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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.

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)


Family of Man

Wednesday 11 March at 7.30pm: “Family of Man”
with David Ashworth

Family of Man is an audio-visual performance which, through commentary, video and music explores connections across generations celebrated in Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable series of sculptures, in Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This is a free event.

You can hear some samples from David’s “Family of Man” album here:

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

The state of nature in Sheffield

17 April at 7.30pm: “The state of nature in Sheffield”
(and looking for otters on the River Don)
with Nicky Rivers

Dr Nicky Rivers, Living Landscape Development Manager at the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust will be talking about the ‘State of Nature in Sheffield’, plus ‘Otterly Amazing’, which were both part of the two-year project ‘Nature Counts’

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

Tickets £5 available from library reception about a month before.

Everest the Old Way

15 May at 7.30pm: “Everest the Old Way”
with John Driskell

In 1967 John and four friends saved up to buy a second-hand Land Rover in which they drove from Sheffield to Kathmandu. From there they made the 300-mile trek over high mountain ridges to Everest Base Camp. Returning to Nepal as old men in 2011 they revisted some of the places. Learn what motivated them, what they experienced over 50 years ago and reflections after their revisit.

Tickets £5 available from library reception about a month before.

This talk has been postponed. We hope to re-schedule it at a later date.

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).

Readathon 2020

Friday 21 Feb: Readathon 2020

Join us for a mixture of story reading and crafts on the theme of “cats”

Morning session (for younger children) 10.00 – 12.00

Afternoon session (for older children) 1pm – 3pm

Just turn up — no need to book for this free event

Children’s Cinema: Cinderella

Children’s Cinema
Saturday 11 Jan at 2.30


The original (1950) Disney film of this classic fairy tale. Featuring songs such as “A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes” and “Bibbidi-Bobbido-Boo”, this is early Disney animation at its best.

No need for a ticket — just turn up! Suggested donation £3 adults £2 children. Sweets, ice creams available.

A History of Sheffield Football

Friday 17 January at 7.30
A History of Sheffield Football
with Martin Westby

During the 19th century Sheffield led the world of Association Football and was a critical factor in the formulation of today’s worldwide rules and regulations. Come and hear Sheffield-born football historian Martin Westby talk about the rich history of the 95 Sheffield clubs that existed between 1857 and 1889, with special emphasis on today’s four surviving clubs. Martin will also be selling and signing copies of his book “A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889… Speed Science and Bottom”.

Tickets (£5) available now.