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.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part will help our super space family, The Rockets, as they track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge is suitable for primary aged children of all abilities with a special Mini Challenge for pre-school children.  

It’s free to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library. All children have to do is to read six books of their choice during the summer holidays, they will collect stickers and incentives along the way and on completion will receive a medal and a certificate.

Children who have Children’s University Passports can also collect credits for taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and for attending any of the activities being hosted by libraries during the summer holidays.

Summer Activities taking place in our libraries during the holidays

The Galactic Junk Yard

The space pirates have stolen all the books from planet Earth, only you can help retrieve them! Unfortunately there isn’t a space rocket spare so you are going to have to build your own. Welcome to Old Smokey’s Galatic Junk Yard! Spaceship parts don’t come cheap, you must earn them by splatting Malovian mice, get lucky with the story dice, learn to dance like a space pirate and pop moon bubbles.

This is a fantastic interactive workshop with a mixture of games, stories, dancing, challenges and crazy crafts, hosted by one of our favourite storytellers, Andy Messer. It’s a free activity suitable for children aged 5 to 8 years of age. Places are limited so you'll need to book with the library that's hosting the event you want to go to.

You can go to the event at:

  • Highfield Library, Friday 26 July 10.30am to 11.45am
  • Central Children’s Library, Friday 26 July 2pm to 3.15pm
  • Ecclesall Library, Thursday 1 August  2pm to 3.15pm
  • Firth Park Library, Wednesday 7 August at 2pm to 3.15pm
  • Manor Library, Wednesday 14 August at 2pm to 3.15pm

Book Quest Galactica

A cunning interstellar thief has stolen all the books by David Walliams from every library and every computer - not a single word remains! You have been recruited by the Rocket Family to retrieve them. A complete set is being sold for an exorbitant price, ten squillion Arcaddian dollars at the two-moon market on the old planet of Curiosity. 

It’s up you to try to buy them back, however, it will be an arduous journey and you will encounter many challenges and will have to solve many puzzles before you can do so! This is a mad cap adventure through space hosted by Andy Messer and will be taking place at Darnall Library on Friday 2 August from 2pm to 3.15pm. It’s free to come along and join us but you should book a place with the library in advance.

Brightbox Makerspaces

Brightbox will be hosting a workshop helping children to make Light Up Alien Masks. This is a free activity for children aged 5 and upwards. They will create their own alien masks using an assortment of craft materials, mini lights and battery packs.

You'll need to book your place with the library that's hosting the event you want to attend.

You can go to the event at:

  • Manor Library, Monday 29 July 2pm to 3pm
  • Crystal Peaks Library, Friday 2 August 2pm to 3pm
  • Parson Cross Library, Tuesday 6 August 2pm to 3pm
  • Stocksbridge Library, Monday 12 August 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Chapeltown Library, Thursday 15 August 10.30am to 11.30am

Brightbox will also be hosting a workshop making Space Craft and Alien Robots at Hillsborough Library. It will take place on Wednesday 21 August, from 2pm to 3pm, for children aged 7 years and upwards. Come along and invent your own spacecraft or robot using motors, batteries and craft materials.

This is a free activity but places are limited and must be booked with the library in advance.


Aliens Love Underpants

Growtheatre will be hosting a fun drama, craft and singing activity inspired by the book Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman. Children will listen to an interactive story telling of Aliens Love Underpants, design their own alien headdress and become underpants-loving aliens! This activity is free and suitable for children age 4 to 8 years of age. You should book your place in advance at one these libraries:

  • Hillsborough Library, Wednesday 31 July 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Ecclesall Library, Friday 9 August 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Darnall Library, Friday 23 August 2pm to 3.30pm

Star Gazers

Growtheatre will also be hosting an activity session for older children aged 7 to 12 years of age. Stargazers is an interactive drama and craft session taking you on a journey through time and space to explore some of the star constellations we see in the night sky. Children will discover new planets, alien species and make up their own adventure stories and make a nightlight decorated with star constellations.

The event is free but you'll need to book your place in advance with the library you want to go to.

This activity will be taking place at:

  • Chapeltown Library, Tuesday 30 July 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Woodseats Library, Wednesday 19 August 2pm to 3.30pm

Ignite Imaginations events

Ignite Imaginations will be offering two activity sessions in our libraries this summer.

Fimo Aliens

Create your very own alien out of Fimo, add a space backdrop and make up a zany story for them. Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years, this activity is free to attend but you should book your place with the library in advance. Taking place at:

  • Highfield Library, Monday 5 August 2pm to 4pm
  • Firth Park Library, Tuesday 27 August 2pm to 4pm

Make Your Own Space Globe

Make and decorate your own Space Globe, similar to a snow globe but with aliens and celestial star dust! Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years, this activity is free to attend but you should book your place with the library in advance. You can go to the event at:

  • Central Children’s Library, Thursday 8 August 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Woodseats Library, Tuesday 13 August 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Crystal Peaks Library, Tuesday 20 August 2pm to 4pm
  • Parson Cross Library, Thursday 29 August 2pm to 4pm
  • Stocksbridge Library, Friday 30 August 10.30am to 12.30pm

Road Safety Drop In Sessions

The Road Safety Team will be coming to our libraries to host fun, activity based sessions to help children become road safety aware. These are free drop-in sessions and there's no need to book in advance. They are suitable for children aged 5 and upwards. 

Road safety sessions will be taking place at:

  • Woodseats Library, Monday 29 July 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Crystal Peaks Library, Monday 5 August 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Chapeltown Library, Tuesday 6 August 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Manor Library, Monday 12 August 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Firth Park Library, Tuesday 13 August 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Ecclesall Library, Monday 19 August 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Darnall Library, Wednesday 21 August 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Hillsborough Library, Tuesday 20 August 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Rhythm Time Music Sessions for Babies and Toddlers

Come and join us for a fun and interactive music time suitable for babies and young children up to 4 years of age. These sessions are free but you'll need to book your place in advance with the library hosting the event you want to go to.

You can go to this event at:

  • Crystal Peaks Library, Monday 29 July 10.30am to 11.10am
  • Highfield Library, Monday 29July 2pm to 2.40pm
  • Stocksbridge Library, Tuesday 30 July 10.30am to 11.10am
  • Manor Library, Monday 5 August 10.30am to 11.10am
  • Central Children’s Library, Friday 16 August 11.30am to 12.10pm
  • Darnall Library, Friday 16 August 2.30am to 3.10pm
  • Ecclesall Library, Thursday 22 August 2pm to 2.40pm
  • Chapeltown Library, Tuesday 27 August 10.30am to 11.10am
  • Hillsborough Library, Tuesday 27 August 2pm to 2.40pm
  • Woodseats Library, Friday 30 August 2pm to 2.40pm


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.

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