North Yorkshire libraries hold family learning festival

North Yorkshire’s libraries are taking part in this year’s Family Learning Festival with a whole range of activities so that families can enjoy together.

The Family Learning Festival is supported nationally by the Campaign for Learning and is intended to give families the opportunity to help each other with their learning, increasing confidence and improving skills.



The theme is ‘Fantastic Journeys’ and between October 19th and November 3rd North Yorkshire’s libraries are hosting many events for families to enjoy together.

Research shows that a child’s family can have a massively positive influence on their learning by getting involved and taking an active interest in their studies.

As part of the learning festival libraries will be providing a host of activities as well as information and advice about the learning opportunities available in local areas. They will also be working with learning providers to offer taster sessions of some of the activities and courses on offer.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Libraries and Community Services said:

Libraries are all about learning so it’s great to see them throwing their weight behind this year’s national Family Learning Festival. They have organised a wide range of events and activities and have teamed up with partners to encourage families to try new things together.

Libraries are the informal re-entry point to learning for so many people so whether its support with literacy and numeracy, learning a new skill to help get a new job, supporting family learning or finding ideas for hobbies and filling spare time, the library is the first port of call.

Selby district:

North Yorkshire County Council’s adult learning service will provide a range of displays and stands about course on offer throughout the Family Learning Festival. In addition the service will offer advice sessions at the following times

Selby Library: Wednesday 23rd October 2:30-5:30pm



Sherburn Library: Friday 1st November 9:30-11:30am

Tadcaster Library: Friday 25th October 9:00-11:00am

Selby library:

Halloween Stories and Crafts Tuesday 29th October, 10.00-12.00. Free event, no need to book – just drop in.

‘Learn about your family during Family Learning Festival’ – come and find out about your ancestors with our family history volunteer – every Wednesday from 2.00-3.30.

Sherburn library:

Winnie the Witch drop-in day – crafts and stories Sherburn library 31st October–. Free event, no need to book

Richmondshire district

Richmond library :

Spooky Spectacular -, stories, crafts and games – contact library for details

Catterick Garrison library Meg and Mog’s fantastic journey to the moon with stories, crafts and games. For families with children aged 0-7 Thursday 24th October 3.45-4.45 p.m in partnership with Carnagill Childrens Centre. No need to book.

“You and your family’s Fantastic Journey” – exploring the Internet for bargain holidays.

Monday 21st October 10-12p.m.

Leyburn library:

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” story time & activity event on Saturday 2nd November 10.30- 11.30

Hambleton district:

Thirsk library:-

Storytime and Family Craft Session 25th October 2:15 – 2:45

Easingwold library: story time for family learning 25th Oct

Craft event Thursday 31st October 10.30 – 11.30

Northallerton library:

Halloween crafts and stories session for families Tuesday 29th October from 11-12.

Bedale library: Storytime and Family Craft Session Friday 25th October 2:15 – 2:45

Stokesley library: – “Journey in Time” discover your family’s history and start to explore your family tree, computer based session 2-3pm – one adult with one child – Thursday 31st October

Ryedale district:

Free Ancestry/Find my Past ICT courses:

Thursday 17th October 10-12 Norton

Monday 21st October 2-4 Kirkymoorside

Thursday 24th October 5-7 pm Pickering

Tuesday 29th October 5-7 pm malton

Libraries are working with the county council’s adult learning service to run classes:

Pickering library:

Costume design Monday 21st October, 9.30 – 12.30 pm at Pickering (Costume design)

‘Family Affair’ Thursday 31st October( 10-2pm) – a partnership event with local organisations and businesses.

Norton library:

Fun with felt Tuesday 22nd October, 4-6pm

Kirkbymoorside library:

Fantasy journeys in print Friday 25th October, 4-6pm

Spooky stories and poetry creation Monday 28th October, 10-12 noon

Malton and Norton libraries:

Ryedale Book Festival on Saturday 19th October with 4 events

9.30 – 11.00 Mini Beast Morning – crafts and reading activities for children

11.30 – 12.30 Firing Questions and Facing Penalties. Tom Palmer and his football reading game

1.30 – 2.30 pm Botanical Books – a guide to horticultural books with Mike I’Anson from Helmsley Walled Garden

3 – 4 pm Playing Away – Travel writing with N.E.David

Norton library:

Computers for fun – supported learning event delivered by the adult learning service 4 – 6 pm Tuesday 22nd October:

Harrogate district:

Starbeck library:

Fantastic Journeys, 2.30-3.30pm for ages 5-8Tues 29th Oct Bring the family to listen to stories of amazing adventures & distant lands, then create a special map of your family’s travels (real or imagined!) For children aged 5-8 & their family.

Ripon library:

Pre-bonfire storytimes for 0-2yrs, with stories read by officers from local Fire and Rescue and Police department, and activities provided by Ripon Children’s Centre Wed 23rd Oct 10.30am –

Fantastic Journeys – storytimes for 2-5yrs Fri 1st Nov 10.30am

Harrogate library:

Fantastic Journeys – under 5’s story time Friday 25th October 10am

Halloween “Spooky Special” All Join In with Elizabeth & Leonard Children 5+ Free tickets booking at the library Mon 28th Oct, 2.30 -3.30pm -.

Knaresborough library:

Fantastic Journeys Friday 1st November, 2.00pm –drop in craft session to make a submarine and/ or a space rocket

Craven district:

Skipton library:

Fantastic Journeys Tues 29th Oct and is called ‘Fantastic Journeys’

Ingleton library:

‘Rocket to the Moon’ stories and bonfire-themed activities. Weds 30th Oct.

Scarborough District:

In conjunction with the county council’s adult learning service:

Eastfield library:

Make a Gruffalo and Mouse Puppet Tuesday 29th October 1 – 3pm

Whitby library:

Frightful Fancy Masks Tuesday 29th October 10 – 12pm

Filey library:

Make a Gruffalo and Mouse Puppet Wednesday 30th October 2pm – 4pm

Make a dinosaur footprint/fossil Saturday 2nd November/ 10.30 – 12.30pm

Scalby library:

Create an ornamental treasure map/ message in a bottle Thursday 31st October 1.30-3.30

Whitby library:

Scary Lanterns Thursday 31st October 1 – 3pm

Scarborough library:

Make a Hovercraft and Loop glider Monday 28th October 9.30 – 11.30am

Make the perfect picnic Saturday 2nd November 1.30 – 3.30pm


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