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

November

Malcolm Hollingdrake, author of the Harrogate Crime Series, is hosting an afternoon of short stories, poems and traditional songs at Harrogate library to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The commemoration event will take place on Saturday 10 November, starting at 1pm.

Nicholas Camm will read Malcolm’s short story ‘The Penultimate Man’ (available on Kindle and as an audiobook with all author royalties going to the Poppy Appeal). There will also be contributions from authors Rob Ashman and Ruth Wade, along with songs from Sophie Lawson and John Drakes.

It promises to be a fitting commemoration to all those that fought in a conflict that changed the world.

Tickets, priced at £5, are available to purchase from Harrogate library and Imagined Things Bookshop. All proceeds go to the Harrogate Branch of the Royal British Legion.

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

October

North Yorkshire libraries will be encouraging people to #try1thing as part of Get Online Week from 15 to 21 October.

There are 4.3 million people in the UK with no basic digital skills. Get Online Week aims to address that, giving them the opportunity to find the help they need to improve their skills.

North Yorkshire libraries will hold a range of classes and drop-in sessions during the week to provide the chance for everyone to learn something new. Whether people need help getting started with a tablet, want to know more about coding or are interested in researching their family history, the local library will be able to help.

Contact your local library to find out more and to book a place.

Get Online Week events at North Yorkshire libraries:

Library Date Time Event
Bentham 17 October 9am to 12 noon Digital drop-in with our adult learning service. Booking required
17 October 12.30pm to 2.30pm #try1thing IT session with our adult learning service. Booking required
Boroughbridge 15 October 4pm to 5pm Code club
16 October 2pm to 5pm IT support session
Colburn 18 October 10am to 12 noon #Try1thing IT drop-in session
19 October 11am to 12 noon Libraries digital resources taster session
Filey 15 October 10am to 12 noon Online family history class
15 October 1pm to 5pm IT drop-in support session
17 October 10am to 12 noon Online family history class
19 October 1.30pm to 3.30pm IT drop-in support session
Harrogate 15 October 9am to 12 noon IT support session
15 October 10am to 11am Adult coding session
15 October 11.15am to 12.15pm Adult coding session
15 October 1pm to 4pm One-to-one family history support. Booking required
16 October 9am to 12 noon IT support session
17 October Morning Drop-in family history morning with Ian Rogers
17 October 5pm to 7pm CoderDojo session
18 October 9am to 12 noon IT support session
Helmsley 18 October 4pm Code club
Ingleton 15 October 10am to 12 noon IT drop-in session
Kirkbymoorside 17 October 10am to 12 noon IT support session
19 October 10am to 12 noon Family history session
Knaresborough 15 October 10am to 1pm Family history drop-in session
16 October 9.30am to 11am IT drop-in session
19 October 9.30am to 12.30pm #try1thing IT session with our adult learning service. Booking required
19 October 5pm to 7pm IT drop-in session
20 October 9.30am to 11am Tablet and iPhone help drop-in session
20 October 10am to 11am Code club
Malton 16 October 10am to 12 noon IT support session
19 October 10am to 12 noon IT support session
20 October 10am to 12 noon Family coding session
Northallerton 15 October 10am to 11am Libraries digital resources taster session
15 October 2pm to 3pm Libraries digital resources taster session
15 October 4pm to 5pm Libraries digital resources taster session
17 October 10am to noon IT support session
17 October 2pm to 4pm IT support session
17 October 3.45pm to 5pm Code club (ages eight to 11)
18 October 2pm to 3pm IT support session
19 October 10am to 12 noon Stories, rhymes and craft with a digital twist (for babies to four year olds) 
19 October 10am to 12 noon Family history support session
Norton HIVE 18 October 10am to 12 noon IT support session
Pickering 16 October 10am to 12 noon Family history class
Richmond 15 October 10am to 12 noon #Try1thing drop-in session
Ripon 17 October 1.30pm to 3pm IT support drop-in session
18 October 3pm to 4.30pm IT support drop-in session
19 October 2pm to 5pm Ancestry.com IT support session
20 October 10.15am to 11.45am Code club
Scarborough 15 October 11.30am to 3.30pm IT support session
16 October 9am to 12 noon IT support session
16 October 10am to 12 noon Tablet taster session. Free but booking required
17 October 10am to 4pm IT support session
17 October 4pm to 5pm Code club
18 October 10am to 4pm IT support session
18 October 2pm to 3pm Coding hour for the over 50s. Booking required
20 October 10am to 11am Code club
20 October 11am to 12 noon Code club
20 October 1pm to 3pm IT support session
Selby 15 October 10.30am to 12 noon IT support and digital library promotion
15 October 2pm to 3.30pm IT support and digital library promotion (hour of code)
15 October 3.30pm to 4.30pm IT support and digital library promotion
16 October 10.30am to 12 noon IT support and digital library promotion
16 October 2pm to 3.30pm IT support and digital library promotion
17 October 10.30am to 12 noon IT support and digital library promotion
17 October 2pm to 3.30pm IT support and digital library promotion
19 October 10.30am to 12 noon IT support and digital library promotion
19 October 2pm to 3.30pm IT support and digital library promotion
20 October 10am to 11.30am Digital animation event
Settle 17 October 9am to 12 noon Digital drop-in session
Skipton 16 October 11.15am to 1.15pm 'Email with confidence' IT session with our adult learning service. Booking required
17 October 10am to 12 noon IT buddy session
17 October 4pm to 5pm Code club (ages eight to 13)
18 October 10am to 12 noon IT buddy session
18 October 10am to 12 noon Adult coding session
19 October 10am to 12 noon IT buddy session
19 October 9.30am to 12.30pm #try1thing IT session with our adult learning service. Booking required
20 October 10am to 12 noon IT buddy session
Crosshills - South Craven 15 October 2pm to 4pm IT buddy session
15 October 4pm to 5pm Children’s IT taster session
17 October 10.30am to 12.30pm IT support drop-in session
Whitby 15 October 10am to 12 noon Mobile banking and one-to-one support session
16 October 2pm to 4pm Photo editing and one-to-one support session
18 October 10am to 12 noon Photo editing and one-to-one support session
18 October 2pm to 5pm CV writing and one-to-one support session
19 October 10am to 12 noon Online safety and one-to-one support session

North Yorkshire libraries will support the Family Learning Festival throughout October with events, activities and displays to encourage people to learn something new.

Family Learning Festival is the biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK, aiming to bring families together for learning that is fun, informal and inspiring. Libraries across North Yorkshire have lots of exciting plans guaranteed to do just that.

If your children are starting to learn coding at school and you want to know what they’re doing, the library is the place to go. Malton, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Skipton and Northallerton are among the libraries running coding sessions for families.

Selby library will host children’s author Christina Gabbitas for stories and songs on Wednesday 10 October, from 10.30am to 11.30am. Children’s poet Kate Wakeling will be at Ripon library as she reads from her prize-winning collection, Moon Juice, on Saturday 13 October, from 10am to 11am.

On 2 November at 2pm, Pickering library will host Rise of the Shadow Stealers, a performance by Suitcase and Spectacles Theatre Company using puppetry, music and mime.

Other events include:

  • Skipton library on 12 October at 7pm - Words and Music, an evening celebrating the work of the Bronte sisters;
  • Northallerton library from 15 October to 3 November - an exhibition of photographs and information featuring the former Northallerton prison site through the ages; and
  • Whitby library from 26 October to 2 November - Truth and Fantasy is the latest exhibition by Art Unpacked. Free family drawing activities will also take place during the half-term holiday to mark this exhibition.

For more information about any of these events, contact your local library.

On 11 November 1918 an armistice signed in a railway carriage north of Paris ended the war in Western Europe. This was followed later by the peace treaties signed in Versailles in 1919, which officially ended the First World War.

Northallerton library is to commemorate the armistice centenary by holding two events in the run up to Armistice Day.

On Tuesday 23 October at 11am, the library will host author Margaret Parry who will be discussing her book 'The War Poets and Diary of an Ordinary Tommy',  a highly original and personal response to her grandfather’s diary.

Margaret’s grandfather Harry Atkinson was a Royal Army Medical Corps soldier and recorded his experience at the Somme and Arras. The event will be followed by a book signing. ‘The War Poets and the Diary of an Ordinary Tommy: Convergence, Class and Transmission’ was published by Austin Macauley in January 2018. For more information, visit www.austinmacauley.com.

On Thursday 25 October at 4pm, there will be a showing of three short films from the Imperial War Museum about women in the First Word War: 

  • 'Deeds not Words: The Suffragette Surgeons of WWI' (directed by Alison Ramsey from Digital Drama, winner of the Best Use of IWM Archive Material - 13 mins);
  • 'The War Women of England' (IWM - 12 mins); and
  • 'Women in Nursing and Medicine during the First World War' (IWM - 10 mins).

Both events take place in the Northallerton library first floor gallery. The events are free of charge, however donations for the library are welcome. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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

Northallerton library is helping you to get ready for Halloween this year! Join us for a fun filled workshop creating your own spooky Halloween themed lanterns and sculptures in clay.

The workshop aimed at adults will take place at Northallerton library, first floor gallery on Monday 22 October from 10.30am until 12 noon. 

Spaces for the session are limited therefore advance booking is required. The workshops cost £5 per person and all materials and tools will be provided - please bring an apron or wear suitable clothing. No experience needed. Join the fun and get ready for Halloween.

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

Have you seen coding activities advertised and wondered what coding is? These sessions are an ideal opportunity to have a go at some basic coding activities.

The sessions are led by members of our Code Club volunteering team who regularly deliver coding activities to children.

The free sessions are taking place on Monday 15 October as part of Get Online Week 2018. There is one session running from 10am to 11am, and another from 11.15am to 12.15pm. Choose the session time that suits you best and give the library a call to book a place.

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

Catterick community library is closed for refurbishment until Monday 15 October at 10am, when it will reopen with full services.

Overdue charges will not apply for the duration of the closure. You can still access e-books, e-magazines, digital audiobooks and online resources 24 hours a day from our digital library service here.

Your nearest libraries during this time are Richmond community library and Colburn community library.

Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest charity Christmas card organisation, is set to open its pop-up shops across North Yorkshire libraries, getting the festive season underway. 

Shops will be open from mid-October in the following libraries:

They sell the widest range of charity Christmas cards available, as well as a fantastic range of seasonal gifts and products.

Run by teams of local volunteers, the pop-up shops in North Yorkshire libraries are part of a network of more than 300 shops run by Cards for Good Causes across the UK. The shops raise funds for over 250 charities including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI.

Shoppers will be able to choose from hundreds of different Christmas card designs. Also available is a fabulous range of festive gifts, decorations, wrapping, stocking fillers and tasty treats. From colourful tea towels and festive napkins to traditional advent calendars and candles, Cards for Good Causes has a wide array of items that will get your Christmas off to a great start.

In the past ten years, charities have received more than £40 million from Cards for Good Causes, representing at least 70p in every pound, out of which the charities pay for the production and distribution of their Christmas cards and any VAT.

Please contact the library you are planning to visit to check the shop’s opening times, as they may differ from the library’s usual opening hours.

For further information about shops across the UK visit www.cardsforcharity.co.uk, call 01264 361555 or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Collavoce Choir are returning to Harrogate library with their new show. Led by musical director Catherine Field-Leather, their library performance last year sold out so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

The choir are performing on Saturday 13 October from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Tickets for the show cost £2.

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

Harrogate library is hosting a chakra yoga workshop on Saturday 13 October, from 10.30am to 11.45am.

The session will be delivered by Jojoba Yoga and is aimed at anyone of any age and any ability. The instructor, Joanna Cowper, is a registered exercise professional with over 25 years of experience.

Tickets for the yoga workshop are 50p each.

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

North Yorkshire libraries will hold a week of wellbeing events to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries during National Libraries Week.

North Yorkshire has reasons to be cheerful having kept all of its libraries up and running. Volunteer groups across the county are working hard, in partnership with the council, to create venues that serve their communities well.

Last year community groups took over the running of 22 libraries, joining nine already under volunteer management. Eleven libraries remain under council management supported by volunteers working alongside paid staff. North Yorkshire’s community libraries model has been highlighted by the Arts Council and the Local Government Association as an example of best practice.

Almost 2,500 volunteers help to ensure that North Yorkshire’s residents can access books, information and computers, have support to use digital services, receive books in their home if they can’t get to a library and have a safe place to meet and take part in a wide range of activities. Visits to North Yorkshire’s libraries have been maintained and the number of active users has increased.

This year’s National Libraries Week will focus on wellbeing, with libraries showcasing how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support mental health.

Libraries regularly hold groups and activities to give people the opportunity to chat, make friends and reduce loneliness. New faces are always welcome. The groups meeting during National Libraries Week include:

  • Harrogate library - coffee and conversation on Tuesday 9 October from 10.30am to 11.30am;
  • Skipton library - knit and natter on Wednesday 10 October from 10am to 12 noon;
  • Selby library - mindfulness colouring on Thursday 11 October from 10am to 11am;
  • Colburn library - thrifty Thursday, including crafts, knitting and card making on Thursday 11 October from 10am to 1pm;
  • Boroughbridge library - Scrabble club on Thursday 11 October from 11am; 
  • Filey library - knit and natter on Thursday 11 October from 1pm to 3pm;
  • Ripon library - bricks and a brew, in partnership with Bricktime (adults can enjoy a cuppa, a chat and the chance to build Lego models with new friends) on Friday 12 October from 10.30am to 12 noon; and
  • Scarborough library - community health day on Wednesday 10 October from 10am to 1pm. Local health and wellbeing providers will be coming in to chat about the services they have. You can meet the team from Everybody Active in Scarborough to find out about the range of sports activities available on your doorstep, from rugby to Aquafit. There will also be a chance to meet the teams from Humankind, Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, the Mental Health Team and more.

Several libraries are embracing the power of music to improve wellbeing on Saturday 13 October:

For those who struggle to get to their local library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities, the home library and information service is ready to help. Teams of volunteers deliver books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and information to you once a fortnight. For more information, contact your local library or email libraries@northyorks.gov.uk.

From 4 October Mashamshire community library will be open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays.

For more information please contact Mashamshire community library on 01765 680204 or email info@visitmasham.com.

Norton HIVE and community hub has changed its opening hours from Monday 1 October.

The number of hours the library is open has increased. The new hours are:

  • Monday, closed
  • Tuesday, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday, closed
  • Thursday, 9.30am to 6pm
  • Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 6pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday, closed

For more information please contact Norton HIVE and community hub on 01609 534552 or email library@nortonhive.org.uk.

From 1 October Nidderdale Plus community library will be open from 10am to 5pm on Mondays during the winter months.

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

Other news stories and events

There is a brilliant challenge happening in Ripon this autumn for those aged 12 to 120, for both avid and aspiring readers alike.

Collect your free book bingo card at Ripon library to be in with a chance to win a gift card of your choice.

To play, just read any library books that fit the various interesting challenges on the bingo card until you complete a line, hand it back into the library and be entered into a prize draw to win a gift card of your choice. Pick up another card and pay again - you can hand in as many cards as you wish.

If you haven’t read for some time but would like to get back into it, if you have trouble choosing a book from our fantastic range or you want to try something new but don’t know where to start then book bingo is for you. Try authors and genres that are new to you and open up your reading world.

Book bingo ends on 22 December and prizes (three to be won - first prize worth £50 and two runners up of £25 each) will be drawn early in the new year. The more you read, the higher your chances of winning will be.

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

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)
  • 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.

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.