A Thousand Butterflies: Update

We already have over 600 decorated and varnished butterflies and we would now love to have yours to join them!

Please return your butterflies to the community library after we re-open on Monday 12th April. Just drop them in the Butterfly Bin you’ll find in the library.  Here are our opening times.

It would be a great help if you could please return your butterfly by Friday 30th April

We are aiming to welcome the summer and the continuing easing of Lockdown by having the butterfly installation ready for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.

If you’ve changed your mind about being part of the project that’s no problem.  Please simply return your blank butterfly so we can pass it on to someone else.

Library Re-opening.

The community library will re-open on Monday 12th April.

From that date our opening times will be:

Monday   10.00am -12 noon.   2.30pm – 5.00pm.

Tuesday   10.00am -12 noon.

Friday       10.00am – 12 noon.   2.30pm – 5.00pm.

Saturday  10.00am -12 noon.

The Covid-safe arrangements we had in place before lockdown will resume – facemasks, hand sanitising, a one-way system, book quarantining etc.  You’ll find full details here and our friendly volunteers will be on hand to guide you.

All existing loans have been automatically extended until 30th April so there will be no fines to pay when you return the items you’ve so patiently hung onto since Christmas.

During lockdown new stock has continued to arrive weekly and as a result we now have an excellent range of new fiction and non-fiction titles, audio books and large print editions for adults and children.  Why not drop by after 12th April and have a browse?

If you’ve joined the library online during lockdown please call in to the library from 12th April to collect your membership card.

Our social groups – Knit and Natter, Poppets, Writing for Fun, Family History, Rhymetime and Poppets – will resume in due course when all restrictions are lifted and we can re-arrange the space in the library to suit.

It’s a mural miracle!

When we re-open on 12th April we’ll have a lovely, bright new addition to the wall in our children’s section!

Eight of our friends at Easi Works have done truly wonderful work painting a colourful and imaginative mural to grace the community library. 

Each artist chose a well-known children’s story and drew an image to represent it. They designed, drew and painted their images over a few months with the help of Toby, Easi Works’ art therapist. Working within Covid guidelines over several months, Toby took the board to each artist’s house in turn and provided them with all the materials and paints they needed.   

The result is a wonderful montage of images with lots to find. We’re going to put together a quiz for our junior members to see if they can find all the books and characters books hidden within it.  How many can you spot (and no telling!).

Need fresh reading ideas?

Looking for new ideas for books to relax with during lockdown?

Who else writes like..” is a cracking tool if you enjoy reading fiction. With a click or three you can browse by genre, go straight to an author of interest or find other authors who write similar stuff to your usual favourites.  You can do all this plus check out characters and series, and catch up with the latest prize-winning writers.

If you’re a library member you’ll be able to access a wide range of eBooks and audio books using your NYCC Libraries card. Not a member? No problem – join online here.

You’ll find other ideas to help keep you and your family connected with books and reading on our Online Inspiration page.

Community Library Bonus

We thank Easingwold Co-op very much for their generous donation of £6,000 to library funds. This has been possible because local Co-op shoppers chose the library as their charity cause. We thank them too.

This money is helping us to develop the children’s area in the library. We hope to move junior books to a more spacious area, introduce colour and bright furniture, and enhance the shelving and displays. Parents and carers will have more space to choose books, sit and enjoy stories together and relax in the library helping their little ones to delight in books.

Helen Oxenbury recently recounted on Desert Island Discs how she illustrated Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ just so that children enjoyed the story. No message. No moral. Just a good story with absorbing pictures. All kids love the squelch, squerch as the family slurp through the mud. Books bring magic and wonder into children’s lives.

The library has been run and managed by volunteers working in partnership with NYCC for over three years. As a thank you for the huge amount of time and effort that our volunteers give to the library every week the Co-op has presented us with a Christmas hamper. This was a lovely gesture and a much-appreciated fillip as we re-opened the library on Friday 4th December after the second lockdown. [Library volunteer Helen Sykes is pictured with the hamper.]