Young People & Positive Mental Health

Picture of wellbeing toolkit contents

All public libraries in North Yorkshire now have a brand new resource available for customers to borrow. It’s a self-care toolkit aimed at young people aged 11-25 and packed with resources to promote positive mental health in an easy-to carry-rucksack.

If you’d like to borrow our self-care toolkit (available from Monday 24th January) please drop by the library and ask at the desk.

#selfcare #mentalhealth #youthmentalhealth

New Year : New Story

Looking for new ideas for books to enjoy in 2022?

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.

New Year Poppets & Rhymetime

Poppets is our very popular weekly session for pre-school children runs on Wednesdays during term time from 10.00am to 11.30am.

Children aged 18 months to 3 years along with their parents/carers can enjoy playing, crafting, socialising with other children and adults and getting to know the library and its range of books.

No booking is needed and pushchairs can be brought inside.  We ask for a donation of £3.00 per child or £5.00 for two children.

Rhymetime runs every Friday during term time from 2.00pm to 2.45pm. This lively and fun singing and rhyming session is suitable for babies and pre school children. All are welcome and no booking is needed. Pushchairs can be brought indoors. We ask for a £2.00 donation per child.

All money raised through Poppets and Rhymetime helps to keep the community library open to be enjoyed by the whole community.

Library books can be borrowed and returned during Poppets and Rhymetime. If your child isn’t a library member that’s no problem – joining is free and only takes a couple of minutes. We also offer Buzzy Bee’s Honey Hunt, a lovely incentive scheme for very young readers.

Email for more information about either group.

Living Better

Monday 10th May sees the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and we’ve put together a display of topical books with a strong leaning towards nature and the environment. Why not drop by and take a look?

Borrow a book from the Living Well selection and get a free bookmark with seeds to plant and grow! What better way to spend time than watching the flowers grow and bloom!

The library also has a selection of books from the Reading Well collection which can help you to understand and manage your health and well-being.  The collection has been curated by health experts and people living with particular conditions and are grouped into five Reading Well book lists for adults, young people and children. Many of the titles are available as free digital downloads.

Find out more about Reading Well here.

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!).