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Staying Safe Online

Friday 23 April 7.30pm: Free Zoom talk with Dr. Chris Brown

Are you worried about scams, phishing and viruses when you’re on-line? Join Chris and learn how to recognise bogus emails, texts and phone calls, and what not to do when you get one. Keep your computer secure and manage your passwords safely. Meeting room opens 7.15, talk starts at 7.30. Connect via zoom using this link.

Always Friends, Always Together

Friday 21 May 7.30pm: Free zoom talk with Sylvia Dunkley

‘Always Friends, Always Together’: The Story of the Links between Sheffield and Bapaume

Following the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916 when so many men from the Sheffield Pals Battalion were lost, in 1920 Sheffield ‘adopted’ the nearby French town of Bapaume. The waxing and waning of the relationship between this small agricultural town and the city of Sheffield over the hundred years since then make an unusual story, one that continues to this day.

Join Sylvia in this free zoom talk using this link. Meeting room opens 7.15, talk starts at 7.30.

Bookstart Baby Bags

Bookstart Baby Bags. Supported by Book Trust, and containing two board books, simple finger puppets and a parental guide, these packs are designed to help families get started on reading to their babies. If you have not received your bag from your health visitor, you can collect yours from us. (pick them up during click & collect)

Ancient Suburbs of Sheffield

7.30pm Friday 26 Feb: A free evening zoom talk "Ancient Suburbs of Sheffield"

  • Did you know that Salmon were to be found in the 17c. river Don in one ancient suburb?
  • … or that one of the country’s largest cricket grounds in the 19th c. was to be found in another ancient suburb of Sheffield (later to be centre of heavy industry.)
  • … or that Fulwood in 1666 (Year of the great plague) contained spa waters where people were sent “to take the waters.”
  • … or that another suburb to the south contained the first reservoirs in Sheffield to provide drinking water instead of the ancient wells.

It would be too unwieldy to look at all of Sheffield’s ancient suburbs but in this talk we concentrate on some of the oldest dating back as far as the Domesday book (1086). A fascinating insight into some household names such as Attercliffe, Darnall, Heeley, Fulwood, Crookes and more.

Join David  as we step back in time to find out the origins of some of Sheffield’s ancient suburbs. Not to be missed.

You can join the meeting using this link. Meeting room opens at 7.15. Talk starts at 7.30

Patrick Coghlan

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Patrick Coghlan, who passed away in April 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.

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

Status Update

Status update 6th April 2021

We’re pleased to confirm that we will re-open for limited browsing from 12 April with sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4. Please wear a face covering and follow our one-way system and social distancing zones. There will be limited access to computer, photocopying and printing services.

Families will be able to browse on Saturday mornings from 10-12. You’ll need to book a slot for the family sessions by calling us on 2377657.

Our click and collect service will continue, with sessions from 10-12 on Monday and Friday mornings. You can place your orders using this link. You can also drop off donated books, return your library books, pick up a Bookstart Baby Bag, or grab some new hearing aid batteries.

Many thanks to our masked marvels — those valiant volunteers who have kept us going through difficult times. Photo gallery here.

Our Coffee Plus! mornings continue every Friday starting at 10, and are proving popular. Each week we’ll bring you a special guest or activity in addition to plenty of opportunity for good conversation. Join using this link (zoom meeting)

A good way to keep up to date with what’s going on is to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter. More info here.

Chris Brown (Chairman, Friends of Greenhill Library)