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Things to do at home

Things to do at home

There are all sorts of on-line activities to replace our usual library events

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Our Farmers Market on 5 April is cancelled.

Our Farmers Market on 5 April is cancelled.

We hope to have these events back soon! (Our next scheduled market is 6 Sept.)

Sheffield Year of Reading

Sheffield Year of Reading

We're giving away a bag of books (your choice) each month this year

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Coronavirus Information

Corona Virus Status update Friday 27 March

The library is now closed until further notice. We had a busy week last week as folks stocked up on books to read through their upcoming period of isolation. All council-run libraries are now also closed.

All non-core services are also suspended. That includes evening talks, film nights, chatterbooks, knit and natter, code club, play reading group, Friday coffee mornings, Friday afternoon crafts and the book clubs. We have also cancelled the farmers market on 5th April. 

Our thanks to those dedicated volunteers who kept us running until the last possible moment. We all take our commitment to the community very seriously and feel keenly that we are not currently able to offer our usual service.

Rest assured we’ll be back as soon as possible. 

Please keep checking back here for updates.

In the meantime — stay safe and keep reading!

Chris Brown (Chairman, Friends of Greenhill Library)


Patrick Coghlan

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Patrick Coghlan, who passed away last week after a long period in intensive care with C-19. Patrick played a lead role in establishing Greenhill as a volunteer-run library and was our chairman for its first four years. More recently, he was the instigator of our project to open our new branch in Lowedges. He was passionate about libraries and reading, and his vision and calm wisdom will be sorely missed. Patrick used to talk about still being able to visit the library with his Zimmer frame when he was 90; sadly that is not now going to happen.

Our thoughts are with his wife Gill, herself recently recovered from C-19, who was unable to have contact with Patrick over his last two weeks. It is hoped to hold a thanksgiving service for him when circumstances permit.

Gill has requested that you do not reach out to her at this time … no cards or letters, no phone calls or other contact, however well-intentioned. Thank you.

Pictured here are Patrick with Darrell Porter (council volunteer library support), councillor Mary Lea, and library operations manager Ann Hartley.

South Yorkshire Mining Villages

Friday 20 March at 7.30pm
“A History of South Yorkshire Mining Villages”
with Mel Jones

Between the late eighteenth century and the 1930s South Yorkshire’s rural landscape and communities were transformed by coal mining and the movement of coal, with the population growing at a phenomenal rate. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Mel’s copiously illustrated talk explores the history of the physical and social development of these very varied mining communities.

This event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule it at some point in the future

Up and running at Lowedges!

Feb 12th 2020 – Our first day of operation at Lowedges

Meet Akin … one of our newest volunteers, who will be working regularly in the new library. Akin comes to us with experience of working in other libraries around Sheffield, notably Firth Park, where he was “Children’s Champion” for three years. 

Our thanks also to Lucy, Ann, Patrick, Wendy, and the others who have worked hard to turn our vision of a library in Lowedges into reality.

One of the first families to visit us. This was taken just before we received a wonderfully chaotic deluge of children and young mums after school finished. Altogether we signed up 13 new members.

This young reader was keen to get stuck straight in.

The library will be open from 2pm – 5pm each Wednesday and 10am – 1pm each Thursday. Come and visit us in the Lowedges Community Centre (near the top entrance to Greenhill Park).

Book Club

New book club!

Due to the popularity of our existing book club we’ve started a new one! The club meets in the library in the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. The new group had its first meeting on 19 Feb.

If you would like to join please send an email to kirsty.atkin1@gmail.com

Knit and Natter

Do you knit? Would you like to learn?

Lynn Munro runs a Knit and Natter  group in the library on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10.00 to 12.00.  Experienced knitters and beginners welcome. We can provide needles and wool if you don’t have them.

For more information email Lynn at lynnimunro@googlemail.com

Confused by Computers?

Are you confused by computers? Do you need help with filling in online forms? Or would you just like to get more out of your laptop, tablet or smartphone?

Heeley Trust run support sessions in the library every Friday morning. No need to book — just turn up. Bring your own laptop or tablet, or use the computers in the library.