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A list of what people have been getting up to in Sheffield libraries ahead of National #LibrariesDay on 6 February

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Borrowed a book

Borrowed a book

Thousands and thousands to choose from. From science fiction, autobiographies, drama, action and adventure to romance, mystery, horror, self-help and more. There’s sure to be something for everyone.

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Used a computer

Used a computer

Use one to stay in touch with family, look for a job, book a holiday.... You can also learn how to use computers in Sheffield libraries and Wi-Fi will soon be available in all branches.

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Read a magazine cover to cover on a smartphone, tablet or computer through our E-Library

Read a magazine cover to cover on a smartphone, tablet or computer through our E-Library

Hello! Good Food and New Scientist are proving particularly popular with Sheffield folk, but there are hundreds to choose from.

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Sang songs, clapped hands and listened to stories with small children at baby time

Sang songs, clapped hands and listened to stories with small children at baby time

More than 20 different baby and toddler groups run across the libraries.
Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Baby groups were a godsend to me when my son was a baby and I needed places to go where I could have some adult conversation. Libraries are a great place to bring small children – or any children for that matter!”

5

Got graphic

Got graphic

Batman, Xmen and Manga are all part of the picture in the graphic novel collection.

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Watched a film

Watched a film

Totley Library has a new cinema club. There are many more hidden gems at local branches so why not pop down and see what’s on offer?

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Volunteered

Volunteered

More than 600 people like Jenny help run 15 of Sheffield’s 28 libraries. She is on the management committee at Stannington Library and said: “I’ve been involved right from the start. I thought I’d be behind a desk stamping books but it’s been much more than that.

“We want more volunteers to help us who can put their skills to good use in the community, as well as making a lot of friends at the same time.”

To find out about volunteering opportunities visit your local branch or contact Sheffield City Council’s volunteer coordinator on 0114 273 4254.

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Made friends

Made friends

Loads of groups meet in libraries, including the new Sporting Memory groups which are aimed at older men. Darrel Porter, Volunteer Coordinator at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s great to see them come together and talk about sport from bygone days, which they’re all really passionate about.”

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Joined a book club and borrowed books from the library

Joined a book club and borrowed books from the library

More than 250 clubs already borrow books especially reserved for groups. Useful if you want free access to ten copies in more than 350 titles.

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Researched a business with free access to market research databases and intellectual property advice

Researched a business with free access to market research databases and intellectual property advice

Our new business centre is based in Sheffield's Central Library. Find out about our free advice sessions which we run regularly to help get your business idea off the ground.