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Extended Saturday Hours

Extended Saturday Opening!

We’re pleased to announce that, following user feedback in our recent survey, we’ll be extending our Saturday opening by one hour, and will now be closing at 1.30pm. We’ll be trialling this for a period of three months starting on 15 June.

That’s a whole extra hour to browse our books, choose something from our bookshop, use our computers, get your hearing aid batteries, or just sit and read.

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Plant Swap: 4 May

Bring a plant — take a plant

As part of the build-up to our Open Gardens weekend, we’re hosting a plant swap on the library lawn (weather permitting) on Saturday 4 May from 10 am to 2 pm. The rules are simple: bring a plant – take a plant. All plants must be clearly labelled. 

If you wish you can bring plants in to the library beforehand on Wednesday 1 May or Friday 3 May, and get a receipt. However, no plants may be taken away until the event opens on Saturday.

No money will change hands.

Darkest Hour

Friday 5 April at 7.30pm: Darkest Hour

It’s the Second World War and Winston Churchill is Prime Minister. He must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire. Starring Gary Oldman (who won the Best Actor Oscar), Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas. Empire Magazine described the movie as “Gripping, touching, amusing and enlightening.

Tickets on sale about a month before. A suggested donation of £5 gets you refreshments and a raffle ticket

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday 6 April at 2pm: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In this classic children’s movie from 1968, a down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children. They then go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land. Written by Roald Dahl and based on the novel by Bond creator Ian Fleming. Mary Poppin’s star Dick Van Dyke appears along with Lionel Jeffries.

No booking — just turn up. Suggested donation £3 adults £2 children. Refreshments and ice creams available.

The Sheffield Free Bird Challenge

26 April at 7.30pm: The Sheffield Free Bird Challenge with Peter Brown

In 2016 well known Sheffield bird watcher Pete Brown set out to see how many bird species he could find in the Sheffield area in one year at no cost to his pocket or the planet! Birding only by bike, boots and bus (senior citizen’s bus pass) Pete set a target of finding 150 different birds and raising £1,500 for Cancer Research UK. His talk looks at highs and lows encountered during the year and shows just how rich in bird life our city and its surroundings can be.

Tickets £5, available from library reception now.

Readathon 2019

Our “Readathon” event on 22 Feb 2019 featured the two “Zog” books by Julia Donaldson, ably read by Janet Black and Mike Walters, plus craft work supervised by Lynne Brown (with a dedicated band of helpers). As you’ll see, the event attracted a large number of youngsters.

Wildflower Walks in the Peak District

15 Feb at 7pm: “Wildflower Walks in the Peak District” with Peter Machan

Few areas of the British Isles support such a varied flora as the Peak District, with some of the country’s most stunning floral displays. Over the years Peter Machan has sought out and recorded the best of these localities throughout the seasons. Learn the reasons for the region’s rich floral diversity, see many of the familiar and rare flowers, and discover where and when you can enjoy the floral highlights for yourselves.

Tickets £5

Readathon 2019

Friday 22 Feb from 10am to 3 pm

Readathon

A mixture of story-telling and crafts, this year based on the books of Julia Donaldson.

Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help him with his toughest test: capturing a princess?

No registration necessary for this free event. Come for the morning or the afternoon.