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 for Adults

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.  You do not have to be an expert, just willing to chat about what you have read.

  • Central Library - 1st Thursday of the month, 2pm
  • Chapeltown Library - 1st and 2nd Monday of the month, 3:45pm
  • Crystal Peaks Library - 3rd Monday of the month, contact the library
  • Ecclesall Library - various groups, please contact library for days and times
  • Hillsborough Library - 4th Monday of the month, contact the library
  • Parson Cross - 1st Friday of the month, 10am
  • Stocksbridge Library - 3rd Thursday of the month, contact the library
  • Woodseats Library - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm

Shared Reading

Shared Reading brings great books 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, 10:30am

Sharing Poetry 

Join fellow poetry lovers to share and discuss a range of poetry. It could be your own work, or someone else’s poem, or just sit back and enjoy the poetry with a cuppa. 

  • Central Library - monthly, booking via Eventbrite
  • Crystal Peaks - 3rd Thursday of the month, 2pm
  • Stocksbridge Library -  2nd Friday of the month, 10:30am to 11:30am

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
  • Parsons Cross Library - Thursday 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 - monthly, booking via Eventbrite
  • Crystal Peaks – (Glass Mountain Writers) 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 2pm
  • Chapeltown Library - Monday, 1:30 pm to 3pm

Play Reading

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 are open to anyone and everyone and you do not have to be an actor to join.

  • Central Library - monthly, booking via Eventbrite
  • Central Library - see Eventbrite for dates

Tea and Words

A relaxed session in which poems are read aloud. Share thoughts and feelings, or simply sit back and enjoy listening. Everyone welcome and no pressure to contribute. Refreshments provided.

  • Central Library - booking via Eventbrite
  • Home Library Service - online, contact the Home Library Service


Death Café

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

  • Central Library - booking via Eventbrite

Coffee Mornings and Social Groups

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

  • Crystal Peaks Library - 2nd Monday of the month, 2pm
  • Ecclesall Library - Thursday, 10:00am
  • Woodseats Library - 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.

  • Crystal Peaks Library - Sporting Memories, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:30am
  • Ecclesall Library - Sporting Memories, Wednesday, 10:30am
  • Hillsborough - Sporting Memories, Wednesday, 2pm
  • Woodseats -  Silver Foxes, Friday, 10:30am

Do you remember?

Discussing memories and events from the past is proven to improve mood, mind, and wellbeing. Drop in to our monthly sessions and take a trip down memory lane.

  • Chapeltown Library - 1st Friday of the month, 10:30am
  • Crystal Peaks Library - 4th Friday of the month 2.30pm
  • Ecclesall Library - last Monday of the month, 10.30am
  • Hillsborough Library - 1st Friday of the month 10.30am
  • Parsons Cross Library - 1st Tuesday of the month 10.30am

Digital drop in

At these friendly drop-in sessions, you will learn how to use a computer, improve your digital skills, and find support using the internet. Everyone welcome.

  • Central Library -  Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to midday
    1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 11am to 1pm (delivered by Age UK)
  • Crystal Peaks Library - Thursday, 10am to midday
  • Stocksbridge Library - Friday, 10am to midday

eLibrary and Library App – 1 to 1 Support

1 to 1 support setting up and using Libby, the eLibrary, and also the new Library app that allows you to manage your library account via your smartphone.

  • Crystal Peaks Library - contact the library

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 Library - contact the library for dates
  • Highfield Library -  1st Saturday of the month, 2pm

Games Night in the Library

Whether you are a veteran gamer with a Gloomhaven campaign under your belt, or a newcomer to the hobby keen to discover something beyond Cluedo and Monopoly, feel free to join in. Adults of all ages are welcome to join us for an evening of laughter, strategy, and camaraderie.

  • Central Library - 1st Wednesday of the month, 5pm, booking via Eventbrite

Craft and Chat

Love to craft? Or interested in starting? We will be working on our projects, sharing progress, finished objects, wins and woes. Even if you do not feel like working on anything, feel free to come and have a natter in the company of like-minded people.

  • Central Library - Tuesdays, 2pm
  • Ecclesall Library - contact the library
  • Parson Cross - Saturdays, 11am


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