Explore Celebrates Libraries Week October 5-11

From 5-10 October Explore York Libraries and Archives joins libraries across the nation to celebrate Libraries Week.

A packed programme of online events will highlight and showcase the significant contribution that libraries make to building a nation of readers, and providing access to readers of all ages through digital support, services and activities.

On 5 October, there’s a film about joining the library as well as a story and song session aimed at younger children on Explore York Libraries and Archives YouTube Channel. Children can watch it at home and it is ideal for showing to children in childcare settings.

Explore is giving a free book for every child to all reception class children in York primary schools during October through BookTrust Time to Read packs, This year’s book is The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Explore has also made a special film for schools, which includes a reading of the story and an introduction to the library.

Adults can join a book club with a difference with a Reading Together at Home session on the afternoon of 5 October. Read a story and then talk about it afterwards – a perfect way to discover a good read and to relax.

Storytelling for grown-ups is on the agenda on 6 October when Jan Blake, one of Europe’s leading storytellers, will captivate listeners with the story of The Girl and the Snake: the story of a jealous brother and a wronged sister, of revenge and redemption, and sibling relationships in both the human and animal kingdom.

Poetry workshop with Janet Dean for The World Turned Upside Down 2020 #haiflu edition on Wednesday 7 October.

Joanne Harris – old friend of Explore and a familiar face in York – will be talking about her new novella Orfeia, a gender-flipped reworking of the Orpheus myth, set partly in modern London, partly in the Kingdom of the Fae, and partly in the Kingdom of Death on Thursday 8 October.

Saturday 10 October starts off with the regular Lego club on Explore’s Facebook page (look out for the theme reveal on Wednesday). In the afternoon, to end Libraries Week and mark World Mental Health Day, there’s a creative writing workshop, Writing for Calm and Relaxation, an antidote to the strange times we are living in.

Details of all of the Libraries Week events and how to book them can be found on Explore’s website www.exploreyork.org.uk and Eventbrite page. Booking is essential as places are limited for some events.