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Libraries open the door to a Wonderful World


Oct 8, 2016

North Yorkshire libraries are offering visitors a chance to explore new activities as they embrace the theme of this year’s Family Learning Festival – It’s a Wonderful World!


The festival is the biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK and takes place from 15 to 30 October. Every year, organisations across the country put on thousands of activities that bring families together for learning that’s fun, informal and inspiring.

Families can explore great things to do as a family or try something new in North Yorkshire libraries during the festival. Activities range from crafts and origami to discovering the wonders of space or learning about nature. Events will happen around the county. Contact your local library for more details or visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Library and information Services, said: “It’s great to learn new things as a family and libraries across the county are offering the opportunity to do just that, with a wide variety of activities for free or just a small charge. If people aren’t regular library-goers, they can discover the many services libraries offer for all ages at the same time.”

The highlights include:

  • At Harrogate library visitors will be able to explore the wonders of space in the Cosmodome: an inflatable planetarium, or have a go at writing a ghost story.
  • At Ripon library there will be fun-filled space-themed activities with the University of York: make your own asteroid to take home.
  • At Skipton and Crosshills libraries families can find out about our free digital magazines, comics and books and join in with fun computer activities.
  • Meet author Christina Gabbitas at Selby library.
  • Learn about family history with Mike Greatorex at Boroughbridge.
  • It’s a Wonderful World story times will take place across the county, with themed Winnie the Witch sessions at Easingwold, Richmond and Colburn libraries.
  • Filey library will focus on nature, with craft activities, the chance to make a wormery and a talk from ornithologist Mike Pearson.
  • Scarborough and Scalby libraries will hold a Magical and Mystical Bird event with Scarborough Museum. Also at Scarborough library, families can make a mask, then relive the past with a troubadour from Malton Museum in an interactive story time.
  • Eastfield will be getting spooky with crafts and stories, and
  • Pickering library will hold an origami craft event: learn how to make flying objects, including kites and planes.

Many events are free but for some there is a small charge. Contact your local library for more details.

See the attachment for a full list of library events for the Family Learning Festival.

By Emily