Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories in North Yorkshire Libraries | News

Every picture tells a story… and North Yorkshire Libraries prove it!

In April and May, the County Public Library Service will participate in a regional festival called Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories. It is a celebration of children’s book illustration, comics and visual art and will be presented through a series of events and workshops.

Chrys Mellor, chief executive of the library service, said: “The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on literacy and how children and young people access reading and creative resources.

“At North Yorkshire Libraries, we want to help solve this problem and nurture the love of reading for pleasure. The festival will include a mix of digital and live events across the region using imaginative and Young people will be able to work alongside artists and illustrators and explore new creative processes.

The festival will have its official launch at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford on April 6. It was organized by the Yorkshire and Humber branch of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL), supported by funding from the Arts Council.

On April 21, families can learn a new skill and participate in printmaking at the Malton Library with artists Rachel Richardson and Tracey Noble. Rachel and Tracey will help young people bring their own stories to life through these hands-on workshops. A photo book will be made during the sessions and will then be displayed in the library to share the wonderful work created. Places must be reserved. Contact the Malton Library at [email protected] or telephone 01609 534558.

During the Easter holidays, children will be able to try their hand at creating comic strips in several libraries with the designer Wendi New. Reservations are essential, please contact the library concerned. The events will take place at:

Design and print workshops are also offered at Knaresborough and Bentham Community Libraries with artist Lana Grindley. Lana has extensive experience working with people with autism and learning disabilities and has facilitated numerous community workshops. Book through Eventbrite for Lana’s events:

In April and May, North Yorkshire Libraries will also host several events with local school groups. There will be fun and informative Horrible Science illustration workshops in Scarborough and Filey, led by successful artist Tony De Saulles.

On the 50th anniversary of Ted Hughes’ classic The Iron Man, Chris Mold will bring new readers to this much-loved text by reading excerpts and demonstrating the drawing in action to schoolchildren in Harrogate and Skipton.

A monochrome drawing workshop based on the sensitive and topical book, My Name is not Refugee, will be led by artist Kate Milner at Northallerton Library and the Globe Community Library in Stokesley.

Throughout the festival, libraries will share a fun online drawing workshop with children’s author and illustrator Liz Million, featuring a troll, a wolf and a ninja pig! You can access it through home devices or library computers through the Libraries YouTube channel.

Chrys Mellor added: “Libraries are free for the whole family, so if you’re not a member, head to your local library to see what’s on offer during the festival.”

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