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With the Government easing of protective measures from July 19th we would like to reassure you that your safety remains our priority.

We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable so would ask that you treat others using the building with consideration as we know that many visitors wish to remain cautious.

We are managing the reintroduction of services and there will be local variations. For details of services from your local library find out more from our Library and Record Office services during Coronavirus (Covid-19) page, or check the Facebook page or website of your local community library for further information.

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

You can see a list of regular library activities on each local library page.

Libraries Month

October is libraries month and our libraries have events and activities throughout the month to celebrate. Please contact your local library for other events.

Bentham Library

  • Alice through the looking glass family event. Please contact Bentham Library to book a place. 27 October.

Bilton & Woodfield Community Library

  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Find the Book Character – children aged 11 and under are welcome to participate in our book character hunt around the library. 4 to 30 October. Free event.

Boroughbridge Community Library

  • Computer support drop-in - Please contact Boroughbridge library to book a free place. Every Tuesday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • Storytimes for under fives - Please contact Boroughbridge library to book a free place. Every Wednesday, 10:15am to 10:45am. 
  • Scrabble Club. Every Thursday 11am to 12:30pm. Free event.
  • Jigsaw Club. Alternative Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: stories and crafts for under fives - Please contact Boroughbridge library to book a free place. 27 October 2pm to 3pm.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: stories, puzzles and crafts for 5-11’s - Please contact Boroughbridge library to book a free place. 27 October 3pm to 4pm.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.

Catterick Library

  • Tea and Tales for older people. 13 October. Free event.
  • Puppet workshop with artist and illustrator Jay Stelling.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition.  4 to 30 October. Free event.

Derwent Valley Bridge Library

  • Recommend a Read- come along and select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.

Eastfield Library More Than Books

  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along and select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Social Writing Group Launch: A 6 week programme of creating something for yourself and meeting new people from the local area. Please contact Eastfield library to book a free place. 12th October 11:30am to 12:30pm.

Easingwold Library

  • Rhyme Time for under 5s. Mondays (term time only), 2:15pm to 2:45pm. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display.

Filey Library

  • Squeeze in a Read Throughout October on Facebook. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Volunteer Kyle will be Signing 2 Poems for National poetry day (on Facebook). 3 October. Free event.
  • Live Music Now. Storytime and Song Session at the Library. 7 October, 10:30am to 11am. Free event.
  • Mothering Heights: Author Talk by Sharon Wright. Blended Event in person and online. 14 October, 10:30am to 11am. £3.50 in person Free Online
  • Tea and Teach Event in the Garden at Filey Library. 20 October, 10am to 12 noon. Free event.

Great Ayton Library

  • Poetry session with Kate Swann, author of “Ripples beyond the Pool” to mark National Poetry Day. 7 October 10:30am to 11:30am. Free event.
  • North Yorkshire County Record Office will be bringing items from their collection about the history of the library building and the history of the village. 12 October. Free event.
  • Tea and Tales – join us for a chat and a meander down Memory Lane over a cuppa. 20 October, 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Free event.
  • Under 5s Story Time – please contact Great Ayton library for times. Every Wednesday. Free event.
  • Tiny Tunes – please contact Great Ayton library for times. Every Friday. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Harrogate Library

  • English Language Conversation Class – If English is your second or other language, why not pop along and join a fun, informal session led by a small team of friendly volunteers. Every Monday in term-time, 10:30am to 11:30am. Free event
  • All A-Board Games Group - Come along and play some board games with other board game lovers. Jigsaws also available. All are welcome. Every Wednesday, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Free event.
  • Legal Advice Clinic - Confidential advice in a safe environment with a legal adviser. Each adviser has their own area of expertise accompanied by a general legal background. Every Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm. Free event
  • Reading Hacks (for 13-18 year olds) - Join our group of young volunteers to help organise events in the library and promote library services to young people. Contact Harrogate library to register your interest. Every Friday in term-time, 4pm to 5pm. Free event.
  • Introduction to Relief Printing - Design your own image and reproduce this through relief printing, detailing if you choose through hand-painted inks. At the end of the session you will have your very own print! Booking via eventbrite. 22 October, 10:30am to 12pm. Free event.
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party –Traditional party games and some new ones too. Come dressed up (or not) and join in the fun as we celebrate the world of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Suitable for ages 4-11. Booking via Eventbrite. 23 October, 10:30 to 12pm. Free event.
  • Circular Weaving workshop - Explore your creative side. Very little manual dexterity is required and there is freedom to express yourself in a relaxed and tactile way. Suitable for adults with learning difficulties and their friends and family. All materials provided. Booking via eventbrite. Tuesday 26 October. Free event.

Hawes Library

  • John Osborne’s Supermarket Love Stories: Writer John Osborne brings us stories about supermarkets and the people who love them (An Inn Crowd Performance event). Please contact the library to book your place. 22 October, 7pm. Pay what you like.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Helmsley Library

  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. 18 October onwards. Free event.

Iigleton Library

Alice through the looking glass family event. Please contact Iigleton Library to book a place. 27 October, 2pm to 3:30pm.

Knaresborough Library

  • Storytime – stories, rhymes & songs, noisy fun in the library (under 5s). Every Monday, 10:30am to 11am. Free event.
  • Relaxed storytime – calm, quiet session with colouring & crafts (Under 5s). Every Friday, 10:30am to 11am. Free event.
  • Baby Rhyme Time  for ages 0 to 18 months. Every Friday, 2:15pm to 2:45pm. Free event.
  • Access computer help from a Citizen’s Online Digital champion – 18 to 24 October. Free event. Contact Knareborough library for details.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.

Kirkby Moorside Library

  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. 18 October onwards. Free event.

Leyburn Library

  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Malton Library

  • Poetry trail to celebrate National Poetry day by Malton Poetry Reading Group, both adult and children’s trail. 1 to 8 October. Free event.
  • Squeeze in a Read on Facebook and reader recommends display. 1 to 17 October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. 1 to 17 October. Free event.
  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. 1 to 17 October. Free event. 
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. 1 to 17 October. Free event.

Mashamshire Community Library

  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.

Newby and Scalby Library

  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Harminis music and rhyme session for under fives. Every Monday. Free event.
  • All Together Now– a session run by professional musicians for families with young children and SEND families. Please contact Newby and Scalby Library to book a place. 21 October, 10:30am to 11:30am.
  • Hoglets theatre bring a wonderful story to life, suitable for ages 3-8. Please contact Newby and Scalby Library to book a place. 27 October, 10:30am to 11:30am.

Nidderdale Plus Community Library, Pateley Bridge

  • Tea and Tales – join us for a chat over a cuppa - Please contact Nidderdale Plus Community Library to book a free place. 26 October, 10:30am to 11:30am.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass – stories, puzzles and crafts for 5-11’s. Please contact Nidderdale Plus Community Library to book a free place. 26 October, 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Northallerton Library

  • Book Doctor – The Book Doctor will ask a series of questions to customers and will then ‘prescribe’ them a book to borrow.  Every Wednesday 2pm to 4pm. Free event.
  • In Libraries Week there will be a virtual balloon race that starts in a library in another country and ends at Northallerton Library. Contact Northallerton Library for details. 4 to 10 October. Free event.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Norton Library

  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Mad Hatter’s Hat Making Session. Please contact Norton Library to book a place. 27 October. £2 per child.

Pickering Library

  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Unfolding Origins – The Last Walk Home, An exhibition of work by Ryedale Artist Carolyn Thompson. A series of specially commissioned art work and poems inspired by WWI Appeals Papers held in the County Record Office. For more information please visit Chrysalis. 7 October to 16 November. Free event.
  • Artist Talk and Walk with Carolyn Thompson. Limited spaces, please contact Pickering library to book. 23 October 1pm to 3pm.
  • Family Botanical Drawing Workshops 7yrs upwards. Limited spaces, please contact Pickering library to book. 26 October. Free event.

Richmond Library

  • Tea and Tales event. Please contact the library for more information and to book a place. 6 October. Free event.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Ripon Library

  • Storytime for under fives - Please contact Ripon Library to book a free place. Every Wednesday 10:15am to 11am. Free event.
  • Storytime for under fives - Please contact the library to book a free place. Every Thursday 1:30pm to 2:15pm. Free event.
  • Coffee and conversation drop in. Every Friday 10:30am to 11:30am. Free event.
  • Ripon Poetry Festival open mic event please book via the festival website. 7 October, 7pm. Free event.
  • Writing with your ears – children’s poetry writing workshop suitable for 6-11’s - please book via the festival website. 9 October, 11am. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass – stories, puzzles and crafts for 5-11’s. Please contact Ripon library to book a free place.
  • Tea and Tales – join us for a chat over a cuppa. Please contact Ripon library to book a free place. 29 October 10:30am to 11:30am.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.

Selby Library

  • Things to make for kids with anxiety (for parents). 6 October. Free event.
  • Tea tasting session – try different flavours of delicious tea. Please contact Selby Library to book a free place. 14 October, 2pm to 3pm. Free event.
  • The launch of our new coffee afternoon group. Meet ….., the pets for therapy dog, drink coffee and have a game of dominoes. 22 October. Free event.
  • Forensics session for children aged 8+. 25 October. Free event.
  • Halloween crafts for children aged 5-12. 28 October. Free event.

Scarborough Library

  • National Poetry Day - Scarborough staff and volunteers reading local poems. 7 October. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass puzzles, riddles and colouring. 9 October launch then available all through October. Free event.
  • Mad Hatter Craft session. Please contact Scarborough Library to book a place. Free event.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Mirror Trail. 9 October launch then available all through October. Free event.
  • Squeeze in a Read – come along and find our quick reads and a comfortable space to squeeze in a read before you go home. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.

Settle Library

  • Storytelling Workshop in partnership with Settle Stories suitable for ages 7 to 11. 9 October, 2pm to 3:30pm.

Starbeck Library 

  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.

Stokesley Library

  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Tadcaster Library

  • Tea Tasting Session – try different flavours of delicious tea. Please contact Tadcaster Library for more details and to book a free place. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Thirsk Library

  • Hunt for Buzzy Bee in the library – and enter our competition. 4 to 30 October. Free event.
  • Tea and Tales – join us for a chat and a cuppa . Please contact Thirsk Library for more information and to book a place.
  • Recommend a Read- come along, select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.

Whitby Library

  • Recommend a Read- come along and select a recommended read and add your own recommendations to the display. Everyday in October. Free event.
  • Buzzy Bee Squeeze in a read competition. Everyday in October. Free event.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is on 7 October and our North Yorkshire libraries are offering an range of exciting events including:

  • A poetry workshop and performance with local poet and Radio York’s Poet Laureate Olivia Mulligan at Thirsk Community library from 11am to 12noon on 7 October. To book a place please email library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk or call 01609 534589.
  • Poet Kate Swan will be hosting a poetry session at Great Ayton library from 10.30am to 11.30am on 7 October. To book a place please email gadc-library@outlook.com or call 01642 723268.
  • The fourth annual Ripon Poetry Festival will begin at Ripon library on 7 October with a cheese and wine launch-party with an open mic, hosted by Darlington’s Vane Women poetry collective. Starting at 7pm, visitors are encouraged to bring their own poems and step up to the mic. Reserve a place please at cheese and wine launch-party.
  • Ripon library will host a poetry workshop for children about rhythm and rhyme with poet and children’s writer Andy Croft at 11am on Saturday 9 October. Book a place on the poetry workshop for children.
  • Filey library volunteer Kyle will be making and sharing a recorded video of poetry signed using British Sign Language on 7 October. View the reading on Filey library Facebook page.
  • Malton library is hosting a poetry trail devised by the Malton Poetry Reading Group which will feature the work of different poets exploring choices in love and life. For more information please email malton.library@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 534565.
  • The Unfolding Origins – Last Walk Home exhibition will open at Pickering library on 7 October. Part of the exhibition comprises six poems by artist Carolyn Thompson, which are inspired by the WWI appeal papers and the walks that she went on to gather information on flora and fauna.