A LIBRARY in York, described as “the heart of its community,” is celebrating a milestone anniversary by holding a range of events this month.

Numerous free activities are taking place to mark Acomb Explore’s 10th anniversary.

It was completed in May 2008 after a major refurbishment and extension of the original Acomb Library.

The library, on Front Street, will hold an introduction to coding for parents and grandparents to find out what children are learning and how they can support them. This will take place tomorrow (May 17), from 2 to 3pm, and on May 25, from 10 to 11am.

A ‘wellness drop-in’ event will be held on Friday from 10am to 3pm. Visitors can meet local mental health and dementia organisations, plus there will be mini health checks (from noon to 3pm only).

Other activities include a family history drop-in next Tuesday, from 10am to noon, where people can trace their lineage.

A boccia taster will take place on May 24, from 3 to 4pm. People are invited to join in a friendly and all-inclusive game of seated indoor bowls.

This will be followed by a Dementia Friends information session on May 25, from 11am to noon. Visitors can become a Dementia Friend and learn about dementia-friendly activities and facilities.

On May 30, from 11am to 1pm, visitors can join York Bike Belles for a nature walk around the library and make clay leaves to hang on trees.

Fiona Williams, chief executive of Explore York Libraries and Archives, said: “Since the transformation, we have welcomed more than 1,200,000 people to the centre to borrow books, do pilates, get online, listen to storytimes, learn a language and play boccia amongst many other things – it is truly the heart of its community.”