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About Embsay-with-Eastby Community Library

Although there had been a library in Embsay for many years before, Embsay-with-Eastby Community Library opened in its current guise in July 2012.

The former library was wholly funded and staffed by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), but when the opening ribbon was cut by Rev Louise Taylor Kenyon, the vicar of St.Mary's Church, Embsay, the new community library became staffed entirely by volunteers and financed by volunteer-raised funds and various grants.

NYCC have not left the library entirely on its own, however, as the library is run in partnership with the County Council. The Library Service advises the library's steering group, provides training to the volunteers and supplies the books and other loanable resources.

For more details of the opening of Embsay-with-Eastby Community Library, see the news article on the Craven Herald and Pioneer's website.

Fundraising activities

Aside from having sufficient volunteers to staff the library on a day-to-day basis, the key challenge of keeping the library open is fundraising to cover the various running costs of the library. Such costs include the rental of the library's room in the village hall and paying electricity, phone and Internet access bills. The library holds fundraising various events throughout the year help cover these costs. These include coffee mornings, book sales and talks.

For more details of these events, as well as our regular 'Knit and Natter' group, see our What's on page.

What's in the library

As you might expect, most of the library's collection is books: lots of them! We have many different sorts of books, including:

Books, however, are only part of the story! We also have:

Perhaps most importantly, though, are several Teddies who love to be cuddled by our younger readers!