Welcome to Greenhill Library

Farmers’ and Artisan Market 12 Sept 2017

Our market raised £1,488 for the library. Many thanks to the stall holders and all the volunteers who helped, and all the people who came along despite some slightly dodgy weather. Photos on our gallery page here.

Children’s Craft Sessions

These popular sessions, run by Lynne Brown, will be re-starting on Friday 8th September and thereafter on the second and fourth Friday of the month during term. If there’s enough demand we may split the group and run sessions weekly with a “odd Fridays” group and an “even Fridays” group. 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.

The Summer Reading Challenge

We’ve extended the deadline to 30 Sept. so there’s still time to complete the “Animal Agents” Summer Reading Challenge like these three proud youngsters with their certificates. Last year we achieved a “completion rate” of about 60% — let’s see if we can do better this year. All you have to do is read six library books of your choice over the summer holidays.

We’re excited to release our new video!

Through 2016, Sheffield’s U3A Video and Documentary group spent many hours in the library recording the work that goes on here. At long last, you can see the result on our YouTube channel here.

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.

Folk Music Evening

On Friday 16 June the library hosted a group of talented folk who presented an evening of traditional and contemporary folk music to a “capacity crowd”. We’re grateful to all those who performed, giving their time free of charge and raising £250 for the library — not to mention providing an enjoyable evening. There’s a short video of the evening here.

The quilt of the book

A group of library users, mostly first-time quilters, under the watchful eye of Lynne Brown, created a series of mini-quilts each representing a favourite book. You can see the results on our photo gallery page here, or you can come in to the library and see the originals. Lynne will be running more introductory quilting classes in the summer. If you would like to enroll, send her an email at crafts@greenhill-library.org

Local History Books now available for loan

Thanks to Lesley Fox and the Greenhill Village History Society, our new collection of local history books is now available for loan. Pictured here at their recent open meeting are Lesley, councillors Andy Nash and Richard Shaw, and other members of the society, with a few of the books, many of which have been purchased from an award from the Ward Pot.


readathon-stillOur Readathon event combined storytelling with craft — all themed around every child’s favourite role model: Horrid Henry. Thanks to Mike, Gill and Patrick for the stories, and Lynne + helpers for the crafts. See more here.

Results of Council Library Survey

survey-chartA 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).

Halting the decline

The blue line shows quarterly book issue figures for Greenhill Library. The regular seasonal variation (it peaks every summer) makes it hard to see the underlying trend. The red line is a 4-point moving average which smooths out the seasonal highs and lows. You’ll see that from early 2015 (a few months after the volunteers took over) the downward trend is halted, and even slightly reversed. These figures are for children’s books. Adult issues show less seasonal variation but the overall trend is the same. We must be doing something right!

(Thanks to Liz Coates for this)

Funding Announcement

money-pileWe’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 fantastic 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

dscf1050Our 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

pop-up-cinemaSome 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.

Room Hire

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.

Donated Books

book-with-yellow-stickerWe 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!

Book Shop

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.

Greenhill Village History Society

Img106Following 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

wheelchairDisabled 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

Survey Summary

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 janetcgreenhilllibrary@gmail.com or info@greenhill-library.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. (This does not apply to our “yellow sticker” books.)
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.

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