With over 166,000 people in Sheffield already library members, Sheffield Libraries is encouraging even more people to join them by signing up to become a library member, and if they are already a member, re-discovering their love for their local library and sharing it with family and friends.
The campaign encourages people to ‘Discover More’ with a library card. It highlights the benefits of being a library member whether you’re young, old, retired, a student, a parent or a carer, employed, looking for work, or about to start your own business.
Of course, these days being a library member is still about books, but also so much more. While your library card gives you access to over half a million printed books on stock, it also unlocks the door to free eBooks, eMagazines, film, computers and a packed events programme ranging from lectures and baby groups, to coding clubs and craft workshops, poetry classes, business start-up advice sessions and board game evenings.
Eva and Elijah, from Millhouses, visited Sheffield Children’s library for a two hour Coding Club taster session this week. Using code learned in the session, Eva, aged 8, created a polar bear sunbathing on a beach waving ‘hello’, along with jumping footballs, and Elijah created spaceships moving towards the earth. Eva said: “It made me feel happy seeing my imagination on the computer.” They received ‘Well done’ certificates for their work and Elijah, aged 5, said: “are there badges too?” We said there weren’t, so Elijah said he is going to design one for us for next time.
Being a library member is also about meeting new people, sharing experiences with friends or discovering something new at a club or activity. Joining is free and easy. You can go into any library or apply online at –www.sheffield.gov.uk/librarycard Applying online saves time and we’ll let you know when your library card is available to collect. You can also sign up to our library ebulletin to receive the latest information on our programme of events.
The application form comes in 15 community languages, from Arabic to Urdu, to make it as easy as possible for everybody to join.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said: “What we all love about libraries is that they’re truly at the centre of our communities. You can get really involved, or just walk in, sit down and simply read your newspaper if you want to. You don’t have to be there for an event or to read a library book. You can just visit and enjoy the space.
“There’s so much going on in our Council run libraries. Over the summer period we’re running Mischief Makers, the Beano themed Summer Reading Challenge for kids and extra activities and events in all of our libraries for children during the school holidays. There are also lots of summer activities taking place across the 16 community managed libraries, citywide.
“If you haven’t been to your local library for a while pay it a visit and Discover More.”