A Right Royal Tea Party!

Kick-off your celebrations of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style at Easingwold Community Library on Wednesday 1st June.

Join us between 1.30pm and 3.30pm for tea, coffee and cakes provided by our lovely volunteers and our partners, North Yorkshire Libraries. Everyone is welcome at this FREE drop-in event. We’ll be outdoors in the library garden under the willow tree (or indoors if the weather is unhelpful).

‘Now Then!’

Does ‘scone’ rhyme with ‘gone’ or ‘bone’? And if you’re really tired, are you ‘paggered’ or ‘jiggered’?

May is Local History Month and libraries across North Yorkshire are working with the University of Leeds, alongside the Dales Countryside Museum and Ryedale Folk Museum, to update the Survey of English Dialects. Our ways of speaking shift and much may well have changed since the original research in the 1950s.

As part of this project, Easingwold Community Library has a special dialect station throughout May where you can pick up a questionnaire and have your say… in whatever dialect you choose!

You’ll find survey cards inviting you to share your local dialect words, and your adopted/inherited dialect words. Do you have unique family favourite expressions? Children can enjoy wordsearches and quizzes too.

Drop by the library during May and have your say.

And don’t forget our special FREE event ‘Unnatural Workings’ with North Yorkshire poet David Smith on Thursday 19th May. Details are here.

Unnatural Workings: a Very Special Event:

Join us on Thursday 19th May for a very special event to celebrate Community & Local History Month 2022. We’re playing host to poet David Smith who will be entertaining with favourite selections from his several books including ‘Only Rumour Survives’, ‘Corset Pink Walls’, ‘The Stencil Room’ etc.

David lives and writes in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. Born into a farming family, his work often uses his rural grounding to reflect and observe the world. He is active in local writing and poetry groups. Copies of David’s books will be available on the day for you to take home and savour at your leisure.

We offer two sessions at 11am and 1pm. This is a FREE event though, as ever, charitable donations to the library are very welcome. To book your place please drop by the library, call 01609 534584 or email ecl.generalenquiries@gmail.com.

eBooks Have Moved

On Friday 22nd April, the North Yorkshire Libraries eBook collection moved from the Libby app to BorrowBox. You’ll now need to use the BorrowBox app for all new eBook loans.

Borrowbox offers the same range and quality of titles with improved accessibility and searchability. It consistently has the highest rating of any similar app, ranking 4.8 to 5 stars in the main app stores. This reflects its efficiency, ease of use and popularity amongst users.

Existing ebook borrowers should already have had an email from North Yorkshire Libraries explaining the change. Information for existing and new eBook customers, including answers to common questions, is here.

Remembering Shirley Hughes

Very sad news this week that much-loved children’s author Shirley Hughes has passed away at the age of 94.

Shirley’s engaging and delightful stories and illustrations – perhaps most famously ‘Alfie’ and ‘Dogger’ – have brought joy to generations of children. During her long career she illustrated over 200 children’s books and sold more than 10 million copies. Her story-telling legacy will live on forever.

Drop by the library this week to see a display of Shirley’s books, all available to borrow and enjoy with your young ones.

RIP Shirley – we know you’ll be kicking through a pile of leaves in your wellies somewhere in heaven.