A TALK on Skipton's new pub trail will take place in the town's library in May as part of local and community history month.

Skipton Library volunteer Steve Wilson will be encouraging visitors to take part in the trail. A joint venture between the library and Skipton Civic Society, it charts the link between the growth of pubs and the cattle market.

By the early 1900s, Skipton had 35 pubs and beer houses and 15 off-licences, equating to one licence for every 50 men in the town. The talk will be held from 10.45am to noon on Thursday, May 23.

Throughout May, libraries across North Yorkshire will be hosting talks, exhibitions and activities by businesses, groups and authors.

In addition, the county’s archive service is touring to showcase a selection of its archive material and speak to visitors about what it offers.

It will be at Settle Library on Tuesday, May 14, from 10am to 1pm.

To find out more about what is happening during May and to book your place, visit your local library branch or individual Facebook page.

Library members can take advantage of free resources including historic newspapers, maps, ephemera in local studies collections in branches as well as access to online resources.

To sign up for a free library membership, visit North Yorkshire Council’s website at www.northyorks.gov.uk/leisure-tourism-and-culture/libraries