Libraries - news and events

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

July

Ripon library is hosting Harrogate and Ripon's next annual 'Health Yourself' event between 10am and 11.30am on Friday, 5 July. 

You will be able to speak with local organisations and discover a wide range of helpful advice and information that can benefit you or someone you know. Among the groups attending are Mind, Living Well Team, Diabetes UK, Vision Support, North Yorkshire Police, HELP Ripon and Rural and Action on Hearing Loss. There will also be a prize draw and refreshments. 

Entry is free and no booking is required. For more details, contact Ripon library on 01609 536623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Next Steps Resource Centre, based in Norton, is a charitable organisation that strives to promote a positive approach to wellbeing for everyone, with a focus on the older generation and those who may find some social situations difficult. The aim is to develop self-confidence, improve social prospects and access to statutory services as well as to help promote positive family relationships and prevent social isolation and loneliness.

It is a user-led organisation that ensures people with mental or/and physical health issues across Ryedale are supported. Next Steps provides a range of events and activities, including a community café or a low cost evening meal with a social twist.

They also have weekly rural groups running in Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Sherburn and Wintringham and new groups will be starting soon. If transport to attend an event is a problem they may be able to help with that.

Helen Clark, from Next Steps, will on the Supermobile library on:

  • Friday 5 July, 10am to 12 noon at Sheriff Hutton, at the village hall car park;
  • Friday 5 July, 2pm to 4pm at Slingsby on the green, adjacent to Porch House;
  • Monday 8 July, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Weaverthorpe, opposite the village hall; and
  • Monday 8 July, 2pm to 4pm at Sherburn at the village hall car park.

For more information about Next Steps please contact Helen on 01653 690854 or via email helen@nextstepsryedale.co.uk. To find out more you can also visit their webpage.

Promoting Yorkshire Authors (PYA) are inviting members of the public to the second Books and Beverages events in Northallerton.

Rosemary J Kind will be discussing and reading from her Tales of Flynn and Reilly series. Rosemary publishes both non-fiction and fiction books, the latter including novels, humour, short stories and poetry.

The free event will take place at Northallerton library on Wednesday 10 July from 10am.

PYA is a member led, not for profit support organisation for home-grown Yorkshire Authors. To find out more about their work visit thier webtsite or email yorkshire.author.promotions@gmail.com.

Places are limited so book in advance by calling the library on 01609 533832 or e-mail northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Musical memories on Monday 1 July from 10.30am to 12 noon

Come and join us for a happy hour of live music singing for all. Large print songbooks provided. Entry is £3 and includes refreshments. To find out more call Ruth on 07527 006402 or visit www.musicalmemoriescic.org.uk 

Bookstart bear storytime Fridays at 11am

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

Moo music on Tuesday 2, 9 and 16 July between 10am and 2pm

Come and experience our weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for 0-5 year olds and their families. Please contact Sarah on 07528 789782 or email sarahandmaggie@moo-music.co.uk for prices and availability.

Knit and natter every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm

Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Ryedale Citizen’s Advice drop in sessions every Tuesday from 10am to 12.30pm

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

Horton Housing drop in session every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

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

Community banking sessions every Tuesday and Friday from Friday 5 July, 10am to 1pm

Drop in advice sessions with Liam from NatWest who will answer any queries you have about staying safe and secure when banking online.

Ancestry sessions every Thursday at 10am and 11am

Find out how our online library resources can help you trace your family tree. Please contact the library to book your place.

Space Chase launch day on Saturday 13 July from 10am to 2pm

Come and meet our friendly volunteers and sign up for our free, fun six book reading challenge. Suitable for children aged 0-11.

Space Chase art session on Thursday 25 July from 10.30am to 12 noon

Free model making workshop. For ages six and over. Places must be pre-booked. 

U3A drop in on Friday 26 July from 10am to 12 noon

Find out more about University of the Third Age courses and events.

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624 or email pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

June

Following a successful event held at the library on 8th of May Promoting Yorkshire Authors (PYA) are inviting members of the public to the first of three Books and Beverages events.

Ripon author Maggie Cobbett will read from and discuss her latest novel Workhouse Orphan at Northallerton library on Tuesday 18 June from 2pm. Find out what inspired Maggie to write her novel and join the Q and A session at the end of the event.

This event is free. Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be available.

PYA is a member led, not for profit support organisation for home-grown Yorkshire Authors. To find out more about their work visit thier webtsite or contact them via email yorkshire.author.promotions@gmail.com.

Places are limited so book in advance by calling the library on 01609 533832 or e-mail northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

A free art display created by pupils from Romanby Primary School, available at Northallerton library reference gallery during library opening times, from 6 June to 5 July.

Working to the theme ‘Gallery Rebels’, the year 5 and 6 children at Romanby Primary School used Impasto techniques to create Impressionist style paintings and created self-portraits in the Expressionist style, imaginative designs for picture frames and surrealist paintings. During their English lessons the children wrote persuasive letters to local businesses and organisations to ask for their artwork to be displayed.

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

Stories and Rhymes for under 5s at Settle Community Library

Stories and Rhymes for under 5s are on offer at Settle Community Library on 4 June between 2pm and 2.30pm. For more information contact settlelibrary@outlook.com or telephone 01609 534535.

Pyjama Party Storytime at Skipton Library

It's Pyjama Party Storytime at Skipton Library on 7 June from 2pm to 2.30pm. The library is inviting children to attend in their pyjamas and bring a toy or teddy to be left overnight for a 'sleepover'. Children will then be asked to call back on Saturday to collect their toy which will receive a special 'I had a Sleepover In Skipton Library' certificate. For more information call 01609 534548

Pyjamarama at Ripon Library

Bedtime stories will be the theme at Ripon Library on 7 June. The event takes place between 5.30pm and 7pm and is for children aged up to seven-years-old. For more details contact 01609 536623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Pyjamarama Bedtime Stories at South Craven Community Library

Bedtime stories will be read to under-5s at South Craven Community Library on 7 June between 2.30pm and 3pm. For more details contact 01609 534502 or email enquiries@sccls.org.uk.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime at Ripon Walled Garden

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime event will be held at Ripon Walled Garden, Ripon between 11am and 12pm on 14 June.

Saturday Lego Club

This event is for all the family and is held every Saturday between 12pm and 2pm.

Wellbeing Art Club, every Wednesday

Come and join in the fun at this free event between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Pyjamarama, June 5 

This event will be held between 2pm and 3pm.

Playsongs in the library, June 6

This event takes place from 10.30am.

Friday Games Club

Come and join in the fun at this free event between 2pm and 5pm each week.

Get School Ready with ALSS

This event is held on 6, 13, 20 and 27 June between 10am and 12pm.

Scarborough Library Wellbeing Choir

You can join other members on 13 and 27 June between 4pm and 5pm.

Armed Forces Day

Join us as we mark Armed Forces Day on 29 June from 12pm until 1.30pm.

Our libraries are supporting Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight (2 to 15 June), which encourages accessibility and inclusivity for all blind and partially sighted people. 

Several events are being held across the county in line with this year’s theme, Get Connected, with a focus on digital access and loneliness.

Events taking place include:

  • Eastfield library: Friday 14 June, 1.30pm to 3pm; Information day. Drop in to find out more from organisations including Sight Support, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Living Well and British Wireless for the Blind fund.  Refreshments available.
  • Harrogate library: Tuesday 11 June, 10am to 1pm; Library promotion. Drop in to find out more about the library service’s e-audio books.
  • Malton library: Friday 14 June, 10am; Ryedale Sight Support members invited to a hand bell ringing session in the library by Levisham and Lockton hand bell group. Listen to the music and have a go!
  • Pickering library: Saturday 1 June, 10am to 12pm; Come and meet a guide dog.
  • Selby library: Wednesday 5 June, 10am to 2pm; Vision event. Drop in to find out more about the library’s digital resources and accessibility options. Get involved with reading sessions of Braille and Moon by two volunteers from the Braille Reading Group.
  • Selby library: Tuesday 11 June, 2pm to 3.30pm; Braille Reading Group. Open session.
  • Selby library: Wednesday 12 June, 10am to 1pm; Library promotion. Drop in to find out more about the library service’s e-audio books.

Our libraries stock large print and audio books, and provide free access to ebooks and e-audio books. They also have various accessibility options on their computers and IT volunteers who will be happy to help people make the best use of these. 

For more information about these resources and any of the events please contact your local library.

Northallerton library is celebrating Make Music Day – the world’s largest annual music festival.

A free performance by Northallerton Bell Ringers will be held on Friday 21 June, from 2pm to 3pm. The event is suitable for all ages.

For more information about the event please contact Northallerton library. To find out more about Make Music Day visit the official website.

Meet a guide dog on Saturday 1 June from 10am to 12 noon

Come and meet Captain the guide dog and his owner Greg. Drop in event suitable for all ages.

Musical memories on Monday 3 June from 10.30am to 12 noon

Come and join us for a happy hour of live music singing for all. Large print songbooks provided. Entry is £3 and includes refreshments. To find out more call Ruth on 07527 006402.

Volunteers tea party on Thursday 6 June from 2pm to 5.30pm

Join us for free refreshments and find out about volunteering opportunities in the Pickering and Ryedale area.

Pyjamarama storytime on Friday 7 June at 11am

Wear your pyjamas and bring your teddy for a very special storytime. Teddy can stay for a sleepover in the library and be collected the next day. The event is free and booking is required. 

Bookstart bear storytime on Friday 14th, 21st and 28th of June at 11am

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

Moo music every Tuesday in June between 10am and 2pm

Come and experience our weekly interactive and multi-sensory play sessions for 0-5 year olds and their families. Please contact Sarah on 07528 789782 or email sarahandmaggie@moo-music.co.uk for prices and availability.

Knit and natter every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm

Meet our friendly crafters and learn a new skill.

Ryedale Citizen’s Advice drop in sessions every Tuesday from 10am to 12.30pm

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

Horton Housing drop in session every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

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

Community banking sessions every Tuesday and Friday from Tuesday 11 June, 10am to 1pm

Drop in advice sessions with Liam from NatWest who will answer any queries you have about staying safe and secure when banking online.

Ancestry sessions every Thursday at 10am and 11am

Find out how our online library resources can help you trace your family tree. Please contact the library to book your place.

Morsbags bag-making workshop on Saturday 15 June on 10.30am and 12.30pm 

Find out how to help keep plastic bags off our streets. Make Morsbags and hand them on for free. You don’t have to sew to help, you can cut out patterns or bring snacks. Pickering stitchers are holding two free workshops. Please contact the library to book your place.

National Day of Stitch on Saturday 22 June from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Come along to a free drop in stitch session to celebrate the National Day of Stitch. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

U3A drop in on Friday 28 June from 10am to 12 noon

Find out more about University of the Third Age courses and events.

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624 or email pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

The Big Read Festival on Wednesday 5 June at 11am

The Festival’s reader-In-residence and bestselling crime author Mari Hannah will visit the library to discuss Michael Connelly’s thriller ‘Black Echo’. Readers are encouraged to collect a free copy of the book at these libraries ahead of the event. Tickets are available online or via Box Office on 01423 562303

Volunteer recruitment drop in session on Wednesday 5 June from 12 noon to 2pm

To coincide with Volunteers Week 2019, come along to find out about volunteering opportunities at the library. 

Books and beverages talk on Tuesday 18 June from 2pm to 3pm

Ripon author Maggie Cobbett will read from and discuss her latest novel, Workhouse Orphan, and the inspiration behind it. Book your place for this free event by calling 01609 533832 or just turn up on the day.

Make Music Day with Northallerton Bell Ringers on Friday 21 June from 2pm to 3pm

Enjoy selecting your books while listening to music by a local group. Donations to the library welcome.

How to draw - the next step - on Saturday 22 June from 10am to 12 noon

Local artist Wendi New is hosting a drawing skills workshop for anyone who would like to further their drawing skills. The workshop is suitable for those aged 12 and over. Tickets £3 per person. To book please call 01609 533832.

Stories and rhymes with a guide dog guest on Friday 28 June from 10am to 10.30am 

The session is free and suitable for 0-4 year olds and their families.

Guide dogs community drop in session on Friday 28 June from 10am to 2pm

Visit the library and meet the puppies. Hear about their journey in life as trainee guide dogs. 

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Children will be able to try on a real suit of armour from the Royal Armouries in Leeds at a Tudor event at Selby library on Monday, 10 June 4pm until 5pm.

The one-hour session is open to children aged between six and 11. They will learn the names of the parts of the armour and how to put on each piece.

There will also be Tudor quizzes and an opportunity to have a photo taken wearing the armour.

Tickets cost £2 and are available from the library.

Other news stories and events

We are looking for enthusiastic young people aged between 13 and 24 to get involved in Space Chase, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Around 12,000 children between the ages of 0 and 11 are expected to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge in North Yorkshire this year and the library service needs volunteers to help.

Volunteers are needed to register children onto the challenge, help them to choose books, talk to them about the books they have read and assist with library events. It is a great opportunity for young people to gain valuable experience and skills to add to their personal statement or CV.

Volunteers will receive a volunteer pack, which will include a T-shirt and certificate.

If you know someone who would be interested in this volunteering opportunity please ask them to contact their local library for more information.

Applications should be made by 13th July 2019.

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.

 

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Ripon, Harrogate and Knaresborough libraries hold free drop-in sessions for those wanting information and advice about diabetes. 

Ripon library

  • First Thursday of every month, 1pm-2pm 
  • Friday 29 March, 10am-11.30am (part of My Neighbourhood session) 
  • Friday 3 May, 10am-11.30am (part of My Neighbourhood session) 

For more information please call 01609 534543 or email Ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Harrogate library 

  • First Monday of every month, 1pm-2pm 

For more information please call 01609 536658 or email Harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Knaresborough library

  • First Wednesday of every month, 1pm-2pm

For more information please call 01609 533610 or email Knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk