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 readers' 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.

Free Learn My Way online computer course begins at Mapplewell Library on 11 May 2022 from 10am to 12pm.

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. Sessions take place every Monday 10am to 11.30am at Library@theLightbox.

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
Stitches Library @ Darfield 10am to 12pm
Knit and natter Library @ Dodworth 10am to 12pm
Sewing group Library @ Penistone 10am to 12.30pm
Crafty chat Library @ Thurnscoe 10am to 12pm

Tuesday

Activity Venue Time
Adult crafts Library @ Hoyland 1pm to 3pm
New Swaine Women's Institute open craft group Library @ Penistone 10am to 12pm, second Tuesday of the month 
Crafts 'n' chat  Library @ Worsbrough 10am to 12pm

Wednesday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 2pm to 4pm
Adult crafts Library @ Penistone 9.30am to 11.45am

Thursday

Activity Venue Time Additional information
Painting group Library @ the Lightbox 10am to 12pm, second Thursday of the month Please bring your own art materials
Crafts 'n' chat Library @ Worsbrough  10am to 12pm   
Rag rug group Library @ Penistone 1pm to 3pm  
Felting group Library @ Penistone 1pm to 3pm  
Patch workers Library @ Penistone 2pm to 4pm, fortnightly  

Friday

Activity Venue Time
Knit and natter Library @ Cudworth 2pm to 4pm

Readers' groups

Our readers' 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 @ Hoyland 5pm to 6pm First Monday of the month
Library @ Penistone 2pm to 3.30pm Fortnightly

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
Library @ Thurnscoe 2pm to 3pm First Tuesday of the month

Wednesday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ Cudworth 10am to 11.30am Last Wednesday of the month
Library @ Royston 10am to 11am Last Wednesday of the month

Thursday

Venue Time Frequency Additional information
Library @ Dodworth 2pm to 3pm Second Thursday of the month  
Library @ Wombwell 5.30pm to 6.30pm Every four weeks from 3 March This is the young adults readers group drop-in for 14-21 year olds

Friday

Venue Time Frequency
Library @ Darfield 10.30am to 11.30am Last Friday of the month
Library @ the Lightbox 10.30am to 12pm Last Friday of the month
Library @ Wombwell 1.30pm to 2.30pm 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.

Thursday

Activity Venue Time
Pop-in group - coffee and a chat with games or crafts Library @ Darfield 2pm to 4pm

Saturday

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

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
Barnsley U3A Library @ Worsbrough 12pm to 1pm, second Monday of the month

Tuesday

Activity Venue Time
Darfield History Society Library @ Darfield 10am to 12pm
Family history  Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross 1pm to 3pm 
Learner zone Library @ Penistone 1pm to 4pm
Philosophy group Library @ Penistone 10.30am to 11.30am, third Tuesday of the month
Poetry group Library @ Penistone 10.30am to 11.30am, first Tuesday of the month
Tai Chi Library @ Wombwell 12pm to 2pm
Business information databases and intellectual property support Library @ the Lightbox Book a one-to-one BIPC session online

Wednesday

Activity Venue Time
Cudworth Local History Group Library @ Cudworth 10am to 12pm
Barnsley U3A Library @ Dodworth 10am to 12pm, every fortnight
Writer's group Library @ Penistone 9.30am to 11.30am, every fortnight

Thursday

Activity Venue Time
Worsbrough Heritage Group Library @ Worsbrough 10am

Friday

Activity Venue Time
Family history  Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross  10am to 12pm
Worsbrough Local History Group Library @ Worsbrough 2pm to 4pm



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