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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:

  • Spring Dayfest, Saturday 11 May 2019. Hear readings, learn about the creative process, interact with the authors.

Read more about these events below:

Spring Dayfest, Saturday 11 May 2019

Robert Scragg - What Falls Beneath the Cracks - 10 to 11am at Beverley Library

This debut novel impressed judges last year at the Theakston's Crime Festival. When a severed hand is found in an abandoned London flat, Detective Inspector Jake Porter and his partner Detective Sergeant Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? "A strong contender for crime fiction debut of the year... a sparkling new talent" – Howard Linksey 
Tickets cost £3.00 each

In partnership with NEW WRITING NORTH.

Places are limited so please book here online (external website), or call our Booking Line from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm on (01482) 392699.

Offer: Book all events for the Day Ticket for £10 (external website)

Andrew Hurley - Devil's Day - 12 noon to 1pm at Beverley Library

From the Costa winning and best-selling author of 'The Loney', Andrew Hurley brings us 'Devil's Day', which considers themes of exile, mythology and rural traditions. Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the Lancashire farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep from the moors. Generally, very little changes in the Briardale Valley, but this year things are different. His grandfather - known to everyone as the Gaffer - has died and John's new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time. "The new master of menace" – Sunday Times.

Tickets cost £3.00 each.

In partnership with NEW WRITING NORTH.

Places are limited so please book here online (external website), or call our Booking Line from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm on (01482) 392699.

Offer: Book all events for the Day Ticket for £10 (external website) 


Anna Woodford - Poetry Workshop - 2 to 3pm at Beverley Library

DUE TO THIS BEING A POETRY WORKSHOP PLACES ARE LIMITED AT THIS EVENT.

This 'Exploring Poetry' workshop is a fantastic opportunity to listen and read poetry in a really friendly atmosphere. Anna Woodford is a poet and practitioner based in Newcastle and has won many awards for her work. This Poetry Workshop is followed by a Poetry reading from Clare Shaw, please buy a ticket for her event or why not take us up on one of our offers below.  

Tickets cost £3.00 each.

In partnership with NEW WRITING NORTH.

Places are limited so please book here online (external website), or call our Booking Line from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm on (01482) 392699.

Offer: Book both poetry events for £5 (external website) or book all events for the Day Ticket for £10 (external website)


Clare Shaw - Poetry - 3 to 4pm at Beverley Library

Clare is a poet whose work has been described as 'raw and brilliant'. Described by the Arvon Foundation as "one of the country's most dynamic young poets".

Tickets cost £3.00 each.

In partnership with NEW WRITING NORTH.

Places are limited so please book here online (external website), or call our Booking Line from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm on (01482) 392699.

Offer: Book both poetry events for £5 (external website) or book all events for the Day Ticket for £10 (external website)


Catherine Isaac - You Me Everything - 4.30 to 5.30pm at Beverley Library

This 'Exploring Poetry' workshop is a fantastic opportunity to listen and read poetry in a really friendly atmosphere. Anna Woodford is a poet and practitioner based in Newcastle and has won many awards for her work.

Tickets cost £3.00 each.

In partnership with NEW WRITING NORTH.

Places are limited so please book here online (external website), or call our Booking Line from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm on (01482) 392699.

Offer: Book all events for the Day Ticket for £10 (external website)

Are there any children's events in my area?

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

Easter Storytimes

Join us at East Riding Libraries this Easter holiday to meet Mr. Bear’s annoying new neighbours who keep on asking annoying things. Can kindness make Mr. Bear see it's time for a change?  Storytime reading of “Those Pesky Rabbits” by Ciara Flood and activity session.  These are free events and fancy dress is always welcome!

  • Beverley Library, Friday 12 April, 10.30 to 11.30am
  • Bridlington Central Library, Wednesday 17 April, 10 to 11am
  • Bridlington North Library, Thursday 11 April, 10.30 to 11.30am
  • Brough Petuaria Centre, Wednesday 17 April, 11 to 11.30am
  • Brough Petuaria Centre, Friday 19 April, 9.30 to 10am
  • Cottingham Centre, Thursday 11 April, 10 to 10.30am
  • Driffield Centre, Tuesday 16 April, 11.15 to 11.45am
  • Flamborough Library, Tuesday 9 April, just drop in between 2 and 6.30pm
  • Goole Library, Tuesday 16 April, 10.30am to 1pm
  • Goole Library, Thursday 18 April, 2 to 2.30pm
  • Haltemprice Library and Customer Services, Wednesday 17 April, 10.30 to 11.15am
  • Hessle Centre, Thursday 18 April, 10 to 11am
  • Hornsea Library, Tuesday 9 April, 11 to 11.30am
  • Howden Centre, Friday 12 April, 11 to 11.30am
  • Market Weighton Wicstun Centre, Monday 15 April, 11 to 11.30am
  • North Ferriby Library, Tuesday 9 April, 2.45 to 3.15pm
  • Pocklington Pocela Centre, Tuesday 9 April, 10 to 11am
  • Snaith Library, Thursday 11 April, 11 to 11.30am
  • South Cave Library, Thursday 11 April, 3 to 3.25pm
  • Stamford Bridge Library, Thursday 18 April, 1.45 to 3.15pm
  • Swanland Library, Wednesday 10 April, 9.15 to 9.45am
  • Willerby Library, Thursday 18 April, 4 to 4.30pm
  • Withernsea centre, Thursday 18 April, 2.15 to 3pm

Elmer's 30th Birthday Storytimes and Activities

Elmer is 30!! Join us in turning the world patchwork and celebrate your own unique true colours with the picture book 'Elmer's Walk' and fun activities. This is a free event.

  • Beverley Library, Thursday 30 May, 4 to 4.30pm
  • Bridlington Central Library, Wednesday 29 May, 10 to 11am
  • Bridlington North Library, Thursday 30 May, 11am to 12 noon
  • Brough Petuaria centre, Wednesday 29 May, 9.30 to 10am
  • Brough Petuaria Centre, Wednesday 29 May, 11 to 11.30am
  • Cottingham Centre, Thursday 30 May, 10 to 10.30am
  • Driffield Centre, Tuesday 28 May,, 11 to 11.45am
  • Flamborough Library, Tuesday 28 May, just drop in between 2 and 6.30pm
  • Goole Library, Wednesday 29 May, 10 to 10.30am
  • Haltemprice Library and Customer Services, Wednesday 29 May, 10.30 to 11.15am
  • Hessle Centre, Thursday 30 May, 10 to 10.30am
  • Hornsea Library, Tuesday 28 May, 11 to 11.30am
  • Howden Centre, Friday 31 May, 11 to 11.30am
  • North Ferriby Library, Tuesday 21 May, 2.45 to 3.15pm
  • Market Weighton Wicstun Centre, Monday 3 June, 11 to 11.30am
  • Pocklington Pocela Centre, Tuesday 28 May, 10 to 11am
  • Snaith Library, Thursday 30 May, 11 to 11.30am
  • South Cave Library, Thursday 30 May, 3 to 3.25pm
  • Stamford Bridge Library, Thursday 30 May, 1.45 to 3.15pm
  • Swanland Library, Wednesday 22 May, 9.15 to 9.45am
  • Willerby Library, Thursday 30 May, 4 to 4.30pm
  • Withernsea Centre, Thursday 30 May, 2.15 to 3pm. 

Beverley Baby Bistro

Beverley Library, 9.30 to 11am 
Starts 21 January and every 2 weeks after this date. Term-time only.

Beverley Baby Bistro is the place to find support for all pregnant and new mums who are facing the challenges of early days breastfeeding. Come along to the friendly group meeting, share your highs and lows of breastfeeding, and discuss your breastfeeding questions with an experienced breastfeeding supporter. This is a free event and no booking is necessary, just turn up!

Beverley Library (01482) 392750 for more information or visit the Beverley Baby Bistro Facebook page (external website) 

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, 11am to 12 noon, 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 CentreTuesdays, 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
  • 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 wellbeing page.

Gadget help session at Bridlington Central Library, in partnership with Barclays

If you’d like some help using your laptop, tablet or mobile phone, bring it along to our next gadget help session. Our friendly, knowledgable library staff and Barclays staff will help you get the best out of your technology. Book your free 30 minute slot by speaking to any staff member at the library or by phoning Bridlington Central Library (01262) 672917 .

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’

  • Brough Petuaria Centre - Every Thursday from 10 to 11am, Tel: (01482) 393939 
  • 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. 

Learn the Basics of How to Use a Tablet

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

Tablet Time guide (pdf 347kb)

Work through each level on your own, or join/start a 'Tablet Time' group. 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.

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 learned 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 into 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

The Little Book of Big Scams

Humberside Police are pleased to bring you ‘The Little Book of Big Scams’, reproduced by kind permission of The Metropolitan Police Service’s FALCON (Fraud and Linked Crime Online) team. This booklet has now been adopted by over 20 Police Forces and other agencies nationally, to help spread valuable fraud prevention advice to the public. We firmly believe our crime prevention advice will help you, the public, fight the increasing tide of fraudsters targeting you, your valuable information and your money.

Assistant Chief Constable, Chris Noble 

The Little Book of Big Scams (pdf 1mb)

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.

Pre-booking is essential at Driffield Centre and Withernsea Centre. 

All other venues are drop-in sessions.

Free Family History Help Desks

  • Bridlington Central Library - First Saturday of the month, 10am to 12 noon
  • Driffield Centre - First Wednesday of each month, 3 to 5pm. Pre-booking is essential at this venue. (01482) 393939
  • Haltemprice Library and Customer Service Centre - First Wednesday of each month, 10am to 12.30pm.
  • Hessle Centre - Second Friday of each month, 10am to 1pm
  • Hornsea Library - Third Tuesday of each month, 10am to 1pm
  • Willerby Library - Thursdays 5 to 6.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 12 noon
  • Withernsea Centre - Second Tuesday of each month, 2 to 4pm. Pre-booking is essential at this venue (01482) 393939. 

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:

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:

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