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.

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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

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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