Libraries - news and events

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

November

A new poetry group starts in Northallerton this November. Are you interested in reading, discussing or even writing poetry? Or maybe you know nothing about it but feel you would like to find out more? If so, come along to our new poetry group at Northallerton library. We will meet once a month on Tuesday mornings. No previous knowledge required and writing your own poems is not compulsory.

The first meeting will be on November 26 from 10:30am until 12noon, and you are welcome to bring along a favourite poem, if you have one.

Future dates for the meetings are Tuesday 17 December and Tuesday 28 January at 10:30am to 12noon.

This is a free event and no booking is required. To find out more contact Northallerton library.

November is National Novel Writing Month. Also known as NaNoWriMo, this is an annual, internet-based creative writing project where participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

Tying in with NaNoWriMo and hopefully providing some inspiration, Harrogate Library is hosting a number of workshops and author talks throughout November.

Francesca Hepton – author of How to Get Fit with Rieki and Music

Wednesday 13 November at 1:30pm

Join us for our regular Books & Beverages session where Francesca Hepton will discuss the topics in her book ‘How to get Fit with Reiki and Music’. We all know how motivating music can be, but what about the relatively unheard of technique of Reiki? Francesca will be joined by Reiki Master Martine Moorby and they will discuss how Reiki can be used to find clarity and focus.

The price of this event is free and there is no need to book in advance.

Darren Walker – Banned!

Saturday 16 November at 2pm to 3pm

A fun and entertaining talk by Darren Walker who will be looking at a selection of banned books. It isn’t always countries or religions that seek to take on authors - you may be surprised by the works that have been censored. Free, but donations to the Alzheimer’s Society welcome.

The price of this event is free and booking in advanced is preferred.

Rob Young – How Not to Be a Writer

Saturday 23 November at 2pm to 3pm

A witty one-hour workshop in what not to do, if you want to be a writer. A look at the common mistakes that most writers make and how to avoid them. Veteran writer Rob Young will share the ‘tips and tricks’ he learned along the way.

The price of this event is free but booking is required.

Heike Phelan – author of Child Convict

Wednesday 27 November at 1:30pm

Join us for our regular Books & Beverages session where Heike Phelan will discuss her first published novel, Child Convict. The novel is based on a true story with the lead character William discarded by his family to the state. He becomes a loner, rejected by the juvenile care system, and turns to a life of delinquency, depravity and – ultimately – evil.

The price of this event is free and there is no need to book in advance.

For more information, or to book a place, on any of the above please contact Harrogate Library on 01609 536658 or Harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Ryedale Family History Group. Tuesday 19 of November from 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Start or get help with tracing your ancestors using our library computers and family history resources. To book your free session, contact the library for more information.

Bookstart Bear Story-time. Every Friday at 11am.

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

Moo Music in Pickering library. Every Tuesday in November.

Weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for 0-5 year olds and their families. Sessions available between 10am -2pm. Please contact Sarah on 07528789782 or email sarahandmaggie@moo-music.co.uk for prices and availability.

Knit and Natter. Every Thursday. 1pm to 3pm.

Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Ryedale Citizen’s Advice Drop-in Sessions. Tuesdays at 10am to 12:30pm. 

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

Horton Housing Drop-in Session. Tuesdays at 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

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

Community Banking Sessions. Tuesdays at 10:30am to 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.

Christmas Book Angel Workshop. Tuesday 26 November from 1pm to 3pm. 

Join us for an afternoon of social creativity and take home a beautiful Christmas book angel. This workshop is suitable for adults. Suggested donation of £3 for materials and refreshments.

“More than Movies”, Wednesday 27 November 2pm and Saturday 30 November 10am.  

Movies for those who are unable to or don’t feel comfortable going to the cinema. Please contact the library for further details and to book your free place.

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Pickering library on 01609533624 or email pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk

December

Visit Northallerton library on Saturday, 14 December to enjoy ‘Cinderella the Physicist’, where live experiments meet music, comedy and puppetry in Theatre of Science’s pantomime with a difference. Cinderella will go to the ball, but she’ll need a lot of volunteers to help her…

This interactive show starts at 10.30am and is aimed at children aged three and over as well as their families, though younger siblings are welcome.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Standbys subject to availability on the door.

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

Get in the Christmas spirit at Northallerton library with the Christmas Jingles event on Saturday, 21 December, 10.30am to 12noon. 

Promoting Yorkshire Authors (PYA) are holding the free event suitable for all ages, where members and library staff will share music, poems, books and stories. 

There will be free mince pies, tea and coffee. Bring the little ones too, as Santa will be dropping off some presents.

To find out more contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk

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.