Libraries aim to inspire you to learn

North Yorkshire libraries are setting out to inspire people of all ages to have a go at learning something new during the Festival of Learning from 19 to 25 June.

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Coordinated by the National Learning and Work Institute and supported by the Department for Education, the aim of the festival is to inspire people nationwide into lifelong learning for the positive and transformational effect it can have on lives.

Learning is one of the Society of Chief Librarians universal offers as in their words “libraries are there for you throughout your learning journey, because they are in your local area and they are open and accessible to all”.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “North Yorkshire libraries will have something for everyone, whether you already love to learn, are thinking about learning something new or are involved in organising learning activities for others. If you want to keep your mind active or learn with others from your community, visit a library close to you to take part in this year’s Festival of Learning.”

Festival events at libraries include:

Eastfield library

  • Tuesday 19 June, 3.30pm to 4.30pm - Family Crafts: drop-in session making mobile phone covers.
  • Wednesday 20 June - Ancestry for Beginners: learn how to research your family history using Ancestry.com.
  • Friday 22 June, 3.30pm to 4.30pm - Family Crafts: drop-in session making pom-pom key rings.

For more information please contact Eastfield community library - More Than Books on 01609 536133 or email morethanbooks10@gmail.com.

Harrogate library

  • Monday 18 June, 11am to 12 noon - Hero’s Journey: An interactive story where you decide what happens. Join in or just sit back and enjoy the journey. Free but booking required.
  • Monday 18 June, 1pm to 4pm - Family history research: Want to research family history but don’t know where to begin or are looking for further sources? Book a free one-to-one session with our family historian.
  • Tuesday 19 June, 10am to 11am and 11.15am to 12.15pm - Introduction to coding for adults: Learn what coding is and that it's not as scary as it sounds. Basic keyboard and mouse skills required. Free but booking required.
  • Wednesday 20 June, 9am to 11.45am - Family history drop-in: Want to research family history but don’t know where to begin or are looking for further sources? Pop in to speak to the family history volunteer.
  • Wednesday 20 June, 10.30am to 12 noon - Craft ’n’ Chat: informal community drop-in sessions for anyone interested in knitting, exchanging patterns and ideas.
  • Wednesday 20 June, 10.30am to 12 noon - All A-board Games Group: Play board games with other board game lovers. Free.
  • Thursday 21 June, 10.30am to 11.45am - Craft Group: knitting, crochet, felting, stitching, embroidery. Share tips, get new ideas, meet fellow crafters.
  • Saturday 23 June, 2.30pm to 3.30pm - Self-publishing: self-publishing is easier than ever. Find out how. Free but booking required.

For more information please contact Harrogate library on 01609 536658 or email harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Knaresborough library

  • Monday 18 June, 10am to 1pm - Family history drop-in: Want to research family history but don’t know where to begin or are looking for further sources? Book a free one-to-one session with our family historian.
  • Tuesday 19 June, 2pm to 3pm - Card making workshop for adults. Free.
  • Saturday 23 June, 9.30am to 11am - One-to-one tablet and iPad help (drop-in). Free.

For more information please contact Knaresborough library on 01609 533610 or email knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Leyburn library

  • Tuesday 19 June, 10am to 12.30pm - Free beginners’ tech clinic drop-in session. Take your device and get help and tips from the volunteer tech whizz.

For more information please contact Leyburn community library on 01609 535971 or email contact@leyburntowncouncil.co.uk.

Malton library

  • Monday 18 June, 2.15pm to 4.30pm - IT Support: Confused by computers? Intrigued by the internet? Speak to a member of the library team to book a session with one of our IT volunteers. They can work with you on the library computers or on your personal device.
  • Tuesday 19 June, 4pm to 7pm - Family History Support: Need help getting started researching your family or have you reached a hurdle and would like some help? One-to-one family history support.
  • Friday 22 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm - IT Support: Confused by computers? Intrigued by the internet? Speak to a member of the library team to book a session with one of our IT volunteers. They can work with you on the library computers or on your personal device.
  • Saturday 23 June, 10am to 12 noon - Skill Sharing Bonanza: drop-in and try something new with a variety of free taster sessions, including crocheting, art, bridge, coding, knitting and more.

For more information please contact Malton library on 01609 534565 or email malton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Northallerton library

  • Tuesday 19 June, 2pm to 4pm; Wednesday 20 June, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm; and Thursday 21 June, 2pm to 3pm - IT support session with volunteers: speak to a member of the library team to book a session with an IT volunteer. They can work with you on the library computers or on your personal device. Booking required.

For more information please contact Northallerton library on 01609 533832 or email northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Pickering library

  • 18 to 23 June - Bee Spectacular: A variety of bee-themed activities throughout the week, including a bee treasure trail in the library, honey taste tests and a bee suit to try on.
  • Tuesday 19 June, 12 noon to 2pm - Beekeeping information session: Our resident beekeeping expert will hold a question and answer session on beekeeping.
  • Thursday 21 June, 5pm to 7pm - Meet the beekeeper: presentation on beekeeping followed by a question and answer session.
  • Thursday 21 June, 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Craft and Chat: share tips, get new ideas, meet fellow crafters.

For more information please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624 or email pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Ripon library

  • Tuesday 19 June, afternoon - Craft Group: knitting, crochet, felting, stitching, embroidery. Share tips, get new ideas, meet fellow crafters.
  • Friday 22 June, afternoon - Ancestry.com advice sessions: Want to research family history but don’t know where to begin or are looking for further sources? Book a free one-to-one session with our family historian.

For more information please contact Ripon library on 01609 536623 or email ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Scarborough library

  • Monday 18 June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm; Tuesday 19 June, 9am to 12 noon; Wednesday 20 June, 10am to 2pm; Thursday 21 June, 10am to 12 noon; and Saturday 23 June, 12 noon to 3pm - IT Support: Confused by computers? Intrigued by the internet? Speak to a member of the library team to book a session with one of our IT volunteers. They can work with you on the library computers or on your personal device.
  • Thursday 21 June, 10am to 12 noon - Ten-minute Tasters: drop in and try something new with a ten-minute taster session. Sessions include French, Italian, British Sign Language, coding, collage, fitness, painting and more.
  • Saturday 23 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm - Family History Support: Need help getting started researching your family or have you reached a hurdle and would like some help? One-to-one family history support. 

For more information please contact Scarborough library on 01609 536602 or email scarborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Selby library

  • Friday 22 June, 10am to 12 noon, and Friday 29 June, 10am to 12 noon - IT Support: Internet novice? Have a go with our IT buddy. Informal help to get you started. Please book a free place at Selby library.

For more information please contact Selby library on 01609 534521 or email selby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Settle library

  • Wednesday 20 June, 9am to 12 noon - IT Support: delivered by the Adult Learning Service.

For more information please contact Settle community library on 01609 534535 or email settlelibrary@outlook.com.

Skipton library

  • Monday 18 June, 12 noon to 4pm - Family history help: Want to research family history but don’t know where to begin or are looking for further sources? Book a free one-to-one session with our family history expert Gill Rushton.
  • Wednesday 20 June, 10am to 12 noon - Knit & Natter: knitting, crochet, felting, stitching, embroidery. Share tips, get new ideas, meet fellow crafters

For more information please contact Skipton library on 01609 534548 or email skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Whitby library

  • Thursday 14 June, 10am to 12 noon - Collage: learn the creative art of collaging.

For more information please contact Whitby library on 01609 534350 or email whitby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

This story was published 4 June 2018