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World famous author wins at largest ever Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

Michael Rosen, overall winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Awards

15 November 2016 Top children’s author Michael Rosen was presented with the Overall Winner Award at Sheffield’s children’s book awards held today at the Crucible Theatre. Rosen, best known for his much loved story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ won the award for ‘Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed’, a story about an ordinary 10 year old boy, his ...

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Home library service set to help more older people

Kathleen May and Library Information Officer Christine Hill

15 November 2016 Do you know someone who’s not able to get out much and likes to read or watch films? Sheffield City Council delivers library books, films and other items to people free of charge who are not able to get to their local library. It is looking to boost the number of people using the home library service ...

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Local charity shortlisted for national prize

Disability Sheffield has been providing services for more than 30 years

4 November 2016 A Sheffield charity that supports disabled people has been shortlisted for a national prize and is the only one in Yorkshire to make the list. Disability Sheffield is one of just 30 charities on The Guardian Charity Awards’ shortlist and was selected from almost 800 applicants. The charity, based on Rockingham Lane in the city centre, has ...

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More than 1,000 new bestsellers for community-run libraries

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries

13 October 2016 More than a thousand new books have been given to community-run libraries by Sheffield City Council. This works out at just over 100 titles each in ten branches across the city that are run by volunteers. There are 28 libraries across Sheffield. Sixteen in total are run by volunteers with some support from the council. The new ...

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Darnall gears up for this year’s lantern parade

Last year's lantern parade, credit: Carly Roberts

7 October 2016 A five foot tall Beluga whale and 500 hundred lantern-carrying children and parents were seen walking through the streets of Darnall last November. Now, with just one month to go until bonfire night, people in and around Darnall are invited to get involved in this year’s lantern parade. The parade runs on Friday, 4 November starting at ...

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Youngsters help make this year’s reading challenge best yet

Hamda Einashie, 15, helped at Darnall Library over the summer

23 September 2016 Young volunteers were thanked yesterday by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor for helping to make this year’s summer reading challenge the best one yet. Figures are still being collected but it is estimated that around 5,000 children took part in the challenge, which is more than any other year. Fourteen teenagers, aged 14 to 16, volunteered in council-run libraries ...

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New grant terms for voluntary sector

Grant aid helps voluntary organisations provide services to vulnerable people in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council is set to change the terms of its grant aid for voluntary organisations to make the most of available funding and provide more stability. Next year the Council plans to maintain its funding and allocate £1.62million for grant aid. The Council also plans to establish a new, larger city-centre mobility scheme. The plan is to allocate the ...

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Ward funding to help communities thrive

The RIVA club playing bingo in Wisewood

2 August 2016 Local councillors are again starting to allocate £300,000 of ‘ward pot’ funding to community groups and projects that will help their communities thrive. Many are seeking bids from community groups whilst others are allocating funds for local services, equipment and environmental improvements. Last year more than 300 community groups benefitted from ‘ward pots’. Grants ranged from £250 to ...

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Join The Big Friendly Read in your library

Summer Reading Challenge, Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency

13 July 2016 Do you know your Snozzcumbers from your Oompa-Loompas or your Twits from your Trunchbull? The wonderful world of Roald Dahl is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which starts in Sheffield libraries on Saturday, 16 July. The challenge, called The Big Friendly Read this year, asks children under 12 years old to read six library ...

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Council to continue to support voluntary-run libraries

People can now use free WiFi on laptops, smartphones and tablets in Sheffield libraries

07 July 2016 Library users are being asked to complete a survey to help inform the future support package given by Sheffield City Council to community-led libraries run by volunteers. The authority remains committed to providing support once the current arrangements, agreed in 2014, come to an end next March. In Sheffield there are 28 libraries, 16 of which are ...

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Free WiFi in libraries

People can now use free WiFi on laptops, smartphones and tablets in Sheffield libraries

28 June 2016 Sheffield libraries have gone wireless with WiFi. Available in all council-run branches, and most community-run ones, people are now able to log on for free from smartphones, tablets, laptops and more than 170 library computers. This means easier studying, job searches, research, instant downloads from the E-library and more opportunities for people to go online. Last year ...

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Community Centre given new lease of life

Tai Chi group who use High Green Miners’ Welfare Hall

03 June 2016 A local community centre has been given a new lease of life with a refurbishment and WiFi installed in the building. Funded by Sheffield City Council, work took place at High Green Miners’ Welfare Hall to encourage more groups to use the centre. New computer classes have already been set up and will be run by the ...

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Thank you to city’s volunteers

Alex Thomson helps young people with learning disabilities

1 June 2016 It’s Volunteers Week and a great time to find out about volunteering opportunities in the city, as well as thanking all volunteers like Alex who make Sheffield wonderful. Alex Thompson, age 24: Alex is Special Olympics GB athlete who helps young people with learning disabilities take part in sports. He won a gold medal for basketball at ...

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