Greenhill Open Gardens 2 June
We’re excited that our very first “Greenhill Open Gardens” event is going ahead on 2 June, with around a dozen gardens opening for your enjoyment. Many of them are serving refreshments and some are offering activities for children. For a sneak peek, you can view a map and garden descriptions here. Gardens are open from 10am until 4pm and you can buy your ticket and map (£5) on the day, either from the library lawn, or from 1 Bradway Road (at the corner of Fox Lane). It’s a great way to meet others from your community, get ideas for your own gardens, or just have a nosey.
Money raised from ticket sales will go towards funding the library. Individual gardens are free to do their own fundraising (for example through refreshment or plant sales) for a charity of their choice.
Out with the old … and in with the new! We’re excited to have completed the replacement of our old “People’s Network” computers with our own newer (and much faster) machines, which are now up and running. They’re running Windows 10 and have the full Microsoft Office suite installed. There’s also a new flatbed scanner and a new colour laser printer.
Login is simplified, using a simple “ticket” available from the front desk. Access remains free to library members; printing costs have not changed.
Our thanks to Peter Edley for his work on this.
New Books Recently Arrived!
The council recently funded the purchase of new books and the first batch have now arrived. A few are shown here. Come and check them out then, er … check them out!
Here’s a chance to own this beautiful quilt for just £1! Measuring 80 by 60 inches, and pieced in glorious autumn colours by beginners from the library quilt group, it has been professionally quilted (see inset) and donated to the library to be raffled to raise funds. There are second and third prizes of £75 and £25 garden centre vouchers kindly donated by Ferndale Garden Centre. Tickets (£1) are on sale at the library and the raffle will be drawn during our Open Gardens event on 2 June.
The library is looking to build its level of community engagement and has opportunities for you to help us. Visit our volunteering page for details.
Our thanks to John Watterson for entertaining us so well on 16 March with the songs of Jake Thackray, plus — specially for us — a rendition of Richard Stilgoe’s “Joyce the Librarian”, which you can now see here.
“Christmas in the Library” 9 December
Children’s Craft Sessions
These popular sessions, run by Lynne Brown, are held on the second and fourth Friday of the month during term. Sessions run after school and are intended for 5 – 9 year olds. Space is limited so to guarantee a place we recommend you sign up on the list at the reception desk.
Our best community event so far?
Helped by perfect weather, our Mad Hatter’s tea party attracted upwards of 1,000 visitors. Our thanks to the Queen of Hearts (Suzi Hithersay), the Mad Hatter (Paul Black), to the many volunteers who helped and to everyone else for turning up to make this a wonderful community event and show the world what a great place Greenhill is to live. Special thanks to Louise Haigh for judging the fancy dress and for supporting the event from her community fund, to Andy at S17 for scones, jam and cream, to Tescos for the jammy biscuits, and to the mums and dads who put so much effort into fancy dress for their kids (and in a few cases, themselves). Please see our photo gallery for more pictures.
Groups can hire the library space at times outside our public opening hours. Details of the terms and conditions can be downloaded here (PDF).
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 approximately 3000 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.
Disabled Parking Bay
There is a 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.
Bits and Pieces
Get Involved! You can get actively involved with the library by joining our volunteer group. Visit our volunteering page for details. You can even apply on-line.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Access the council’s 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. (This does not apply to our “yellow sticker” books.)
Access the “Yellow Sticker” catalogue: You can now search our catalogue of donated (“Yellow Sticker”) books by browsing to greenhill.salcirc.org. You can search by author and title and find out if the book is available or checked out; however you cannot (yet?) place holds on books, or renew books you’ve borrowed.
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.