Art sessions, poetry readings and author talks are among the highlights of a week-long initiative to encourage residents to see what is on offer at their local library.
Libraries Week takes place each October to promote the services, resources and activities taking place in libraries across the UK. This year’s theme, Never Stop Learning, will highlight the central role that libraries play in supporting life-long learning.
Among the events on offer in the week from 3 to 9 October is a talk from actor, musician and choreographer Tim Tubbs called Victorian Crime on the North-East Coast which will delve into the surprisingly dark and sinister side of Victorian seaside resorts. It will be held at 10.30am on 6 October at Filey library and the talk will be livestreamed.
Bestselling author Andrew Martin is hosting a talk at Scarborough library on his railway detective series and his new book, Yorkshire There and Back. It will be held at 6pm on 6 October, and tickets are £4, which include a glass of wine.
Free beginner art sessions are on offer at several libraries from local artist Wendi New who has experience of working with groups from a wide range of backgrounds.
In celebration of National Poetry Day on 6 October, Rodney Dimbleby from the Yorkshire Dialect Society will host a talk at Ripon library at 2pm.
On 7 October, Malton library is running poetry readings by Malton Library Poetry Group as well as local poet Daniela Nunnari who will then lead a poetry writing workshop, encouraging visitors to write environmentally themed poems.
Elsewhere, Boroughbridge library is offering a free mindfulness taster session with MIND mental health charity, Stokesley library is holding a Ukulele class and Northallerton library is helping visitors to pot their own plant.
Executive member for libraries, Cllr Greg White, said: “Libraries Week is an opportunity to showcase all of the fantastic activities the service has to offer. This year, it’s all about celebrating the role that libraries play in supporting life-long learning.
“Throughout the week a number of libraries will host an activities fair to encourage residents to find out more about local groups and events. There is so much to choose from so I would urge everyone to get involved.”
Craven College and North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service will visit Bentham, Ingleton, Settle, Skipton and South Craven libraries throughout the week to promote learning opportunities and run taster sessions.