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

Explore all things digital at your local library as part of Get Online Week (17 to 23 October).

Digital Library

Our digital library has thousands of ebooks on our BorrowBox platform, and thousands more e-audiobooks across Libby, BorrowBox and uLibrary.

BorrowBox has donated an iPad for one lucky reader to win. To be in with a chance to win, simply borrow an ebook from North Yorkshire Libraries during October. You’ll get a chance to win for every ebook borrowed, up to a maximum of five entries.

Online resources

Your local library has a whole world to explore as part of our online resources. Whether it's family history research, historical newspapers, art, music, the famous and infamous, there is something for everyone.

Pop into your local library and let one of our Get Online Week quizzes guide you through our range of resources. Alternatively, look out for quiz questions on our social media channels.

IT equipment

Skipton Library will host the launch of Craven Reboot at 11.30am on Monday, 17 October.  

This scheme provides people across Craven with free IT equipment and access to the internet so they can stay healthy, happy and connected.

At the launch, you will be able to discover what local support is available to get you started in an online world, and also find out how you can support the scheme by donating your old devices.  

The Reboot scheme is available across the whole of North Yorkshire.

Digital beginnings

If you are new to the digital world, and don’t know your social media from your spreadsheets, Get Online Week is the ideal time to come down to your local library and book a session with one of our friendly IT buddies.

In a free one-to-one session, your IT buddy will help you to get what you need from the digital world. You can either use one of the free computers in the library or bring your own device.

Digital events

We have a series of digital events taking place throughout the week. Whether you want to get started with e-audiobooks or find out what coding is all about, there will be an event for you. To find out more and to book your free tickets, just contact your local library.

Free events

Where What When
Filey Library Introduction to Coding for Adults Monday, 17 October, 3pm
Staying safe online course Wednesday, 19 October, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Harrogate Library Try Coding for seven to 17 year olds Saturday, 22 October, 10.30am to 11.30am
Malton Library Staying safe online course Wednesday, 19 October, 10.30am to11.30am
Newby and Scalby Library Staying safe online course Thursday, 20 October, 10am to 11am 
Digital Fun Day; drop in to try out coding and other digital activities Saturday, 22 October, 10.30am to 1pm
Northallerton Library Get started with e-audiobooks on our uLibrary app; drop-in session Monday, 17 October, 10am to 12pm
Try Coding for seven to 17 year olds Wednesday, 19 October, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Family History IT sessions Friday, 21 October, 10am to 12pm; 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 5pm
Pickering Library Staying safe online course Monday, 17 October, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Get started with e-audiobooks on our uLibrary app; drop-in session Thursday, 20 October, 10am to 11.30am
Ripon Library Get started with e-audiobooks on our uLibrary app; drop-in session Monday, 17 October, 2pm to 4pm
Scarborough Library Yorkshire Bank Digital Skills session Tuesday, 18 October, 9am to 2pm
Staying safe online course Tuesday 18 October 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm
Get started with e-audiobooks on our uLibrary app; drop-in session Thursday, 20 October, 1pm to 3pm
Selby Library Ancestry and Family Tree IT support Tuesday, 18 October, 10am to 2pm
Skipton Library Launch of Craven Reboot Monday, 17 October, 11.30am
Ancestry and Family Tree IT support Monday, 17 October, 12pm to 4pm
Ancestry and Family Tree IT support Wednesday, 19 October, 12pm to 4pm
The Globe, Stokesley Library iPad for seniors (bring your own iPad) Tuesday, 18 October, 2pm to 3pm
Robotics Club for nine to 18 year olds Tuesday, 18 October 4pm to 5.30pm
Thirsk Library Setting up and using the NHS app drop-in session Monday, 17 October, 1pm to 3pm
Setting up and using the NHS app drop-in session Friday, 21 October, 1pm to 3pm
Whitby Library Staying safe online course Monday, 17 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

Free one-to-one IT buddy help sessions

Where When
Catterick Library Monday, 17 October, 10am to 1pm
Filey Library Monday, 17 October, 10am to 1pm
Wednesday, 19 October, 10am to 1pm
Friday, 21 October, 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Leyburn Library Tuesday, 18 October, 12.15pm to 2pm
Northallerton Library Monday, 17 October, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday, 18 October, 10am to 12pm
Wednesday, 19 October, 10am to 12pm
Richmond Library Friday, 21 October,  2pm to 5pm
Saturday, 22 October, 10am to 1pm
Selby Library Monday, 17 October, 2pm to 4pm
  Tuesday, 18 October, 2pm to 4pm
  Wednesday, 19 October, 10am to 12pm
  Thursday, 20 October, 10am to 12pm
Skipton Library Wednesday, 19 October, 10am to 12pm
Thursday 20 October, 9.45am to 11.45am and 1pm to 3pm

Other libraries may also have IT buddy help available. Please ask at your local library. 

National Libraries Week takes place between 3 and 9 October, highlighting the wide range of services, resources and activities taking place in libraries across the UK.

This year the theme is ‘Never Stop Learning’ and our libraries will be delivering a wide range of activities and events to encourage local residents to visit and try something new.

Try Something New Activities Fair

You can visit a ‘Try Something New Activities Fair’ on the following dates:

Date Time Venue
Monday, 3 October 11am to 2pm Filey Library
Wednesday, 5 October 10am to 12pm Scarborough Library
10am to 3pm Selby Library
Thursday, 6 October 12.30pm to 4.30pm Whitby Library
10am to 3pm Harrogate Library
10am to 1pm Pickering Library
Friday, 7 October 10am to 12pm Northallerton Library
10am to 3pm Ripon Library

Beginner Art Sessions

North Yorkshire artist Wendi New has many years of experience of working with groups from a wide range of backgrounds. 

These free beginner art sessions are aimed at adults who would like to try their hand at drawing.

Date Time Venue
Monday, 3 October 11.30am to 12.30pm Bedale Library
2.30pm to 3.30pm Leyburn Library
Wednesday, 5 October 11am to 12pm Great Ayton Discovery Centre
2.30pm to 3.30pm Easingwold Library
Thursday, 6 October 11.30am to 12.30pm Richmond Library
2.30pm to 3.30pm Catterick Library
Friday, 7 October 11am to 12pm Hawes Library
2.30pm to 3.30pm Colburn Library
Saturday, 8 October 11.30am to 12.30pm Northallerton Library

National Poetry Day events

Venue Date Time Event Cost
Boroughbridge Library (01609) 536629 6 October 11.30am to 12.30pm "Pop Up" Poetry reading session Free
26 October 7pm to 9pm Poetry Reading: come along and read aloud your favourite poem or just enjoy listening to the choices of other people. Contact the library to book.  Small charge
Ripon Library (01609) 536623 6 October 2pm to 3pm Tellin’ t’ tale” poetry event with Rodney Dimbleby from the Yorkshire Dialect Society. Please contact the library to book a free place  Free
Malton Library (01609) 534565 7 October 10.30am to 11.15am Poetry readings by Malton Library Poetry Group as well as local poet Daniela Nunnari who will be reading a selection from her book Red Tree to celebrate National Poetry Day. Donations
11.30am to 12.30am Poetry writing workshop. Write your own environmentally themed poem using items from nature and pictures, led by local poet Daniela Nunnari.

Experience a taste of Kashmir

Venue Date Time Event Cost
Skipton Library (01609) 534548 8 October 1.30pm to 3.30pm A Taste of Kashmir with Yesmein Bagh Ali: Learn all about Kashmir culture and traditions through book reading, chapatti cooking, Arabic writing, dress up, music, dance and henna drawing. Free

Talks and author events

Venue Date Time Event Cost
Malton Library (01609) 534565 4 October 2.30pm to 3.30pm The Forgotten Fallen - The Spanish Flu on your doorstep, a costumed talk by Jude Kershaw. Free
Filey Library (01609) 536608 6 October 10.30am to 11.30am

Tim Tubbs presents humorous historical perspectives on library: Renowned actor, musician and choreographer Tim Tubbs will be presenting a talk entitled Victorian Crime on the North East Coast. Tim will talk about the surprisingly dark and sinister side of the Victorian seaside resorts, Scarborough, Bridlington, Filey and neighbouring coastal Spa towns.

To give as many people as possible the chance to hear the event, there will be an in person audience as well as live streaming. If you would like to book a ticket for the online talk, please book via the Eventbrite website. Alternatively, contact Filey Library or email

Scarborough Library (01609) 536602 6 October 2pm to 3pm Spooky Stories for adults with playwright Alison Watt. Free
6pm to 7pm

Andrew Martin adult author event: Bestselling author Andrew Martin will talk about his railway detective series. Andrew is a winner of The Spectator Young Writer of the Year award and will also be talking about his new (non-fiction) book ‘Yorkshire there and back’. Tickets are available at the library. Alternatively, telephone 01609 536602 or email to reserve a seat. Please book tickets in advance. Read more about this event.

Tickets £4 and include a glass of wine

Learn something new

Date Time Venue Event
3 October 10.30am to 12pm Knaresborough Library Relief printing workshop with Zoe from Deckle and Hyde
10am to 3pm Ripon Library Explore the Archives with WYAS and the Skell Valley Project
4 October 2pm to 4pm Newby and Scalby Library Mahjong Club
5 October During opening hours More Than Books Eastfield Ancestry Open Day
6 October 10am to 12pm Stokesley Library Learn to play the ukulele
10.30am to 11.30am Filey Library Watercolour painting
11am to 12pm Boroughbridge Library Mindfulness taster session with MIND in Harrogate District for tips on how to look after your mental health
7 October 2pm to 4pm Selby Library Tea and tablet session 
2pm to 4pm Newby and Scalby Library Scrabble club
10am to 12pm, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, 3pm to 4pm  Northallerton Library Help to research your family history
8 October 10am Northallerton Library Edible drop in and pot your own plant
11am to 12pm Scarborough Library International Conversation Cafe
10.30am to 12pm Norton Library Book sculpting workshop
Mondays 12pm to 4pm Ripon Library Help to research your family history. Contact the library to book an appointment
Wednesdays  10.30am to 12pm Richmond Help to research your family history. Contact the library to book an appointment
Wednesdays 10am to 1pm Ripon Library
Every day During opening hours Tadcaster Library Book an IT buddy support session. Please contact the library to book a free appointment

Library visits

Craven College and North Yorkshire Adult Learning along with other partners will make visits to Bentham, Ingleton, Settle, Skipton and South Craven libraries throughout Libraries Week to promote learning opportunities throughout the district and run a variety of taster sessions. Ask at your local library for details. 

More information

For more information about free library membership and events and activities at your local library please search for and follow them on Facebook.

Win an iPad!

October is the perfect month to discover the exciting range of free eBooks available from North Yorkshire Libraries. Not only do we have 21,000 titles for you to browse but each time you borrow an eBook in October you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an iPad. We can’t promise you’ll win the iPad but we can promise you will find a huge range of expertly curated and hot-off-the-press titles ready to be borrowed on your personal device.

To enter the prize giveaway simply borrow up to 5 eBooks from North Yorkshire Libraries via BorrowBox during October 2022. You are very welcome to borrow more eBooks – but only the first five will count as entries to the iPad giveaway. Please note whilst BorrowBox also offers a fabulous range of eAudioBooks these are not part of the prize giveaway and won’t act as an entry to the competition. (You are of course welcome to borrow an eAudioBook or 3 while browsing their range.)

Find more information on how to borrow an eBook from BorrowBox.

Not a library member? Don’t worry it’s free and simple to join, pop down to your local library or join online.

We would like to thank BorrowBox for donating the iPad for this giveaway.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to residents of North Yorkshire except employees of North Yorkshire Library and Information service, BorrowBox Ltd and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this prize draw.
  3. EBooks borrowed from the 1 October 2022 to the 31 October 2022 will automatically enter participants into the prize draw. Borrowing eBooks before or after this date will not trigger an entry into the prize draw.
  4. EBooks must be borrowed via North Yorkshire Libraries BorrowBox to be accepted as an entry into the prize draw. Any  borrowed via North Yorkshire Libraries BorrowBox will be accepted. EAudio Books will not be included in the prize draw.
  5. Participants are limited to a maximum of 5 entries. Participants may borrow more than 5 eBooks in the month however no further entries will be registered by the Promoter.
  6. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for winners not receiving the Promoter’s communication due to their spam filter, accidental deletion, incorrect email provided, or for any other reason. In the event of this the promoter is unable to provide compensation. Please ensure your library has your current and correct email address.
  7. The prize is an iPad which has been donated for the purpose by BorrowBox Ltd. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable.
  8. The promoter will select the winner at random from all qualifying entries.
  9. The Promoter will contact the winner by email shortly after the closing date. In the event of the winner not responding after 14 days, the Promoter reserves the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize.
  10. The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. By entering this prize draw, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  12. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England]
  13. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material, including on Social Media. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. If you do not wish to win the iPad you will be given time to decline the prize and a new winner will be randomly selected. Your details will not be used for publicity purposes.
  14. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  15. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to North Yorkshire County Council and to BorrowBox Ltd. North Yorkshire County Council will not provide any personal data to BorrowBox Ltd. Only information provided by the Borrower to BorrowBox Ltd will be accessed by BorrowBox Ltd. Our privacy notice can be found here.