Libraries

What's on

We run a range of regular activities in our libraries for adults, including IT sessions to help you get online, job clubs to offer support searching and applying for work, and social groups if you'd like to pop in for coffee and a chat.

We host regular reader's groups as well, so if you're an avid reader why not come along and join us?

Computers and internet

Learn how to use a computer and the internet by joining one of our basic IT courses. Using Learn My Way you'll find out how to use a keyboard and mouse, as well as getting online to find information and send emails.

If you prefer, you can get help on a one-to-one basis at a dedicated session.

Monday

Activity Venue Time Booking required?
One-to-one IT Library @ Darfield 2.30pm to 4.30pm Yes - book in the library

Tuesday

Activity Venue Time Booking required?
One-to-one IT Library @ Royston 9am to 12.30pm No - drop-in session

Wednesday

Activity Venue Time Booking required?
Basic IT course Library @ the Lightbox 10am to 11.30am Yes - book in the library
Basic IT course Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 1pm to 3pm Yes - book in the library

Thursday

Activity Venue Time Booking required?
One-to-one IT Library @ Roundhouse 9.30am to 11.30am Yes - book in the library

Friday

Activity Venue Time Booking required?
Basic IT course Library @ the Lightbox 2pm to 3.30pm Yes - book in the library
Basic IT course Library @ Dodworth 10am to 12pm Yes - book in the library
Basic IT course Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 10am to 12pm Yes - book in the library

Other digital sessions

Our digital champions also run a range of sessions across our branches, including one-to-one help to get online and increase your confidence using the internet and email, as well as using online council services to apply, report or pay for something.

Find out more about our digital champion sessions.

Conversation cafe

Our conversation cafe sessions are informal drop-ins to help people develop their language skills and improve their spoken English.

The sessions include discussions around topical subjects, as well as about life in Barnsley.

Monday

Venue Time
Library @ the Lightbox  9.30am to 11.30am

Crafts

If you're into knitting, crocheting, sewing and more, join us at one of our craft sessions. It doesn't matter whether you're a complete beginner or a skilled crafter, everyone's welcome.

There's no need to book a place - just drop-in.

Monday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Darfield 11am to 1pm
Knit and natter Library @ Penistone 10am to 12.30pm

Tuesday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Worsbrough 10am to 12pm

Wednesday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 2pm to 4pm
Rag rug group Library @ Penistone 9.30am to 11.30am (alternate weeks)

Thursday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Dodworth 10.15am to 12.15pm

Friday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Cudworth 2pm to 4pm
Craft group Library @ Goldthorpe 10am to 12pm

Job club

If you're searching for work, come along to one of our job clubs. There's help and advice to find jobs online, help with completing application forms, as well as creating or updating your CV.

There's no need to book a place - just drop in.

Monday

Venue Time
Library @ Grimethorpe 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Library @ Penistone 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Tuesday

Venue Time
Library @ the Lightbox 10am to 12pm
Library @ Dodworth 10am to 12pm

Wednesday

Venue Time
Library @ the Lightbox 2pm to 4pm
Library @ Royston 1pm to 3pm

Thursday

Venue Time
Library @ Grimethorpe 9.30am to 11.30am
Library @ Hoyland 9.30am to 2pm
You need to book an appointment to attend this session by calling Adult Skills and Community Learning on (01226) 775270.
Library @ Roundhouse 9.30am to 11.30am
Library @ Wombwell 9.30am to 11.30am

Friday

Venue Time
Library @ the Lightbox 9.30am to 11.30am
9.30am to 11.30am

Reader's groups

Our reader's groups give you the opportunity to discuss books, authors and genres with others, in a friendly and informal group. They're open to anyone who is, or would like to become, a member of the library.

New members are always welcome and there's no need to book a place - just drop in.

Monday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ Cudworth 10am to 11am First Monday of the month
Library @ Dodworth 11.30am to 1pm First Monday of the month
Library @ Hoyland 5.30pm to 6.30pm Third Monday of the month
Library @ Penistone 2pm to 3pm Fortnightly
Library @ Thurnscoe 10am to 11am First Monday of the month

Tuesday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ Hoyland 11am to 12.45pm Second Tuesday of the month
Library @ Roundhouse 6pm to 7pm First Tuesday of the month

Wednesday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ Dodworth 2pm to 4pm Every four weeks
Library @ Royston 10am to 11am Last Wednesday of the month

Thursday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ Goldthorpe 10am to 11am First Thursday of the month
Library @ Goldthorpe 5.30pm to 6.30pm Every four weeks
Library @ Grimethorpe 1.30pm to 2.30pm First Thursday of the month
Library @ Wombwell 5.45pm to 6.45pm Every five weeks

Friday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ the Lightbox 10am to 12pm Last Friday of the month
Library @ Darfield 10.30am to 11.30am Last Friday of the month
Library @ Dodworth
7pm to 9pm
First Friday of the month
Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 2pm to 3pm Second Friday of the month
Library @ Wombwell 1.15pm to 2.15pm
Third Friday of the month
Library @ Worsbrough 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Last Friday of the month

Social activities

Our social activities include a range of coffee mornings and games groups where everyone's welcome.

There's no need to book a place - just drop in and get involved.

Monday

Activity Venue Time
Culture hub - informal chats about cultures, languages and all things travel-related  Library @ the Lightbox 4pm to 5pm (fortnightly)
Culture hub - informal chats about cultures, languages and all things travel-related  Library @ the Lightbox 5.30pm to 6.30pm (fortnightly)

Tuesday

Activity Venue Time
Music and memories - music and singing session for people living with dementia and their carers. Supported by Alzheimer's Society.

Session dates for 2019 are:
13 August, 3 and 17 September, 1 and 15 October, 5 and 19 November, 3 and 17 December
Library @ the Lightbox 2.30pm to 4pm
Dementia-friendly games - interactive light games that stimulate physical and emotional activity and encourage social interaction

Session dates for 2019 are:
27 August, 10 and 24 September, 8 and 22 October, 26 November, 10 December
Library @ the Lightbox 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Coffee morning Library @ Thurnscoe 11am to 12pm

Wednesday

Culture hub - informal chats about cultures, languages and all things travel-related  Library @ the Lightbox 5.30pm to 6.30pm (fortnightly)
Activity Venue Time

Thursday

Activity Venue Time
Pop-in group - coffee and a chat Library @ the Lightbox 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Pop-in group - coffee and a chat with games or crafts Library @ Darfield 2pm to 3.30pm
Coffee morning Library @ Goldthorpe 11am to 12pm
Pop-in group - coffee, a chat and bingo Library @ Worsbrough 10am to 12pm

Friday

Activity Venue Time
Coffee morning Library @ Wombwell 11am to 12pm
Board games Library @ Worsbrough 10am to 12pm

Saturday

Activity Venue Time
Board games Library @ the Lightbox 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Other activities

Our other activities include writer's groups and exercise sessions.

There's no need to book a place at any of the sessions - just drop in.

Monday

Activity Venue Time
Writer's group Library @ Goldthorpe 2.30pm to 4pm
Move it or lose it - chair-based exercises and games Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 1pm to 2pm
Poetry reading Library @ Penistone 10.30am to 11.30am (first Monday of the month)

Tuesday

Activity Venue Time
Philosophy group Library @ Penistone 10.30am to 11.30am (third Tuesday of the month)

Wednesday

Activity Venue Time
Writer's group Library @ Penistone 9.30am to 11.30am (once a month)

Friday

Activity Venue Time
Critical thinking group Library @ Penistone 2pm to 3pm (second Friday of the month)

Saturday

Activity Venue Time
Yu-Gi-Oh group Library @ the Lightbox 12pm to 2pm