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.]

Home Library Service

Our Home Library & Information Service is free and is for people of all ages who are unable to get to the library or carry books themselves.

The service is available on a permanent or temporary basis – for example anyone with a long term condition affecting their ability to leave the house, recuperating after illness or an operation, or shielding.


Give us a call on 01609 534584. If we’re not open just leave a message with your contact number and we’ll get back to you. Alternatively, you can email us at

What happens then?

One of our friendly volunteers will get in touch to chat about your needs and your reading and listening preferences. We’ll then put together regular selections of books, large print editions, audiobooks and movies on DVD for you. Our volunteers will deliver your items right to your door and collect any returns.

A new home for e-audio books

All NYCC Libraries eAudiobooks have moved from RBDigital to Overdrive.

What does this mean for you? You can still access the same great content, but all in one place. We’ve kept all of our amazing titles and you can access them through Overdrive or their app, Libby, instead. You can find all the information here including a link to download the Libby app.

If you’re currently listening to an RBDigital eAudiobook don’t panic! You’ll be able to keep the book until you’ve finished it with no disruptions or fear of losing your place!

If you’ve recently requested an eAudiobook through RBDigital you’ll need to re-request it using Overdrive or the Libby app.