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Library events

A wide variety of events and activities are available in East Riding libraries.

Are there any author events in my area?

Yes, the following author events are taking part across the East Riding:

  • Poetry Competition (closing date 1 December) and Poet Fest (26 January)
  • Meet the Author Events 2018. Hear readings, learn about the creative process, interact with the authors, various dates.

Read more about these author events below.

Poetry Competition and Poet Fest

The East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My story'. You can choose how you write about this; it could be based on your life story, a pivotal moment or even where you see your future, the options are endless! Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Poems are submitted anonymously, so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners will be invited to read their poems at a special event, Poet Fest.

Entry fee and prizes

Adults: £3 per entry. First prize £500, Second prize £200, Third prize £100

Prison competition prize: Free entry. £100 voucher

Primary age children: Free to enter. £50 prize

Secondary age children: Free to enter. £50 prize

How to send in your entry and the terms and conditions (external website)

Poetry Competition leaflet (pdf 413kb, opens in a new window)


Poet Fest

Join us on the 26 January at North Bridlington Library from 11am - 12.30pm, for a poetry extravaganza, where we celebrate all of our winning poets, hear from our judges and listen to the prize-winning poems. We'll also be sharing details of poetry work with schools as part of the Festival of Words. Tickets are £2.00 and include light refreshments. Under 16s free entry.
Book tickets online (external website) or from any member of staff at North Bridlington Library (01262) 671468


Meet the Author Events 2018 

Information will be here as new author events are confirmed.

Are there any children's events in my area?

Yes, the following children's events are taking place across the East Riding:

  • Poetry Competition (closing date 1 December) and Poet Fest (26 January)
  • Pop-up books workshop at Pocela Centre (Pocklington) and Goole Library

  • Story in a jar workshop at Swanland and Beverley Library

  • 'Two Hoots' character mask workshop at Wicstun Centre (Market Weighton) and Goole Library

  • Jolly Jingly Christmas story time at selected libraries

  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11.

Read more about these children's events below:

Poetry Competition and Poet Fest

The East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My story'. You can choose how you write about this; it could be based on your life story, a pivotal moment or even where you see your future, the options are endless! Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Poems are submitted anonymously, so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners will be invited to read their poems at a special event, Poet Fest.

Entry fee and prizes

Secondary age children: Free to enter. £50 prize.
Primary age children: Free to enter. £50 prize.

How to send in your entry and the terms and conditions (external website) 

Poetry Competition leaflet (pdf 413kb, opens in a new window)

Poet Fest

Join us on the 26 January at North Bridlington Library from 11am - 12.30pm, for a poetry extravaganza, where we celebrate all of our winning poets, hear from our judges and listen to the prize winning poems. We'll also be sharing details of poetry work with schools as part of the Festival of Words. Tickets are £2.00 and includes light refreshments. Under 16s free entry.

Book tickets online (external website) or from any member of staff at North Bridlington Library (01262) 671468


Pop-up books workshop

Enter the magical world of picture books with artist extraordinaire Penny. Design and create your own characters and then build the rest of the book to send them on amazing adventures! Your imagination is the destination in this fun workshop creating your own pop-up book. Free event for children aged 8+. Booking is essential.

Pocela Centre (Pocklington), Tuesday 13 November, 4 to 5pm, (01482) 393939 to book your place.

Goole Library, Saturday 24 November, 11.30am to 12.30pm, (01405) 762187 to book your place.

Books to support this event are on our library catalogue (external website)

Story in a jar workshop

Join Sue to create your own miniature world during this crafty workshop! Sue will share her awesome art skills to help you set the scene for your story in a jar. Free event for children aged 7+. Booking is essential. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Swanland Library, Friday 16 November, 5 to 6pm, (01482) 634896 to book your place.

Beverley Library, Saturday 17 November, 2.30 to 3.45pm, (01482) 392750 to book your place.

Books to support this event are on our library catalogue (external website)

'Two Hoots' character mask workshop

Join Penny to create your own character mask during this crafty workshop! Penny will share her super art skills to help you build extraordinary masks of creatures drawn from your own imagination. Free event for children aged 4+. Booking is essential. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Wicstun Centre (Market Weighton), Wednesday 21 November, 4 to 5pm, (01482) 393939 to book your place.

Goole Library, Saturday 24 November, 10 to 11am, (01405) 762187 to book your place.

Books to support this event are on our library catalogue (external website)

Jolly Jingly Christmas story time

Join East Riding Libraries for our festive story time reading of Jolly Jingly Christmas by Clare Lloyd, with sounds, songs and rhymes to put us all in the mood for a very merry Christmas. There will be an activity session. Fancy dress is always welcome! This is a free event for children aged 0 to 4 years old. All children must be accompanied by and adult.

Beverley Library, Saturday 22 December, 2.30 to 3.30pm

Bridlington Central Library, Wednesday 19 December, 10 to 11am

Bridlington North Library, Thursday 13 December, 11 to 11.45am

Driffield Centre, Tuesday 18 December, 11.15 to 11.45am

Goole Library, Monday 17 December, 10 to 10.45am and Thursday 20 December, 2 to 2.45pm

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services, Tuesday 18 December, 9.30 to 10am and Friday 21 December, 9.30 to 10am

Hessle Centre, Thursday 20 December, 10 to 11am

Hornsea Library, Thursday 20 December, 11 to 11.30am

Howden Centre, Wednesday 19 December, 4 to 4.30pm

North Ferriby Library, Tuesday 18 December, 2.45 to 3.15pm

Petuaria Centre (Brough), Wednesday 19 December, 9.30 to 10.15am and 11 to 11.45am

Pocela Centre (Pocklington), Tuesday 18 December, 10 to 10.45am

Snaith Library, Tuesday 18 December, 4 to 4.30pm

South Cave Library, Thursday 20 December, 3 to 3.25pm

Swanland Library, Wednesday 19 December, 9.15 to 9.45am

Withernsea Centre, Thursday 20 December, 2.15 to 3.15pm

Willerby Library, Thursday 20 December, 4.30 to 5pm

Code Club   

Code Club has teamed up with East Riding Libraries to deliver a network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Run weekly during term-time only, children will be able to progress their Coding skills whilst using their imagination to make creative projects. We make use of Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python software. 

Code Club is running in the following Libraries. Places are limited so please call the library to book your place or to get more information.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services 
Mondays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Bridlington North Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am and 11.30am to 12.30pm
Tel: (01262) 671468

Driffield Centre
Mondays, 4.30 to 5.30pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939 

Goole Library
Wednesdays, 4.30 to 5.30pm
Tel: (01405) 762187

Hessle Centre
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939

Hornsea Library
Tuesdays, 4.15 to 5.15pm 
Tel: (01964) 532561 

North Ferriby Library 
Thursdays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 632227

South Cave Library
Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm
Tel: (01430) 422901

Stamford Bridge Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01759) 372487

Swanland Library
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 634896

We are always looking to expand our events and Code Club needs volunteers to teach children to code in many areas of East Riding. If you are interested in volunteering for Code Club please register your details on the Code Club website:

Code Club (external website)

Are there any health events or activities taking place in libraries?

Yes, we have such a wide range of health-related events, activities, support and self-help that we have a dedicated page containing all the information. 

Please visit our Health and well-being page.

Are there any computer events in my area?

Yes, the following computer events are taking place across the East Riding:

  • Free internet help sessions in partnership with KCOM
  • Micro:bits for loan
  • Learn the basics of how to use a tablet
  • Tablet Time are weekly group meetings to share knowledge and ideas about tablet computing 
  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11
  • Free self-paced online computer courses
  • Computer and digital skills courses run at East Riding Adult Learning Centres.

Read more about these computer events below:

Free internet help sessions in partnership with KCOM

Learn how to get online, help with computers, phones and tablets, new digital skills.

Digital skills are essential to get involved in the modern world, from booking holidays, to accessing learning, checking when your bin will be emptied, to renewing your library books – the digital world opens a lot of doors to information and opportunities, and potentially great savings of both time and money. East Riding Libraries are delighted to be working with KCOM for this project as developing digital skills has been at the core of East Riding Libraries and KCOM's work to ensure everyone has the chance to access the opportunities and information they need. No appointment necessary, just pop in.

Cottingham Centre

Thursday 6 December, 9.30 to 11.30am
Tuesday 8 January, 9.30 to 11.30am
(01482) 393939 for more information

Leven  Library 

Wednesday 5 December, 3.30 to 5.30pm
Wednesday 2 January, 3.30 to 5.30pm
(01964) 543360 for more information 

Swanland Library 

Wednesday 5 December, 9am to 12 noon
Wednesday 2 January, 9am to 12 noon
(01482) 634896 for more information


Micro:bits for loan

The Micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer available for loan free of charge from all East Riding Libraries. You can use the Micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. 

The Micro:bit is suitable for children and adults but as it contains small parts it is not suitable for children aged 3 years and under. Parental guidance is required for use by under 8 years. 

To reserve, Search the catalogue for 'microbit. You will need your library card number and PIN.
library catalogue (external website)

How do I get my PIN?

When you join the library a PIN is automatically generated for you. If you want to reset your PIN to something more memorable or you have forgot your PIN, you can reset it.

Reset Your PIN (external website) 

Alternatively, your PIN can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire branch library or mobile library.

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information   

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Learn the basics of how to use a tablet

Download the 'Tablet Time' guide and follow the suggestions to improve your skills and confidence of using your own device:

Tablet Time guide (pdf 347kb opens in new window)

Work through each level on your own, or join/start a 'Tablet Time' team. With this guide saved to your device, you can choose where to level up your tablet skills: At your local library using our free unlimited WiFi, from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.

Tablet Time

This informal team meet weekly in the library, with their tablets, to share knowledge and ideas. Everyone is welcome from beginners, through to more experienced users who can share knowledge and techniques with the rest of the team. Please bring your own tablet and participate in our group ethos: ‘Share problems – Share knowledge – Have fun’

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services
Every Tuesday from 11am to 12 noon 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Goole Library
Every Wednesday from 1 to 2pm 
Tel: (01405) 762187

Code Club

Code Club has teamed up with East Riding Libraries to deliver a network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Run weekly during term-time only, children will be able to progress their Coding skills whilst using their imagination to make creative projects. We make use of Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python software. 

Code Club is running in the following Libraries. Places are limited so please call the library to book your place or to get more information.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services 
Mondays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 393939

Bridlington North Library 
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01262) 671468

Driffield Centre 
Mondays, 4.30 to 5.30pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939 

Hessle Centre 
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm  
Tel: (01482) 393939

Hornsea Library 
Tuesdays, 4.15 to 5.15pm 
Tel: (01964) 532561 

North Ferriby Library 
Thursdays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 632227

South Cave Library
Thursdays, 3.45 to 4.45pm
Tel: (01430) 422901

Stamford Bridge Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am
Tel: (01759) 372487

Swanland Library 
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm 
Tel: (01482) 634896

We are always looking to expand our events and Code Club needs volunteers to teach children to code in many areas of East Riding. If you are interested in volunteering for Code Club please register your details on the Code Club website:

Code Club (external website)

Free self-paced online computer courses

Our friendly library staff can guide you and support you to learn the basics of computing. All the branch libraries  and some mobile libraries have the facilities to get you started with the basics of computing, using a mouse, using a keyboard, internet basics, setting up an email account, creating documents and much more.

We use the Learn My Way website, which allows you to learn at your own pace on days and times that suit you. Once you have learnt the basics of computing you can access many other free courses, for example, online shopping, using a digital camera, watching and listening online, staying safe online, finding a job online, the list is almost endless!

It is free to use the libraries desktop PCs, or if you have your own portable device like a tablet or laptop you can bring it in to our branch libraries and use our free unlimited WiFi to go through your courses. There's even a course on using a touchscreen.

You can visit the Learn My Way website by clicking the link below. If you would like to give free self-paced computer courses a try you can do this from home or just go to your local library and ask any member of staff for more details.

Learn My Way (external website)

Find a branch library

View mobile library information 

Computer and digital skills courses at East Riding Adult Learning Centres

Whether you want to get started using a computer, laptop or tablet or get some experience and a qualification in using Microsoft Office software, East Riding Adult Learning Centres have a range of courses designed to help you in everyday life and work. Courses run at different times during the year.

Find out more and enrol

Are there any family or local history events in my area?

Yes, the following are taking place in a variety of venues across the East Riding:

Free Family History Help Desks

Bridlington Central Library, 1st Saturday of the month, 10am to 12 noon

Driffield Centre, 1st Wednesday of each month, 3 to 5pm

Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre, 1st Wednesday of each month, 10am to 12.30pm

Hessle Centre, 2nd Friday of each month, 10am to 1pm,

Hornsea Library, 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10am to 1pm

Willerby Library, Thursdays 5 to 6.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 12 noon

Withernsea Centre, 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2 to 4pm

Are there any Games Groups in my area?

Join our new Games Groups and meet new friends whilst playing a variety of board games. The groups are open to all ages. You can build your word power with Scrabble, or flex your strategic muscles with chess. Games are not just for rainy afternoons!

Our game compendiums include chess, draughts, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Pick-up sticks, Yahtzee, cards, Dominoes and Halma.

Beverley Library
Saturdays, 10.30 to 11.30am

Bridlington Central Library
Wednesdays, 2 to 4pm

Bridlington North Library
Thursdays, 10am to 12 noon

Driffield Centre
Mondays, 1.30 to 3.30pm

Goole Library
Fridays, 2 to 3pm

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 3pm

Hessle Centre
Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon

North Ferriby Library
last Tuesday of the month, 10.30 to 11.30am

Stamford Bridge Library
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm

Willerby Library
Thursdays, 2 to 4pm

Withernsea Centre
Mondays, 2 to 4pm

Are there any other events that take place in libraries?

Yes, the following other events are taking place across the East Riding:

Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB) drop-in sessions 

HERIB have more than 150 years of experience in providing specialist care and support in the community and offer a wide range of services to meet the ever-changing needs of local people with sight loss. HERIB attend Libraries with a selection of products they can supply to help the blind and partially-sighted and can also provide information and advice regarding their services. 

Hedon Library 
Second Wednesday of each month from 10.30 to 12 noon. Telephone (01482) 897651 for more information.

Regular events at all libraries

Bounce and Rhyme story time sessions, children's, teenage and adult reading groups, knit and natter groups, family history help desks, writing groups, poetry groups and much more. To see what events take place in your local library, use the find a library or mobile library link below:

Find a branch library 

View mobile library information