Libraries

What's on

There's lots of regular fun activities in our libraries for children and babies, from story time for toddlers to craft sessions for all ages.

Crafts

Our fun children's craft sessions include activities such as drawing, painting and the opportunity to make things.

You can drop-in at any of the weekly sessions listed below, or go to the events at our libraries webpage to find our other craft sessions where you need to book a place to attend.

Venue Days and times Further information
Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross Saturdays 10am to 11.30am   
Library @ Thurnscoe Tuesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm  
Library @ Royston Wednesdays 11.30am to 12pm For children under 5 years

Games

Activity Venue Days and times
Board games Library @ Royston Thursdays - 4pm to 6pm
Saturdays - 10am to 12pm
Board games Library @ Roundhouse Mondays - 3pm to 4.30pm
Wednesdays - 3pm to 4.30pm
Chess club - for ages 8 and over Library @ Goldthorpe Mondays 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Games club Library @ Wombwell Saturdays - 10am to 12pm 
Games club Library @ Thurnscoe Thursdays - 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Lego club

Our Lego clubs are the perfect place to develop your creativity and build new friendships.

We provide the Lego, you just need to bring your imagination!

Venue Days and times
Library @ the Lightbox Saturdays 10am to 11.15am
Library @ Cudworth Saturdays 10am to 11.15am
Library @ Darfield Saturdays 10am to 11.30am
Library @ Goldthorpe Saturdays 10am to 11.30am
Library @ Grimethorpe Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.45pm 
Term time only
Library @ Hoyland Saturdays 10am to 11am
Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross  Saturdays 10am to 11.30am
Library @ Penistone Tuesdays 3pm to 4.30pm
Library @ Roundhouse Mondays 3pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 3pm to 4.30pm
Library @ Royston Thursdays 4pm to 6pm
Saturdays 10am to 12pm
Library @ Thurnscoe Saturdays 10am to 11.30am
Library @ Wombwell Thursdays 3.30pm to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 11.30am
Library @ Worsbrough Saturdays 10am to 11.30am

Reading groups 

Library @ the Lightbox Young adult book club

The club meets twice a month to read, chat and build new friendships with fellow bookworms!

Visit Library @ the Lightbox to pick up our next book and join the club. Meetings last about an hour and you don't need to book a place to attend, just drop-in.

Age guidance is 14+, but all are welcome.
First and third Wednesday of the month - 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Library @ Thurnscoe Primary reading and colouring club. Ages 5 to 11. Mondays 3.30pm
Venue Group information  Days and times

Story and rhyme

Barnsley Libraries have signed up to the Family Arts Standards – a national accreditation for organisations committed to providing excellent family experiences.

The sessions are aimed at young children and toddlers from 0 to 4 years old and usually last between 30 and 40 minutes. They are free, relaxed spaces for meeting like-minded parents, grandparents, childminders and other carers, supported by the libraries' helpful and friendly staff. Watch our video about story and rhyme sessions.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Venue Days and times
Library @ the Lightbox Mondays - 11am
Tuesdays - 10am
Thursdays - 2pm
Fridays - 10am
Library @ Cudworth Mondays - 2pm
Library @ Cudworth Thursdays - 10am to 10.45am
Library @ Darfield Thursdays - 10.30am
Library @ Dodworth Fridays - 11am
Library @ Goldthorpe Tuesdays - 1pm
Library @ Grimethorpe Friday 10.30am to 11.130am 
Term time only
Library @ Hoyland Mondays - 10am
Thursdays - 10am
Library @ Mapplewell and Staincross Wednesday - 10am
Fridays - 10am
Library @ Penistone Tuesday - 10am
Library @ Royston Wednesdays - 11am
Thursdays - 11am
Library @ Roundhouse Thursdays - 10am
Library @ Thurnscoe Mondays - 2pm
Library @ Wombwell Tuesdays - 10am
Library @ Worsbrough  Mondays - 2pm

Other activities

Activity Venue Days and times Additional information
Young writers workshop Library @ the Lightbox Starting 22 July 2024
Mondays - every fortnight
4pm to 5pm

Drop in session for 13 to 18 year olds. 

Code club Library @ the Lightbox Saturdays - 10am to 11.30am

Giving young people aged 9 to 13 the opportunity to make their first steps into the world of coding in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Colouring club Library @ Thurnscoe Saturdays - 10am to 11.30am  
Colouring club Library @ Grimethorpe Thursdays - 3.30pm to 4.45pm  Term time only. 
Colouring and board games club Library @ Cudworth Thursdays - 3pm to 4.30pm  
Home schooling group Library @ Thurnscoe Mondays - 10am to 1pm Group for home schooling families to meet up with each other.
Homework club Library @ Dodworth Mondays - 3.30pm to 4.30pm For children aged 11 or over.
Rose vouchers drop-in Library @ the Lightbox Wednesdays - 9am to 12pm  
Rose vouchers drop-in Library @ Royston Thursdays - 11.30am to 12.30pm  
Sensory play time Library @ Hoyland Tuesdays - 10am to 11am  
Story and craft Library @ the Lightbox Every two weeks on Monday - 4pm Primary school children are welcome to join us for these fun sessions. 
Warhammer Wednesdays Library @ the Lightbox Every two weeks on Wednesday starting 14 August

Do you want to get into Warhammer? Do you love the hobby and want to enjoy it with others?

Then why not join us here at Library @ the Lightbox for Warhammer Wednesdays! This is an ongoing Event from 14 August to 31 December 2024

Learn how to build, paint and play or work through your mini stash with other Warhammer fans.
Attendees cannot bring their own tools, glue or spray. Under 18 will need permission from a guardian to attend and use the equipment.

Dungeons and Dragons Club Library @ the Lightbox Every two weeks on Wednesday starting 5 August

There are two sessions 4.30pm to 5.30pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm with six spaces available on each.

Dive into a world of imagination and excitement in our Dungeons and Dragons groups! Whether you're a first-time player eager to explore the basics or a seasoned adventurer ready for new challenges, our sessions are designed to welcome everyone.

Booking is essential.