Monday, July 13, 2020

Spotlight 33: Outdoor Adventures

With our Adventure Book Festival now under way online, we're focusing on outdoor adventures for today's Library Spotlight. Even if the idea of drytool climbing (as seen above!) doesn't appeal, there's plenty to discover below!

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - Now on!

Running from now until 23 July, our Sheffield Adventure Book Festival features exclusive free online talks on climbing, fell-running, walking and much more, from writers including Helen Mort and Seven Climbs author Charles Sherwood.

Visit our Eventbrite page to check out the programme and book your place. Tickets are going fast!

Summer fun for young explorers

As summer begins, Sheffield's Children's University has a jam-packed programme of family activities to enjoy, running from 20 July to the end of August.

From outdoor adventures to online craft, drama and dance workshops, there's lots to do! For Children's University Passport to Learning holders, credits can be claimed for each activity.

All activities are free; however, some must be booked in advance. Booking is now open!

For full details of the Sheffield CU Festival of Fun and the programme, click here.

Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

And don't forget - the Summer Reading Challenge is already taking place online! As in previous years, we're challenging the children of Sheffield to read six books of their choice over the summer. There are virtual rewards to enjoy, and more goodies in store once our libraries reopen.

Children can also claim a Children's University Learning Credit for each book they've read over the summer, up to a total of six credits.

To join this year's Summer Reading Challenge, click here.

Looking for the next read for this six-book challenge? We've got some great adventure books to choose from in our children's eLibrary, including:

Invite adventure into your home

Catch up with some of the best adventure documentaries and short films screened at previous Sheffield Adventure Film Festival events with the Festival's weekly watch lists - all available to view here for free.

You can also watch more films on SHAFF's Facebook page.

Do you remember the story of the highline walker who opened the Film Festival a few years back by walking across a high-wire suspended over Sheffield Hallam University (just across from our Central Library)?

Our Outdoor City

Welcome to Sheffield has just launched "Sheffield: Make Yourself at Home", a collection of resources and info to help you make the most of the city as the situation with Covid-19 changes.

Check out the Welcome to Sheffield website for the latest news and updates on safely enjoying the outdoors, local arts and culture, and annual events like the World Snooker Championship.

You can also find the latest guidance on visiting the Peak District on the Peak District National Park site.

In awe of nature

Last year, Sheffield's museums, galleries and libraries hosted a series of events marking the bicentenary of John Ruskin's birth.

Revisit one of the films shown as part of the Millennium Gallery's "Awe and Wonder" exhibition in this video, which brings together Ruskin's writings and the scenery of the Peak District.

Creativity During Corona

For this week's first Creativity During Corona post, Claire from Central Library has prepared a selection of writing activities on the theme of climbing both real and metaphorical mountains.

Check out the latest post on our Facebook page and share your creations with us!

In her post, Claire refers to Sheffield poet Helen Mort's No Map Could Show ThemHelen Mort will be speaking at our Adventure Book Festival this week, and has also recently appeared on BBC's Poetry Please, sharing some of her favourite poems about walking, climbing and getting out in nature.

You can listen to this episode of Poetry Please here.

Now in the eLibrary

Our magazines eLibrary has plenty of magazines on different sports and the natural world, all available to borrow for free (join the library to access them!). Here's just a sample of what we've got on offer.

You can borrow all of these magazines, and up to two years' worth of back issues, for as long as you want. Click each title to see the latest issues.

National Geographic

Country Walking
Mountain Bike Rider

Writing the outdoors

In this excellent Waterstones podcast on the theme "Outside", Robert Macfarlane, Shane O'Mara, and Rebecca Solnit discuss writing about the landscape, the science of walking, and the future of nature writing in the face of climate change.

Several of the featured books are available in our eLibrary, including:

Underland - Robert Macfarlane

The Lost Words - Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris

The Overstory - Richard Powers

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