Libraries support Family Learning Festival

This story was published 19 September 2018

North Yorkshire libraries will support Family Learning Festival throughout October with events, activities and displays to encourage people to learn something new.

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Family Learning Festival is the biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK, aiming to bring families together for learning that is fun, informal and inspiring.  Libraries across North Yorkshire have lots of exciting plans guaranteed to do just that.

If your children are starting to learn coding at school and you want to know what they’re doing, the library is the place to go. Malton, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Skipton and Northallerton are among the libraries running coding sessions for families.

Selby library will host children’s author Christina Gabbitas for stories and songs on Wednesday, 10 October, from 10.30am to 11.30am. Children’s poet Kate Wakeling will be at Ripon library as she reads from her prize-winning collection, Moon Juice, on Saturday, 13 October, from 10am to 11am.

On 2 November at 2pm, Pickering library will host Rise of the Shadow Stealers, a performance by Suitcase and Spectacles Theatre Company using puppetry, music and mime.

Other events include:

  • 12 October, 7pm: Words and Music, an evening celebrating the work of the Bronte sisters at Skipton library.
  • 15 October to 3 November at Northallerton library: an exhibition of photographs and information featuring the former Northallerton prison site through the ages.
  • 26 October to 2 November at Whitby library: Truth and Fantasy is the latest exhibition by Art Unpacked. Free family drawing activities will also take place during the half-term holiday to mark this exhibition.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “As always, libraries across North Yorkshire are putting on a wide range of activities to celebrate Family Learning Festival.  There is bound to be something to inspire people of all ages and interests.”

For more information about any of these events, contact your local library.