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

March

Bookstart Bearstory-time on Fridays from 1 March, 11am to 11.30am

Join our resident story-tellers as they share their favourite stories and crafts for under fives.

Community banking sessions Fridays from 1 March and Tuesdays from 5 March, 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.

Musical Memories on Monday 4 March, 10.30am to 12 noon

Come and join us for a ‘Happy Hour’ of singing for all. The event includes live music accompaniment and there are large print songbooks provided. The event costs £3 and includes refreshments. For more information about Musical Memories please call Ruth on 07527 006402.

Moo Music in Pickering library on Tuesdays from 5 March, 10am to 2pm

Weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for children aged up to five years of age and their families. Sessions are available between 10am to 2pm. For more information about prices and availability please contact Sarah on 07528 789 782 or email sarahandmaggi@moo-music.co.uk.

Ryedale citizen’s advice drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 5 March, 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 March, 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 March and 26 March, 10.30am, 12pm and 1.30pm

This event is free. Pre-bookable sessions with Ryedale Family History Group. Session times are 10.30am, 12pm and 1.30pm.

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

Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

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

After a successful half-term holiday cartooning workshop, Northallerton library is holding a ‘how to draw’ workshop for adults and teenagers with local artist Wendi New.

During the session Wendi will guide participants step-by-step on how to draw figures and scenery. She will also cover basics of textures with pencils, tones, shading and drawing tips throughout the session.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 16 March from 10.30am to 12 noon and is suitable for adults and teenagers aged 12 and over. No art experience is necessary. Tickets for the workshop are £2 per person and as spaces are limited advanced booking is required. To book please call the library on 01609 533832.

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

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

The next in a series of community drop in sessions for residents of Ripon is on 29 March at Ripon Library.

Working through the My Neighbourhood Project, officers from North Yorkshire Police will be on hand at these informal sessions.

Representatives from other organisations attending on 29 March include MIND, Prostate UK, Ripon and Rural Befriending and Age UK Veteran’s Support.

They are encouraging people to drop in for a chat so that they can offer support, answer queries and give advice on any issues residents may want to raise.

Further sessions at Ripon Library are as follows:

  • Friday, 3 May,10-11.30am
  • Friday, 31 May, 10-11.30am
  • Friday, 5 July, 10-11.30am

For more information about these events please contact North Yorkshire Police - non emergency number 101 - or Ripon Library on 01609 536623.

Other news stories and events

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.

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.