What’s on in York: Sad Poets’ Doorstep Club

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Acomb Explore Library :

Thu 10 Jan :

5.30pm – 6.30pm :


A poetry circle event with a mental health slant, this is a chance to explore your thoughts and feelings about mental health issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Please bring along a poem or short story that you have written to share with the group. Organised in an Open Mic format you will have the opportunity to read or perform aloud, or simply to listen.

There is a three minute limit for each piece, but there will be multiple rounds of the circle so plenty of opportunities to showcase your work.

Strictly 16+
Contains adult themes

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

York Libraries – call for more transparency over future

York Explore Library

Staff working in York’s libraries are understandably concerned about the lack of any announcement about the future of the service.

The libraries are currently run by “Explore Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited” company.

Their contract comes to an end in March 2019.

In June 2018 the Council decided to tender for the continuation of the service.

A report raised several worrying options including the introduction of “volunteer” run branches. Others were concerned that a large leisure management company based outside the City would take over the service.

The contract on offer is believed to be worth £32 million and covers a 15 year period.

Acomb Explore Library

The present management arrangements are essentially a development of the team that led the library organisation when it was run by the Council. They have had a generally successful 5 years with, against the national trend,  user numbers stable and some useful innovations like the reading café in Rowntree Park introduced.

An updated report on the Libraries recent activities was published yesterday (it says that they can now handle visa applications – a role that the Post Office revealed, during consultations about the relocation of the Lendal office to W H Smiths, they were losing)

The Councils Forward Plan which lists all major upcoming decisions runs until 28th April 2019.

It does not include a decision item on the future of the library service.

What’s on in York: Surprise Ending: How was it for you?

Dec _14Surprise

Acomb Explore Library :

Fri 14 Dec :

2.00pm -3.30pm :


Surprise Ending, our Big City Read play was funded by Arts Council England.

We are inviting anyone who came to see the play to join us for a chat about what you thought of the play and to share any ideas about other initiatives that we could ask the Arts Council to support in libraries in the future.

This is a free session, but please book.

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

Family Day at Acomb Explore

Acomb Explore Library :

Sat 3 Nov :

10.00am – 2.00pm :


Oct _30Family DayFun for all the family.

We will have lots of different activities you and an adult to try, including crafts and storytime.

Just drop in for one or stay longer and try them all!

We also have two other events on the same day

Minecraft Mastercrafter – Build a Haunted House

12pm – 2pm

pickaxe in minecraft designDo you have what it takes to become Minecraft Mastercrafter 2018?

Come along and build a creepy Minecraft haunted house complete with zombies, spiders and pumpkins! The event is free but booking at the library essential.

E-reading Explained!

10am – 11am

Join us for a whirlwind tour of all the many ways you can enjoy books and audiobooks on your digital device.

We’ll be demonstrating the best e-reading resources including Amazon, Kobo, Google Play Books and our very own Explore E-Library.

Booking at your local library essential.

To book tickets please call Acomb Explore Librray on (01904) 552651 or acomb@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Hoglets Theatre presents – Sea Storm in a Tea Cup


Acomb Explore Library :

Mon 29 Oct :

10.30am – 11.15am :


A mermaid is an amazing gift for a young girl. But what do you do when it just wont stop growing?

A chance meeting, an act of kindness and an unusual present lead a lonely young girl on the most unexpected journey.

This new play by Gemma Curry (The Sleep Pirates) will take you on an epic adventure of mystery, magic and mermaids.

Suitable for children aged 3-7 years.

To book ticket please click here.

Look out for more performances this month at Tang Hall Explore Library on Tuesday 30th October.  The 3pm performance is relaxed and is aimed at children with autism and special needs

To book ticket please click on the times below.

1.30pm – 2.15pm

3.00pm – 3.45pm