Film Preference Survey
As our film events get underway, we’re running a simple survey to find out what kind of films you would like to see. You can complete the survey on-line here, (it should only take a couple of minutes) or if you prefer you can pick up a paper copy from the library.
(for details, see our events page)
Friday 24 February: Horrid Henry Read-a-Thon: Reading and crafts for chilidren
Friday 24 February: Cinema Night: “The Film of the Book”
Friday 17 March: “A Lighthearted Examination of the Humour Business” with Gerry Kersey
Friday 31 March: Cinema Night (provisional)
Sunday 2 April: Farmers’ and Artisan Market
Tuesday 11 April: Greenhill Village History Society: “One Year On”
Friday 21 April: “Mr Laurel and Hardy” with John Burton
Friday 19 May: “The History of Graves Park” with Caroline Dewar
Friday 16 June: Folk Music with Spoil the Dance and Bash Street Band
Friday 21 July: “Queen Victoria’s State Visit to Sheffield” with Ted Hancock
Sunday 10 September: Farmers’ and Artisan Market
Results of Council Library Survey
A library survey was carried out across all Sheffield libraries earlier this year by the Council’s Library Services as part of the review of library funding beyond March 2017. This chart is one of many in the full report which is available here (PDF).
Visit by Jack Scott
Jack Scott, the cabinet member for Sheffield City Council with responsibility for Libraries and Community Services, paid an informal visit to the library last week. (Pictured here with FROGL chairman Patrick Coghlan).
Jack is clearly determined to do all he can to make sure the council give the associate libraries the support they need, and we were encouraged by his comments.
Our Famous Knitted Christmas Tree is Finished!
Lynne Brown puts the final touches to the tree. Made from over 400 woollen squares, it stood 8ft high and has raised approximately £800 in sponsorship money.
The tree has now been dismantled and the squares are being sewn together to make charity blankets.
Many thanks to all the knitters and sponsors.
We’re delighted to announce that Sheffield City Council have agreed to continue funding the volunteer libraries for a further three years after our present agreement runs out in March 2017. Funding for 2017/2018 will remain at its present level, reducing to 80% and 70% in years 2 and 3 (although it is not clear how this reduction will be split across the libraries). Also, provision of the Library Management System, the “People’s Network” and other IT infrastructure will continue to be provided free of charge at least until 2019 when the council’s current contract with IT provider Capita expires. There’s also provision for a “grant pot” and money for buying new books.
This is obviously great news and a huge encouragement. It recognises the fantasic work that the volunteers at the 11 associate libraries across Sheffield have done over the last two years, and gives us real hope of building our own community presence and fundraising program to ensure our financial viability in the longer term.
Farmers Market 27 November
Our Farmers’ and Artisan market on 27 November 2016 raised £1100 towards Library funds. Thanks to all who took part, especially those hardy outdoor traders who braved a chilly (though bright) afternoon. Thanks also to The Beekeepers and The Gamebirds, who provided us with live music throughout. There are more photos on the gallery page. Our next market is on 2 April.
Live Project Vision Document
Here for your enjoyment is the complete vision document produced by the student team from the School of Architecture as the primary output of their recently-completed Live Project. It provides an inspirational view of how our library might develop into a fully-fledged community hub. Download the PDF here. (Warning: it’s quite long!)
Pop-Up Cinema on Saturday 22 Oct
Some 70 people turned out to brave the cold and watch “Jungle Book” at our outdoor pop-up cinema which was organised by postgraduate students from Sheffield University School of Architecture as part of their “Live Project” collaboration with the library.
Groups can hire the library space at times outside our public opening hours. Details of the terms and conditions can be downloaded here (PDF).
Lynne Brown is running children’s craft sessions after school on the second and fourth Friday each month during term time. Drop Lynne an email at email@example.com if you’re interested.
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Quilting for Beginners
Lynne will also be running a short beginners course of four sessions for adults to learn basic quilting techniques. You’ll make your own mini-quilt to hang in the library to illustrate a favourite book. Cost £20 for 4 sessions including materials. Places are limited – come to the enrolment session on Friday 24 Feb 2017 at 3.30, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. Class times will be arranged to suit attendees.
Great Greenhill Bakeoff Photos are on our gallery page. All the bakes and all the winners!
Clive Opie is running regular chatterbooks sessions on Monday afternoons from 3.30 to 4.30 during school term-times. If anyone is interested in their children or grandchildren joining the group we would be pleased to see them — even if just for a trial period. To sign up please email chatterbooks@ greenhill-library.org
By providing a range of activities such as reading stories, discussing books that have been read, doing quizzes, making various thing and producing displays, Chatterbooks aims to be a fun place for all. It’s completely free but there is an age range limit of 8-11 and we do ask parents/carers to stay in the library to help children settle for the first few weeks if they are new to the group. We also add credits to Sheffield Children’s University passports for sessions attended.
We have more than 2000 donated books available for loan. These are marked with a yellow sticker and you’ll need to check them out (and in) at the reception desk — you cannot use the automatic machines. Your book will be stamped with the return date in the old-fashioned way. You will still need your library card, and the first time you use this service you will be asked to register. Please note that if you’re returning a yellow sticker book you must check it back in at the desk — do not just put it back on the shelf!
Some of our donated books are sold in our in-library book shop. So come along, take a look, and pick up a real bargain. And keep those donations coming! We have an assortment of donated DVDs too.
Growing Up in Greenhill
Copies of Lesley Fox’s DVD are still available from the library priced at £7.99.
Inspired by a group of residents who spent their childhoods living in Greenhill Village in the 50s and 60s, and created by members of the Sheffield Movie Makers Club, this new DVD brings together a large collection of old photographs and video footage.
All proceeds from DVD sales go towards running the library. DVD sales have raised £1885 so far. Thanks, Lesley!
Greenhill Village History Society
Following the success of the DVD “Growing Up in Greenhill”, a new local history group has been formed. Although the DVD concentrated on the actual village, the group anticipate widening the remit to include adjacent areas e.g.Westwick, Old Greenhill estates, Meadowhead etc. For more information call Lesley Fox on 0114 2377928 or download the full announcement here
Disabled Parking Bay. There is a new reserved parking bay in the lay-by on Reney Road which offers step-free access from your car to the library and should be used in preference to the bay at the bottom of the steps on Hemper Lane.
Annual General Meeting (2016)
Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Wed 27 Jan 2016 at 7pm. You can download a PDF file containing the meeting agenda, chairman’s report, trustees’ report, financial report and independent examiner’s report here
Our thanks to Liz Coates for compiling a summary of the user survey done during Feb/March. You can view the summary (PDF) here.
Get involved! You can get actively involved with the library by joining our volunteer group. Click on the “Volunteering” link for details.
Rent out the Library. You can book the library for your own meetings outside of our normal opening hours. We can accommodate up to about 50 people. If you’re interested, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Access the library catalogue: You can search the Sheffield Libraries catalog using Sheffield City Council’s website here. If you have a library card and a login PIN you can also renew books and reserve titles.
Hearing Aid Batteries: If you have an NHS hearing aid you can get replacement batteries from the library. Remember to bring your NHS Hearing Aid battery record book with you.
Jigsaws: We have an assortment of jigsaws available for loan. All we ask is that you return all the pieces, preferably in the same box they came in.
Hopeless with computers? We run sessions for complete beginners every Friday. See the events page for details.