What’s on in York: Living with Railways – a talk by David Thomas

Bishopthorpe Library

October 21st @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 £5

An illustrated talk about the lives of two generations of railway workers in York.

David Thomas was born into a second generation York railway family and his talk is about the lives, legends and some of the locomotives worked on by his father and grandfather. His talk also covers the impact of railway life on him during the 1940s and 50s and is illustrated by accompanying photographs.

Booking is in person at Bishopthorpe Library

Petticoat Government – the story of the York Home for Nurses

Dringhouses Library

October 21st @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 £5

Join author Rosemary Cook for an introduction to her book ‘Petticoat Government’, which tells the remarkable story of York’s unique nursing history.

Rosemary Cook, former Director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, talks about her new book ‘Petticoat Government’, based on original local research. The York Home for Nurses was run by Anglican religious sisters, funded by local people, and governed by a council of famous York names. Dealing with epidemics and floods as well as medicine and surgery, the Home eventually became the Purey Cust Nursing Home.

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Libraries in York – another report

The Council will be discussing another report on the future of library buildings in York next week.  There is little new in the document.
Acomb Library

We have seen a decade of agonising about the service which has been run for several years by an independent – not for profit – social interest organisation. They recently won the right to run the library service for a further 15 years.

Whether staff moral has held up in the face of Council indecisiveness in recent years may be open to question.

Compared to other areas, York has a relative successful library service. It has not slipped into the “basket case” situation seen recently with several other public services in the City.

Usage levels have been stable, no libraries have been closed, new libraries have been established at Burnholme, New Earswick and the soon to be opened (probably) Community Stadium. The Reading Café in Rowntree park is successful and an overhaul of the Central Library and Archives has been completed.

The library service has recognised that it needs to be more than a book lending service. Some have styled themselves as learning or “explore” centres. Some have opened cafes. Several have established “Friends of” groups.

Derelict expansion site behind Acomb Explore Library 2017

But progress in west York has been slow.

In 2008 the Council identified the need to expand the Acomb Library. It had had a modest extension to the front, but other parts of the building were aging. The Council decided to acquire land to the rear to facilitate expansion. The idea was that a “one stop shop” should be established with staff moving in from the then nearby “Acomb Office”. Officials were told to buy the bowling club land but failed to push a deal though. The bowling club was latter to be sold to a private housing developer. The Council land is now part of a building compound.

The expansion plans were jettisoned by a new administration when it took office in 2011.

Since then the staff from the Acomb (housing) Office have been centralised into West Offices. There has been no significant investment in the library building. The acquired land became an overgrown eyesore.

About two years ago an opportunity arose to rationalise the site by  incorporating the library, bowling club and extension land into one redevelopment plan.

The Council failed to act. As a result, expansion options have been compromised.

The latest report confirms a £4 million budget for improvements to the libraries in Acomb and Clifton. This was first announced 4 months ago. The report says that the use of this investment is aimed at “reducing running costs”.

The report talks of identifying “co-location partners”

It will be mid 2021 at the earliest before residents will see any building work taking place at the Acomb Explore site.

Acomb Explore events noticeboard 14th October. Needs updating

So for the next 4 years west York will no doubt be expected to muddle through

The report confirms that “the 15-year Library Contract sets out the requirement for Explore (the operators) to co-locate all the Gateway libraries by 31 March 2027”.

This could have significant implications for smaller libraries such as that at Dringhouses.

What’s on in York: Caring for old photographs

York Explore

October 19th @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

 £18

Augustus Mahalski

Do you have family photographs, negatives or slides hidden away in your home? Are you concerned about their condition, or unsure what to do with them? Join Explore’s Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman, to learn more about what causes photographic materials to deteriorate over time, and the best ways to care for them at home.

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What’s on in York: The Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby with Dr Ruth Beckett

York Explore

October 17th @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 £5

Discover the ways in which Winifred Holtby drew upon the people and landscape of the East Riding to explore themes which transcend time and place in South Riding.

‘The Literary Landscapes of Winifred Holtby’ will explore the relationship between people and place, looking especially at the influence of the East Riding on the novels of Winifred Holtby. Extending from the Yorkshire Wolds to the vast expanse of Holderness, as well as suburban Cottingham and further afield, it is a landscape which is as much a mindset as a geographical location, shaped by history and social expectation as well as by the characters themselves. Though the main focus will be on South Riding, reference will also be made to Anderby Wold, A Crowded Street and other writings of Winifred Holtby

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What’s on in York: Debut Novel Launch – The Sins of Friendship

York Explore Library

October 16th @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 Free

Join local York author Joshua Lees for the launch of his debut Novel – The Sins of Friendship; the twisted tale of an ordinary person thrown into an extraordinary world.

Spend an hour with Local Author Joshua Lees at the launch of his debut novel. Get a sneak peek into the first chapter, meet the author, and get the chance to discuss and ask any questions you might have; as someone who’s read the novel or someone new to the series, all are welcome!
The Sins of Friendship is perfect for Teen readers, young Adults, and up. It’s the tale of an ordinary man who is drawn into an alternate realm built upon negative emotions, he has to set aside his fears to help save a dying world before it is devoured by a mad god.

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What’s on in York: Writing Anglian York

York Explore Library

October 15th @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

 £6

The Anglian, or Anglo-Saxon, period is the least well-understood period of York’s history. Written sources describe an important ecclesiastical centre, a seat of governance, a place of scholarship and learning, a commercial entrepot and a draw for ‘divers peoples,’ but physical evidence has been hard to find.

Join Ailsa Mainman as she discusses her recent book, Anglian York, which pulls together the archaeological evidence for this elusive period and provides a glimpse into the lives of people who dwelt in York in the centuries between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the Vikings.

What’s on in York: Writing Matters – a creative writing workshop led by Pauline Kirk

Dringhouses Library

October 14th @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

 £3

Join author Pauline Kirk for a fun, accessible writing workshop. The workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.

Join a friendly group, open to new and established writers whether writing in poetry or prose. Pauline is a well known local author, poet and novelist. Her workshop will give you lots of ideas to work on afterwards, as well useful tips during the session.

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What’s on in York: Explore Gothic – An American Werewolf in London

A special screening of the 1981 comedy-horror classic, An American Werewolf in London.
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York Explore

Sunday 13 October, 7:30pm
18+ only

£12.50 or £10 with a York Card

Hosted by local author and lycanthropy expert Gavin Baddeley, marking the release of his new book, The FrightFest Guide to Werewolf Movies (available to purchase). With licensed bar (cash only).

Tickets General admission: £12.50

With a York Card: £10

What’s on in York: Routes to Becoming a Novelist

Acomb Explore Library

October 11th @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 £3

Explore ways of establishing yourself as a novelist via an ‘apprenticeship’, writing short stories, getting publications in small-press anthologies, becoming involved in writing communities and more.

Join York SF writer Tim Major as he guides you through getting your work published. Tom’s most recent novel is Snakeskins and his stories have appeared in Best of British SF and Best Horror.

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