Library events for adults

We have a wide range of events taking place. Most of our events can be found online on Eventbrite.

Reading groups

A reading group or book club is a gathering of people who meet to chat about a book they have read. They usually read one book a month, and many groups take the book out for free from a local library. Some groups read a particular type of book each month; others read something different each time. You don’t have to be an expert, just willing to chat about what you’ve read.

  • Chapeltown 1st and 2nd Monday of the month, 3:45pm
  • Crystal Peaks 3rd Monday of the month, contact the library
  • Ecclesall Library, various groups, please contact library for days and times
  • Hillsborough 4th Monday of the month, contact the library
  • Stocksbridge 3rd Thursday of the month, contact the library 
  • Woodseats 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm

Reading Friends Book Chat

Reading Friends is about using the proven power of reading to tackle loneliness and isolation in the wake of the pandemic. These activities bring people together to read, chat, share stories and have fun in an informal setting.

If you are interested in books and reading or know of someone who would be interested, contact your local library.

  • Chapeltown 2nd Monday of the month, 10:30am
  • Crystal Peaks 1st Friday of the month, 2.30pm
  • Darnall 2nd Friday of the month, 2.30pm
  • Firth Park Monday, 10:30am
  • Manor 3rd Friday, 2:30pm
  • Parson Cross 1st Friday of the month – contact the library
  • Stocksbridge 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2pm

Reading Friends Shared Reading

Shared Reading brings great books and poems to life through reading aloud and group discussion. If you want to relax and listen to reading aloud and talk about what it means to you and others, come along.

  • Hillsborough Library Tuesday - contact the library
  • online via Zoom Tuesday, 10:30am

Sharing Poetry 

An informal and welcoming group for anyone with an interest in poetry. From Carol Ann Duffy to Edward Lear, bring along your favourite poem, feel free to bring your own work, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy.

  • Central Library 1st Saturday of the month, 10:30am
  • Crystal Peaks 3rd Thursday of the month, 2pm

Visually Impaired Reading Group 

Making use of our audiobook collections, the Central Library hosts a regular reading group for customers with a visual impairment. Refreshments provided.

  • Central Library 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2pm

Drop in and Draw

Relaxed group drawing sessions for adults. All ages and abilities welcome. Rather than a taught session, the emphasis will be on drawing for pleasure in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. The library will provide the subject, the space, and the materials. A great opportunity to slow down, see more clearly and enjoy some ‘me time’.

  • Central Library last Friday and Saturday of the month, 10:30am
  • Highfield Library Monday, 2pm

Writing Groups

Are you the next J K Rowling or Stephen King? Would you like to share your writing with others? Have a book inside you and want to be inspired to write? Build your confidence and formulate ideas for storylines and characters at this workshop for all – beginners or established writers.  

  • Central Library see Eventbrite for dates
  • Crystal Peaks – Glass Mountain Writers 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 2pm

Play Reading

Join us for a cuppa in an informal and friendly group as we read and discuss a variety of plays. Play reading is a wonderful way to exercise a love of theatre and literature, discover new plays and socialise with others. No previous experience is needed, we're open to anyone and everyone, you don’t have to be an actor to join.

  • Central Library see Eventbrite for dates

Tea and Words

Join us online for 45 minutes of relaxing poetry. Feel free to share a favourite poem, your own work, or just sit back with your mug and listen.

  • online via Zoom 1st Thursday of the month, 2:30pm – booking through Eventbrite

Coffee Mornings

Drop into the library and meet other people from your community. Everyone welcome.

  • Ecclesall Library Thursday 10:00am
  • Woodseats Wednesday 10:30am

Men’s Library Social Groups

Over 50 and love talking about sport? Whether it is cricket, rugby, football, boxing, snooker, or athletics, share your sporting memories with other sports fans over old photographs, newspaper articles and books.

  • Ecclesall Library - Sporting Memories Wednesday 10:30am
  • Hillsborough – Sporting Memories Wednesday, contact the library
  • Parson Cross – Sporting Memories Tuesday, 10:30am
  • Woodseats– Silver Foxes Friday, 10:30am


Join other local people for a friendly chat about days gone by. Everyone welcome.

Deaf Social Group

The Central Library hosts a regular social group for people using sign language. A good opportunity to practice your signing skills. Refreshments provided.

  • Central 2nd Saturday of the month, 2pm
  • Highfield 1st Saturday of the month, 2pm beginning March 2022

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