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There’s no cop out at Helmsley Community Library this Easter

Library to run a Cops and Robbers workshop for families on 12th April

Helmsley Community Library is running a Cops and Robbers themed workshop for children during the Easter holidays.

Taking place on Thursday 12th April and running from 2pm to 3.30pm, the workshop is suitable for children aged five to 12 years old, although younger siblings are welcome.

Families can go along and find out what life was like for a Victorian policeman, with stories from Ripon’s murky criminal past – along with tales of how bad life could be if you were a prison inmate! There will be the chance to get hands on with historic objects, taking fingerprints and discovering whether you’d make a good witness. The workshop is being delivered by MakeMore Arts on behalf of Ripon Museums Trust.

The library has gone from strength to strength since it became a community managed library in April 2017, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers. Due to demand, it has now extended its opening hours on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 1pm. It is now open 21 hours a week, offering a wide range of services and facilities for local people, including lending books, DVDs, audio books and online magazines, free use of computers, activities for all age groups, a local information point and access to books for research and learning.

Jeanne Brown, who chairs the Helmsley Community Library Steering Group and trustees, working with other volunteers, said: “The library is entirely run by volunteers, and so we’re extremely grateful for any help people can offer. Recently, we have had some new volunteers join us who have just moved into the area, which has been fantastic. But we are always looking for new volunteers as, of course, in the main we are an ageing group!

“We also look forward to welcoming some budding detectives to the library on 12th April – the Cops and Robbers workshop sounds like it’s going to be a great deal of fun! We better make sure we behave!”