Newby and Scalby Library - A Welcoming Haven

Care Professional Lizzie visits Newby & Scalby Library and finds a warm welcome

Home Instead Care Professional Lizzie is visiting events, activities and facilities in the Scarborough & Ryedale that are suitable for older people in our communities. In this blog she visits Newby and Scalby Library which is at the heart of its community on the north side of Scarborough and almost a neighbour of the Home Instead office.

Newby and Scalby Library

Situated on Scalby Road in easy reach of the bus stop by The Rosette pub, a pelican crossing and handy for the residential homes, is the welcoming site, that is the library. More than this it is a vibrant community hub and offers a warm safe space, clubs and sanctuary.

The (mainly voluntary) staff are inviting and friendly and happily told me that the library is on the council list of WARM PLACES in and around the area.

They have an active presence on Facebook and also have an informative and easy to use website at on which you can renew your books, see what is going on and even join the library.

One of the ladies I support in my role as a Care Professional at Home Instead says she enjoys going outside to the garden there in the warmer months. My friend enjoys going to the painting group on a Saturday morning and I met some lovely people at the Wednesday afternoon crafting club who had knitted poppies for the Remembrance display in November and decorations for the tree at Christmas.

There are opportunities to become a volunteer.  There are computers that you can use there in dedicated area, a coffee machine, toilets; everything you could need to pass an hour or two in  a warm safe environment, there is a splendid variety of books, a large print section, audio books, CDs and DVDs, that can all be borrowed. There are little nooks with comfortable chairs to read in undisturbed.

Opening times are 10 am til 5.30 pm Monday, Tuesday Wednesday Friday and Saturday.

I enjoy visiting. I always get a warm smile and a friendly chat and the choice of books is varied from recently released novels and bestsellers to classic titles and a broad range of non-fiction. More than its books the library is a lovely community space and accessible to people of all ages from children through to the older people in our area. I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a place to visit if you have an older relative and you are looking for somewhere to get out for an hour or two.

Home Instead provides a range of services to help older people to continue living at home – the place they know and love. That can include accompanying clients on outings for a couple of hours or longer. Visit to find out more.