of ten before agreeing the six images to adorn a limited edition set of North Yorkshire library cards.

The limited edition cards are now available from North Yorkshire libraries to anyone joining the library. Existing members can request the cards, but there will be a small charge.

The winning photographs were:

Filey_Beach_-_Tracey_Roberts.jpg
Filey Beach - Tracey Roberts

Homeward_Bound_Whitby_-_Gary_Marriner.jpg
Homeward Bound, Whitby - Gary Marriner

Kilburn_White_Horse_-_Keith_Harris.jpg
Kilburn White Horse - Keith Harris

Moorland_Swaledale_ewe_-_Roger_Nelson.jpg
Moorland Swaledale Ewe - Roger Nelson

Near_Bolton_Abbey_-_Colin_Hurworth.jpg
Near Bolton Abbey - Colin Hurworth

Sunset_through_Knaresborough_Viaduct_-_Melanie_Riley.jpeg
Sunset Through Knaresborough Viaduct - Melanie Riley

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who took part.

We provide a free home delivery service to people who cannot leave home, carry books or visit the library themselves because of ill health, disability or age. 

You can also receive the service on a temporary basis - perhaps when recovering from an operation - and we are also able to deliver to anyone who cannot get out and about because they are caring for somebody else.
  
The library can supply books in ordinary or large print and audio books on CD or cassette.

Books are selected at the library and delivered once a fortnight by volunteers. Books and audio books can also be requested free of charge.

Books and a regular visit from friendly volunteers can make a real difference to the lives of people who are ill or disabled and those who are caring for them. One of our customers described her books as "a lifeline" and another said the service "helped her stay sane during the long lonely days."

If you would like to find out more about the service please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk, or speak to staff or volunteers in the library during your visit.

There are weekly IT help surgeries at Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Boroughbridge and Nidderdale Plus libraries run by our friendly and helpful volunteer IT buddies.

The sessions provide help on anything from family history (with access to the premier family history resources on the web, Ancestry and FindMyPast), writing a CV, searching for a job, emails, shopping, to advice on staying safe online and protecting your privacy.

Harrogate library

  • There is an IT support drop-in session every Monday to Friday, 9am to 12 noon
  • There are bookable family history research sessions every Monday afternoon - get help to begin or continue researching your family history. Please contact the library to book a place.

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

Knaresborough library

  • There is a family history research drop-in session every Monday, 10am to 12 noon
  • There is a beginners computer skills session every Wednesday, 9.30am to 11am - learn how to use a keyboard and mouse, access emails, create a document and search safely on the internet.

For more information please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Ripon library

  • IT buddies one-to-one help session - every Friday morning, 10.30am to 12 noon
  • IT buddies one-to-one help session - every Saturday morning, 10.30am to 11.30am

For more information please contact Ripon library on 01609 536623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Boroughbridge community library and resource centre

For more information please contact Boroughbridge community library and resource centre on 01609 536629 or email contact@boroughbridgelibrary.org.uk

  • Code Club for nine to 11 year olds - every Monday afternoon
  • IT support for adults - every Tuesday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm

Nidderdale Plus community library

  • IT support drop-in session - every Monday afternoon, 1pm to 5pm

For more information please contact Nidderdale Plus community library on 01423 714953 or email admin@nidderdaleplus.org.

All sessions are free but contact the relevant library to reserve your place on bookable events.

There are weekly IT help surgeries at Skipton, Grassington and South Craven libraries run by our friendly and helpful volunteer IT buddies.

The sessions provide help on anything from family history (with access to the premier family history resources on the web, Ancestry and FindMyPast), writing a CV, searching for a job, emails, shopping, to advice on staying safe online and protecting your privacy.

Skipton library

  • Mondays, 12 noon to 4pm
  • Thursdays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
  • Fridays, 11am to 1pm
  • Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon

For more information please contact Skipton library on 01609 534548 or email skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Grassington hub and community library

  • Fridays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

For more information please contact Grassington hub and community library on 01756 752222 or email enquiries@grassingtonhub.com

South Craven community library

  • Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm (general advice plus help with CVs and searching for a job from an expert volunteer)
  • Saturdays, 10.40am to 11.40am

For more information please contact South Craven community library on 01609 534502 or email enquiries@sccls.org.uk

Appointments are free but must be booked in advance with the relevant library.

Ingleton and Bentham libraries hold free drop-in weekly advice sessions for help with any computer related problems. They can also provide more formal tutor lead support if required.

Ingleton library

  • Mondays, 10am to 12 noon

For more information please contact Ingleton library on 01609 534504 or email communitylibraryingleton@outlook.com

Bentham community library

  • Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 4.30pm (except the second Tuesday of the month)

These sessions are run by North Yorkshire adult learning and skills service.

For more information please contact Bentham community library on 01609 534533 or email library@pioneerprojects.org.uk.

North Yorkshire libraries have more than 400 BBC micro:bits (pocket-sized codeable computers) available for children to borrow to help improve their digital skills.

All 420 were donated by Micro:bit Educational Foundation as part of a worldwide drive to encourage children to get creative with technology and gain digital skills in clubs, schools and at home. They can be used for all sorts of digital creations, from games to robots to musical instruments.

The micro:bits can be borrowed for free for up to three weeks with a library card and come with instructions. They have built-in displays, programmable buttons, motion detection, temperature and light sensors and can be programmed via any desktop or laptop computer or can be used with mobile phones or tablets using Bluetooth. Coding can be done using a choice of editors, including Python and JavaScript Blocks.

Many libraries already run coding clubs, supported by volunteers. Contact your local library to see whether a club is available near you. If anyone would like to volunteer to run a code club, talk to your local library or visit www.codeclub.org.uk/start-a-club/volunteers for more information.