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

March

Harrogate and Knaresborough libraries will be hosting crime scene investigation workshops for children aged seven to 11 on Saturday 17 March.

The Detective Project will be delivering forensic investigation workshops where children will be transformed into crime scene investigators. They will carry out techniques used by real CSIs, and solve crimes using forensic evidence. This is guaranteed to be a fun, engaging and informative activity.

The workshops will take place at Harrogate library at 10am and at Knaresborough library at 2pm on Saturday 17 March.

Tickets for this event cost £3 and can be purchased from both libraries.

For more information and tickets, please contact Harrogate library on 01609 536658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk or Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk

A bumper afternoon of murder and mystery is guaranteed at Harrogate library on Saturday 10 March at 1pm.

With seven authors attending, each will read an extract from their work and then take part in a question and answer session. This is a great opportunity to meet the people behind your favourite page-turning reads.

The event will be led by Sarah Hardy, publicist for Bloodhound Books. The contributing authors are:

  • Malcolm Hollingdrake, author of the DCI Cyril Bennett Harrogate crime series;
  • Liz Mistry, author of the DI Gus McGuire novels;
  • Danielle Ramsay, author of the DI Brady series;
  • A.J. Wright, author of Victorian murder mysteries including ‘Striking Murder’ and shortlisted for the CWA Historical Novel of the Year 2016;
  • Eileen Wharton;
  • K.A. Richardson; and
  • Rob Ashman, author of the Mechanic Trilogy.

Tickets for this event cost £2 and are available to purchase from Harrogate library and Imagined Things bookshop in Westminster Arcade.

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

February

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6 February, under the banner 'Create, Connect and Share Respect'. It will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Our libraries help people of all ages to access information and services online and for many people are the only place they can go to for help to get online. As well as helping people to develop their digital skills, whether for job-seeking, health or financial information or just to have fun, libraries encourage people to stay safe online.

Throughout February, libraries will provide information, host free safer internet workshops run by our adult learning and skills service and offer opportunities for people to have a one-to-one session with an IT buddy.

Library Event Date Time
Eastfield Safer internet display
Staying safe online displays and promotions.
5 to 9 Feb Library opening hours
Filey Safer internet display
Staying safe online displays and promotions.
5 to 9 Feb Library opening hours
Scarborough Staying safe online advice
Hinderwell School will visit to discuss how to stay safe online.
6 Feb Library opening hours
Scarborough Staying safe online talk and drop-in session
The library Code Club will talk about internet safety and the library’s Reading Hack volunteer will hold a drop-in session to answer questions about staying safe and parental controls on the Xbox.
7 Feb 3pm to 3.45pm
Skipton Safer internet session
The session will be taught by a council adult learning tutor and will be free for anyone aged 19 or over. It will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
19 Feb 10am to noon
Boroughbridge Safer internet session
The session will be taught by a council adult learning tutor and will be free for anyone aged 19 or over. It will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
21 Feb 11am to 12.30pm
Ripon Safer internet session
The session will be taught by a council adult learning tutor and will be free for anyone aged 19 or over. It will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
21 Feb 2pm to 4pm

Further events are being arranged, so to find out what is happening on the day and throughout February near you and for details of workshops, contact your local library.

For more information about internet safety, visit www.saferinternet.org.uk and the websites of the partners Childnet, the Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL.

Andy Dennis, author of 'Ebola: Behind the Mask' will be talking about his first-hand experience of fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and his fascinating work with Medicins Sans Frontieres.

The talk is on Thursday 22 February at 7pm. Tickets are free and are available from the library. 

Donations on the night to Medicins Sans Frontieres are gratefully accepted.

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

"The past is a foreign country..." Mike Greatorex discovered this to be the case when researching his own family tree.

Using his tree he will show you the research methods he employed and reveal the colourful and interesting lives of his ancestors.

The talk is on Tuesday 20 February at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £1 and include refreshments.

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

Filey library are delighted to host a presentation on the golden age of detective fiction from the ever popular Tim Tubbs on Wednesday 14 February at 6pm.

Tim will guide the audience from the nineteenth century emergence of detective fiction, through the popular short stories of Conan Doyle, to the full-length whodunit of such authors as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers between the wars and beyond, towards the modern crime novel.

Scarborough-born Tim Tubbs uses his background in music, literature training, the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, representing dance companies and artists, producing touring shows and managing large-scale events, to be a fascinating and highly entertaining guide to the world of fictional crime.

To compliment Tim’s presentation, books by many of the authors mentioned in his talk are available to borrow at the library. Alternatively, those interested in the lives of golden age detective authors can find out more online using their library card to access the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography free.

Tickets for this event cost £2.

For more information and tickets, please contact Filey library on 01609 536608 or email filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Filey library are hosting a crazy chemistry concoctions workshop on Wednesday 14 February, 2pm to 4pm.

You can invent crazy concoctions, create fizzing rainbows, grow crystals and make slime at the workshop inspired by George's Marvellous Medicine.

This free event is for children aged seven to eleven. Due to limited spaces advanced booking is essential.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Filey library on 01609 536608 or email filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Selby and Northallerton libraries are working with University of York’s Astrocampus and bringing space to the fingertips on 13 and 14 February, during half-term.

Selby library on Tuesday 13 February from 2pm to 4pm

At Selby library get hands-on with fun-filled space-themed activities:

  • Handle a genuine meteorite from space;
  • Make your own meteor or mini rocket to take home with you;
  • Find out how different types of telescope work;
  • Check out special glasses that let us work out what stars are made of;
  • Play with a plasma ball and discover what it has to do with space; and
  • Make a bracelet that will show you the invisible light coming from the Sun.

This event is suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. The Selby event is a free drop-in session and there is no need to book.

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

Northallerton library on Wednesday 14 February from 10.30am to 2.30pm

At Northallerton visitors will be able to explore the wonders of space in the Cosmodome - an inflatable planetarium:

  • Discover the stories behind the constellations;
  • Take a tour of the night skies;
  • Fly past the planets; and
  • Find out about stars exploding!

The planetarium shows last for 20 minutes and are suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the session are £1 per person, available in advance from Northallerton library. Advanced booking essential as spaces are limited.

The Cosmodome sessions are at 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm.

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

To find out more about University of York’s Astrocampus please visit: www.astrocampus.org.uk.

Ripon and Knaresborough libraries will be getting half-term off to a great start with two special events for families on Monday 12 February.

Strange-Twig Theatre Company will be appearing at both libraries and promise a lively, interactive storytelling showcase performed from their pop-up theatre. Their mini-plays are filled with puppets, fun and silliness galore and are sure to enthral the entire audience.

The Yorkshire based company specialise in street theatre, clowning, storytelling and stage productions. Whether on the street, at a festival, on a stage or performing in smaller venues such as libraries their fast paced, energetic and playful performances have received enthusiastic reviews.

Strange-Twig will be at Ripon library at 10.30am and at Knaresborough library at 2.30pm on Monday 12 February. The events are aimed at families with children aged five to 11.

Tickets are available at the libraries at a cost of £1 per child (adults and under-fives are free).

For more information please contact Ripon library on 01609 536623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk or Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

See the Strange-Twig website for more about the theatre company or visit their Facebook page.

Rebecca Colby, children's book author and a former librarian, will be visiting Northallerton library to read two of her books: "It's Raining Bats and Frogs" and "There was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie."

Delia has been looking forward to flying in the annual Witch Parade all year. But parade day brings heavy rain. So, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. But that doesn’t work too well! Then hats and clogs. That doesn’t work either! Each new type of rain brings a new set of problems. How can Delia save the day?

Do you love stories? Would you like to learn some magic? If so, join Rebecca for this magical storytime. Afterwards there will be a chance to talk to Rebecca about her books and participate in a craft activity.

The event will start at 10.30am at Northallerton library on Saturday 10 February and is for children aged three to seven and their families. Please book in advance as places are limited.

This event is free, however donations to the library are welcome to cover the cost of craft materials.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

To find out more about Rebecca and her books, please visit www.rebeccacolbybooks.com.

Filey library are hosting free Barclays Bank fraud awareness sessions as part of Safer Online Day on Monday 5 February from 2pm to 4pm.

Find out how to protect yourself online and be fraud smart. Due to limited spaces advanced booking is essential.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Filey library on 01609 536608 or email filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

January

North Yorkshire public libraries contribute on a daily basis to the positive health and wellbeing of local communities by providing a range of services, including public health information and promotion, sign-posting to other organisations and creative and social reading activity. 

With that in mind Northallerton library will host a prostate cancer awareness drop-in session on Monday 22 January 2018 from 10am to 3pm. During the session visitors to the library will be able to speak to a Prostate Cancer UK volunteer and pick up an information leaflet.

Some facts about prostate cancer:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with over 330,000 living with and after the disease in the UK.
  • One man dies from the disease every 45 minutes, however it can often be successfully treated if caught early enough.
  • Men over 50, black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer all face a higher than average risk of the disease.

The library will also hold an information display from 22 January until 2 February 2018.

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

To find out more about prostate cancer visit prostatecanceruk.org. Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may contact Prostate Cancer UK's specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via their live chat instant messaging service available from their website.

North Yorkshire libraries now 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.

Volunteers who help libraries thrive in the Scarborough and Ryedale districts have been thanked and praised for their achievements.

The chair of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Helen Swiers, met about 50 volunteers from libraries around the districts at two tea parties at Scarborough library on Monday 8 January, and Friday 12 January. Later in the month, she will hold similar events elsewhere in the county.

Cllr Swiers has met many library volunteers during her year in office and wanted to say a special thank you to the people who are on the ground in the county’s libraries and to celebrate their achievements.

She told the volunteers: “I would like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of the County Council for all that you have done to keep the libraries in this part of the county not only open, but thriving. As a council, we realise that this has meant that all of you, in various ways, have sacrificed your time and energy, some of you for years, to serve the needs of your local communities through your work in libraries.”

The county’s library service was reconfigured in April last year in a partnership between the County Council and community groups, as more libraries moved to direct management by communities and all others welcomed more volunteers to help to maintain their level of service. Nearly a year on, all North Yorkshire’s community libraries are going strong and heading in new directions to ensure that they are a focal point for their communities.

In Ryedale and Scarborough since April there have been 452,000 visits to libraries, 410,000 books or other items have been loaned  and customers clocked up more than 55,000 hours on the public computers. In addition, many and varied queries have been answered, stories read, volunteers recruited, funds raised, buildings managed, books delivered to the housebound and events planned and run. 

Cllr Swiers said: “All this has been a huge task and as a council we recognise that none of this could have been achieved without you.”

Reflecting on highlights of the year, she said: “Many of you will have been involved in helping children to enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge. Libraries in the east of the county achieved some excellent results. Over 3,000 children participated throughout Scarborough and Ryedale. Newby and Scalby library had more children starting the challenge this time than last and Pickering and Filey libraries together with the Hive Community Library at Norton had more children finishing the challenge than in 2016.

“I have been particularly struck by how committed you are to the vision of making libraries about more than just books. One the highlights for me this year was visiting the Fun Palace event at Filey and seeing the community come together to enjoy a range of locally themed activities. I know that a similar event took place at Scarborough and attracted many visitors.

“Scarborough library also hosted a prestigious Google Garage event at which local businesses were able to get expert advice from Google on how to improve their use of the internet. There have also been very successful science workshops for children as well as the regular code clubs at several libraries. Some young volunteers at Whitby library have worked with a local artist to create an impressive mural designed to make the library more welcoming for young people.  

“Your work to make the library the hub of your communities has also extended beyond the buildings themselves. I know that some volunteers have been hard at work in the library gardens. I’m thinking, of course, of the award-winning community gardens in the grounds of Derwent Valley Bridge library, but I know there are plans for similar garden projects at More than Books Eastfield and at Filey, so I look forward to seeing those in due course.”

Other news stories and events

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 9 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)
  • Wednesday, 2.30pm to 4.30pm - a free six-week course run by Pioneer Projects from 11 October covering basic tablet and iPad skills and utility bill checker

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.

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.

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