Bank holiday closures

All of our libraries will be closed on the 6 May and 27 May bank holidays.

We offer a wide range of fun and creative children’s activities across all our libraries. Find out more about the different events below and search for sessions near you.

Fun Drum

Come and enjoy and hour of singing, role play, percussion and a djembe drumming circle as we go into the woods to see what we can find….we’re not scared, it’s a lovely day!  A fully interactive session for babies and children, from 6 months to 5 years, along with their parents and carers. Based on the book ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this is a free activity. Places are limited and booking is required so please contact the library that's hosting the event you want to attend.

Taking place at:

  • Highfield Library, Tuesday 28 May 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Darnall Library, Wednesday 29 May 11.00am to 12.00pm
  • Firth Park Library, Wednesday 29 May 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Chapeltown Library, Thursday 30 May 2.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Parson Cross Library, Friday 31 May 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Crystal Peaks Library, Friday 31 May 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Craig Bradley, That Poetry Bloke

Craig will be returning to Sheffield Libraries for a family friendly session full of poems, jokes and lots of fun. This is a free activity suitable for children aged 6 and upwards, no need to book just turn up and laugh yourself silly! Come and join us at the following libraries:

  • Woodseats Library, Tuesday 28 May 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Central Children’s Library, Tuesday 28 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Ecclesall Library, Wednesday 29 May 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Hillsborough Library, Wednesday 29 May 2.00pm to 3.00pm


All our libraries in Sheffield offer weekly Babytime sessions. They're a great way to meet other new parents, get to know local people and make new friends. They also feed your child’s imagination with stories, rhymes and activities.  

Storytime and Toddletime sessions

Offered weekly in all our libraries, these sessions are aimed at parents and toddlers. They're a great way to meet other parents and for you and your children to make new friends. They also help your children to learn and get involed in creative fun.

Chatterbooks for 8 to 11 year olds

This is a national network of book clubs for 8 to 11 years olds, coordinated by the Reading Agency. These open and welcoming groups are a great place to make new friends with a shared love of books. They’re all about having fun and encouraging reading for pleasure. Each group meets during term-time, is free to join and all participants will receive a welcome pack.

Art and Craft Groups

An opportunity for children to explore their creativity and become inspired by the collections held in their local library. Art and Craft groups are a great way for your children to meet local children with a shared interest and make new friends. All groups are free and meet during term-time.

Code Clubs for 9 to 11 year olds

Designed to help them develop their coding skills, Code Club is a nationwide network of free out of school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11 years. Each week we tackle a different project that teaches children the basics of programming and allows them to create their own computer games, animations and websites.

Young People’s Writing Group

Sheffield Young Writers is a free writing group for young people aged 14 to 18 years at Central Library on Surrey Street. The group helps young people develop as writers through a range of creative writing workshops. There are also regular visiting writers and related writing projects.

Young People’s Book Groups

These free groups for teenage book lovers are a great way to make new friends, explore different viewpoints and discover great books and authors.