HS2, YES or NO? How might it affect YOU?

Information, maps and surveys about HS2 in South Yorkshire are displayed in Sprotbrough Library and aimed at informing the consultation taking place with residents in this area which comes to an end next week, 3rd March.

Come along and see:

  • Where they propose to build the railway.
  • Whether you consider it good value for money or not.
  • Whether it will be of benefit to the people of South Yorkshire or not..
  • Will it just bypass them?
  • Could it possibly even leave them worse off in the pocket?
  • And in the long run, will it provide South Yorkshire people with a better or a poorer service than they have now?

Given all the information, would you be FOR IT or AGAINST IT?

Looking for Something to do in the New Year?

Sprotbrough Community Library has a range of social activities lined up for 2017 – why not pop along and join us?!

On Tuesday 17th January we kick off with a new evening Social Club, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, mainly aimed at the 50+ age group though everyone is welcome! Entry fee is only £1.50 and includes light refreshments.

We’ll be having some light hearted games including bingo, quiz nights, etc, plus plenty of chit chat and friendly banter of course, so why not pop along. We’re also looking for people to help with running the session so if you have a spare hour or so once a week, please contact the library.

Once a month on a Thursday we are also holding Afternoon Tea at the library, so for £1 you can enjoy a cuppa and a cake or scone in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

We also have a weekly Social Group. Sometimes they meet at local cafes and pubs to celebrate members birthdays but otherwise, they meet here at the library every Friday 11am to 12 noon. This is a small group, around 8-12 people usually attend each week and new members are always welcome. Admission is just £1 per week.

Finally, every Tuesday 2pm-3pm is Happy Hour – come along for a game of dominoes, cards, draughts or chess. We’ve got the games and you’ll get a nice cup of tea or coffee too! Plus it’s free, so why not encourage your mum or dad, gran or grandad along!

Learn How to Create Your Own Family Tree

Sprotbrough Community Library is running a Family History course starting Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Learn how to trace your family history using new skills and techniques.

This is an eleven week course and costs £66 (those on benefits, pension top ups, etc, may be eligible for a 50% discount – please ask at the library for details).

Please contact the library on 01302 782436 or email to reserve your place

Payment is required upon enrolment and is paid directly to AFCL (Adult Family and Community Learning) who are providing the tutor for this course.

***FREE*** Children’s Christmas Party!

Brings the kids along to Sprotbrough Community Library’s children’s Christmas party!

Wednesday 21st December, from 10.30am to 12.30pm (under 10’s only).

Includes party games, crafts, meet Mickey & Minnie Mouse mascots, and refreshments.

Tea/Coffee and a mince pie £1 – for adults.

This event is free of charge for the children attending but you must book in advance so we can cater for numbers attending. Call 01302 782436 or email to reserve your place.


Library becomes Chamber member

Sprotbrough Community Library recently became a member of the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce!

We are looking forward to getting involved with local businesses and networking to promote our services and facilities, especially with regards to our room hire and our plans to introduce a business hib facility at the library, with regular networking meetings.

Sign up to our newsletter to receive regular updates on all of our activities and events! 


Library Volunteers Needed!

Sprotbrough Community Library is looking for new volunteers to help out at the library with different roles and tasks as follows:-

Library Services Counter Volunteers – to undertake general library services including:

  • issuing and discharging books
  • assisting with services such as advising customers how to use the photocopier, printer and flat bed scanner
  • returning books to shelves and keeping shelves tidy
  • keeping the library displays tidy and up to date
  • basic administration duties such as taking customer details for courses and activities, book requests, taking messages and returning customer calls
  • dealing with counter and telephone enquiries

Basic computer knowledge is required to learn and use two of the DMBC library computer systems that we use. Full training and ongoing support is provided.

All counter staff work in a team of a minimum 2 persons (and sometimes with 3 or 4 in a team on some shifts) usually with at least one person being a Lead Volunteer – this is an experienced volunteer with extended knowledge of the library and its systems who is there to help out should you get stuck with anything – and we need more of these too! 

We work a 3-shift system at present: 10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm Monday to Saturday though we close at 1pm on Thursday & Saturday. Volunteers are welcome to do one or more shifts across the week.

We would also welcome creative & imaginative people who can create themed displays for books, activities and relevant social and community topics. This can be done any day and time during our opening hours to suit you, just once or twice a month.

Volunteers need to be aged over 18, literate to a good standard and have good people and customer service skills. We also welcome students aged 18+ who may require work experience, where you can drop in to help anytime our library is open.

We provide full training and support for all volunteer positions.

An excellent opportunity for building up work experience and to gain a reference, or to simply give something back to the community or pass a few hours if you are retired or bored! Whatever your reason, please get in touch – your library needs you!


Call in anytime we are open or email – please leave your name and number so we can call you back for an initial chat.

Death by Chocolate!

Come along to our author talk by Helen Cadbury, local fiction crime writer, here at Sprotbrough Community Library on Saturday 29th October 2016,

Come and hear Helen talk about her books ‘Bones in the Nest’ and ‘To Catch a Rabbit. For more information about Helen and her books click here.

Free admission but advance booking is required.

Refreshments included (tea/coffee & chocolate cake!)


Haunting Reads Competition!

This promotion features a reader competition challenging customers to read and review Thin Air by Michelle Paver by completing a competition review card.

The winning review will receive a full set of the featured titles!

Call in to view the display at Sprotbrough Community Library and to loan the book (only 4 exclusive copies available) no later than 11th November 2016.

Competition deadline is 30 November 2016.

Entries should be submitted to:

Katy Mendham
The Reading Agency
Free Word
60 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3GA


Christmas Card-Making Session for Babies & Children

Date: Thursday 20th October 2016
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Sprotbrough Community Library

Where children & babies can have hand and foot prints taken to make creative cards. You will then receive a sample card mid November and can then choose to purchase the following: tea towels, gift tags and christmas cards.

Please remember to bring lots of baby wipes as it gets messy!

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Book your place by contacting Nichola at Baby Bunnies:

Mobile: 07748668634

Email: or


Come along to our Open Week!

Come along to the Sprotbrough Community Library Open Week taking place 22nd-29th October.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday 22nd October  10am to 12pm
Coffee Morning – our regular event hosted by FoSL in aid of fund raising activities. A very busy morning with a warm welcome from everyone. Tea/Coffee, home made cakes, tombola with quality prizes plus hobby & craft stalls.

Monday 24th October – IT Day
10am-4pm – Come along and find out what help you can get. Need basic help with how to use a computer or how to use the internet using a PC? Want to sign up for a computer course? Find out what courses are up and coming at our library. Charges may apply for some courses while others are free. The library also offers free WiFi and computer use, including emailing. There is also a photocopying, printing and scanning facilities available for a small charge.

Tuesday 25th October – Children’s Activity Day
10am-12pm – Sand Art with KidsBeeHappy
1-2pm or 2-3pm – Meet a Creature – Reptile & small animal workshops

**Limited places on the above FREE kids activities so booking is required in advance.**

Wednesday 26th October – Community Services Day
10am-4pm – Find out what help & services are available in your local community.

Thursday 27th October
Though these are not part of our Open Week activities, but we are pleased to announce that as from Thursday 20th October our community library will become the new venue for Slimming World classes, to be held here Thursday of every week at 9.30am and also at 3pm, 5pm & 7pm. Click here for more details on class times, prices, etc.

Friday 28th October – Library Services Day
10am-4pm – Find out what your local library has to offer – everything from courses, classses, group meetings, events, local information, book-lending, digital library services, meeting, conference & course room hire from just £6.50/hr, printing/copying faclities for a small charge, buying stamps, free website directory listings for local businesses (our £10 option is free if you come along on this day and sign up in person), and more.

We are also seeking new volunteers to help at the library with a variety of tasks including counter services, customer assistance, kids activities, creating feature stands, running informal social, hobby & interest groups, and whatever else may be useful to us as a community library. Please come along today (or any other day you can pop in) and find out more about volunteering with us – just a couple of hours each week can make a huge difference to keeping the library open during its current long opening hours and to be able to offer the services available.

Friday 28th October 7pm-9pm
Cusworth Singers – a local, delighful choir of singers returns to the library. £5 entrance fee. Booking is required in advance.

Saturday 29th October 11am-12.30pm
“Death by Chocolate” – an exclusive author talk by Helen Cadbury, local crime fiction writer. Come and enjoy chocolate cake and a cuppa. Free admission but advance booking is required.

Saturday 29th October 4pm-6pm
Halloween for Kids – Scary stories, dressing up and spooky activities. All ages welcome including parents with babies & toddlers. Why not drop in on your Halloween Walk if you can’t stay the whole session? Refreshments available for kids. Free to attend, no booking is required.

Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th October – Books & Fines Amnesty Week

*Strictly during this 8 day period only, we are offering the chance for any member of Sprotbrough Community Library with outstanding fines to bring back their books and the fines will be wiped off their account! No questions asked, just bring the books back (in person) and we will remove any and all outstanding fines against those overdue books which are returned, including if someone else drops them off for you. Must be handed in at the counter. Books must have been loaned from Sprotbrough Community Library and not from any other library.

*No variation of this offer applies. Does not apply to books lost; only applies to overdue books returned directly to Sprotbrough Communty Library in person during the dates stated above.

TO BOOK ON ANY OF THE ABOVE EVENTS please email us at with the names of those who wish to book on. If it is for a childrens event, please include names of adults attending and the number (not their names) of children you are bringing.

Emails will be replied to within 24 working hours to confirm event reservations.