Tuesday, March 12, 2024

British Science Week - 8 to 17 March 2024

It's British Science Week this week and we have lots of fantastic children's science books to inspire you. Here is a taste of just some of our brilliant books:

Kay's Anatomy: A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body by Adam Kay and illustrated by Henry Paker (published by Puffin)

Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Robert and illustrated by Hannah Peck (published by Scholastic)

Red Alert! 15 Endangered Animals Fighting to Survive by Catherine Barr and illustrated by Anne Wilson (published by Otter-Barry Books)

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals: An Incredible Journey Through the Animal Kingdom by Claudia Martin and illustrated by Marc Pattenden (published by Arcturus)

Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes by Dara Ó Briain and illustrated by Dan Bramall (published by Scholastic)

Computers and Coding (Info Buzz STEM) by Izzi Howell (published by Franklin Watts)

Explanatorium of Science by DK and Robert Winston (published by DK Children)

Unplugged by Steve Antony (published by Hachette)

There are free activity packs available at  https://www.britishscienceweek.org/

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Announcement of the Sheffield Children's Book Award Shortlist 2024

We are so excited to announce the 35th Sheffield Children's Book Award Shortlist!

Baby Book Category

Don’t Mix Up My Puppy by Rosamund Lloyd and illustrated by Spencer Wilson.  Published by Little Tiger.

Happy Baby Hug, text by Pat A Cake and illustrated by Zoe Waring. Published by Pat-A-Cake.

Little Owl Where Are You!  Text by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan.  Published by Nosy Crow.

Toddler Book Category

The Rainbow Snail by Karin Åkesson, published by Boxer Books.

Someone Just Like You by Helen Docherty and illustrated by David Roberts. Published by Simon & Schuster.

Blue by Sarah Christou and published by Faber and Faber.

Picture Book Category

Heavy Metal Badger by Duncan Beedie, published by Little Tiger.

Gigantic by Rob Biddulph, published by Harper Collins.

Mavis the Bravest by Lu Fraser and illustrated by Sarah Warburton.  Published by Simon & Schuster.

Emerging Reads Category

Indigo Wilde and the Giant Problem by Pippa Curnick, published by Hodder.

Lenny Lemmon and the Invincible Rat by Ben Davis and illustrated by James Lancett.  Published by Nosy Crow.

Blanksy The Street Cat by Gavin Puckett and illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan.  Published by Faber and Faber.


Shorter Novels

Lost on Gibbon Island by Jess Butterworth and illustrated by Rob Biddulph.  Published by Orion.

The Final Year by Matt Goodfellow and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton.  Published by Otter-Barry Books.

The Ice Children by M G Leonard and illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee.  Published by Macmillan.


Longer Novels

The Monkey Who Fell From The Future by Ross Welford, published by Harper Collins.

The Boy In The Smoke by Rachel Faturoti, published by Hodder.

Just Like Everyone Else by Sarah Hagger-Holt, published by Usborne.

Young Adult Books

You Could Be So Pretty by Holly Bourne, published by Usborne.

Stand Up Ferran Burke by Steven Camden, published by Macmillan.

Happy Head by Josh Silver, published by Rock The Boat.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

World Book Day 2024 is nearly here!

Find everything you need to celebrate on the World Book Day website https://www.worldbookday.com/

You will receive  World Book Day tokens from your education setting. The £1/€1.50 tokens can be swapped for a brilliant World Book Day book for FREE, until 31 March 2024 which are available at your local bookseller.

There are fun ideas for the classroom and at home from the World Book Day website.

If you love reading then your local library has lots of FREE activities and books to loan all year round!

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Family History classes: call for expressions of interest

Picture of a family tree by Agata from Pixabay.

Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library are looking for an experienced individual (or partnership) to plan and deliver
an introduction to family history course, based on the sources available at the City Archives and Sheffield Local Studies Library (church registers, newspapers, electoral registers, FindMyPast, etc).

The course will be delivered over a number of weeks (the number of weeks is up to you) and will be delivered face to face at the City Archives and/or Sheffield Local Studies Library during the daytime.

The course will be aimed at beginners and those with some knowledge of tracing their ancestors.  It will be focused on Sheffield ancestors, but should also include information that would be useful for anyone tracing their family tree.

We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals (or groups / partnerships) to design and deliver the course.  You will be supported by City Archives and Library staff (for instance, getting out original documents to use in the course, or advising on our sources, etc)

In your submission we require:

  • Your skills and experience: (max 200 words)
  • Any relevant qualifications: (optional)
  • An outline of the course: A list of topics that will make up the course, the number of weeks the course will run, how many attendees you would accept, how you would deliver the sessions, when and where the sessions would be based, etc (max 400 words)
  • Your fee (excl. VAT)

The closing date for the expression of interest is 5pm on Friday 15 March.

To submit your expression of interest, or request further information, please email archives@sheffield.gov.uk

Monday, January 29, 2024

Buying and Borrowing Habits Survey & Prize Draw

Can you help us improve our service for a chance to win a prize draw?

We want to know about your book buying and borrowing habits, to ensure our service meets your needs. Take a few minutes to fill in our short survey to win one of six prizes, including £100 shopping vouchers and £50 book tokens. 

Closing date for the survey is 29th February 2024.

Please follow this link to get started: https://shout.com/s/enCQqUbS 
or scan the QR code in the image:

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Children's Half Term Events

Blue Badge Bunch

Children’s Games & Book Reading from the star of the hit Disability Theatre Show, Benny Shakes

Step into a world of rip-roaring laughter and learning with "Blue Badge Bunch" – the most engaging, inclusive game show that's taking the nation by storm! Designed for kids and grown-ups alike, this show promises heaps of fun and insight in equal measure. The perfect way to spend your afternoon, whatever your abilities!

Star of the show Benny Shakes shares the very best games from the show, and reads from his new book. 7+ recommended, all ages welcome.

Sheffield Central Library (Carpenter Room)
Monday 12th February, 10.30-11.30am

Hillsborough Library - CANCELLED
Monday 12th February, 2pm-3pm

We are sorry, but the event at Hillsborough has had to be cancelled due to ongoing building work

The Wantley Dragon

Join author, storyteller and artist Carmel Page for this family friendly session based on the Wantley Dragon. Carmel mixes storytelling with workshops to create an enchanting session that explores this entertaining legend.

Sheffield Central Library (Carpenter Room)
Thursday 15th February, 11am-1pm
Suitable for ages 7-11

Writing Workshops with Nik Perring

Writing Workshops With Nik Perring are BACK!

Join award-winning author and screenwriter, Nik Perring, who’s going to show you how fun and easy writing can be. We’ll be writing about ‘belonging’ - in ANY way you like.

Nik will show you how easy it is to come up with brilliant ideas and how to make those into stories and poems you can be proud of. No experience needed and EVERYONE is welcome (Age 7 and up).

Firth Park Library
Monday 12th February, 2pm-4pm

Central Children's Library
Tuesday 13th February, 2pm-4pm

Stocksbridge Library
Wednesday 14th February, 2pm-4pm
Free, please contact Stocksbridge Library directly to book

Crystal Peaks Library
Friday 16th February, 2pm-4pm

Suzy Senior - Snappy Stories!

Join local author Suzy Senior, whose book "Who Will Kiss the Crocodile?" was shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Suzy's events will include storytelling, activity sheets and cardboard cupcakes and pirate pants to decorate with crayons and sparkly stuff. Suitable for ages 3-7.

Darnall Library
Wednesday 14th February, 10.30am-11.30am
Free, please contact Darnall Library directly to book

Parson Cross Library
Wednesday 14th February, 2pm-3pm

Chapeltown Library
Friday 16th February, 10.30am-11.30am

Ecclesall Library
Friday 16th February, 2pm-3pm
Free, please contact Ecclesall Library directly to book

Noodle Performance Arts

Fun-filled interactive sessions for children under five. Singing, dancing, and lots of opportunity for your little ones to express themselves creatively!

Manor Library
Monday 12th February
Tots Session (walking to 3 years): 10.30am-11am
Pre-school Session (3 to 5 years): 11.15am-midday
Free, please contact Manor Library directly to book

Woodseats Library
Tuesday 13th February
Tots Session (walking to 3 years): 10.30am-11am
Pre-school Session (3 to 5 years): 11.15am-midday
Free, please contact Woodseats Library directly to book

Hillsborough Library - CANCELLED
Wednesday 14th February
Tots Session (walking to 3 years): 10.30am-11am
Pre-school Session (3 to 5 years): 11.15am-midday
Free, please contact Hillsborough Library directly to book

We are sorry, but the event at Hillsborough has had to be cancelled due to ongoing building work

Highfield Library
Friday 16th February
Pre-school Session (3 to 5 years): 11.15am-midday
Free, please contact Highfield Library directly to book

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Healthy Holiday Activities

Join Imagination Gaming and Sheffield Holiday Activities at Firth Park, Parson Cross and Chapeltown Libraries for free activities for children and young people in receipt of free school meals and children and young people who have Special Education Needs or Disabilities. Activities are all in the second week of the Christmas holidays.

Places must be booked. Details are on the posters attached below. Scan the relevant QR code to take you to the booking page.