The art of storytelling is celebrated in county’s libraries

This story was published 1 November 2018

Libraries across North Yorkshire will celebrate children’s book illustration, comic and digital art in events and workshops during November as part of a regional festival called Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories.

Animator Virpi Kettu

The festival will give children and young people an opportunity to meet and learn from book illustrators and artists to explore the connection between literacy and the visual arts and to discover the power of pictures.

Tomorrow (2 November), families can join animation workshops in Scarborough (10.30am to noon) and Malton (2.30pm to 4pm) libraries with Virpi Kettu from Aardman Animations and there will be children’s art workshops with illustrator Jay Stelling in Harrogate and Thirsk libraries. At Northallerton library, children will be able to try their hand at cartooning with Wendi New on 10 November or digital storytelling with Pete Gough on 24 November. In Ripon, the Squigglers children’s art group will hold special sessions after school on 5, 12 and 19 November to create artist’s books, comics and ’zines.

Booking for all these events is essential. To book, contact the relevant library.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Pictures can be as important as words in storytelling, and the events being hosted by libraries as part of this festival will give young people a wonderful opportunity to understand better that aspect of literature and to try it for themselves.”

Libraries will host events with local school groups, including comic art masterclasses in Knaresborough and Ripon led by artist Kev F Sutherland, illustration workshops with author Stephen Waterhouse in Skipton and photobook workshops with artist and photographer Jonny Bark in Thirsk.

A number of GCSE students from Caedmon College in Whitby will add a splash of colour to Whitby library with their own mural. Pop along to the library from mid-November to see their work. Throughout the month, many libraries will run a picture book quiz featuring some of the nation’s favourite picture books. Classic works of children’s illustration will be on display in Harrogate and Scarborough libraries.

The festival has been organised by the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) Yorkshire and the Humber branch and is supported by Arts Council funding.