National Libraries Week takes place next week, between 8 and 13 October, to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries.
In addition to being able to go into any East Riding Library or Mobile to become a member, the libraries team will also be on the road with three ‘pop-up’ joining stations, and it’s free!

This year’s focus of National Libraries Week is on wellbeing, with libraries across the country showcasing how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. East Riding Libraries are no exception, with the huge range of free groups for the community such as Bounce and Rhyme, and Storytime for children, teenage reading groups, adult reading and writing groups, Knit and Natter and Games groups, and Reminiscence specifically for older people. There is something to suit everyone.
East Riding Libraries also stock collections of the ‘Books on Prescription’ scheme, which are books recommended by medical experts on a variety of topics, from mental health, to dementia, from long term conditions to issues affecting young people. Many of these titles are also free to download through East Riding Libraries as eBooks, from the comfort of your home.

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In addition to the wide range of health support, East Riding Libraries offer eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, all free to download .
Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said : “National Libraries Week is a great opportunity to promote and celebrate our hugely popular and successful libraries here in the East Riding. They are about so much more than simply borrowing and returning books these days – I would encourage anybody who would like to get involved in everything that our libraries offer to join free of charge next week.”
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for transforming lifestyles, added: “I am particularly pleased that National Libraries Week this year is focussed on wellbeing. Loneliness can be a serious issue for a number of our residents, which can damage people’s health, and it is very pleasing to see all the ways in which libraries can bring people and communities together and offer excellent support for our residents’ mental health.”
To take the opportunity to join, pop into any East Riding Library or Mobile, or visit one of the ‘pop-up’ joining stations at:
Tuesday, 9 October – East Riding Leisure Beverley – 3pm-4.30pm
Wednesday, 10 October – Bridlington Spa – 1.30pm-3.30pm
Thursday, 11 October – East Riding Leisure Goole – 3pm-4.30pm

There will also be a National Libraries Week Free Children’s Dance Workshop on Saturday, 13 October from 10.30am-11.30am at Beverley Library.

Join in this fabulous, fun and creative dance workshop for children aged 7-9 , based on the ‘Freaky Family’ books by Laurence Anholt. The children’s library will be closed for the duration of the workshop so dancers can be free and fearless! Limited places available – book now to avoid disappointment. Please wear suitable clothing.
Book in Beverley Library or phone on 01482 392750
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Follow on Twitter @ERidingLMA or Facebook: East Riding Libraries, Museums and Archives.

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