Libraries Week: why it’s a month-long celebration in North Yorkshire

Libraries across North Yorkshire are extending the national celebration of Libraries Week across the whole of October; thanks to the abundance of events on offer.

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The theme of this year’s campaign, from 7 to 12 October, is to celebrate the role of libraries in the digital world and how they engage communities with technology.

Easingwold library is running a stop-motion movie club; Boroughbridge, Ripon and Nidderdale Plus are hosting speed databasing – a fun whistle-stop tour of their online resources; and Eastfield and Malton are holding virtual reality events.

However, the service has chosen the same month to celebrate other much-loved activities such as author talks from Madeleine Wilson, Paul Zealand and Kate Spencer at Harrogate library.

Several libraries, including Filey, Whitby and Great Ayton, are also holding poetry events on or around National Poetry Day on 3 October.

Northallerton library is hosting a Forensic Science for Families session, Leyburn library has a healthy lifestyle treasure hunt and Pickering library is introducing a More Than Movies club.

A new Book Bingo scheme will also be launched on 7 October in a bid to inspire residents to try reading something new. You can pick up a bingo card at any library.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “There is so much planned for libraries across North Yorkshire it would be impossible to cram it all into one week of celebrations.

“From learning the value of libraries in the digital world to meeting some talented authors, there’s bound to be something for everyone. If you haven’t been to your local library for a while or you’re looking for things to do this autumn, now is definitely the time to go.”

To find out more, contact your local library.

This story was published 24 September 2019