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Library events

A wide variety of events and activities are available in East Riding libraries.

Are there any author events in my area?

Yes, the following author events are taking part across the East Riding:

Festival of Words, 18 to 21 October

Four jam-packed days full of poetry, literature and spoken word events.
East Riding Libraries are delighted to present their recently revamped literature festival; The East Riding Festival of Words which has been
carefully created by our expert library team, who keep a close eye on what you like reading and what’s new in the world of books. Read more below.

The Lightless Pumpkin

Two shows per day at 2pm and 4.30pm on Monday 29 October, Tuesday 30 October and Wednesday 31 October.
After a sell-out run last year, She Productions returns this Halloween for a trick or treat of a show, following the loveable Lightless Pumpkin in a brand new adventure! Read more below.

The Memory Project by Elizabeth Godber

Smashing Mirrors Theatre brings a touching and emotional new show based on interviews with real East Yorkshire families, looking at the difficult, trying, and at times hilarious journey through Dementia. From the team that brought you 'Ruby and the Vinyl' come and catch this new show at a library near you. All tickets at £5.00. Read more below for venues, show times and ticket booking.

Meet the Author Events 2018

East Riding Libraries’ author talks feature a wide range of both emerging and established writers and poets. Visit the events to:

  • hear readings
  • learn about the creative process
  • interact with the authors
Read more below.

Festival of Words, 18 to 21 October
Four jam-packed days full of poetry, literature and spoken word events.

The four day festival has a sparkling line up featuring some of the hottest debut writers, local bestsellers and a day dedicated to crime fiction 
culminating in something rather special. By night, a gang of bestselling crime authors form a band called the Fun Lovin’Crime Writers’, where they 
“murder songs for fun!” A great night of music, drink and dancing for the not too serious gig goer!

The children’s festival features a fabulous line up of fun authors, energetic storytelling and a healthy dose of toilet humour! We’re very excited about Nick Arnold’s Horrible Science Show which brings the multi-award winning ‘Horrible Science’ series to life.

Festival of Words brochure (pdf 1.42mb, opens in a new window)

Book tickets online (external website)

Festival of Words website and book tickets (external website)

Queries? Ring the Festival of Words booking line (01482) 392699, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm


The Lightless Pumpkin

Two shows per day at 2pm and 4.30pm on Monday 29 October, Tuesday 30 October and Wednesday 31 October.

After a sell-out run last year, She Productions returns this Halloween for a trick or treat of a show, following the loveable Lightless Pumpkin in a brand new adventure! Join the BanSHEs, the warbling un-scary fairies, at the theatre and let them lead you on a mini-promenade to Beverley Library. There, you will seek out the Lightless Pumpkin and pals lurking amongst the literature, sing the spooktacular songs and participate in the Pumpkin Parade that takes you back to the comfort of the cafébar at ERT for the rest of the show.

Immerse yourself in this enchantingly interactive event, full of frightful delights for all the family. Clean up your cloaks and wave your wands for a performance that promises to be pumpkintastic!

Prices and book tickets (external website)


The Memory Project by Elizabeth Godber

Smashing Mirrors Theatre brings a touching and emotional new show based on interviews with real East Yorkshire families, looking at the difficult, trying, and at times hilarious journey through Dementia. From the team that brought you 'Ruby and the Vinyl' come and catch this new show at a library near you. All tickets at £5.00. 

Bridlington Central Library, Monday 5 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website) 

Bridlington North Library, Monday 5 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm, book tickets (external website)

Goole Library, Tuesday 6 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm, book tickets (external website)

Hornsea Library, Wednesday 7 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

South Cave Library, Wednesday 7 November, 1.30 to 2.15pm, book tickets (external website)

Willerby Library, Thursday 8 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

Hessle Library and Customer Service Centre, Friday 9 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

Beverley Library, Saturday 10 November, 10.30 to 11.15am, book tickets (external website)

For all shows you can also book by phone, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm, (01482) 392699
Or purchase tickets in person from the relevant library


Meet the Author Events 2018 

Catherine Rayner, Driffield Centre, Monday 24 September, 7 to 8pm, FREE event 
As we recently marked the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte's birth, Catherine Rayner will give a free talk at Driffield Centre about her passion and writing about the Bronte sisters. She has researched the Bronte family for more than 40 years and studied the Bronte's at school and university. Catherine is also a life member, trustee, and the Chair of Conference and Publications Committee for the Bronte Society (external website). Although this is a free event, spaces are limited and you will need to phone Driffield Centre (01482) 393939 to pre-book your attendance.

Are there any children's events in my area?

Yes, the following children's events are taking place across the East Riding:

  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11.

Read more about these children's events below:

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.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre
Mondays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Bridlington North Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am and 11.30am to 12.30pm
Tel: (01262) 671468

Driffield Centre
Mondays, 4.30 to 5.30pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939 

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

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

Hornsea Library
Tuesdays, 4.15 to 5.15pm 
Tel: (01964) 532561 

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

South Cave Library
Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm
Tel: (01430) 422901

Stamford Bridge Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01759) 372487

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)

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

Yes, we have such a wide range of health related events, activities, support and self-help that we have a dedicated page containing all the information. Please visit our Health and well-being page.

Are there any computer events in my area?

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

  • Get Online Week, Try1Thing, 15 to 21 October
  • Free internet help sessions in partnership with KCOM
  • Micro:bits for loan
  • Learn the basics of how to use a tablet
  • 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.
  • Computer and digital skills courses run at East Riding Adult Learning Centres.

Read more about these computer events below:

Get Online Week, Try 1 Thing, 15 to 21 October

All 23 East Riding Libraries and Multi Service Centre's (MSCs), plus our mobile libraries are taking part in this year’s Get Online Week. We want to give people the opportunity to Try 1 Thing - do just one new thing online as a next step to improving your digital skills, mental and physical health, or just something new and interesting. It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced internet user, there's always something new to learn and take an interest in. We are working with other council colleagues to deliver and provide a wide variety of topics and information, some as drop in sessions and others as online information and links. 

Topics, links and information will go live here on 1 October so please come back and take part. 

 

Free internet help sessions in partnership with KCOM

Learn how to get online, help with computers, phones and tablets, new digital skills.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre
Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 16 October. Both sessions 11am to 1pm

North Ferriby Library
Tuesday 11 September and Tuesday 9 October. Both sessions 10am to 12 noon

Petuaria Centre (Brough)
Thursday 13 September and Thursday 11 October. Both sessions 2 to 4pm 

Digital skills are essential to get involved in the modern world, from booking holidays, to accessing learning, checking when your bin will be emptied, to renewing your library books – the digital world opens a lot of doors to information and opportunities, and potentially great savings of both time and money. East Riding Libraries are delighted to be working with KCOM for this project as developing digital skills has been at the core of East Riding Libraries and KCOM's work to ensure everyone has the chance to access the opportunities and information they need. No appointment necessary, just pop in.


Micro:bits for loan

The Micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer available for loan free of charge from all East Riding Libraries. You can use the Micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. 

The Micro:bit is suitable for children and adults but as it contains small parts it is not suitable for children aged 3 years and under. Parental guidance is required for use by under 8 years. 

To reserve, Search the catalogue for 'microbit. You will need your library card number and PIN.
library catalogue (external website)

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 


Learn the basics of how to use a tablet

Download the 'Tablet Time' guide and follow the suggestions to improve your skills and confidence of using your own device:

Tablet Time guide (pdf 347kb opens in new window)

Work through each level on your own, or join/start a 'Tablet Time' team. With this guide saved to your device, you can choose where to level up your tablet skills: At your local library using our free unlimited WiFi, from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.


Tablet Time

This informal team 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 team. Please bring your own tablet and participate in our group ethos: ‘Share problems – Share knowledge – Have fun’

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre
Every Tuesday from 11am to 12 noon 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Goole Library
Every Wednesday from 1 to 2pm 
Tel: (01405) 762187


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.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre 
Mondays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Bridlington North Library 
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01262) 671468

Driffield Centre 
Mondays, 4.30 to 5.30pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939 

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

Hornsea Library 
Tuesdays, 4.15 to 5.15pm 
Tel: (01964) 532561 

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

South Cave Library
Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm
Tel: (01430) 422901

Stamford Bridge Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01759) 372487

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 branch libraries  and some mobile 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 to our branch libraries 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 to your local library and ask any member of staff for more details.

Learn My Way (external website)

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View mobile library information 


Computer and digital skills courses at East Riding Adult Learning Centres

Whether you want to get started using a computer, laptop or tablet or get some experience and a qualification in using Microsoft Office software, East Riding Adult Learning Centres have a range of courses designed to help you in everyday life and work. Courses run at different times during the year.

Find out more and enrol

Are there any family or local history events in my area?

Yes, the following are taking place in a variety of venues across the East Riding:

  • A chance to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goole Library and Museum. Read more below.
  • Yorkshire. A page on our library catalogue about all things Yorkshire Library catalogue (external website)
  • Family History. A page within our library catalogue highlighting relevant local studies stock Library catalogue (external website)
  • Free drop in Help Desk sessions hosted by the East Yorkshire Family History Society (EYFHS).
EYFHS Help Desks April 2018 to March 2019 (pdf 259kb opens in a new window)

A chance to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goole Library and Museum

Goole Library and Museum will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in November, and staff in both facilities would like to collect memories of the building from the public. 
Museum curator Debbie Hardy and librarian Hayley Nicholson are hoping that people will bring in both photographs and anecdotal memories, which can be recorded using the library tablet. The aim is to get enough footage to make a short video which can then be played on the actual anniversary day, projected onto a wall in the library and on to the screen in the Education Room of the Museum. 

There will be drop in days when people can come in and videos can be made  (photos can be handed in at any time). These drop in sessions will be held on Friday, 14 September in the afternoon in the Museum with Debbie Hardy, and on the morning of Saturday, 15 September in the Library with Hayley Nicholson. 

From Debbie and Hayley:
"We would like members of our community to come in and chat to us about their memories of both the library and museum. Maybe they came to the original opening event, saw a memorable exhibition, read a book that changed their lives, met an author or an artist - or anything they want to share with us. We would love people to bring in photographs, specifically of this building, but also of the previous library, and Goole in general. We'd like to take copies of them to add to our collection. We would also like to film people taking about the building, and the previous one. Lots of people comment on the big, grand staircase that used to be here (I remember it too!!) and we want to record these memories to make a short film - anything anecdotal, really.”  

Visitors will be able to write down their memories; transcripts will be in a flip book, along with any photographs brought in by the public. 

For those who would like to take part, but who can’t make it on those dates, people can send in their memories via post or email. The email address is goole.library@eastriding.gov.uk and the postal address is: Goole Library & Museum, Carlisle Street, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 5DS. 

Are there any other events that take place in libraries?

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

Games Groups
Join our new Games Groups and meet new friends whilst playing a variety of board games. The groups are open to all ages. You can build your word power with Scrabble, or flex your strategic muscles with chess. Games are not just for rainy afternoons!!"
Our Game Compendiums include; Chess, Draughts, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Pick-up sticks, Yahtzee, Cards, Domino's and Halma.

Beverley Library, times to be confirmed 

Bridlington Central Library, Wednesdays, 2 to 4pm

Bridlington North Library, Tuesdays, 2 to 4pm

Driffield Centre, Mondays, 1.30 to 3.30pm

Goole Library, Fridays, 2 to 3pm

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre, times to be confirmed 

Hessle Centre, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon

North Ferriby Library, last Tuesday of the month, 10.30 to 11.30am

Stamford Bridge Library, Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm

Willerby Library, Thursdays, 2 to 4pm

Withernsea Centre, Mondays, 2 to 4pm


Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB) drop-in sessions 
HERIB have more than 150 years of experience in providing specialist care and support in the community and offer a wide range of services to meet the ever-changing needs of local people with sight loss. HERIB attend Libraries with a selection of products they can supply to help the blind and partially-sighted and can also provide information and advice regarding their services. 

Hedon Library
Second Wednesday of each month 10.30 to 12 noon. Telephone (01482) 897651 for more information.


All libraries have regular events
Bounce and Rhyme story time sessions, children's, teenage and adult reading groups, knit and natter groups, family history help desks, writing groups, poetry 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 branch library 

View mobile library information

Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 September 2018