Get involved in futuristic design at Pickering Library

This story was published 8 May 2019

Virtual reality and digital arts will be amongst the futuristic and high-tech attractions at North Yorkshire’s third pop-up “Digital Makey” workshop.

Virtual reality headsets in use at Pickering Library in North Yorkshire

The event at Pickering Library on Thursday, 30 May, allows people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in putting together technical creations and explore their ideas for creative design. As well as offering local communities free access to technology, the Digital Makey workshops also give people the opportunity to socialise and learn.

There will be all kinds of creative tech kit made available at the library in Pickering, including small, programmable computers such as Raspberry Pi, Micro:bits and robotic Lego. The library will also be hosting a BBC Virtual Reality Pop-Up Hub, which will showcase a brand new BBC virtual reality experience.

The virtual reality headsets were bought as part as a Dragon’s Den-style exercise among North Yorkshire County Council library service staff members, who were asked to devise innovative ideas to improve the service. The best ideas were selected to go before a panel of county councillors and officers, who decided to invest in the headsets.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said “The creation of these pop-up spaces builds on libraries’ long tradition of supporting learning. People across the county who will be able to get hands-on with the latest digital kit and learn how to use it in fun, exciting and creative ways.”

The Digital Makey event takes place at Pickering Library on The Ropery, Pickering between 10am and 2pm on May 30. It is free to attend, but some activities, including using the virtual reality headsets, should be booked in advance.

Contact Pickering Library for more details on 01609 533624 or email;