Dringhouses library celebration

Dringhouses Library will be celebrating its history as a Victorian school, reading room, and library with a celebration on Friday 18th March at 12.30pm.

Dringhouses library





In conjunction with York Civic Trust, the library has has commissioned a YCT blue plaque which will be unveiled on Friday. Guests at the event will celebrate the history of this fantastic building, and raise a glass to many years to come.

York libraries announce 2016 “Big City Read”

Big City Read PatBarker_RegenerationYork libraries have announced that the Big City Read for 2016 will be “Regeneration” by Pat Barker. The book was first published in 1991 and is set in the First World War.

It was subsequently turned into a film.

Pat Barker was born not far from York in Thornaby-on-Tees.

“Regeneration” plot summary

Regeneration begins with Siegfried Sassoon’s open letter, dated July 1917, protesting the conduct and insincerities of the First World War. The letter has been published in the London Times and has received much attention in England, as many people are upset over the length and toll of the war thus far. The army is not sure what to do with Sassoon, as his letter clearly threatens to undermine the strength of the war effort at home.

 With the string-pulling and guidance of Robert Graves, a fellow poet and friend of Sassoon, the Board agrees to send Sassoon to Craiglockhart War Hospital—a mental facility in Scotland—rather than court-marshaling him. Sassoon is at first hesitant to agree to this, since he (rightly) fears that being committed to a mental hospital will undermine his cause; however, convinced by Graves that there is no other option, Sassoon agrees.

At Craiglockhart, Sassoon meets with Dr. W.H.R. Rivers, a former anthropologist turned psychiatrist who encourages his patients to express their war memories so that they can heal their “nerves.” Though Rivers can sympathize with the strong dislike of the horrors of war, he believes it is his duty to encourage Sassoon to return to France to fight.

What’s on: Molecules and manuscripts

Date: Tue 8 Dec
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: £6 or £5 with a YorkCard

MoleculesWhat can ancient manuscripts tell us about medieval animals?

Join Dr Sarah Fiddyment as she reveals the hidden layer of biomolecular information just waiting to be read in medieval parchments in this exciting fusion of history and science.

Open to all.

Tickets can be purchased from any Explore Library, by phoning 01904 552800 or from www.feelinginspired.co.uk