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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:

  • Poet Fest, Saturday 26 January at Bridlington North Library
  • Meet the Author Events 2019. Hear readings, learn about the creative process, interact with the authors, various dates.

Read more about these events below:

Poet Fest

Join us on Saturday 26 January at Bridlington North Library from 11am - 12.30pm, for a poetry extravaganza, where we celebrate all of our winning poets from the recent poetry competition, 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 2019

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:

  • Beverley Baby Bistro - Support for all pregnant and new mums who are facing the challenges of early days breastfeeding.
  • Poet Fest, Saturday 26 January at Bridlington North Library
  • Harry Potter Book Night 2019 at selected libraries
  • Teddy Tales Half-Term Storytime
  • Code Club at selected libraries for children aged 9 to 11.

Read more about these events below:

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 breast feeding. Come along to the friendly group meeting, share your highs and lows of breast feeding, and discuss your breast feeding questions with an experienced breast feeding 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) 

Poet Fest

Join us on Saturday 26 January at Bridlington North Library from 11am - 12.30pm, for a poetry extravaganza, where we celebrate all of our winning poets from the recent poetry competition, 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.

Harry Potter Book Night 2019

Hogwarts is the theme of this magical night, and Harry the star of the show,
Join us in costume for fun and delight, and show us how much you know,
Bring your wand to practice your spells, find spiders, a Patronus and more,
We may even manage a Quidditch game (although it might be played on the floor!),
Don’t forget to book your place; they sell out really fast,
It’s just £4 per child for this amazing event,
But worth it; you’ll have an absolute blast!

This event is most suitable for children aged 7 to 11 years.

Tickets are £4 per child and booking is essential.

Book online at:

Bridlington Spa library events (external website)

By telephone: (01482) 392699.

Harry Potter books, CDs, eAudiobooks and fun stuff at the library catalogue (external website)

Beverley Library

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7pm.

Beverley Library

Saturday 9 February, 2.30 to 3.30pm.

Bridlington North Library

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7pm.

Driffield Centre

Monday 4 February, 6.30 to 7.30pm.

Gilberdyke Mobile Library

Wednesday 30 January, 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7pm.

Hutton Cranswick Mobile Library

Monday 4 February, 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Goole Library

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7pm.

Hedon Centre

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7pm.

Hessle Centre

Tuesday 5th February, 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Hornsea Library

Thursday 7 February, 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Howden Centre

Wednesday 6 February,  5.30 to 6.30pm.

Petuaria Centre (Brough)

Thursday 7 February, 4.30 to 5.30pm.

Pocela Centre (Pocklington)

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7pm.

Willerby Library

Thursday 7 February, 4.30 to 5.30pm.

Withernsea Centre

Thursday 7 February, 6 to 7.30pm.

Teddy Tale Half-Term Storytime

Bring your favourite teddy with you to join in our wonderful 'Teddy Tales' this half-term. Featuring Sam McBratney's "Most-Loved Bear" we are sure to have a cute and cuddly time with stories, songs and rhymes!

Beverley Library

Wednesday 20 February, 10.30 to 11.30am

Bridlington Central Library

Wednesday 20 February, 10 to 11am for pre-school children, and 2 to 3pm for 5 to 8-year-olds

Bridlington North Library

Thursday 21 February, 11 to 11.45am 

Driffield Centre

Tuesday 19 February, 11.15 to 11.45am 

Goole Library

Wednesday 20 February, 2 to 2.45pm

Haltemprice Library and Customer Services

Tuesday 19 February, 10 to 10.30am

Hessle Centre

Thursday 21 February, 10 to 11am

Hornsea Library

Tuesday 19 February, 11 to 11.30am

Howden Centre

Friday 22 February, 11 to 11.30am

Petuaria Centre (Brough)

Wednesday 20 February, 9.30 to 10.15 am, and 11 to 11.45am 

Pocela Centre (Pocklington)

Tuesday 19 February, 10 to 11am

Snaith Library

Thursday 21 February, 11 to 11.30am

South Cave Library

Thursday 21 February, 3 to 3.25pm

Stamford Bridge Library

Thursday 21 February, 1.45 to 2.15pm

Withernsea Centre

Thursday 21 February, 2.15 to 3.15pm

Willerby Library

Thursday 21 February, 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, 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 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:

  • Gadget help sessions in selected libraries
  • Digital Safety presentations in selected libraries in partnership with NatWest
  • 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:

Gadget help sessions

Got a new gadget? Need some help using it? If you’d like some help using your new laptop, tablet or mobile phone, bring it along to our next gadget help sessions. Our friendly, knowledgable library staff will help you get the best out of your new technology. Booking is essential and you can book your free 30 minute slot by speaking to any staff member in the library or by phone.

Beverley Library

Tuesday 22 January, 2 to 4.30pm
(01482) 392750

Flamborough Library

Tuesday 29 January, 2 to 4.30pm

(01262) 850085

Digital Safety presentation in partnership with NatWest

We start with sharing some facts around the digital world then move on to talk about different types of digital fraud such as phishing and social media fraud. There are two activities with the group who attend, one which talks about data breaches and allows those attending to check if they have ever had their email address compromised, and the second is an activity on how safe the passwords we choose are. The presentation closes by discussing  different ways that the public are able to protect themselves. No need to book, just turn up.

Hessle Centre

Thursday 24 January, 10.30 to 11.30am is the presentation, 11.30am to 4.30pm the NatWest Community Banker will be available to answer any questions.

Willerby Library

Tuesday 12 February, 11am to 12 noon

Beverley Library

Tuesday 12 February, 2.30 to 3.30pm

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.

Swanland Library 

Wednesday 6 February, 9am to 12 noon
Wednesday 6 March, 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 forgotten 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, 11am to 12 noon
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 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)

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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:

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