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


Northallerton library invites children aged eight to 15 to stop motion animation workshops on Saturday 9 December from 10am to 12.30pm.

During the workshops you will be able to go through the process of creating an exciting animation by using visual story boards. The workshops will be full of fun and delivered in the friendly environment of the library. The workshops will be a taster of what is on offer during the weekly Scribble Vision sessions happening at Northallerton library every Wednesday afternoon.

Tickets for the event cost £5 per person and are available in advance from the library. Please book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. 

For more information please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email

International bestselling author Jodi Taylor is set to return to Yorkshire to give an hour-long talk about her highly unusual journey into publishing. Jodi, who worked for North Yorkshire County Council for 18 years before embarking on her writing career, tells her story with humorous and heart-warming anecdotes that will entertain and inspire struggling writers, young and old.

'What Could Possibly Go Wrong?' became an Amazon bestseller after she self-published it in 2013. Accent Press spotted the four hundred plus five star reviews and quickly signed her up. Jodi has since become an international bestseller with her Chronicles of St Mary’s series.

Accompanied by Hazel Cushion, managing director of Accent Press, Jodi will also take questions.

The talk will take place at Northallerton library reference gallery on Friday 8 December at 2pm. Tickets for the event cost £5 per person and are available in advance from the library. Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

To find out more about Jodi please visit her website:

For more information please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email

There will be a tombola, toys, cakes, bric-a-brac, books and more available at the Eastfield community library Christmas fayre on 2 December from 10am to 3pm.

For more information please contact Eastfield community library - More Than Books on 01609 536133 or email


The Cards for Good Causes pop-up charity Christmas card shops are now open in Filey, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Northallerton, Richmond, Ripon, Scarborough and Skipton libraries.

Buying Christmas cards through Cards for Good Causes is the best way to get access to the widest selection of Christmas cards available, as well as a fantastic range of seasonal gifts and products, while supporting a range of national and local charities.

The pop-up shops are staffed by a team of local volunteers alongside library staff and are part of a network of more than 300 temporary shops run by Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation. It represents more than 250 charities including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI as well as a number of local charities.

Shoppers will be able to choose from hundreds of different Christmas card designs, as well as traditional advent calendars, candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and stocking fillers (Christmas gifts available in select shops only).

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.

The pop-up shops are open during individual libraries’ opening times, however times might vary so please contact the library in advance of your visit to check the shop’s opening times.

The pop-up charity Christmas shops in our libraries will stay open until:

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Ripon library is to host fun-filled Code Club taster sessions for children aged nine to 13 years in the run-up to Christmas.

Code Club is a nationwide network of after-school coding clubs for children, where all clubs are led by volunteers. Children learn to write computer programs using software and programming languages like Scratch, Python, Sonicpi and HTML.

Code Club taster sessions will take place on the following Saturdays: 25 November, 2 December, 9 December and 16 December from 10.15am to 11.45am.

Places are limited, so booking is essential. Each session cost £1, which is payable on the day.

Future Code Club sessions will be arranged for the new year and will give young people in Ripon the opportunity to develop their coding skills further.

For more information please contact Ripon library on 01609 536623 or email


More than 9,000 North Yorkshire children aged four to 11 took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge, on the theme of Animal Agents, took place in libraries in collaboration with charity The Reading Agency during the summer holidays. 

Children signed up to read at least six library books, collecting picture cards and other rewards along the way. More than 9,600 signed up and almost 8,000 children completed the challenge. Each was awarded a certificate, a medal and an Animal Agents-themed wrist band. The theme involved clever creatures trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries with drawings by Tony Ross, award-winning illustrator of the Horrid Henry series.  

A total of 116 events attended by more than 1,700 children were held over the summer holidays to encourage children to visit their library. Activities ranged from pony riding at Colburn community library, to a visit from bats at Newby and Scalby community library, a "detective school" at Ripon library and an exciting secret agent event at Bilton and Woodfield community library.

More than 99,550 books were borrowed by children from North Yorkshire’s libraries over a ten-week period, helping children to maintain and improve their reading skills while away from school over the summer holidays. The challenge also provided a great opportunity for young volunteers to get involved, with 103 people aged 11 to 24 giving up their time to support libraries and the children taking part.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boroughbridge community library and resource centre

For more information please contact Boroughbridge community library and resource centre on 01609 536629 or email

  • 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

All sessions are free but contact the relevant library to reserve your place on bookable events.


Bentham community library, Pioneer Projects and our adult learning and skills service are launching weekly internet and digital help sessions on Tuesday afternoons at the library.

Anyone can attend and ask any computing questions, from how to get online, to how to look for a job, to how to research their family history. There will also be advice on how to use the internet safely and effectively, especially when shopping online or using social media, such as Facebook.

The sessions are free and friendly and will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 4.30pm from 19 September at Bentham community library. 

For more information, call Bentham community library on 01609 534533 or Craven adult learning office on 01609 53394 or email

Other news stories and events

Libraries in North Yorkshire are encouraging people who lack confidence in reading to get back into the habit by taking part in Reading Ahead. Reading Ahead aims to give people of all ages and backgrounds easy access to reading and to inspire them to read.

The programme, which is run by the Reading Agency, invites people to read, rate and review six items. These can be anything people like, not just books, but also newspapers, poems, plays and websites. People taking part can share reviews, find new things to read and chat to others taking part. Everyone taking part is entered into a national prize draw when they finish their six reads. There is also a certificate and other incentives along the way.

The programme has just marked its tenth anniversary and North Yorkshire has been involved since the start. Reading Ahead takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons across the UK and has reached 275,000 people since it began. One in six adults in England and Northern Ireland struggles to read.

Visitors to libraries in Harrogate, Scarborough, Skipton, Northallerton and Richmond will see new displays about Reading Ahead and can find out more there. They can also learn more on the Reading Ahead website,

Selby library is responding to feedback from customers by making tablets and other touchscreen computers available for public use.

North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council have teamed up to invest in the new devices, which will provide alternatives to the library’s standard desktop computers for people who are more familiar with using mobile devices at home.

In addition, help will be on hand from library staff and volunteers to advise people on how to use and get the most from their tablets. This could include helping them use county council or district council services, look for a better deal on gas and electric, or home or car insurance, keep up to date with friends and family or find out what’s happening locally.

This is a pilot scheme, so before a decision is taken on whether to extend it to other libraries, library staff members want to hear from customers about whether the tablets provide the best way to access information and services.

The library is run by the county council, and the new equipment is being supported by the district council as part of the two authorities’ Better Together joint work.

Later in the year, Selby library will be refurbished to improve its facilities. This will include a new computer area, study space and a flexible layout to allow greater use of the venue for community activities.  

Other digital improvements at libraries include enabling customers to print documents from their own devices through the council’s wi-fi. This is being tested at Selby and will be extended to all libraries across the county. Customers can also now scan documents to their personal email address in all libraries across the county. These improvements will help in such tasks as completing applications and printing tickets.

For more information please contact Selby library on 01609 534521 or email

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 or call 01609 536602 for further information.

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