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If you’re looking for books for your young ones, our junior book sale trolley could be just the thing!

We’re holding a sale of our surplus used children’s stock – fiction and non-fiction.

The trolley will be outside the community library entrance (weather permitting) during our opening hours from Saturday 16th October through to the end of the month. Please serve yourself and, if you’d like to, place a donation to library funds in the box on the trolley. We suggest 50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks.


Looking for some exciting live performance to entertain your family at half-term? Look no further than your community library!

Join us on Wednesday 27th October for a performance of “Same Same… But Different” by the Sonia Sabri Dance Company, presented in association with Rural Arts.

It’s a live family show mixing Kathak and contemporary dance, hip hop and physical storytelling to create a playful and colourful world. The excitement continues in the afternoon where the Company will present a children’s dance workshop.

Places are limited so booking is absolutely essential.

Young people! This is for you

Are you aged 13-24, love reading, movies and TV and looking for a safe place to meet online with other like-minded young people?

North Yorkshire’s online Reading Friends Group specially for young people has now re-started. The group meets on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm. If you’d like to join – and it’s FREE – either drop an email to or book a place using this link

New IT Suite is open

Completion of the first phase of alterations to the community library’s internal layout has been marked by the opening of the new IT Suite for use by the general public.

Access to the new computer area has been widened, the room has been redecorated and its lighting has been enhanced. Four Windows 10 workstations have been provided and all are internet-capable with one PC also linked to a scanner.  Accessibility has been improved with one workstation being particularly wheelchair-friendly.  Computer users will enjoy the new suite’s quieter, more private environment one step removed from the library’s main area.

The work has been carefully planned and carried out by a team of volunteers who have worked very hard to transform this popular library facility without having to close it to the public at any point.

Everyone is welcome to drop by the library and take a look at the changes we’ve made.  If you’re not already a library member why not join?  It’s free and only takes a few minutes. You’ll be surprised at what we have to offer!

Library members may use a public computer FREE for 30 minutes each day.  For non-library members the fee is £2.50 per half hour. We also have printing and photocopying facilities. As ever, our volunteers will try to offer IT help should you ask for it.  (NB: This help very much depends upon the IT skills and knowledge of the individual volunteers who happen to be on duty at the time of your visit. We cannot guarantee that someone will be able to help you).

Rhymetime through the holidays!

Good news! By popular demand our weekly Rhymetime session for the very young from 0 to 3 years is going to be running through the school summer holidays.

Every Monday afternoon we meet from 2.00pm to 2.45pm to sing songs and rhymes. One of our library volunteers shows the children props which act as a prompt for a song or a rhyme. It’s great fun and the change in the children’s concentration over the weeks is often astonishing as they learn to listen, to look and to join in.

Rhymetime can help ease isolation too. Many new mums and dads have had nowhere to take their babies during the Covid pandemic and, as a result, have sometimes felt very isolated. Having a chance to get out of the house and meet other adults is so important. Rhymetime is a great opportunity to share time with people in the same situation and to make new friends.

Meeting other children is important for babies too. They are sometimes unaware that other children exist until they see one! They learn and develop quickly by being in a group, seeing and interacting with people, watching and absorbing what is going on, and hearing repeating rhymes and words.

Any new parents wanting to join us at Rhymetime are very welcome. It is a relaxed and very friendly afternoon.

Weather permitting, we run the sessions outside under the library’s lovely willow tree or, if the weather is inclement, go indoors. You’ll need to book. You can do so by giving us a ring on 01609 534584 or by emailing us at