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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.

  • Meet the Author Events 2018. East Riding Libraries’ author talks feature a wide range of both emerging and established writers and poets. Hear readings, learn about the creative process and interact with the authors.

Read more about these author events below.

Meet the Author Events 2018 

Sarah Dunnakey

Bridlington Central Library, Thursday 7 June, 6.30 - 8pm
All tickets at £3.00

Sarah has had various short story anthologies published and in 2014 she won the Northern Writers award for her novel ‘The Companion’ which has been described as ‘Utterly charming, wonderfully creepy and rich with mystery. The Companion is a rare treat.’ 

Reserve 'The Companion' paperback edition (external website)              Reserve 'The Companion' hardback edition (external website)

Sarah now writes and verifies for several quiz shows such as University Challenge and Pointless.

Tickets can be purchased online (external website), in person at Bridlington Central Library, or by phone (01482) 392699


Richard Smyth

Bridlington North Library, Thursday 21 June, 2 - 4pm

This event is an Author Talk & Walk

Richard is a writer, researcher and editor for various publications such as The Times, Guardian and BBC Wildlife. His latest book ‘A Sweet Wild Note’ examines the theme of Bird Song and our engagement with the world around us.

Ticket information will be available as soon as possible.

Reserve Richard Smyth books (external website)

Are there any children's events in my area?

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

  • I Love My Dinosaur - Half Term Storytime.
  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11.

Read more about these children's events below:

I Love My Dinosaur Storytime

This half-term holiday join us at East Riding Libraries and Customer Services for a fun filled, dinosaur themed, FREE storytime session.
Fancy dress is always welcome along with Dinosaur Friends!
Living with a dinosaur is the best of fun, especially as nobody seems to mind when things get a little out of control!

Beverley Library
Tuesday 29 May, 10.30 to 11.30am
For children aged 2 to 11 years old
(01482) 392750

Bridlington Central Library
Wednesday 30 May, 10.30 to 11 am
For children aged 3 to 6 years old
(01262) 672917

Bridlington North Library
Thursday 31 May, 10.30 to 11.30am
For children aged 0 to 5 years old
(01262) 671468

Bridlington North Library
Tuesday 29 May, 2.30 to 3.30pm
For children aged 5 to 10 years old
(01262) 671468

Cottingham Centre
Thursday 31 May, 2.30 to 3pm
For children aged 0 to 8 years old
(01482) 393939

Howden Centre
Friday 1 June, 11 to 11.30am
For children aged 0 to 8 years old
(01482) 393939

Pocela Centre (Pocklington)
Thursday 31 May, 2 to 3pm
For children aged 2 to 7 years old
(01482) 393939

Snaith Library
Thursday 31 May, 11 to 11.30am
For children aged 0 to 8 years old
(01405) 860096 or (01482) 393939

South Cave Library
Thursday 31 May, 3 to 3.25pm
For children aged 0 to 8 years old
(01430) 422901

Willerby Library
Thursday 31 May, 3 to 3.30pm
For children aged 0 to 6 years old
(01482) 658077

Withernsea Centre
Thursday 31 May, 2.15 to 3pm
For children aged 0 to 5 years old
(01482) 393939

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

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:

  • Free internet help sessions at Hessle Centre, Swanland Library and Willerby Library
  • 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.

Read more about these computer events below:

Free internet help sessions

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

  • Hessle Centre, Tuesday 12 June, 10am - 12 noon
  • Swanland Library, Wednesday 23 May, Wednesday 27 June, both sessions from 9 - 11am
  • Willerby Library, Thursday 21 June, 2 - 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

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


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

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)

Find a branch library

View mobile library information

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 

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:

  • Family History. A dedicated page on 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 2017 - 2018 (pdf 218kb opens in a new window)

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
  • Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB) drop-in sessions.

Read more about these other events below:

  • 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, 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

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 with a representative from ERVAS at the Libraries below 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 these venues. 

Driffield Centre
Dates and times to be confirmed
Contact the Volunteer Centre for more information (01482) 871077.  

Goole Library 
Dates and times to be confirmed
Contact the Volunteer Centre for more information (01482) 871077.  

Hornsea Library
Dates and times to be confirmed
Contact the Volunteer Centre for more information (01482) 871077.


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. 
(01482) 897651 for more information.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2018