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 at Ecclesall Library

Come and enjoy an 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, on Monday 1 April, from 2pm to 3pm, at Ecclesall Library.

Places are limited and all babies and children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible carer. To book your place get in touch with the library on 0114 203 7222 or email ecclesall.library@sheffield.gov.uk.

The Fabulously Funny Poet Craig Bradley 

Coming to Sheffield Libraries on:

Saturday 23 March
Central Children’s Library 10:30am to 11:30am
Highfield Library 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Saturday 30 March
Crystal Peaks Library 10:30am to 11:30am
Darnall Library 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Come and join Craig and laugh yourself silly at these family friendly sessions full of poems, jokes and fun.
Suitable for children age 6 and upwards and their families.  No need to book just turn up and laugh!

Easter holiday activities

Imagination Gaming workshops

The brilliant Imagination Gaming will be hosting gaming workshops in our libraries during the Easter Holidays. Come and join us for family gaming fun, suitable for all ages and abilities. No need to book, just drop in and start gaming! Sessions take place at the following libraries:

Monday 1 April

  • Central Children’s Library 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Woodseats Library 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Saturday 6 April

  • Crystal Peaks Library 10:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Darnall Library 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Monday 8 April

  • Manor Library 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Ecclesall Library 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tuesday 9 April

  • Parson Cross Library 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Hillsborough Library 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday 10 April

  • Highfield Library 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Firth Park Library 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Thursday 11 April

  • Chapeltown Library 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Stocksbridge Library 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or responsible carer.

Fairy-Tale Fun
Inspired by Ruskin’s Classic Story, The King of The Golden River

Monday 1 April

  • Central Children’s Library, 11am to 3pm

Drop into the Central Children’s Library for a day of fairy- tale inspired craft, games and stories.  An event aimed at primary school age children and their grown-ups.  Just drop in.

Nature Journaling Workshop

Thursday 4 April

  • Central Children’s Library 10:30am to 12:30pm

Creating a nature journal is a great way to connect with the living world, to see and hear the patterns in nature and explore the beauty of the places around you.  It’s also a fun way to develop your drawing and writing. In this workshop led by Ignite Imaginations, children will start their own nature journals, which they can then develop and grow at home.

Board Gaming

Join in at a relaxed and social session of board gaming. We now host regular sessions at several libraries across Sheffield. Whether you're an experienced player or completely new to board games, we'll have a friendly gamebrarian on hand to get you started.

Also check out the Sheffield Board Game Library.  We hold a collection of games in the Central Library Reading Room and a more family friendly collection in the Central Children’s Library.  Both collections are free to use in the library during normal opening hours.

Writing Workshops at Central Library

Are you the next J K Rowling or Stephen King? Would you like to share your writing with others for constructive feedback? Got a book inside you but need the inspiration to get started? Build your confidence to begin formulating ideas for storylines and characters at our regular workshops.  Open to all – beginners and established writers

Poetry Meet at Central Library

An informal and welcoming group for anyone with an interest of poetry.  From Carol Ann Duffy to Edward Lear, bring along your favourite poem, feel free to share your own work, or just sit back, relax and enjoy.  The perfect way to start the weekend.


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.