Libraries - news and events

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

September

Due to the replacement and upgrade of the public access PCs we will not be able to offer computing facilities on the following dates:

Date Location
10 September Hawes
Bainbridge
11 September South Craven
Newby and Scalby
12 September Richmond
Great Ayton Discovery Centre
13 September Boroughbridge
Masham
17 September Eastfield
18 September Bentham
Ingleton
Filey
19 September Helmsley
Kirkbymoorside
Norton
20 September Barlby
Tadcaster
23 September Pickering
24 September Scarborough
25 September Scarborough
26 September Scarborough
27 September  Malton
30 September Harrogate
1 October Harrogate
2 October Harrogate

Free Wi-Fi will still be available during this time. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

A series of new PC taster sessions and introduction to free online resources are available as part of the Festival of learning.

Richmond Community Library

  • Tuesday 10 September 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday 19 September 2pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday 24 September 1.30pm to 2.30pm

These sessions are free, please call the library to book your place on 01609 534580.

Great Ayton Discovery Centre

  • Tuesday 24 September 1.30pm to 2.30pm

These sessions are free, please call the library to book your place on 01642 723268.

Catterick Community Centre

  • Wednesday 4 September 11am to 12noon
  • Wednesday 11 September 11am to 12noon
  • Wednesday 18 September 3pm to 4pm

These sessions are free, please call the library to book your place on 01609 534595.

Leyburn Community Library

  • Monday 16 September 11am to 12noon

These sessions are free, please call the library on to book your place on 01609 535971.

Colburn Community Library

  • Thursday 19 September 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday 26 September 2pm to 3pm

These sessions are free, please call the library to book your place on 01609 534592.

Thirsk Community Library

  • Friday 6 September 2pm to 3pm

These sessions are free, please call the library on to book your place on 01609 534589.

The Globe Stokesley

  • Thursday 12 September 10.30am to 11:30am
  • Thursday 12 September 2pm to 3pm.

These sessions are free, please call the library to book your place on 01609 01609 533461.

“The North of England in the Tudor Era” Wednesday, 11 September 10am to 12noon

A free WEA taster session. The tutor Alison Dale will explore what was happening in the North of England in the late medieval and Tudor eras, concentrating on how change affected the area and how the north coped with and responded to change. To enrol call 03003033464.

Books & Beverages (Alex Marchant) Wednesday 18 September, 10am to 11am

Join Alex Marchant for a Books & Beverages talk. A member of the Richard III Society, Alex is an archaeologist turned independent author with a fascination for history, particularly the Wars of the Roses. The rediscovery of King Richard’s grave in 2012 inspired her novels “The Order of the White Boar” and its sequel “The King’s Man”. This event is free. please call 01609 533832 to book your place or just turn up on the day.

Knit & Natter – every Wednesday, 10.30am to 12noon in the lending library

Informal community led craft drop-in sessions for anyone interested in knitting, exchanging patterns and ideas. Join a fun morning of crafts. Learn a new skill, or just have a cuppa and chat. This is a free weekly session. All welcome.

Family history sessions – weekly on Fridays 10am to 12noon

Need help getting started with family history research, or assistance with existing research? Book a free 1-to-1 with our volunteer Jacky.

IT support sessions – Tuesdays 10am to 12noon, Wednesdays 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm and Thursdays 3pm to 4pm.

Free one-to-one IT support sessions with volunteers. Please contact the library to check availability and to book your place.

The Supermobile Library

Offering online taster sessions over the two weeks beginning on the 2nd of September, which will cover all of its stops. These will focus on the library catalogue and all the resources that can be accessed through it, such as making requests and accessing online audiobooks and eBooks. The supermobile library is free. To know more about when and where the library will be, here is the library schedule.

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Razwan Ul-Haq

Saturday 21 September 10am to 12noon

£2.50 per ticket.

Please call the library to book on 016095 34521

1069 & All That – What Was Selby Like 950 Years Ago?

A Talk by David Lewis

Wednesday 25 September 6.30pm to 7.30pm

£2.50 per ticket.

Please call the library to book on 01609 534521

Musical memories Monday 2 September at 10:30am to 12noon

Come and join us for a 'happy hour' of singing for all. Live music accompaniment. Large print songbooks provided. Cost of event is £3 including refreshments. To find out more call Ruth on 07527 006402 or visit our site Musical Memories.

Bookstart bear storytime every Friday at 11am.  

Join our resident story-tellers as they share their favourite stories and crafts for under 5’s.

Moo Music Tuesday 10, 17 and 24 September.

Weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for 0-5 year olds and their families. Sessions available between 10am and 2pm. Please contact Sarah on 07528 789 782 or email sarahandmaggie@moo-music.co.uk for prices and availability.

Knit and Natter every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm.

Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Ryedale Citizen’s Advice drop in sessions every Tuesday between 10am and 12:30pm. 

This event is free to attend. Providing confidential information and advice to assist you with money, legal, consumer and benefit queries.

Horton Housing drop in sessions every Tuesday between 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

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

Community Banking Sessions every Tuesday from 9 August, between 10am and 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

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

Free ancestry sessions every Thursday at 10am and 11am.  

Find out how our on-line library resources can help you trace your family tree. Please contact the library to book your place.

Round the world voyage display with John Paul on Monday 16 to Saturday 28 September.

Join John Paul, previously a local teacher, as he talks about his amazing adventure as he sailed in the footsteps of Captain Cook.

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624 or email pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk

October

Northallerton Library celebrates the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day

Northallerton Library joins the nationwide celebration by hosting an informal poetry reading by local poet Kathleen Swann. Kathleen, a member of Promoting Yorkshire Authors (PYA), was brought up in Cumbria and now lives in North Yorkshire. She has a love of country life and its characters and writes about these through her experiences of growing up in a village. Kathleen’s poems have been published in anthologies of Cumbrian and North Yorkshire poets and in poetry publications in both Scotland and England.

This free informal event will take place at Northallerton Library on Wednesday 2 October between 11am and 12noon. Visitors to the library will be able to enjoy short readings of Kathleen’s poems while selecting their next reads. To find out more contact Northallerton Library on 01609 533832 or e-mail northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Special poetry and rhyme themed story time with a craft activity

There will be a special poetry and rhyme themed story time with a craft activity. This is a free drop-in session suitable for 0-5 year olds and their families on Friday 4 October, 10:00am to 11:00am.

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. National Poetry Day generates an explosion of activity nationwide with thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. 2019 is the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day. To find out more about National Poetry Day 2019 visit National Poetry Day's site or follow #nationalpoetryday on social networking media.

PYA is a member led, not for profit support organisation for Yorkshire Authors. To find out more about their work visit Promoting Yorkshire Authors or contact them via email at: yorkshire.author.promotions@gmail.com.

Information drop-in sessions with Action on Hearing Loss at Northallerton Library  

Whether you’re just noticing hearing problems or have lived with them for years, Action on Hearing Loss can answer your questions and give you the information you need to take control. They can help if you’ve noticed that a loved one can’t hear as well as they used to or you want to find out how you can support someone with hearing loss or tinnitus.

Come along to Northallerton Library on Wednesdays: 18 September, 9 October, 13 November and 18 December from 10am – 1pm and chat to Action on Hearing Loss Information Officers and pick up expert factsheets, leaflets and other publications. For more information visit Action On Hearing Loss.

For more information about this event please contact Northallerton Library on Tel: 01609 533832 or via email: Northallerton.Library@northyorks.gov.uk

If you are not a member of the library, join free online now or at your local branch library.

Other news stories and events

Harrogate, Knaresborough, Selby and Pickering libraries are now hosting two film screenings every month as part of the inclusive More Than Movies Project.

Aimed at residents who find it difficult to access cinemas, one will be for older people with memory problems, their partners, family members and carers. The other will be a relaxed screening for families who have a child with autism or other special needs. 

See below for the dates at each library from September 2019 to April 2020. Contact your local library to find out what films are being shown and to book tickets. 

Harrogate (2pm then 4pm)

4 and 6 September; 9 and 11 October; 13 and 15 November; 8 and 10 January; 12 and 14 February; 18 and 20 March.

Knaresborough (two showings per day, 2pm and 5pm)

26 September; 31 October; 5 December; 30 January; 5 March; 9 April.

Selby (two showings per day, 2pm and 5pm)

12 September; 17 October; 21 November; 16 January; 20 February; 26 March.

Pickering (times to be confirmed)

23 and 26 October; 27 and 30 November; 22 and 25 January; 26 and 29 February; 1 and 4 April.

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.