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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 28 October 2020

Staffing issues following our assignment to “tier 3” of lockdown restrictions have resulted in a minor change to service hours. We are now open for “limited browsing” on Monday and Friday afternoons from 2-4pm. There are marked zones to encourage social distancing, and a one-way system in operation. Users are required to wear a face covering. Children will not be allowed in but adults may choose books on their behalf from the children’s library. There is limited access to public computers, printing and photocopying facilities.

Our “click and collect” service is still available.  You can order books and hearing aid batteries in three ways.

  1. Using a form on the web site using this link. This is the preferred method.
  2. By completing a printed pre-order form (available from Key Homecare, next to Cello) and dropping it in the mailbox by the library entrance
  3. By phoning in your order to 0114 2377657. The phone will only be staffed at times when we’re open.

The “collect” sessions operate from 10am – 12.00 on Monday and Friday mornings and from 2-4pm on Wednesday afternoons

The council-run libraries are also offering order and collect services. For further information and opening times click here.

Our  Open Gardens weekend on 5/6 September raised £1,100. Our thanks to the gardeners who opened and the many visitors who visited.

We haven’t set any dates yet to re-start our indoor “non-core” services such as coffee mornings, knit and natter, book club, chatterbooks, evening talks or film nights.

Our half-term storywalk is available up to and including Sunday 1 Nov. Follow the storyboards to read the tale of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. View or download a map here or pick up a printed copy from Key Homecare

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)

Book Club

New book club!

Due to the popularity of our existing book club we’ve started a new one! The club meets in the library in the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. The new group had its first meeting on 19 Feb.

If you would like to join please send an email to kirsty.atkin1@gmail.com

Another evening with Gavin Extence

Friday 27 September at 7.30: Another evening with Gavin Extence


We are delighted to welcome back our local, best-selling author, Gavin Extence. Come along and enjoy an informal evening, when Gavin will be telling us about his latest book, “The End of Time”. Set against the background of the 2015 migrant crisis, the novel tells the story of two teenage refugees, brothers, who are travelling across Europe to the UK. This is a free event – just turn up!

Harry Potter Day

Join us from 10am to 4pm as we turn the library into our very own Hogwarts.

  • Live owls
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Care of magical creatures
  • Divination (just for fun)
  • Spell lessons
  • Potions
  • Honeydukes sweet shop
  • Butterbeer and magic lemonade
  • Crafts and games
  • Personalised Hogwarts acceptance letters
  • Hogwarts quilt raffle
  • Free admission

Dressing up is strongly encouraged. Prize for the best.

Please be on your best behaviour, as you’re likely to meet Professors McGonegall, Snape and Dumbledore.

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.

Knit and Natter

Do you knit? Would you like to learn?

Lynn Munro runs a Knit and Natter  group in the library on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10.00 to 12.00.  Experienced knitters and beginners welcome. We can provide needles and wool if you don’t have them.

For more information email Lynn at lynnimunro@googlemail.com

Confused by Computers?

Are you confused by computers? Do you need help with filling in online forms? Or would you just like to get more out of your laptop, tablet or smartphone?

Heeley Trust run support sessions in the library every Friday morning. No need to book — just turn up. Bring your own laptop or tablet, or use the computers in the library.