Feeling a little adrift? Here are some great ideas to help keep you and your family afloat, amused and connected to books and reading.
GRAB A TOOLKIT
The Reading Agency is a UK charity who want everyone to read their way to a better life. They’ve just produced an excellent ‘Covid-19 Toolkit’ which is chock-full of ideas and useful links. Several are featured below. Whilst the toolkit has no hand gel or test kit, like a trusty Swiss army knife it has everything else and folds neatly into your pocket.
JOIN A READING GROUP
Reading Groups for Everyone is the UK’s largest reading group network. Whether you’re already in a reading group, want to join one or start a new one this is the place to go. Open a free account here and join online groups to suit your personal preferences.
READ IN COMPANY
Reading Friends – Stay Connected brought to you by the Reading Agency is a great place to find reading lists and ideas, things to do and ways of easing feelings of isolation. Find it here.
KEEP YOUR KIDS BUSY
ChatterBooks is a club for children aged 4-12 years and is full of free stuff to keep them occupied, encourage their reading and spark their creativity. Find ChatterBooks here.
EXPLORE NEW LANDS
‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’ is a 2019 article by the BBC and is a well of inspiration and ideas. If you want to broaden your reading but don’t know where to start you could take a modestly deep breath and jump in here.
DISCOVER EXCITING NEW AUTHORS AND READS
‘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, check out characters and series and catch up with the latest prize-winning writers here.
GIVE YOUR EARS A TREAT
Of course, you don’t have to read books to enjoy them – you can listen to them too! Audio books are available using your NYCC library card giving you access to a wealth of free audio books. Download them here.
And don’t forget the dear old Beeb who give us its classy and simply gobsmacking BBC 2 Literary Hub.
CHECK YOUR ROOTS
Nothing to do with hair colour – afraid we can’t help you with that! As a special Covid-19 concession you can now access genealogy resources FREE from your home.
The online family history resources Ancestry and Find My Past – usually only accessible to users via the library public computers – are now available to North Yorkshire library members to use from home free of charge. Just log-on using your NYCC library card and PIN here.
KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS
Newspapers and magazines are always a staple. Your NYCC library card gives you free access to two newspaper platforms through the Digital Library.
- PressReader provides instant online access to today’s newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in full-colour, full-page format and in over 60 languages.
- Newsbank is ideal for exploring issues and events at local, regional, national and international level. It includes print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos.
The only drawback is that you can’t thread their pages onto a loop of string and hang them on the back of the privy door!
DANCE LIKE YOU JUST DON’T CARE!
Back in February, Easingwold kids enjoyed a fabulous Indian dance workshop in the library with professional dancers from the Leeds-based Balbir Singh Dance Company.
BSDC now brings classical Indian dance, ballet and other dance styles to the comfort and chaos of your very own living room via their rather whizzy online learning platform for children across the UK. ‘BSDC For Schools‘ provides a series of online dance tutorials and games via a dedicated YouTube channel and with social media interactions with families.
Ditch Mr. Wicks, pension off Mr. Motivator, put your best ornaments away and get fit discovering fabulous dances from all over the world!
TUNE-IN TO STORIES FOR KIDS
Storytime is a brilliant half-hour show at 4pm each day offered by Harrogate Community Radio. It’s rammed full of stories and poems.
Every show has a new chapter of a weekly book, one or two complete short stories and some poems thrown in for good measure. It’s also available on demand so you can listen at a time which suits you best, and the HCR website has past shows so you needn’t worry if you’ve missed some.
Peel your young ‘uns off the ceiling, plonk them down on a comfy old sofa and go here.
READ YOURSELF BETTER
Reading Well can help you to understand and manage your health and well-being using helpful reading. Reading Well books are chosen by health experts and people living with particular conditions. They are grouped into five Reading Well book lists for adults, young people and children. Many of the titles are available as free digital downloads.
OPEN A LIBRARY ACCOUNT
Want to access NYCC library online resources but don’t have a library account? You can get one here.