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

The Reading Agency Wild World Heroes Winter Mini Reading Challenge

The #WinterMiniChallenge from the @readingagency will be starting on 1 December and will run until 16 January 2022. Don’t let the winter weather freeze your child’s love of reading! All they need to do is read three or more books of their choice to unlock a limited-edition virtual badge and a special Winter Mini Challenge certificate to print off and keep. Children with Passports to Learning can earn three credits on completion of the challenge, just present your certificate to library staff to claim your credits.

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