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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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:
|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.
|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
|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
|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
|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 Filey.Library@northyorks.gov.uk.
|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 Scarborough.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|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|
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.
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.)
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
- 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.
- There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this prize draw.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The promoter will select the winner at random from all qualifying entries.
- 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.
- The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- By entering this prize draw, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
- 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]
- 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.
- Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
- 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.