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Welcome to the Sheffield Year of Reading 2020; a 12 month, citywide celebration of creativity and the written word

Reading is the key that unlocks the door to life's riches. It helps us feel better, discover more, and unleashes our individual creativity. Reading is fun and especially so when that experience is shared. Due to Covid, things haven’t worked out how we planned, but there are still lots of ways for  people from across our city to come together online or in person, to share the simple joy of words. 

It will be literary and silly, it will be big and small, it will be on the page and in the streets. In fact, it can be whatever you want it to be. There are lots of ways you can get involved. Make it yours!

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Summer Reading Challenge

For adults and teens

Read three books this summer and you could win £100 of book tokens.

Challenge yourself to read a book in July, August and September, let us know what you read and if you’d recommend it, and we’ll enter you into the prize draw to win one of three £100 book tokens.

  • simply complete the online form each month
  • earn one entry to the prize draw with each book you read
  • submit three books over the summer and earn a bonus entry to the prize draw.
  • The challenge is open to all Sheffield Libraries members aged 11+.

    For younger children

    Join the Silly Squad!

    Sign up for the national Summer Reading Challenge delivered by the Reading Agency. Each year the Challenge motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. 

    Summer Reading Virtual Events August

    4th August  Treasure Hunt with Charlie - Come and create your own unique treasure with a map and clues to help you find it.

    11th August Boardgame Bonanza with Karen - Create your own baddies and goodies game and then challenge your household to a game.

    18th 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.

    25th 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!

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    Summer Reading Challenge

    For adults 

    Sheffield Libraries offer a varied programme of activities and events across the year, with something for everyone. 

    From author talks to poetry workshops, local history to illustration masterclasses, visit the events page for the latest offering.

    For families

    Join Sheffield Libraries and friends for an online programme of summer holiday fun.  Including stories, poetry and creative craft.

    Keep up to date on the Libraries Facebook page.

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    Book of Sheffield City Read 2020
    The Book of Sheffield City Read 2020

    The Book of Sheffield is a collection of short stories set in our city and written by established, celebrated and emerging Sheffield authors.

    It traces the contours that decades of social and economic change impress on a place. From the Peak District to Park Hill, from the past to the future, these stories take the reader on a literary tour of our vibrant and changing city.

    Sponsored by the Sheffield Hallam University Library Service, this summer we’re giving away thousands of free copies across the city. 

    Alongside the giveaway, we’re organising a related programme of events that not only get you reading, but also singing, dancing and exploring. The authors are going to share their stories with you in some of Sheffield’s favourite spaces, and give you a chance to talk about the book.  

    Perhps you’ll be inspired to write your own.

    Keep up to date with plans by visiting our blog.


    Sheffield Libraries Podcast
    Libraries Sheffield Podcast

    Now available on all major podcast platforms, listen to the new Sheffield Libraries Podcast.

    From our librarians, archivists and fascinating friends, join us to delve deeper into the subjects, stories and collections that we find interesting, and hope that you will too…

    Listen today.

    Writer in residence

    We are delighted that Nik Perring, author and short story writer has agreed to be our writer in residence. Nik will undertake a programme of workshops across the city during the year, creating a platform for new writers, unpublished writers and groups within areas of the city who are struggling with mental health and wellbeing. Watch this space for more details to be announced! 

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    Partners get involved

    Do you hold events and activities that could support Sheffield Year of Reading? Or could your organisation support us in some other way?

    We know that by working in partnership we can promote the benefits of reading for the people of Sheffield and also raise the profile of the great work that is happening in the City of Sheffield. 

    All we ask is that you let us know what you are planning to do so that we can help publicise your work/events and that you complete the enclosed evaluation and return back to us!

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