Category: Children’s Page

Dates for your diary – Easter 2022

Hello Library friends! Happy Easter Holiday!

From Laura Alston

I wanted to put in one place some of the exciting things that are happening at our local libraries over the next couple of weeks.

Need an activity for a rainy day?  Greenhill Library would love to see you make some books come to life.  Make a model, or a Minecraft world or an imaginary play and send us a picture on facebook. 

If you’re travelling and need something to listen to or some e-books to read, remember that you can download them for free from Libby app https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby].  With your library card number and library pin (which is available by phoning any Sheffield library desk) you can access all types of books.  In our house we have downloaded “Paddington sets Sail” for age 1 “I lost my Granny in the Supermarket” by Jo Simmons for age4, “The Bird Singers” for age 37 going on age 7.

Here’s a selection of FREE things happening in our local libraries.  We hope to see you there, or pop in and explore all the books, computers, puzzles and games we have to offer!

Greenhill Library Open for lending – MON/WED/FRI 10-1230 and SAT 10-1230

And after Easter look out for:

  • 21st April – Greenhill Library “Sing and a Story” 1015, book on bookwhen
  • 21st April – Greener Greenhill Energy and Money Saving Workshop
  • 22nd April – Greenhill Library “Preschool touch table time” 10-1130, no booking required
  • 22nd April – Greenhill Library “Craft Club” 3-4, book on bookwhen
  • 25th April – Lowedges Library “Story Time” 10, no booking required
  • 27th April – Lowedges Library “Board Game Club” 3pm, no booking required

And if you’re still stuck for activities here are some local places to look:

https://sheffieldhealthyholidays.org/activities/

https://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/activity-search/

https://www.facebook.com/LowedgesCC/

https://www.facebook.com/TheTerminusInitiative/

Do judge a book by its cover!

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover?
From Laura Alston

I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot recently. It’s often said as a reminder not to assume you understand a person because of what they look like. But this week I have been looking at lots of book covers and I have come to the conclusion that books are not people. It is ok to judge an actual book by it’s cover. There are many professions that go into creating it (illustrator, graphic designer, editor, author). It is not a complex, individual, beautifully original human.

I was privileged to go through and enjoy all of the reimagined book covers created by the learners at Greenhill Primary School for World Book Day 2022 and borrow some to display in the children’s section. So my job this week was to literally judge book covers. I wish I had enough space to put all of them up, but instead I chose ones which were the most creative and different to their original, were completed with obvious commitment and care as well as ones which made me excited to read the book.

In particular, I loved the Elmer the elephant covers- they were so joyful and colourful and reminded me how many different Elmer stories there are. I was emotionally moved by many of the drawings but in particular a drawing by a student in EYFS who had clearly worked in a team with a member of staff and concentrated so hard in completing their part to produce a lovely cover. But I was truly moved by many of the drawings which gave a clue to the story. In particular The Ironman covers reminded me of a book I haven’t read for a very long time (I am quite old) and transported me back to some memories of being in primary school myself and living in the world of that book when I read the pages.

But the covers that stayed with me the most are for a book I’ve never read. They were interesting, and a little sad, but I’m so curious to find out who the image was of. Why does the character look like they do? Why do they look a little sad? Where are they going?

Thank you to everyone who reimagined a cover for Skellig. I look forward to reading and judging that book by your covers.

Subsequently, I shall be reserving that book and borrowing it for free from the library. I highly recommend for everyone, young and old to come into the library and be inspired to try something new. Come in and judge a book by it’s cover and see if you were right.

The covers will be on display in the children’s section for 2 weeks and come down the week before the Easter holidays. Everyone is welcome to come in and see the displays, you don’t need a library card. To get a free library card either bring a completed application and your adult in charge to the library desk, or pop into the library to pick up an application form.