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Library events

Are there any literary events in my area?

Yes, the following literary events are taking place across the East Riding.  

  • Meet the Author - Cassandra Parkin. South Cave Library, Wednesday 22 February, 6.30 - 8pm.
  • We're going on a Library Safari - Monday 20 to Friday 24 February in various Libraries: Fun stories for children, a safari hunt around the Library and some fun craft activities.

Read more information about the events below.

Meet the Author - Cassandra Parkin

East Riding Libraries welcome local Author Cassandra Parkin this February. Cassandra will be talking and reading from her highly popular latest book 'Lily's House!' 

Come and join us for a relaxed evening of reading, questions and conversation. 

South Cave Library, Wednesday 22 February, 6.30 - 8pm, Tickets £3.00, Refreshments included.
East Riding events (external website)

We're going on a Library Safari

We're going on a Library Safari, we're going to catch a good book! 

Join us at East Riding Libraries this February Half-Term for an animal-themed storytime, inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Beverley Art Gallery, running from 11 February to 22 April. 

Our team have selected some fun stories including One to Ten, Animal Mayhem by Thomas Flintham; ideally suited to pre-schoolers and David Walliams's wonderful First Hippo on the Moon which is fun for all the family. There will also be a Safari hunt around the Library, and some fun craft activities. 

Animal-themed fancy dress is most definitely welcome. 

Pocela Centre - Pocklington 
Monday 20 February, 10.30 - 11.15am
East Riding events (external website)

Beverley Library
Tuesday 21 February, 10.30 - 11.30am
East Riding events (external website)

Driffield Centre
Tuesday 21 February, 11.15 - 11.45am
East Riding events (external website)

The Wicstun Centre - Market Weighton
Tuesday 21 February, 11 - 11.45am
East Riding events (external website)

Anlaby Library at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice
Tuesday 21 February, 10 - 10.30am
East Riding events (external website)

North Ferriby Library
Tuesday 21 February, 3 - 3.30pm
East Riding events (external website)

Bridlington Central Library
Tuesday 21 February, 10 - 11am
East Riding events (external website)

Hedon Library
Wednesday 22 February, 10 - 11am
East Riding events (external website)

North Bridlington Library
Wednesday 22 February, 2.30 - 3.30pm
East Riding events (external website)

Swanland Library
Wednesday 22 February, 9.30 - 10am
East Riding events (external website)

Bridlington Central Library 
Wednesday 22 February, 2.15 - 3.15pm
East Riding events (external website)

Goole Library
Thursday 23 February, 2 - 3pm
East Riding events (external website)

South Cave Library
Thursday 23 February, 3 - 3.25pm
East Riding events (external website)

North Bridlington Library
Thursday 23 February, 10.30 - 11.30am
East Riding events (external website)

Hessle Centre
Thursday 23 February, 10 - 11am 
East Riding events (external website)

Flamborough Library
Thursday 23 February, 2.30 - 3.15pm
East Riding events (external website)

The Withernsea Centre
Thursday 23 February, 2.30 - 3.30pm
East Riding events (external website)

Willerby Library
Thursday 23 February, 3 - 3.30pm
East Riding events (external website)

Hornsea Library
Thursday 23 February, 11 - 11.30am
East Riding events (external website)

Snaith Library
Thursday 23 February, 11 - 11.30am
East Riding events (external website)

Anlaby Library at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice
Friday 24 February, 10 - 1030am
East Riding events (external website)

Howden Centre
Friday 24 February, 11 - 11.30am
East Riding events (external website)

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Are there any health related events or activities taking place in libraries?

Yes, the following health events are taking place across the East Riding.

  • Reminiscence
  • Digital Reminiscence Therapy unit

You can read more about the events and activities below.

Reminiscence

Endorsed by the Alzheimer's society, Reminiscence Sessions are for those living with dementia and their carers to meet others in a similar situation and enjoy reminiscing together. Items from memory boxes, photographs and books are used to stimulate conversation. 100 percent of attendees at East Riding Library Reminiscence sessions have told us it improved their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Also, 86 percent said the sessions were really fun too! Contact your local library for details on your nearest session:

Find a library or mobile library

Digital Reminiscence Therapy Unit

Digital Reminiscence Therapy Units enable people with memory issues or dementia and their carers to create a digital life story with photos, music, and captions. The life story can be used as a personal reminiscence tool for those living with memory issues or dementia. 

Reminiscence therapy and life story work have been proved to: Improve the mood, cognitive ability and wellbeing of those with mild to moderate dementia or memory issues.

Improve the relationship, whether family or professional, between the person with memory issues or dementia and their carer.

There are two units available for use in library branches. You can find your nearest library using the link below and contact them to arrange use of the units: 

Find a library or mobile library

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Are there any computer events in my area?

Yes, the following computer events are taking place across the East Riding:

  • Tablet Time are weekly group meetings to share knowledge and ideas about tablet computing 
  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11
  • Free self-paced online computer courses.

You can read more about each of the events below:

Tablet Time

This informal group meet weekly in the library, with their tablets, to share knowledge and ideas. Everyone is welcome from beginners, through to more experienced users who can share knowledge and techniques with the rest of the group. Please bring your own tablet and participate in our group ethos: ‘Share problems – Share knowledge – Have fun’

Anlaby Library at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice
Every Tuesday from 11am to 12 midday
Tel: (01482) 393939

Goole Library
Every Thursday from 2 to 3pm
Tel: (01405) 762187

Hedon Library
Every Thursday from 10 to 11am
Tel: (01482) 897651

North Bridlington Library
Every Tuesday from 2 to 3pm
Tel: (01262) 671468

Willerby Library
Every Tuesday from 1 to 2pm
Tel: (01482) 658077

Code Club

Code Club has teamed up with East Riding Libraries to deliver a network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Run weekly during term-time only, children will be able to progress their Coding skills whilst using their imagination to make creative projects. We make use of Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python software. 

Code Club is running in the following Libraries. Places are limited so please call the library to book your place or to get more information.

Anlaby Library at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice
Mondays, 4 to 5pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939

Bridlington Central Library
Mondays, 5 to 6pm 
Tel: (01262) 672917 

North Bridlington Library
Saturdays, 2 to 3pm 
Tel: (01262) 671468 

Goole Library
Wednesdays, 4.30 to 5.30pm 
Tel: (01405) 762187 

Hedon Library
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 897651  

Hessle Centre
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Hornsea Library
Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm
Tel: (01964) 532561 

North Ferriby Library
Thursdays, 4 to 5pm
Tel: (01482) 632227

Swanland Library
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm
Tel: (01482) 634896

We are always looking to expand our events and Code Club needs volunteers to teach children to code in many areas of East Riding. If you are interested in volunteering for Code Club please register your details on the Code Club website.

Code Club (external website)

Free self-paced online computer courses

Our friendly library staff can guide you and support you to learn the basics of computing. All the static libraries have the facilities to get you started with the basics of computing, using a mouse, using a keyboard, internet basics, setting up an email account, creating documents and much more.

We use the Learn My Way website, which allows you to learn at your own pace on days and times that suit you. Once you have learnt the basics of computing you can access many other free courses, for example: online shopping, using a digital camera, watching and listening online, staying safe online, finding a job online, the list is almost endless!

It is free to use the libraries desktop PCs, or if you have your own portable device like a tablet or laptop you can bring it in and use our free unlimited WiFi to go through your courses. There's even a course on using a touchscreen.

You can visit the Learn My Way website by clicking the link below. If you would like to give free self-paced computer courses a try you can do this from home or just go into your local library and ask any member of staff for more details.

Learn My Way (external website)

Find a library or mobile library 

If self-paced online learning isn't your choice of learning computing, the Adult learning service holds regular lessons and sessions at their centres. Use the course finder to see if a course is suitable for you.

Visit the course finder

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Are there any family history research events in my area?

There are no family history events taking place at the moment.

You may find visiting these pages will support your family history research.

Library catalogue - Local Studies page (external website)

East Riding Archives, Family and Local History

Archive events

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Are there any other events that take place in libraries?

Yes, the following other events are taking place across the East Riding.

  • East Riding Voluntary Action Service (ERVAS) Volunteering drop in sessions.
  • All libraries have regular events such as Bounce and Rhyme story time sessions, Children's, Teenage and Adult Reading Groups, Knit and Natter groups, Family History Help Desks, Writing Groups and much more. To see what events take place in your local library, use the Find a library or mobile library link below:

Find a library or mobile library

East Riding Voluntary Action Service (ERVAS) Volunteering drop in sessions

Do you have some spare time on your hands? Come along for a one-to-one chat at Hornsea Library with a representative from ERVAS and find out how you can get involved in volunteering in the local area. The ERVAS volunteering drop-in sessions take place on a monthly basis and are aimed at helping people to find the right volunteering opportunity for them. With over 600 live opportunities in the East Riding at any one time, there is something for everyone. As well as this, they are here to help organisations with any support they need to run a successful volunteering programme. Disabled access is available at this venue.

Hornsea Library

Tuesday 14 March - 10am to 12 midday
East Riding events (external website)

Wednesday 19 April - 10am to 12 midday
East Riding events (external website)

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Do Libraries have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts?

Yes we do have our own Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To follow us you can visit:

East Riding Libraries on Facebook (external website)

Or search for: 'East Riding Libraries, Museums and Archives'

East Riding Libraries on Twitter (external website)

Or search for: EastRidingLMA @ERidingLMA

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