Have a Go Month has kicked off with opportunities across the county for adults to rediscover the joy of learning.
The chance to try something new is being offered in North Yorkshire’s libraries during September to mark the Festival of Learning Have a Go Month, the biggest annual celebration of lifelong learning in England.
The festival highlights the benefits of learning, celebrates achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and encourages everyone to embrace lifelong learning.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “It is never too late to learn something new and a visit to your library may reveal exciting opportunities. Learning can help to increase self-confidence, enhance career prospects and improve health and wellbeing and is a great way to make new friends.”
Sessions at libraries include family history sessions in Northallerton; baby signing to show parents how to communicate with their children before they can talk at Harrogate; an Arabic calligraphy workshop in Selby; and Get Online tasters across the county. Many activities are free. To find out more, contact your local library or view the library events listings.
Festival of Learning Have a Go month events include:
Bilton & Woodfield Community Library
- IT support , Saturday, 28 September: drop-in between 10.30am and noon.
- Artist demonstration by Richard Stobbs of Glasshouses Art Group: Saturday, 28 September, 10.30am to noon, contact the library for more details.
- Family history support, Friday 13 September and Friday 27 September: drop in between 2pm and 3.30pm.
Catterick Community Library
- New PC taster session and introduction to free online resources: Wednesday 11 September, 11am to noon; Wednesday 18 September, 3pm-4pm, free, call the library to book on 01609 534595.
Colburn Community Library
- New PC taster session and introduction to free online resources, Thursday 19 September, 2pm-3pm; Thursday 26 September, 2pm-3pm, free call the library to book on 01609 534592.
Great Ayton Discovery Centre
- New PC taster session and introduction to free online resources: Tuesday 24 September, 1.30pm-2.30pm, free, call the library to book on 01642 723268.
- Harrogate Library Noir, Saturday 14 September, 1pm-3pm, £3: hear from five authors about their route to publication as well as hearing readings from their latest novels.
- Baby Signing, Thursday 19 September, 10.30am-11am, free, booking essential: an opportunity for parents to learn how to communicate with their child before they can talk. Join Sarah from Tiny Talk Harrogate and Ripon for a taster session.
- Coderdojo, Wednesday 18 September, 5-7pm, free: Coding activities for 11-18-year-olds, supported by mentors who work in the digital industry.
- Family History support, every Wednesday morning, free: call the library to book.
- IT support: free, various sessions available, call the library to book.
- Creative writing group: monthly, first Monday of each month, 10am-noon, free.
- IT support, Tuesdays, 9.30-11am, and Saturdays, 9.30-11am.
Leyburn Community Library
- New PC taster session and introduction to free online resources, Monday 16 September, 11am to noon, free, call the library on to book on 01609 535971.
- The North of England in the Tudor Era: Wednesday, 11 September, 10am to noon, a free WEA taster session. Tutor Alison Dale will explore what was happening in the North of England in the late medieval and Tudor eras, concentrating on how change affected the area and how the north coped with and responded to change. To enrol, call 0300 303 3464 or online at wea.org.uk.
- Join Alex Marchant for a Books & Beverages talk: Wednesday 18 September, 10-11am, a member of the Richard III Society, Alex is an archaeologist turned author with a fascination for history, particularly the Wars of the Roses. The rediscovery of King Richard’s grave in 2012 inspired her novels, The Order of the White Boar, and its sequel, The King’s Man, free, call 01609 533832 to book or turn up on the day.
- Knit & Natter: every Wednesday, 10.30am to noon in the lending library. Informal community-led craft drop-in sessions for anyone interested in knitting, exchanging patterns and ideas. Learn a new skill, or just have a cuppa and chat, free, all welcome.
- Family history sessions: weekly on Fridays 10am to noon. Need help getting started with family history research, or assistance with existing research? Book a free one-to-one with our volunteer Jacky.
- IT support sessions: weekly, Tuesdays 10am to noon, Wednesdays 10am to noon and 2pm-4pm, and Thursdays 3pm-4pm, free one-to-one IT support sessions with volunteers. Contact the library to check availability and to book your place.
Richmond Community Library
- New PC taster session and introduction to free online resources: Tuesday 10 September, 2pm-3pm; Thursday 19 September, 2pm-3pm; Tuesday 24 September, 1.30pm-2.30pm, free, call the library to book on 01609 534580.
- Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Razwan Ul-Haq: Saturday 21 September, 10am to noon, £2.50, call the library to book on 01609 534521.
- 1069 & All That – What Was Selby Like 950 Years Ago? A talk by David Lewis, Wednesday 25 September, 6.30pm-7.30pm, £2.50, call the library to book on 01609 534521.
- Coffee, cake & crime with Julia Chapman, Thursday 5 September, 10.30am: tickets £2, booking essential.
- Disabled street children of Kolkata, an illustrated talk by Anna and Jon Prosser: Thursday 19 September, 7.30pm, free.
- Creative writing group, Wednesday 25 September, 6pm-8pm, free.
- Coffee Plus, Thursday 26 September 10.45am: Admiral Nurses by Julia Gardner of Dementia UK, free.
- Family history help, every Monday, noon to 4pm, free.
- IT support, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to noon, free.
The Globe, Stokesley
- New PC taster session and introduction to free online resources: Thursday 12 September, 10.30am-11.30am and 2pm-3pm, free, call the library to book on 01609 533461.
- The Supermobile is offering free online taster sessions over the first two weeks of September, covering all of its stops. These will focus on the library catalogue and all the resources that can be accessed through it, such as making requests and accessing online audiobooks and eBooks. Find the Supermobile schedule.