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.
Join us online for a fun filled February Half Term
Tuesday 16th February - Ignite Imaginations will be presenting a craft event based on the theme of Hope.
This is a pre-recorded activity suitable for children of all ages and will be available on our Facebook page.
Wednesday 17th February 2.00-3.00pm. – Weird, Wild and Wonderful with poet James Carter
Want to sing to a woolly mammoth? Hear the moon speak? Or fancy finding out what an elephant might say to a dung beetle? Or hey - learn how to play air guitar in under 20 seconds? Well this is the show for you, earthling! Tune in for a lively, madcap hour of poems and music aplenty. What’s more, you’ll get to meet Steve the melodica, Keith the guitar and Erik the disco ukulele…The second half is a mini-workshop in which you’ll discover how to write your very own weird, wild & wonderful poem. Suitable for children 7+ years. This event will be hosted via Zoom, you will need to book a place on Eventbrite to take part.
Thursday 18th February Bollywood read, dance and chapatti making with Salma Zaman
Meet the inspirational Salma Zaman who embeds dance movements and gestures within her children’s books. Learn simple, fun and groovy Bollywood and creative dance steps alongside a marvellous storytelling session and get your hands-on creative activities. Why not dress up as a Bollywood princess or Bhangra hero and shake a leg? Salma will read her picture book, and teach you dance moves which you can copy from your seat or get active if you’ve got the space! Listen to Salma lead this session with her story with simple Indian hands and learn how to move your Bollywood hips. Just like a Bollywood Star! This activity is suitable for children of all ages and will be hosted via Zoom. To take part you will need to book your place via Eventbrite.
Friday 19th February – Rhyme Time with Laura.
Join us on our Facebook page for a session full of fun, songs and rhymes. This is a pre-recorded session which is available to watch whenever you wish. Available on our Facebook page.
Friday Rhyme Time
Missing coming along to Babytime and Under Fives in our libraries? Why not join in with our online Friday Rhyme Time? We host a lively and fun session full of songs and rhymes for babies and young children which is posted to our Facebook page every Friday. Get ready to make lots of noise!
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.