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.
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!
Ignite Imaginations online craft activities
All of them can be completed with everyday materials you will find at home. Each week we will be posting a list of items that you will need to collect to complete the following weeks activity.
These will be posted on our Facebook page every Tuesday and are suitable for all the family.
- 21 July. Spooky Creations with Jordanna - Get a little messy making your own modelling clay using cupboard ingredients and then use it to create your own spooky vampire.
- 28 July. Story Stones with Helen - Draw or paint your own stones and then use them to create stories and adventures.
- 4 August. Treasure Hunt with Charlie - Come and create your own unique treasure with a map and clues to help you find it.
- 11 August. Boardgame Bonanza with Karen -Create your own baddies and goodies game and then challenge your household to a game.
- 18 August. Monster Catching Wacky Inventions with Annie- Go monster hunting with your recycling! Design and make your own new wacky invention to tackle (or tickle) monsters.
- 25 August. Crazy Pets and Strange Creatures with Lois - Use an old glove to create and invent your own new pet and then find it somewhere to live - I hope it doesn't bite.
That Poetry Bloke Craig Bradley
Craig Bradley, That Poetry Bloke has visited Sheffield Libraries on numerous occasions. His workshops are a mix of poetry, words, books and always filled with fun and laughter!! Join Craig for a weekly online workshop posted every Wednesday on our Facebook page. Get ready to laugh yourself silly!
- 22 July The Book Doesn't Stop Here. Craig talks about how important and magical libraries were to him when he was growing up. He performs a specially commissioned poem about Sheffield libraries. Is your local one included?
- 29 July The Silly Squad. Craig talks a little bit about the Summer Reading Challenge, about how important it is as well as being a lot of fun.
- 5 August Big Science. Craig talks about science and asks some really BIG questions! Maybe he will find the answers when he writes a science poem.
- 12 August Batman's Birthday Party Craig takes a look at all kinds of superheroes and performs some super poems.
- 19 August. When Words Dance. Craig looks at poetry. He shares his top tips and ideas to get you scribbling along. Do poems have to rhyme? Why are some poems better than others? Craig will share his infectious enthusiasm and energy and look at all sorts of poems.
- 26 August Trick Shots On your marks...get set...GO! Craig looks at sport and performs some sporty poems!! He also performs a poem especially for the Snooker World Championship, which takes place right here in Sheffield.
Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020
The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will be a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter and will run from June until September. Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 the Summer Reading Challenge has gone digital. Children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice, collecting virtual badges and rewards as they read plus a certificate on completion of the challenge. It’s free and easy to take part, go to the Reading Agency website to start your summer reading adventure! On the challenge website you will also find lots of fun activities to do at home.
Have you read all of your books at home? Then check out our E-Library. Here you will find lots of fantastic titles to read or listen to which you can add to your Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge, all for free.
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.