Sheffield Readathon will still go-ahead in the school half term, despite the pandemic

Sheffield’s independent libraries group, Volunteer Libraries in Sheffield, has a strong track record of providing creative half-term activities for young people.
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This year, though the pandemic has prevented libraries from running live events, half-term Readathon activities will continue online between February 15-19.

“Library volunteers across the city are deeply sad not to be presenting a full

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range of young people’s activities,” said Chris Reece from the volunteer

Chol Theatre at Stannington Library pre-pandemicChol Theatre at Stannington Library pre-pandemic
Chol Theatre at Stannington Library pre-pandemic


“So we are making sure that our half-term Readathon offer, Our City

Reads, is a particularly spectacular one this year.

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"We are working with Chol Theatre and Nik Perring, writer in residence for Sheffield Libraries, who will present online poetry and creative ideas workshops, and an open poetry performance session.

"We are pleased to welcome Site Gallery who will provide an additional workshop called New Tricks: Home Studio Recording Workshop.”

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The week begins with a mass reading of Mrs City, a poem written by Nik Perring, that will feature recordings by young people across Sheffield.

Chol Theatre’s contributions fill most of the rest of the week. On Tuesday 16, they will present two 60-minute creative ideas workshops at 10am and 3pm. Wednesday 17 will see them joined by Nik Perring for a poetry workshop from 10am to 11.30am.

On Friday 19 there will be an open performance poetry session hosted by Nik Perring from noon which will be open to anyone who has taken part in the Tuesday or Wednesday events. Further information about all these sessions is available from Lauren Ash at

Site Gallery’s Home Studio Recording Workshop will take place at 2pm on

Thursday 18. All equipment will be provided in advance.

For further details contact [email protected]

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*Volunteer Libraries in Sheffield (VLIS) is a group of 16 independent charities, each one operating a Community Library in Sheffield. As well as lending books, these libraries offer an increasing number of other activities such as cinema clubs, local societies and special children's events.

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