Libraries - news and events

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

January

Scribble Set

Saturday 11 January at 10:30am to 12noon. An experimental art workshop for adults. No need to book, just pop in! The cost of the workshop is £5, pay as you go, to cover cost of materials.

Samaritans community drop-in session

Monday 13 January at 10am to 2pm. in preparation for Brew Monday (20 January 2020) the Samaritans will be holding a community drop-in information session, promoting the services offered by the Samaritans, who support anyone who needs someone to talk to, and who will be encouraging everyone to reach out to people who might be feeling lonely.

Drop-in session with Action on Hearing Loss

Wednesday 15 January at 11am to 1pm. 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. Chat to Action on Hearing Loss Information Officers and pick up expert factsheets, leaflets and other publications. You can find more information at Action on Hearing Loss.

Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day

20 to 28 January at Northallerton Library. A display of posters, educational materials, leaflets and books. The theme for HMD 2020 is Stand Together and it explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression. HMD 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and it also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia. The display is available during library opening times.

Writing workshop session with Promoting Yorkshire Authors

Wednesday 22 January at 10am to 12noon. Calling all readers and writers! This is no ordinary writing workshop, but one with an award winning author who has written a story, without an ending!  Your assistance is urgently needed! Listen to a summary of the story so far and write up your take on how the story should end in 500 words. Perhaps the author will ask to use your idea! Or maybe you want to keep it and write your own beginning. This is a free event, please call 01609 533832 for more information and to book your space.

Northallerton Library Poetry Group

Tuesday 28 January at 10:30am to 12noon. 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. You are welcome to bring along a favourite poem if you have one. No previous knowledge required. Writing your own poems is not compulsory.

Memory Café

Wednesday 29 January at 10:30am until 12noon. a monthly reminiscence session delivered by Dementia Forward – Health and Social Care Services. For more information contact Janice by telephone. This session’s theme is: Fun in the snow.

Regular activities

Knit & Natter

Every Wednesday at 10:30am to 12noon. It is based in the lending library.

Code Club

Fortnightly sessions on Saturdays from 10am to 11am and later from 11am to 12noon. for children 9-13 years old who want to learn how to code, write their own computer games and simple animations.

Community surgery

First Saturday of each month at 10am to 12noon. Local Councillor David Blades at a drop-in session to talk about any local issues.

Scribble Zone

Monday each week at 4pm to 5:30pm. A creative art workshop for children and young people aged 11 to 16.

Scribble Vision

Monday each week at 4pm to 5:30pm. weekly workshops in animation, computer games, sound design and special FX, for children and young people aged 10-16.

Storytimes

Friday each week at 10am to 10:30am. Stories and rhymes for 0 to 4 year olds and their families.

Home Library and Information Service at Northallerton Library

The library provides a free home delivery service to people who are unable to visit the library themselves because of ill health, disability or age.

 

Musical Memories

Monday 6 January 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 £3 to include refreshments. To find out more call Ruth 07527 006402 or visit www.musicalmemoriescic.org.uk.

Rydale Family History Group

Tuesday 7 and 21 January at 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.

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 in Pickering library

Every Tuesday in January. 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 at 1pm to 3pm. Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Ryedale Citizen's Advice Drop-in Sessions

Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm. This event is free, confidential information and advice to assist you with money, legal, consumer and benefit queries.

Ryedale District Council Housing Advice Drop-in Session

Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Free advice on housing related issues. Part of North Yorkshire’s Homeless Prevention Service.

Community Banking Sessions

Tuesdays from 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.

Code Club

Starting Monday 20 January. Contact Pickering library for further details.

“More than Movies”

Wednesday 22 January at 2pm and then Saturday 25 January at 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 at this event.

Holocaust Memorial Webcast

Friday 24 January at 10am to 11am. Join us for a live webcast with a Holocaust Survivor. Please contact the library for further details.

Information drop-in sessions with Action on Hearing Loss will be held at Northallerton Library on Wednesday 15 January, 26 February and 18 March from 11am to 1pm. 

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.

For more information about the sessions please contact Northallerton library

Northallerton library is turning Blue Monday into Brew Monday by hosting an information drop-in session with the Samaritans on 13 January from 10am to 2pm.

Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, is dubbed one of the most difficult days of the year. The session will promote the services offered by the Samaritans, who support those who need somebody to talk to and encourage people to reach out to anybody who may be feeling lonely.  

For more information please contact Northallerton 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.