We offer a wide range of fun and creative children’s activities.

Summer Reading Challenge

We're so excited to be able to reveal the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2022. Get ready for Gadgeteers arriving at your local library on Saturday 9 July. Science is all around you! What do you love to do? Are you a brilliant baker, or a mega music fan, are you a tech wizard?

Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer Reading Challenge to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things. The Reading Agency have teamed up with the Science Museum Group for a very special science-themed challenge that will inspire you to use your imagination and creativity.

It’s free to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, just ask at your local library. It is suitable for children up to 11 years of age. All they have to do is read or share six books of their choice during the summer holidays, collecting stickers and incentives along the way. On completion they will receive a medal and a certificate. Children with Passport to Learning can collect a credit for each book that they read towards their challenge.

Football is coming to Sheffield Libraries

The fabulous team at Imagination Gaming are helping us to celebrate Sheffield being a host city for the Women’s Euros 22. Children can take part in an exciting football themed competition using a popular football game called Klask. The top players from each library, in two age groups, 7 to 9 years and 10+ years, will be invited to participate in a football style play off. The play off will be on Saturday 30 July at the Central Children’s Library. There will be prizes for the winners and a certificate for everyone taking part.

If football’s not your thing there will be other tabletop games to play. No need to book, just drop in and play.

  • 2 July 10:30am to 12:30pm Central Children’s Library, Chapeltown Library
  • 2 July 1:30pm to 3:30pm Highfield Library, Stocksbridge Library
  • 9 July 10:30am to 12:30pm Parson Cross Library
  • 9 July 1:30am to 3:30pm Hillsborough Library
  • 16 July 10:30am to 12:30pm Crystal Peaks Library, Ecclesall Library
  • 16 July 1:30am to 3:30pm Woodseats Library, Manor Library
  • 23 July 10:30am to 12:30pm Darnall Library
  • 23 July 1:30am to 3:30pm Firth Park Library
  • 30 July 10:30am onwards; Grand Finale in Central Children’s Library where all the winners will play against each other

Rhyme Time

If you enjoyed taking part in our Friday Rhyme Time sessions these are now available for you to view on our YouTube channel. You can catch up on sessions that you may have missed or watch them again and join in the fun!


Babytime is a great way to meet other new parents and babies, get to know local people and make new friends. They also feed your child’s imagination with stories, rhymes and activities.  

  • Darnall Library Tuesday, 10:30am
  • Firth Park Library Tuesday, 10:30am
  • Highfield Library Friday, 11:15am
  • Hillsborough Library Wednesday, contact the library
  • Manor Library Monday, 10:30am
  • Parson Cross Library Monday, 10:30am
  • Woodseats Library Monday, 2pm


These weekly sessions are aimed at parents and pre-schoolers. 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 involved in creative fun.

  • Central Children’s Monday, 11am and Friday, 11am
  • Chapeltown Tuesday, 10:45am and Thursday, 10:45am
  • Crystal Peaks Monday, 10:15am
  • Ecclesall Monday, 2pm
  • Firth Park Friday, 10:30am
  • Highfield Wednesday, 11:15am
  • Woodseats Tuesday, 11am and Friday, 2pm
  • Stocksbridge Tuesday, 10am

Chatterbooks for 8 to 11 year olds

Chatterbooks is a national network of book clubs for children. 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. These free groups meet monthly during term-time. All participants receive a welcome pack.

  • Woodseats 1st Monday of the month, 3:45pm

Autism Friendly Hour

Each school holiday, the Central Children’s Library offers an exclusive open hour for families and children with sensory or autistic spectrum needs. A quiet, welcoming environment with sensory activities and books. Staff will help register children with the library (if not already members) and guide them to areas of interest.

Suitable for children of all ages. 

  • Central Children’s Library School Holiday Mondays, 9am

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

If you’re a secret scribbler, vocal wordsmith, closet novelist or part-time poet Hive South Yorkshire runs a young writers group for you.

  • Central Library fortnightly, Wednesday, 5:30 pm

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.

Contact Libraries Team