LIBRARIES in North Yorkshire are focusing on shorts stories and local history to celebrate Black History Month throughout October.

The County Councils library service is commemorating the contributions of black people to British society, and promoting black community history in North Yorkshire.

The month-long celebrations are another way in which staff and volunteers are keeping in touch with customers virtually during the pandemic.

Around 3,000 people joined the library service over the lockdown period and there was a big increase in the number of e-books and e-audio books borrowed.

County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “Black History Month is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate diversity in North Yorkshire and the UK.

“These events are just a small example of the wide range of activities happening across the country and I would urge as many people as possible to get involved.

“Most North Yorkshire libraries are now open for borrowing so it is an ideal time to pop in.”