The magnificent quilt, which took two months to complete, was made by a diverse group of women from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Albania.
The piece, titled Stitch Together Quilt, was made using fabric donated by Material Moves on Gladstone Road, and the women came together to craft, chat, build friendships and support each other.
Volunteer Val Derrett said: “About 20 women were involved in making the quilts, with faces changing each week as people moved on and settled, although some women joined the group for months.
“The stitching is so noticeable that it allowed us all to have a gentle conversation in a supportive and calm environment.”
Lee Taylor, Library Manager, said: “Libraries in North Yorkshire offer a safe and welcoming place for all members of our community and are actively reaching out to sanctuary seekers to raise awareness of our services and resources. . “As part of our commitment we have pledged. Happy to be the sanctuary’s libraries and to be involved in activities that help create awareness and promote understanding of the issues faced by newcomers.”
The library’s weekly stitch group meets on Wednesdays from 4-6pm and a knitting group meets on the same day from 2-4pm, new members welcome.
The library has recently purchased a selection of books in different languages and offers information leaflets as part of their service and welcome to the community.
Non-English speakers are invited to conversational English drop-in sessions at Scarborough Library to improve language skills, build confidence and socialise.