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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 13 November 2021

We have restored the layout and seating back to normal throughout the library. Our volunteers will continue to use face masks and we ask you to do the same. Please continue to use use hand sanitiser before handling books etc. We still have the “sneeze screens” at the front desk.  Families are welcome to browse but we ask that children stay with their parents.

Storytime (for pre-schoolers) has restarted on alternate Thursday mornings. For dates and to book a (free) family ticket online, visit greenhill.bookwhen.com

We are sorry to say goodbye to Lucy Booth, who after two-and-a-bit years of spearheading our Lowedges library project has now left for “pastures new”. We are grateful for all her hard work in establishing the library. If you are interested in applying for the post to replace Lucy, there is more information here. In the meantime Lowedges library is operating on reduced hours of 10am – 1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Our coffee mornings continue on Thursdays. They run from 10.30 to 11.30  and offer free tea, coffee, biscuits, and conversation.

On Friday 26 Nov we have a spectacular demonstration of flower arranging from Elizabeth Bishop. Tickets (£5) are available online using this link, or from library reception.

Our next producers and artisan market runs from 11am to 3pm on 28 November.

Our evening cinema program continues on 3 December with a showing of Little Women. Book online using this link.

Our children’s cinema program continues on 4 December with a showing of Arthur Christmas. Book online using this link. We only have a few tickets left.

We’ll be closed over Christmas. Closing 4pm on Friday 24 Dec and re-opening 10am on Wednesday 5 Jan.

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)

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: https://davidashworth.wordpress.com/family-of-man/

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

Cinderella

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.