Library events

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

Romantic Fiction - Read Dating

Treasure House, Beverley, Saturday 18 May, 12.30 to 3.30pm.

Local Authors from the Romantic Novelists Association will pitch their books in an attempt to win your affections. This quick-fire afternoon is sure to leave you with a long and romantic reading list.

Featuring: Rhoda Baxter/Jeevani Charika (Contemporary Rom-Com), Sylvia Broady (Historical Saga), Jenni Fletcher (Historical Mills & Boon),  
Annie Wilkinson (Historical Saga and Mills & Boon), Ellie Grey (Contemporary), Linda Acaster (Mills & Boon, Sci-Fi, and Western).

Tickets are £5.00 per person. Book online (external website) or phone (01482) 392699 during office hours.

Eileen Ward

Driffield Centre, Monday 3 June, 7 to 8pm

This is a free event but booking is required. Book personally at Driffield Centre or by phone (01482) 393939

Eileen is the author of two books, 'Yon Lad Out There' and 'It’s Not What You Know'. She will be talking about these books, her journey into writing and taking questions from the audience.

Yon Lad Out There

This gritty story is set in a small mining town in South Yorkshire and follows the early part of Stanley's life, his parent's love affair, and their struggle to cope with the hardships and tragedies of that time. Born in 1919 into a mining family Stanley is determined not to follow the path marked out for him and he sets out to follow his ambition and become a farmer. It proves to be a difficult path beset with adversity that he endeavours to overcome with humour and tenacity and along the way he finds romance. 

It's Not What You Know

In this book we follow the second part of Stanley’s life with his beautiful and feisty wife Doris beside him. Still both in their twenties, they are completely focused on making a better life for themselves. Moving at last from the mining village where they were both born, they find themselves living in a cottage that is barely habitable, but using all her ingenuity, Doris turns it into home, while Stanley, ever resourceful, finds ways to earn the extra money they will need. From Doris’s quirky and sometimes irritating talent with a tin of paint, to Stanley’s antics when he sets off across the fields in pursuit of a runaway boar pig, their sense of humour and determination to achieve their ambition shine through. If ever a couple deserves to succeed, that couple is Stanley and Doris.

Are there any children's events in my area?

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

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, 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Bridlington Central Library, Wednesday 29 May, 10 to 11am
  • Bridlington North Library, Thursday 30 May, 10.30 to 11.30am
  • 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
  • Hedon Centre, Wednesday 29 May, 10 to 10.45am
  • 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

BookTrust's Pyjamarama 2019 - A celebration of bedtime stories

Just wake up, roll out of bed, and join us for a magical day in pyjamas! During the first week of June East Riding libraries will be celebrating BookTrust’s Pyjamrama (external website), a new campaign to help all children experience the joy and wonder of bedtime stories. 
Each participating library has its very own pyjama party, full of fun story-time activities for 0 to 5 year olds. Children who attend the free event will receive a free copy of the picture book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt – a fantastic story to share together at home. So pop on your favourite PJs, onesie or comfy outfit and bring your little ones along to Pyjamarama. No need to book, just pop in.  

Monday 3 June

Market Weighton Wicstun Centre, 11 to 11.30am

Tuesday 4 June

Driffield Centre, 11.15 to 11.45am

Flamborough Library, 2.15 to 2.45pm

Goole Library, 10.30 to 11am

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services, 10.30 to 11.15am

North Ferriby Library, 2.45 to 3.15pm

Willerby Library, 9.30 to 10am

Wednesday 5 June

Beverley Library, 10.30 to 11.30am

Bridlington Central Library, 10.30 to 11am

Brough Petuaria Centre, 9.30 to 10am and 11 to 11.30am

Hedon Centre, 10 to 10.30am and 11 to 11.30am

Swanland Library, 9.15 to 9.45am

Thursday 6 June

Cottingham Centre, 10 to 10.30am

Goole Library, 2 to 2.30pm

Hessle Centre, 10 to 11am

Hornsea Library, 11 to 11.30am

Bridlington North Library, 10.30 to 11.30am

Pocklington Pocela Centre, 10.30 to 11am

Snaith Library, 11 to 11.30am

South Cave Library, 3 to 3.25pm

Stamford Bridge Library, 1.45 to 2.15pm

Withernsea Centre, 2.15 to 3pm

Friday 7 June

Howden Centre, 11 to 11.30am

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.

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.

Driffield Centre

Wednesday 19 June, 10am to 12 noon
Thursday 18 July, 10am to 12 noon

Market Weighton Wicstun Centre

Wednesday 22 May, 10am to 12 noon
Wednesday 19 June, 1.30 to 3.30pm
Wednesday 17 July, 10am to 12 noon

Withernsea Centre

Thursday 23 May, 10am to 12 noon
Tuesday 25 June, 10am to 12 noon
Monday 22 July, 10am to 12 noon

Tech Assistance 

As part of their Enterprise Project, Level 2 and 3 ICT students from  East Riding College are at North Bridlington Library to help you find out more about your laptop, tablet or phone and how to use them more efficiently. These events are open to all ages, are free, and there is no need to book, just drop in.

9.30 to 11.30am on:
Thursday 23 May

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

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:

Find a branch library 

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