Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week 13 - 19 May 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week is happening from 13 to 19 May 2024. 

This year’s focus is on moving more for your mental health.

We have created a list of books for children and young people to support your health and well-being. All of these books are available in Sheffield Libraries.


What's Going On Inside my Head? by Molly Potter, illustrated by Sarah Jennings and published by Featherstone.

Healthy for Life: Self-Esteem and Mental Health by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Dan Bramall and published by Franklin Watts.

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival published by Bloomsbury Children's Books.

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna and published by Flying Eye Books.

All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Jane Ray and published by Barrington Stoke.

Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Kara McHale and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Mindful Me: Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli and published by Franklin Watts

Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

How Are You Feeling Today? by Molly Potter, illustrated by Sarah Jennings and published by Featherstone.

Feeling Angry! by Katie Douglass, illustrated by Mike Gordon and published by Wayland.

Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe and published by Nosy Crow.

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian and published by Nasaya Mafaridik.

Up and Down Mum by Child's Play, illustrated by Summer Macon and published by Child's Play.

The Colour Thief: A Family's Story of Depression by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters, illustrated by Karin Littlewood and published by Wayland.

The Boy Who Built a Wall Around himself by Ali Redford, illustrated by Ali Redford and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

If All the World Were by Joseph Coelo, illustrated by Allison Colpoys and published by Lincoln Children's Books.

Mum's Jumper by Jayde Perkin and published by Book Island.

Teens and Young Adults

Be Resilient: How to Build a Strong Teenage Brain for Tough Times by Nicola Morgan and published by Walker Books.

Be Happy Be You: The Teenage Guide to Boost Happiness and Resilience by Penny Alexander and Beck Goddard-Hill and published by Collins.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workout for Teens by Paula Nagel, illustrated by Gary Bainbridge and published by Jessica Kinglsley Publishers.

My Intense Emotions Handbook by Bridie Gallagher, Sue Knowles and Hannah Bromley, illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

My Anxiety Handbook by Bridie Gallagher, Sue Knowles and Sue McEwan, illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Anxiety is Really Strange by Steve Haines, illustrated by Sophie Standing and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

A Book About Depression by Holly Duhig, illustrated by Sophie Standing and published by Booklife Publishing.

The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow up Fearless by Charlotte Markey, published by Cambridge University Press.

Being You: The Body Image Book for Boys by Charlotte Markey, Daniel Hart and Douglas Zacher, published by Cambridge University Press.

You Will be Okay: Find Strength, Stay Hopeful and Get to Grips with grief by Julie Stokes, published by Hachette.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Trace Your Family Tree

New family history course starting on Mon 3 June 2024 at Sheffield Local Studies Library run by our friends FACES (lifelonglearningandskills.org) and Suzanne Bingham. Email faces@sheffield.gov.uk  or ring 0114 229 6144 to book a place, but hurry these courses fill up fast!

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

FREE CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP - Blue Badge Bunch Gameshow for Kids at Sheffield Central Library and Hillsborough Library in May Half Term

Come and join children’s author and comedian Benny Shakes for a fun filled interactive workshop for all the family, including:

·       An animated performance/reading of Benny’s brand-new children’s book.

·       Join in with a “Taskmaster” style game from the show!

·       Writing and drawing activities

·       Q&A with Benny about writing and performing.

The perfect way to spend your afternoon, whatever your abilities!

Blue Badge Bunch is a hit children’s game show about to embark on its third UK tour. It’s creative, interactive and lots of fun.

Benny Shakes is an award-winning comedian, performer, and creator of the show, which tours in schools and has received critical acclaim across the country including at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Benny is coming to the Carpenter Room in Sheffield Central Library and Hillsborough Library.

The workshops are suitable for children aged 7 and upwards and their families! 

Details of each event and how to book are set out below.

Workshop at the Carpenter Room in Central Library on Tuesday 28th May 11-12.  Places are limited so booking via Eventbrite is essential. Please click here to book Eventbrite Blue Badge Bunch Workshop in Sheffield If you cannot get on Eventbrite please speak to staff in the Central Children's Library. 

Workshop at Hillsborough Library on Tuesday 28th May 2-3pm. Places are limited so booking via the library is essential.

Library contact details are available here: Sheffield Libraries

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Tuesday, April 23, 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!

Please watch this short video introducing all the shortlisted titles and explaining how you can borrow the books and vote for your favourites:

Sheffield Children's Book Award 2024 Shortlist Promotional Video

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 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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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