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

June

From Thursday 21 June the opening hours at Catterick community library will change to:

  • Monday, 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday, 10am to 5pm self-service only*
  • Wednesday, 10am to 7pm
  • Thursday, 10am to 1pm self-service only* then full service from 1pm to 7pm
  • Friday, 1pm to 5pm self-service only*
  • Saturday, 10am to 1pm

* self-service only means that the self-service machine will be available and items can be borrowed. Free wi-fi will also be available. However, due to classes the computers will not be available for use.

For more information please contact Catterick library on 01609 534595 or email catterick@craccl.org.

Northallerton library will be closed on 14 and 15 June for essential building maintenance. It will reopen at 9.30am on Saturday 16 June. 

The nearest libraries to Northallerton are Thirsk, Bedale and Richmond.

If you need to, you can renew books borrowed from the library online here.

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

Filey library will be closed from 10 June to 10 July for refurbishment. It will reopen at 10am on 11 July.

The nearest library to Filey is Scarborough library. If you need to, you can renew books borrowed from the library online here. You are very welcome to borrow additional books before we close to cover the refurbishment period.

Overdue charges will not apply for the duration of the closure so there’s no need to worry about renewing your books or incurring fines.

We look forward to welcoming you to the newly refurbished library.

For more information please contact Filey library on 01609 536608 or email filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

May

Colburn community library will be closed from 10am on Tuesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June while it is being redecorated.

The nearest library to Colburn is Catterick community library. If you need to, you can renew books borrowed from the library online here.

The library will reopen as usual at 2pm on Monday 4 June.

For more information please contact Colburn community library on 01609 534592 or email colburn@craccl.org.

Northallerton library will be holding a local and family history fair on Wednesday 23 May from 10am until 3pm. 

The event will see stalls from local societies and history groups in the library including North Yorkshire County Record Office as well as talks throughout the day.

Talks on the day

  • 11am - Gruelling experiences: Three centuries of the workhouse - the remarkable story of the workhouse from 1601 to 1948 (with reference to Northallerton Workhouse) by Peter Higginbotham.
  • 1pm - Wills and inventories of Northallerton residents from the 1660s to the early 19th century - a talk by Dorothy Edwards, vice-chair of Northallerton & District Local History Society.

Both talks are free of charge, however donations for the library are welcome. The space for the talks is limited and places are allocated on first come, first served basis.

During the day a local history volunteer will be offering free 30-minute long taster sessions on how to use Ancestry.com and Findmypast. Spaces for the sessions are limited so advanced booking is essential. 

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

To celebrate National Crime Reading Month, the Crime Writers' Association invite you to 'A life of crime' evening with Bill Kitson.

The event takes place at Whitby library on 22 May from 6pm to 7pm.

Bill Kitson is the creator of the DI Mike Nash thriller series and the Eden House mystery series.

Tickets to the event cost £2 and includes refreshments.

For more information and tickets, please contact Whitby library on 01609 534350 or email whitby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Northallerton library will be joining in national Dementia Action Week 2018 and invites anyone who would like to become a dementia friend themselves or to make their organisation more dementia friendly to an informal session delivered by Chris Riley, dementia champion and team member with Northallerton Carers’ Centre.

The session lasts approximately an hour and Chris will help participants gain an understanding of dementia, from the point of view of those who have the condition and their carers. The session aims to develop an awareness of the needs of people with dementia and offers some actions which participants can take to become more 'dementia friendly'.

The session is free and takes place on Tuesday 22 May at 10am. The spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

To find out more about dementia friends visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

Bedale community library will be closed for refurbishment from 14 to 28 May inclusive.

It will reopen at 10am on Tuesday 29 May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The next nearest library is at Northallerton. You can also renew your books online here.

For more information please contact Bedale community library on 01609 534573 or email library@bedalecommunitylibrary.org.uk.

T-shirts decorated by children for the Tour de Yorkshire 2018, part of the 'Big Splash' celebration, will be on display at the first floor reference gallery of Northallerton library from 12 until 31 May.

Visitors to the library can vote on their favourite t-shirt.

The owner of the winning t-shirt will receive a family entrance ticket donated by the Forbidden Corner.

The 'Big Splash' initiative, whereby hundreds of yellow and blue t-shirts have been gifted to school children in Northallerton area, was organised by the Tour de Yorkshire 5 May Northallerton group. To find out more about the group visit the TDYNorthallerton Facebook page.

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

North Yorkshire’s library service and the County Record Office are encouraging everyone to delve into their history and heritage during May.

Local and Community History Month is a national promotion by the Historical Association to encourage people to discover and enjoy local history. The aim is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general locally and encourage everyone in the community to participate.

The following events will be taking place at Filey library in May:

  • IT session on 9 May at 6pm - Discover the terrible deeds of Hunmanby resident Dr Pritchard, the Victorian poisoner, using online resources; and
  • Local history fair on 26 May from 10am to 1pm - the local history fair will feature the County Record Office pop-up archive, Filey Crimlisk Fisher archive, East Yorkshire Family History Society, Eric and Shirley Harley and Filey Museum. There will also be a demonstration of council online resources.

For more information please contact Filey library on 01609 536608 or email filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

An exciting one-person show exploring the effects of kindness and cruelty will tour North Yorkshire libraries during May and June.

Poet and performer Andy Craven-Griffiths ran workshops in libraries earlier in the year to gather stories of kindness from people of all ages and invited people to share their experiences online at www.joygernaut.com. Those stories have informed the writing of an interactive, one-person show exploring kindness and cruelty, their effects and our ability to choose.

Andy said: “We are increasingly sold the idea of our own individuality and importance. The aim of the game is to be the most beautiful, to have the biggest TV, to get the most likes and retweets, to eat the fanciest foods and to wear the most expensive and fashionable clothes. In all cases, to win for ourselves as separate individuals, that that’s how you get happy. But what if it’s not? What if the way to a better life is kindness?”

Using research into the biology, sociology and psychology of kindness, Joygernaut offers us a view of ourselves as better. As less the Black Friday sales brawler trampling people for a cheap TV, more the teenager giving up a bus seat for a pregnant woman. Less the drugs cheat Olympian, more the Brownlee brothers helping each other over the finish line. The play tells the story of how one person’s view shifts through unexpected trauma, generosity and forgiveness.

Andy has performed his writing extensively on stage (Leeds Festival, Latitude, Secret Garden Party), but has also had his poetry broadcast (Radio 1, Radio 4, BBC2) and printed in poetry journals. In 2016, he was one of Radio 3’s Verb New Voices. Currently, he is writing a play as part of Curve Theatre’s WritersLab and working on a book of poetry for children. 

Performances of Joygernaut will take place at 7pm at the following venues:

Tickets can be booked via www.facebook.com/joygernaut or by visiting the relevant library. Payment is "pay what you decide" on the night.

To celebrate Local History Month in May, Whitby library will be hosting a photography competition on the theme of 'Whitby's beautiful buildings'.

The categories and prizes are:

  • Adults - first prize is a family ticket to Whitby Abbey.
  • Under 18s - first prize is a family cinema ticket.

The runner-up in each category will receive five free family swims at Whitby Leisure Centre.

Submit your pictures to Whitby library by 31 May. Entry into the competition is free but you must be a member of the library to enter. If you are not a member, you can join as part of entering your pictures.

Photographs must be no bigger than 148 x 210mm (an A5 piece of paper) and must be mounted for display in the library. Multiple entries are allowed, although we may only display one if space is limited. Please write your name on the back of each of your entries.

Judging will take place on Monday 4 June.

We regret that entries cannot be returned.

For more information please contact Whitby library on 01609 534350 or email whitby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

May is Local and Community History Month and Knaresborough library and the Tourist Information Centre have joined together to celebrate with a family friendly competition.

The History Trail, which is free to enter, invites families to explore the town and find out more about the history by looking for local landmarks and searching out forgotten facts and curious clues. There will be a free sticker for every child that brings back an entry form and all correct entries will go into a prize draw to win one of three great local family outings.

Running from 1 to 31 May, entry forms and a small information pack can be collected at the library and completed entries returned to the Tourist Information Centre desk located at the front of the library.

Whilst in the library look out for some fantastic historical replicas on loan from the museum and castle - and also the giant blue deckchair!

For more information please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk or contact Knaresborough Tourist Information Centre on 01423 866886 or email kntic@harrogate.gov.uk.

Other news stories and events

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 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 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.

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