What’s on: Mystery at Dringhouses library on Tuesday

Tue 3 Nov : 7.00pm – 8.30pm Dringhouses Library

Date: Tue 3 Nov
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Dringhouses Library
Cost: £6 / £5 with a YorkCard

In this interactive talk you the audience are the jury, while Rosemary presents the evidence concerning who killed this WW1 heroine in a ‘locked room’ mystery which still has not been conclusively solved.Night ShoreJoin us to celebrate the launch of the new edition of this true story, by local author Rosemary Cook.  

Who killed Florence Nightingale’s Goddaughter, and why?
You decide. 

Tickets available from any Explore York Library, refreshments included.

Signed copies of ‘The Nightingale Shore Murder’ at a discounted price. 

Disabled access and toilet.

More in the libraries

Coffeehouse, debate, discussion, controversy and coffee.

Wed 4 Nov : 6.30pm – 7.30pm York Explore Library

Oct -Dec _CoffeehouseCoffeehouse : Debate, Discussion, Controversy, Coffee: Read All About It: Political journals, scandal sheets and the beginnings of journalism

This autumn’s talks take their inspiration from the 18th century origins of the Coffeehouse and look at the history of everyday things and the way this can inform our ideas and attitudes.

The autumn series is facilitated by Dr Kaley Kramer of York St John  University.

Suggested donation £3.50 or £2.50 with a York Card (includes a hot drink from York Explore’s Cafe)

Please book via www.feelinginspired.co.uk or in person at any Explore Library Adults 16+

Conversation with Helen Cadbury and Tom Harper

Date: Wed 4 Nov

Wed 4 Nov : Tickets £4.50 , £3.50 with a York card

York Explore Library 7.00pm – 8.30pm

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Gervase Phinn

Sat 21 Nov: 2.00pm – 4.00pm : York Explore Library

GervaseGervase Phinn, one of Britain’s best loved comic writers, introduces his latest book A Lesson in Love, his new tale of life in the Dales. Laughter, tears and entertainment are guaranteed!

Gervase Phinn will sign books after the talk – an ideal Christmas present for anyone who loves Yorkshire.

All the beloved characters from Gervase Phinn’s other Little Village School novel make welcome returns in this new tale of life in the Dales.

Elizabeth Stirling (formerly Devine but now newly wed to Dr Stirling), the head teacher of the newly amalgamated school must prove its worth to the parents, governors, school inspectors and the children themselves.

She must tread the narrow line between kindness and discipline with diplomacy if she is to get what she knows the school needs – and avoid an unholy row about teachers and health and safety.

There are lessons learned and characters shaped in this most entertaining of novels. Humour and raw emotion, laced with humour and wicked observations pepper Gervase Phinn’s writing and this book is a wonderful example.

Tickets priced £6 or £5 with a Yorkcard are available from  www.feelinginspired.co.uk , or from any Explore York Library

Partners in crime: an evening with Mari Hannah and Kate Ellis

Tue 24 Nov: 6.30pm – 7.30pm : York Explore Library

Partners In Crime Poster PicIf you love police procedural don’t miss crime writers Mari Hannah (creator of the Kate Daniels novels) and Kate Ellis (author of the Wesley Peterson series) interviewed about their lives in crime writing by Chris Titley from The York Mix this November.

Mari will also be introducing her new standalone thriller The Silent Room, while Kate has a new novel out in her series featuring DI Joe Plantagenet, set in the northern city of Eborby….now does that remind you of anywhere?

Please book via www.feelinginspired.co.uk or in person at any Explore York Library.

Tickets are £4.50 or £3.50 with a YorkCard

Bar available on the night.

Adults 16+


Libraries in York have a successful year

As we reported last week, Acomb Library attracted record numbers of users last year.

However a report from the mutual company now responsible for running the City, suggest a more varied picture in some areas.

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The reports says,

In both visits and issues libraries are performing differently. Overall both are showing a decline – but that masks a more complex picture.

Some of our smaller libraries are doing well.

When we look at visits we can see that Acomb is up 14% and Huntington up 20%.

Others are not performing as well, for instance Fulford down 28% and Strensall down 22%.

Look at book issues and Fulford are 17% up and Haxby is 14% up. Down are Acomb 19% and Poppleton at 27%.”

Toy Library a big success

“The Toy Library was launched in May and has been a resounding success. York, Clifton and Acomb have the most borrowed toys, but most libraries are now issuing them. Since the launch we have issued 267 toys.

We make a small charge of 50p per toy so have collected £133.50 which goes back into the collection and we are looking for additional ways to fund adding new toys to the collection”.
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Central Library hit by anti social behavior

A York Council committee will consider an update report, from the City recently independent Libraries service, when it meets on 22nd June.

Library quote on anti scoail behavior June 2015

It will here a generally upbeat report from the managers of a service which became a “Community Benefit Society” on 1st May 2014

However there are some emerging issues.

Post its major renovation, the central Explore Library has struggled to achieve historic levels of book lending.

The report says,

“York reopened in January 2015 and looking at last quarter of 2014/15 we can see a small reduction in visits (1.4%) and book issues (8%). We are looking into the reasons for these”.

This is put down partly to an outbreak of anti social behaviour by young people (see right).

This isn’t the first report of issues with personal behaviour which now extend across an apparently widening part of the City.

Generally branch libraries, like those in Acomb and Dringhouses, are performing well with a wide range of activities taking place.

Books borrowed April 2015

Library visits April 2015

Coffee and chat at Dringhouses Library on 22nd June plus events at other venues

Start your baby’s family tree

Tue 9 June : York Explore
Thur 11 June : Tang Hall Library


Pop along to one of our Baby Days to find out how to start your baby’s family tree.

Booking not necessary. For more information contactallison.freeman@exploreyork.org.uk

Map attack with Lego

York Explore Library

Sat 13 June 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sun 14 June 11.00am – 3.00pm
Sat 20 June 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sun 21 June 11.00 – 3.00pm

Come along and get creative with Lego to make buildings, scenes and sculptures inspired by maps and photographs which tell stories of our city’s past.

Booking not essential, for more information please contactAllison.freeman@exploreyork.org.uk  

Green watch and their fire engine!

Tue 16 June 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Strensall Library

The Green Watch are bringing their engine to Strensall Library so you can see what they do and have a good look at their big red fire engine.

No booking needed, all ages welcome, please contact Sarah at Strensall Library on 01904 552677 for more information.

Coffee, chat and community

Mon 22 June and every third Monday after.
Dringhouses Library


Join us at the All Seasons Cafe for delicious cakes, drinks, chat and fun. Book chat, games, and the chance to meet other people from the local community. Come alone or bring a friend.

Totally informal, everyone welcome. We don’t set a charge, but suggest a donation of around £2.

For more information contact Lucy on 01904 552674, or email dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk


Dringhouses library – a journey through war

Dringhouses Library

Sat 20 June At 1.30pm – 2.30pm and 3.00pm – 4.00pm

‘It is of little comfort to Mrs Walker to receive a letter describing her son as ‘a credit to his mother,’ when it also reports him missing.’


Actor Chris Cade will play real Yorkshire veteran Arthur Walker in this interactive tale of Arthur’s journey.

Join him as Arthur is recruited, fights in the trenches and is taken prisoner!

Suitable for accompanied children 5 years and up, adults very welcome too.

Tickets available from Dringhouses Library, 01904 552674,dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk or from any Explore library, priced at £3 for a single, or £6 for a family (up to 3 children and 2 adults).


Date: Tue 16 June
Mint Yard Lecture: What’s new with the Vikings? At York Explore Library .


Date: Wed 17 and Sat 20 June
Explore your first World War heroes at Bishopthorpe Library.