Wild Summer

It’s going to be a wild summer in libraries, and we have lots planned for all ages to enjoy.

Events for Adults



Forecast:  A Diary of the Lost Seasons
Recording now available

We all talk about them. We all plan our lives by them. We are all obsessed with the outlook ahead. The changing seasons have shaped all of our lives, but what happens when the weather changes beyond recognition?

In his latest book, Sheffielder, Joe Shute, unpicks Britain's long-standing love affair with the weather and asks how this relationship might change as climate change becomes a reality.

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A Bear from Sheffield comes to the Library
Recording now available

Join Lisa Maltby on Zoom Webinar, a Sheffield based illustrator, designer and lettering artist. Lisa has been commissioned to create the design for our very own Library Bear which will be part of The Bears of Sheffield sculpture trail this summer.

Suitable for children 7 and upwards.  For schools, home learners and everyone else.

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To Live: Fighting for Life on the Killer Mountain
Recording now available

In To Live, journalist and climber Natalie Berry has worked with French mountaineer √Člisabeth Revol to translate the true story of her extraordinary climb and rescue from Nanga Parbat, the killer mountain.

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Sketch Walks

Join one of these sketch walks and explore the world with a sketch pad.  Led by an artist from Ignite Imaginations and with all material provided.  Dress for the weather.  Age 18 +.

Tickets - £5 + Eventbrite booking fee

Monday 5th July, 6pm
Meet at Central Library and explore the City Centre 

Wednesday 14th July, 6pm
Meet at Woodseats Library and explore Graves Park 


Photography Walks

Join one of these photography walks and explore the world through the lens of your smartphone camera.  Pick up expert tips from a professional photographer.  Dress for the weather.  Age 18 +.

Tickets - £5 + Eventbrite booking fee

Saturday 10th July, 11am
Meet at Hillsborough Library and explore Hillsborough Park

Saturday 17th July, 11am - CANCELLED
Meet at Firth Park Library and explore Firth Park 


In it for the Long Run: Setting Records on the Pennine Way
Recording now available

Thursday 8th July, 7.30pm
Zoom

In It for the Long Run is ultrarunner Damian Hall’s story of running a first marathon aged thirty-six, dressed as a toilet, and representing Great Britain four years later. His midlife-crisis running problem escalated to 100-mile ultramarathons and record-breaking bimbles, culminating in his 261-mile Pennine Way run in July 2020.  Damian will be in conversation.

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Creative Writing Workshop: Mountains

Saturday 10th July, 11am
Zoom

A creative writing workshop for new or established writers, where we'll be looking at mountains and climbing in literature and poetry, then writing creatively on this subject. You'll need Zoom to access the event. This event is part of The Reading Agency Campaign Read, Talk, Share.


Sharing Poetry: Mountains

Saturday 24th July, 11am
Zoom

Join poetry lovers online to share poems on the theme of “mountains and climbing”. Bring along your own or someone else’s poem to this online poetry event.  This event is part of The Reading Agency Campaign Read, Talk, Share.

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Poems by the Porter with Helen Mort

Friday 30th July, 1pm
Endcliffe Park

Join award-winning poet, Helen Mort for an interactive lunchtime walk in Endcliffe Park.  What does the River Don worry about? What are Division Street's dreams? What do the trees on Brincliffe Edge say when they think nobody's listening? Poet Helen Mort writes best when she's away from her desk, running or walking around Sheffield or out in the Peak. Her poetry collections and her novel 'Black Car Burning' feature familiar places as characters, parts of the city speaking and observing. Join Helen for an interactive lunchtime walk in Endcliffe Park, featuring short readings and a creative writing exercise for you to take away with you (no pressure to complete it!).

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Events for Families



A Bear from Sheffield comes to the Library
Recording now available

Join Lisa Maltby on Zoom Webinar, a Sheffield based illustrator, designer and lettering artist. Lisa has been commissioned to create the design for our very own Library Bear which will be part of The Bears of Sheffield sculpture trail this summer.

Suitable for children 7 and upwards.  For schools, home learners and everyone else.

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Wild Summer Crafts - Create a Jungle Diorama

Tuesday 20th July, 10.30am

For our first online summer craft session, we'll be showing you how to make a jungle diorama with bits and pieces that you may already have at home.  Age 8+.

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Wild Summer Crafts - Feed the Lion Game

Monday 26th July, 10.30am

Join us online to discover how to make a Feed The Lion Game out of materials that you will already have at home.  Age 8+.

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Celebrating Nature with Storyteller Robin Simpson

Monday 2nd August, 2pm

Listen to and join in with stories about nature from around the world with storyteller Robin Simpson. Learn about endangered species and how we can help them in an interactive quiz.  Learn what you can do to protect the environment.

Suitable for children 7 and upwards.

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Wild Summer Crafts - Animal Art

Monday 9th August, 10.30am

Create your own animal inspired art out of materials that you will already have at home.  Age 8+.

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Meet the Busy Bugs with Children’s Poet, James Carter

Wednesday 11th August, 2pm
Zoom

Poet James is an award-winning children's poet, musician and non-fiction writer.  A fun-filled family session.

Wriggle on down for a creepy & crawly lively online session of bugs of every kind from bees to ladybirds to dung beetles and beyond! There’ll be music as well as poems, rhymes and riddles aplenty.  James will read from his collection, Hey, Little Bug!  To finish James will show you how to write your very own bug shaped poem.

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Story and Draw Along with Illustrator Lydia Monks

Tuesday 24th August, 2pm
Zoom

Lydia Monks is the Sheffield based, award winning and best-selling illustrator behind the hugely successful ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ as well as ‘The Singing Mouse’, ‘Eeeeek, Mouse!’ and ‘Babbit’.  Join Lydia for an online story and draw along based on her latest book ‘What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside’. For children aged 3 years plus and their families.  

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Challenges



Photomarathon: Sheffield Round Walk

Thursday 1 July 2021 — Saturday 31 July

We’ve teamed up with our pals at Our Favourite Places to bring you a photography adventure for all ages. It encourages people to explore Sheffield with curiosity, creativity and spontaneity, camera or smartphone in hand.

We want to encourage people to get out and enjoy the nature on the edge of our city and to have some creative fun at the same time. The focus is the Sheffield Round Walk, a 15-mile route in the southwest of the city with paths rich in nature and history. Check out the newly published guidebook for inspiration.

If you're out in the Round Walk area with your family, download this activity sheet for a little sight-spotting and colouring fun.

A selection of photographs will be displayed at the Central Library in late summer.

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The Big Wild Reading Challenge from Sheffield Libraries

From the 17th July

For children from birth to 11 years.  Simply sign up at your local library, collect your summer reading challenge pack and read four books before returning back to school.  Collect a sticker for each book you read and receive a certificate and limited-edition pin badge on completion.


The Bears of Sheffield Trail

July – September

Citywide

We’re thrilled to be supporting the Bears of Sheffield Sculpture Trail.  The Bears of Sheffield is a citywide sculpture trail organised by the Children’s Hospital Charity to support Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  The trail will unite artists, schools, businesses, and community groups to create an arts trail that is free to all.  Will you find them all?

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The Sheffield Libraries Podcast

From our librarians, archivists and fascinating friends, join us to delve deeper into the subjects, stories and collections that we find interesting, and hope that you will too…

Listen online or through your favourite podcast provider.


Wild Winter:  In Conversation with John D Burns

[Recorded May 2021] Okay, so we know it’s summer and this is about winter, but it’s still a great book and hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to our conversation with author John D Burns.

In his latest book, Wild Winter, John sets out to rediscover Scotland’s mountains, remote places and wildlife in the darkest and stormiest of months. A gentle, immersive, yet thought provoking book.


Simon Barnes - Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding Way to Make Nature More Visible 

[Recorded summer 2020] Simon’s latest book is full of great tips to bring us closer to the nature that exists all around us, and how to enrich our everyday lives in the process.  


Tristan Gooley - The Natural Navigator

[Recorded summer 2020] In this episode, our guest is the natural navigator, Tristan Gooley.  Tristan is the author of several books including the The Walkers guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs, How to read water, and How to Connect with Nature.


The Sheffield eLibrary:
Enjoy the wild from the comfort of your armchair

The Sheffield eLibrary through Libby contains thousands of ebooks, eAudio, and eMagazines, all free to borrow for library members.  Here’s a selection of free eMagazines to pique your interest.

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